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9 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Sept. 5-7

The kickoff of this year’s Washington State Fair is the behemoth event in the region this weekend, but there are plenty of great entertainment options closer to home. Read on.


No sour grapes here

The Olympia Film Society and Grand Vin Wine Merchants are teaming up to show the film “Bottle Shock” as part of its Movies About Wine with Wine series. The event will start with wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 5), followed by the film at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $8.50 general admission, $5.50 for OFS members, at the box office or online at


Wild Women do jazz

Make it an evening of jazz when San Francisco vocalist Pamela Rose and pianist Tammy Hall team up for a concert at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 5). The duo tour nationally with their multimedia show “Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era” and are stopping at the Heritage Room, 604 Water St. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $18; call 360-943-9494 for details and reservations.


Great acoustics

Head to Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, to hear two great acoustic groups at 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 5). 10 Strings Symphony, a Nashville duo made up of Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer of Nashville, Tenn., blend Celtic and punk string-chording in their music. The concert also features the New Zealand duo of Tattletale Saints, now based in Nashville. Recent winners of the New Zealand Music Award for folk album of the year, Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan are touring in support of the album “How Red Is the Blood.” Tickets are $15, $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.


Three-dimensional stories

You can choose from three local theater productions this weekend.

Olympia Little Theatre opens its 75th anniversary season with Noël Coward’s comedy “Blithe Spirit,” about a skeptic who holds a séance, then finds himself with two wives – one living and one a ghost. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday (Sept. 5) and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $10-$14 general admission; $8-$12 for students; available at Yenney Music or through Brown Paper Tickets (800-838-3006 or For more information, call 360-786-9484, go to and be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s story about the play and the OLT season elsewhere at

Theater Artists Olympia’s “Improbable Peck of Plays” concludes this weekend, offering an eclectic array of locally written one-act plays of 10 minutes or less. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 5) 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.

Harlequin Productions’ dramedy “Middletown” continues to offer its insights into how mundane lives reflect the wonders of the universe. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 5) 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.


Kids love this big lug

Join Captain Little and the Olympia Film Society for their encore showing of 1999’s “Iron Giant.” The film, director Brad Bird’s (”The Incredibles”, “Ratatouille”) first film, has been recognized as a modern classic. The screening — free for kids 12 and younger — is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. For more information, go to


Party for Pizza

Pizza Klatch, a nonprofit that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and their allies, holds its first major fundraiser on Saturday, called A Slice of the Good Life Gayla. Tacoma singer Vicci Martinez, a finalist on “The Voice,” and Olympia folk stalwarts The Righteous Mothers will perform. The event also includes a silent auction, a youth art show and a wine and beer tasting. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, with the concert kicking off at 8:30 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $12-$47 at 360-753-8586 or You don’t need to attend the gayla to participate in the auction, which has begun online. To view items and bid, go to Also, there is a VIP reception that will feature speeches by U.S. Rep. Denny Heck of Olympia, state Sen. Karen Fraser of Olympia, state Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma and Marissa Rathbone of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, plus food from Phoebe’s Pastry Café, wine and beer and live music. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center and costs $122-$147 (but also includes admission to the gayla).


Let’s do the Time Warp again

Iconic cult film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is making a one-night comeback at Olympia’s Capitol Theater. Dress in costume, refresh your memory of the musical’s lyrics and join in the audience participation when the movie is shown at the theater at 206 Fifth Ave. No outside props will be allowed, but prop bags will be available for purchase for $5 for the 11:30 p.m. showing Saturday. The night will also feature the shadow cast from the Blue Mouse Theater in Tacoma. For more information, go to