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5 things to do in South Sound this weekend, April 24-26

Friday & Saturday

Immerse yourself in art

Olympia’s Arts Walk, the free twice-yearly event, celebrates its 50th incarnation, offering visual and performing arts of all kinds at 117 downtown businesses and on the streets of Olympia. The fun runs from 5-10 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday throughout downtown Olympia. Maps of the participating businesses are available at participating businesses; The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia; and Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave., Olympia. For more information, call 360-753-8380, go to or, and be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s preview here. Oh and you can read a profile of cover artist Duncan Green here.

Friday (April 24)

Comedy festival

It’s going to be a night full of chuckles and laughs at the Story Time Productions “Capitol Comedy Festival” on Friday (April 24). The live standup comedy show is at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 8:30. Tickets are $10, $8 for Olympia Film Society members, online or at the box office. Get more information at


It’s the Procession!

The 21st annual Procession of the Species celebrates the natural world through music, art and dance. The gathering of creatures of the earth, air, fire and water will take to the streets starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, winding through the streets of downtown Olympia. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Participants will assemble on Legion Way and Cherry Street between Jefferson and Chestnut streets, and the parade route, which ends at Heritage Park, is on the Arts Walk maps available for free at local businesses and The Olympia Center. As always, watching and participating are free, although donations to the Thurston County Food Bank are encouraged. Remember the rules: No motorized vehicles, except wheelchairs; no live animals, except service animals; and no words are permitted in the procession. Procession organizers also ask that no candy be thrown. If you can’t make the Procession but are around Friday night for Arts Walk, catch the Luminary Procession at 9:30 p.m. starting at Fifth Avenue and Washington Street and proceeding to Sylvester Park. Unfortunately, it won’t happen if it’s raining. For more information on the Procession, visit, call 360-705-1087 and read Molly Gilmore’s preview here.


Oz, interpreted

We’re not in Kansas anymore when the Gritty City Sirens comes to the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia, to present its second-year burlesque production of “Adventures in Oz.” It’s a titillating adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” coming live to the stage with favorite Sirens playing favorite characters including Dorothy, Glenda the Good Witch, Wicked Witch of the West, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and even Toto. 8 p.m. Saturday, $25. Get tickets online or at the box office.


Take a seat at benefit for Woman’s Club

Come support the Woman’s Club of Olympia at its fundraiser A Seat at the Table from 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Local artists have taken old chairs and have turned them into works of art. The chairs will be included in a live auction, silent auction and raffle baskets; there will be lots of goodies to bid on for a night of fun. Proceeds will be used to upgrade the kitchen of the Woman’s Club. It’s all happening at the Abigail Stuart House, 1002 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Admission is on a sliding scale: $5-$15. For more information, go to