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7 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Nov. 21-23


Play with light

The Hands On Children’s Museum isn’t just for kids. It has been offering adults-only Adult Swim evening events monthly, and November’s offering is Glow, a night of glow-in-the-dark and light-up art and science activities. Refreshments will be provided and costumes are encouraged. The event runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday; the cost is $20. For more information, call 360-956-0818.


Hometown show

Olympia singer-songwriter Derik Nelson is known for his role as the lead guitarist on Fox’s “Glee.” To celebrate the success of his Take Chances tour of the West Coast, he will perform an acoustic concert with his family at 8 p.m. Friday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts’ Black Box, 512 Washington St. SE. Tickets are $27 and available by phone and online.


Swing on in

Discover the talent of local high school bands at the Cool Jazz Clean Water Jazz Festival. Audience members can attend for free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday when student musicians play for professional jazz adjudicators at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Then, at 7 p.m., the Rotary Clubs of Thurston County host a wine tasting accompanied by a performance by Syd Potter and his Tentette, a 10-piece jazz ensemble on the main stage. Admission to the evening event is $50, with proceeds going to a Rotary-sponsored water project in Africa, and the purchase of new band instruments and refurbishing used instruments for four local school districts. Find tickets at


You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch

Olympia Film Society is joining with Captain Little to screen two family films Saturday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” originally aired on HBO in 1977 and features a heart-warming story, the Jim Henson wit and songs. Also see Dr. Seuss’ original 1966 cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The fun starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free; tickets for adults are $8 general admission and $5 for OFS members at the box office.


Laugh it up

Get your laugh on at the Lucky Eagle Casino Comedy Festival starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. The line-up includes Art Krug, Dean Oleson, Steven Pearl, Leif Skyving and Lamont Ferguson. The casino is at 12888 188th Ave SW, Rochester. Tickets are $20 and are available by phone at 800-720-1788 or online at


Handmade arts, crafts

Take in the works of 15 local artists at the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Show at the State Capital Museum and Coach House, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to


Dance with flair

Delve into the dramatic world of flamenco with Mariana Collado and Carlos Chamorro at Flamenco Casa Patas. Accompanied by talented cantaores and musicians, the program is created by Collado, a graduate of the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory of Spain. They will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $16-$32 for adults, $14-$30 for seniors and $8-$16 for youth, and are available by phone or online; 360-753-8586,