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9 things to do in South Sound this weekend, March 27-29

Friday (March 27)

Tickling the keys

Saxophonist Tobi Stone is unable to perform as scheduled this Friday as part of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts’ Women in Jazz series. Instead, pianist Sumi Tonooka, who has played many times with Stone, will bring her own jazz band and her original compositions to the center’s black box. Tonooka has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” by the Jazz Times, and “provocative and compelling” by The New York Times. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for military — the performance is for those 21 and older only. Ticketholders with questions can contact the box office at 360-753-8586.

Friday & Saturday

Behind-the-scenes fun

Olympia Little Theatre is opening Charles Morey’s farce, “Laughing Stock,” about a small summer stock theater in New England. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $12-$14 at Yenney Music or To learn more, call 360-786-9484, go to the website, check out the trailer at, and be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s story here.


Abuse takes the stage

Theater Artists Olympia is opening Neil LaBute’s play, “In A Dark, Dark House,” about two estranged brothers who come back together and face the painful secrets of their past. Showtimes are p.m. Friday through Sunday at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NE, Olympia. Doors open 30 minutes before performances. Tickets are $15, but no one will be turned away. Tickets are available at and at the door (where only cash is accepted). For more information, go to And be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s story about the play here.


Tastes and nibbles

Sponsored by the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association, the 26th Capital Food and Wine Festival offers up more than 100 wines from 40 Washington wineries, along with more than 40 beers, and food from local restaurants. Managed by a volunteer committee, the festival runs noon-9 p.m. Saturday at the university’s Marcus Pavilion and Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave., Lacey. Tickets are $10 if purchased by Friday, and $15 at the door Saturday. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. Price includes one wine or beer glass; taste tickets are sold at the festival in 50-cent increments. Tickets are available at TwinStar Credit Union branches, O’Blarney’s Irish Pub in Lacey, Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway, Northwest Harley-Davidson and at the Marcus Pavilion ticket office. Free shuttles will be provided from the South Sound Center parking lot. For details, go to


No amplification needed

With a mission to highlight the diverse acoustically driven music of the Pacific Northwest, the annual Olympia Acoustic Festival will feature regional musicians such as Stephanie Anne Johnson, Oly Mountain Boys, Nick Drummond, The Banner Days, Anna Gorden, Willow and the Wolf, and more. It starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Olympia Ballroom and the Urban Onion, both at 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Tickets are $12 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets and $15 at the door. Kids younger than 12 are admitted free. Go to for details.


Give peace a chance

Enjoy the music of the Olympia Peace Choir while helping to support the Family Support Center at the choir’s charity concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1601 North St., Olympia. Admission is by freewill donation.


Three times the laughs

Brad Upton, who’s logged 30 years in the comedy business and is a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, will be joined by Andrew Rivers and Amos Mack for a night of laughs at Pellegrino’s Event Center, 5757 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails and dinner, the comedy show is at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Go to for more information.

Saturday & Sunday

Step into the Harlem Renaissance

Premiering on Broadway in 1978, “Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller musical” continues to entertain audiences with its celebration of the legendary black jazz musicians of the 1920s and ‘30s. Two performances will be presented in Olympia, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $24-$47 for adults, $24-$42 for students, seniors and military, and $13.50-$23.50 for youth, plus a $3-per-ticket service fee. Call 360-753-8586 or go to to get yours.


Music of remembrance

The Seattle-based Choral Arts will perform Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem” for chorus and organ, accompanied by Douglas Cleveland on organ and Virginia Dziekonski on cello, at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $20-$25 and available by calling 877-404-2269 or going online to