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11 things to do in South Sound this weekend, May 1-3

Friday (May 1)

Taking ‘Visual Liberties’

Kicking off his final book in his Freedom Trilogy, Alec Clayton is coming to Orca Books, 509 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. He will be reading from his book, “Visual Liberties” and be joined by actors Michael Christopher and Heather Christopher, who will read various scenes. Event begins at 7 p.m. Friday (May 1) and is free to the public.

Friday (May 1)

Pianist to play for estuary association

Composing and performing since 1980, Scott Cossu brings his own style to his New Age piano works. He will play a benefit concert to support South Sound Estuary Association at 8 p.m. Friday. Come to Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, for a night of good music and a good cause. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 student/low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information or go to

Friday (May 1)-Sunday

He can fly

Studio West Dance Theatre brings back its ballet version of the classic story “Peter Pan,” about a boy who never grows up — complete with dancers who fly. Performances are at 4:30 and 8 p.m. Friday (May 1), and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $20-$26 for general admission, $18-$22 for students and seniors, $15-$20 for children younger than 12, $15-$20 for student rush tickets (1 hour before show). For more information, call 360-753-8586, or And read Molly Gilmore’s story previewing “Peter Pan” and Ballet Northwest’s “Don Quixote,” which runs the following weekend, elsewhere at

Friday (May 1)-Sunday

Love and languages

It’s a story about the fallible nature of language and a linguist trying to archive dying languages spun into a tale of love and wounds. Come see “The Language Archive” by Julia Cho at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia. Produced by Pulp Productions, the play will run 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 1)-Sunday and May 15-17. See it first at this production, but Harlequin Productions just added it to their 2016 season. To find out more, go to

Friday (May 1)

Spring dance, Gaelic style

Celebrate May Day Gaelic style at the Beltane Dance at 9:30 p.m. Friday (May 1). The event will celebrate spring and summer just around the corner. Join DJs Fir$t Lady and SpellcheQue for a night of music from hip-hop and Trap to EDM and just about anything else that will get you up and dancing. It’s all happening at Obsidian, 414 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. To find out more, call 360-890-4425.

Friday (May 1)-Sunday

Theater workshop and performance

Get the family involved and come to the Forum Theater workshop and performance this weekend. Teens and adults will collaborate on issues of communication between generations, and create dramatic scenes for a community public performance. The theater is an interactive approach where actors perform short scenes and the audience participates in new outcomes. Workshops begin Friday (May 1) with the live performance at 2 p.m. Sunday at Olympia Family Theater, 612 Fourth Ave. E. Workshops are free for teens and $25 for adults. To find out more, call Tim McLeod at 360-754-1556.


BAM! It’s Free Comic Book Day

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, and the Timberline Regional Library system is hosting several events in the South Sound.

• The Lacey library, 500 College St. SE, will present “We Make Comics: A Community Comic Jam” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Explore comic illustration with local illustrators Chelsea Baker, Zoey Hogan and Ryan Buck. It is free open to all ages. Call 360-491-3860 for more information.

• The Olympia library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, will be giving out free comics from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., while supplies last. To find out more, call 360-352-0595.

• The Tumwater library, 7023 New Market St., is hosting two events Saturday. Come out for “Comics Can Take Us Places” from 11 a.m.-noon for adults and teens. Join Megan Kelso as she talks about how comics can tap into our sense of memory, time and place. Stick around for the “Tumwater May-hem Comic and Game Fest” from noon-4 p.m. for all ages. Get free comic books, while supplies last, play games and do art projects and even enter a family costume (cosplay) contest. To find out about both these events, call 360-943-7790.


Bernhard breaks the mold

Sandra Bernhard, the actress-singer-comedian known for her groundbreaking role on “Roseanne” and her friendship with Madonna, brings her one-woman show “Sandra Bernhard Is #Blessed” to Olympia for a 9 p.m. Saturday show at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. Tickets are $30 in advance and for Olympia Film Society members, $35 on the day of the show for nonmembers, $100 for preferred seating and a meet and greet. For more information, call 360-754-6670 or go to And be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s interview with Bernhard here.


Reunited and it feels so good

After more than seven years, Old Time Relijun, the experimental ’90s band led by Olympia’s Arrington de Dionyso plays again at 7 p.m. Saturday at Obsidian, 414 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $10 at the door. The show is open to all ages. Kicking Giant and ARLT open. For more information, call 360-890-4425, and read Molly Gilmore’s story about the band here.


Concert to celebrate renovation

Check out the renovated Historic Odd Fellows Lodge in Shelton at Squidstock Productions’ “Springfellows” concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. Originally the Shelton Paramount Theater, the lodge is now a music venue. This concert will feature High Cieling, Publish the Quest, The Hinges and Arch DJ in a 21-and-older event. The theater is located at 127 S. Second St., Shelton. Tickets are $12 and you can get yours at


Shellfish Lovers Unite

There’ll be something for every shellfish lover at the 17th annual Shellfish SLURP from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday. This event at the Fish Brewing Company, 514 Jefferson St. SE in Olympia, highlights the region’s best oysters, clams, mussels and geoducks as well as some of the area’s best brews, wines, and restaurants. Proceeds from the event go to the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association’s Shellfish Habitat Rejuvenation Fund used to support organizations that work on shellfish education and habitat restoration efforts. Tickets are $60 in advance and can be purchased online at, or in person at Ralph’s Thriftway, Bayview Thriftway or the Fish Tale Brew Pub. Tickets are $70 at the door the day of the event. The price of admission covers all food and beverages. For more information, call 360-754-2744.