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6 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Aug. 29-31


Last chance for outdoor cinema

The State Capital Museum’s Movies at the Mansion classic outdoor film series wraps up for the summer with 1957’s “Paths of Glory,” starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screening starts about 9 p.m. outside the museum’s Lord Mansion, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia. Admission is by a suggested donation of $2; coffee is offered for free, and other snacks and drinks will be sold. Bring your own chair or blanket. For more information, call 360-753-2580 or go to


Ahoy mateys!

If it’s Labor Day weekend in Olympia, it’s also Harbor Days weekend. All manner of maritime fun will be happening from 5-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on Percival Landing and the Port Plaza in downtown Olympia. The free festival’s highlight is the Parade of Tugs at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by the tugboat races at 1 p.m., but there’s live entertainment, food and activities all weekend. For more information, go to — and check out Molly Gilmore’s story elsewhere at on Friday.


Theater in a snap

Theater Artists Olympia’s “Improbable Peck of Plays” continues this week, offering an eclectic array of locally written one-act plays of 10 minutes or less. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia Way NW, Olympia. Tickets are $12. For more information, go to or call 360-259-2743.


Our lives in between

Harlequin Productions’ “Middletown” continues this weekend, offering laughs and insights into how mundane lives still manage to reflect the wonders of the universe. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $31 general admission, $28 for seniors and military, and $20 for students. For more information, go to or call 360-786-0151.


Come on out

Stonewall Youth is a support organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual youth. It will present its 14th annual Drag Show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The show is titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go: A Coming Out Odyssey.” Admission is free for those younger than 21, and $10 for those 21 and older. Tickets are available at the box office the night of the show, at Rainy Day Records, and online at


Bringing sexy back

Seattle‘s burlesque troupe The Fabulous Frenzy Tour is making a stop at Olympia’s Rhythm & Rye on Saturday night. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the nightclub, 311 Capital Way N., Olympia. Admission is $15, and the show is for those 21 and older. For more information, go to or call 650-762-8759.