Epic play on AIDS continues
Olympia Little Theatre will present Part 2: Perestroika of “Angels in America” through Sunday. The community theater produced Part 1 of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play as a staged reading last weekend at OLT. The plot is told through two couples set against a backdrop of the discovery of AIDS. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8-$14 and available at Yenney Music, 2703 Capital Mall Drive or online at olympialittletheatre.org.
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Recess Monkey, the Seattle-based kiddie rock band made up of three rocking elementary school teachers, will perform a free concert at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The concert is part of SPSCC’s Parenting Tools event that will include family activities after the show.
The Olympia Bakers Guild is hosting its annual Pie Fest from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. The Guild encourages all bakers to compete by entering their favorite nondairy pies; pies delivered in the morning will be judged in three age categories: 12 and younger, 13 to 18 years old, and 19 and older. Or you can simply buy and eat pie by the slice while enjoying music by Fishtrap. Slices will cost you $3 or 3 cans of food; winning pies also will be auctioned off whole. It’s a fun family-oriented afternoon for a good cause: Proceeds go to the Thurston County Food Bank and the Senior Nutrition Program. Go to olypie.org for contest rules and more details. And be sure to read Sue Kidd’s story about the pie fest here.
Year of the Goat
Join the Olympia Area Chinese Association when it presents its Chinese New Year Celebration. Marking the Year of the Goat, the event runs 4-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Olympia High School, 1302 North St. SE, Olympia, and will feature a buffet dinner and performances from the Chinese School and community. Tickets are $15, or $5 for seniors and students, and are available at the door.
Dancers in the spotlight
Dancers from 11 South Sound dance companies and schools will perform an eclectic assortment of dances as part of the Olympia Dance Festival. The festival also will feature tap dancer Aaron Turner, who was a runner-up on “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2013. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $12 general admission, so come early to stake out a seat. For more information, call 360-753-8586, go to washingtoncenter.org or balletnorthwest.org, and be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s interview with Turner here.
Bach and Beethoven
Bach and Beethoven will be the featured composers at the Olympia Chamber Orchestra’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The concert will highlight the Olympia Music Teachers Association piano competition winners, Hyunjin Kim and Brittany Pincus, plus adult soloists Steven Lovinger on violin and Tania Basham on oboe. Tickets are $18-$23 and are available at 360-753-8585 or washingtoncenter.org.
The Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia present their spring concert, “Bizet, Boccherini and Wagner,” at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The conservatory orchestra’s musical selections will include Wagner’s Overture from the opera “Rienzi,” Boccherini’s “Cello Concerto No. 4” featuring Maura Phelps, and Bizet’s music from the “Carmen” suites. Also performing will be the Brass Choir, and the Academy and Debut orchestras. Tickets are $12-$18 for adults, $9-$15 for students and seniors, and $6 for those 5 and younger. Get tickets at washingtoncenter.org or at the box office.