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11 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Dec. 19-21

Friday (Dec. 19)

Stringing us along

Make it an acoustic night with Darol Anger and the Cascadia Allstars when they perform the Keepin’ it in the Fam Holiday show. Anger and his singer/songwriter partner Emy Phelps will lead the multi-generational show with some of the region’s finest pickers at 8 p.m. at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Olympia’s Ethan Jodziewicz will be featured. Tickets are $5-$12 and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.


Femme fatales

Olympia’s Rhythm & Rye is launching a new series to honor Northwest Women In Rock. The plan is to feature local and regional women rockers every three months. The first showcase will feature Alison Marie Baker, promoting her new solo EP, Dr. Luna of Chico, California, Grace Hansmeier with her band Solar Sin of Seattle, and Olympia rock and roll band John's Daughter. The music starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. at the club, 311 Capitol Way N, Olympia.

Friday & Saturday

Dynamic duo

Grammy-award winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel are returning to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, for two holiday shows. The musical duo, together since 1984, will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 general admission, $15 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.


Visions of sugar plums

Ballet Northwest’s ‘ The Nutcracker’ wraps up this weekend with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 12) and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $23-$33 for adults, $19-$28 for students and seniors, $14-$19 for youth (younger than 12). For more information, call 360-753-8586, or go to or


See a show

Two holiday stage productions wrap up this weekend:

Olympia Family Theater’s production of “How the Slug Stole Solstice” was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The play wraps up this weekend at OFT’s new home, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $13-$19 and available at or the box office. For more information, call 360-570-1638.

“Barefoot in the Park,” the Neil Simon classic, finishes up its run at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$14 and are available at Yenny Music or at

Harlequin Productions’ “Stardust Christmas Commotion” continues to bebop its way through the holidays at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $25-$39 and available by calling 360-786-0151 or at


Help an angel get his wings

Take in the classic Jimmy Stewart film “It’s A Wonderful Life” while helping the community at the Capitol Theater. Captain Little and the Olympia Film Society are sponsoring the classic movie screening and a clothing drive. Bring new or gently used children’s winter coats and warm clothes to the 4 p.m. showing of the film at the theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Admission is $8; $5 for OFS members; and free for kids 12 and younger. For more information, go to


Don’t drop your glass slipper

The Olympia Timberland Regional Library will host its first ball — Biblioball 2014: Fairy Tale Formal — with live music, dancing, crafts and a book sale. Those who attend are invited to dress formally or in fairy-tale attire. The fun runs 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Admission is free, but tickets are required for entry. Pick up tickets at the library’s Youth Services Desk. For more information, call 360-352-0595 or go to And be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s story about the ball elsewhere at


No longer Poison

Bret Michaels made a name for himself as the front man for the glam metal band Poison, and has become even more famous as a reality TV star. He’s known for hits such as “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” “Nothing But a Good Time” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” He will perform at 8 p.m. at Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester. Tickets are $30-$55 for the 21-and-over-only performance; get tickets at 800-720-1788.


Heading toward the light

For the second year in a row, the South Sound Estuary Association will host “Turn of the Tides” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m Sunday. The free family celebration will feature plenty of hands-on activities to introduce children to the world where land meets the sea — the world of an estuary — and to mark the winter solstice, when days again start to get longer. The gathering will be at the South Sound Estuarium’s new location at 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia, plus the adjoining parking lot. Nine other partner groups and businesses will lend a hand to the festivities, which also will feature Chehalis tribal storyteller Curtis DuPuis, an oral historian of the Hazel Peet family, which is renowned for its traditional basket-making skills. Other activities include sifting through beach sand in search of forage fish eggs, learning about microscopic phytoplankton, and weaving with branches and twigs from last week’s windstorm. Clam chowder supplied by Taylor Shellfish, coffee and hot chocolate will be available to satiate cold-weather appetites.