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10 things to do in South Sound this weekend, May 15-17

Friday (May 15)

Thomas Jefferson to take the stage

Delve into the life of Thomas Jefferson when Clay Jenkinson — Rhodes scholar, humanities professor, author and host of “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” on PBS — will bring Jefferson to life on the stage. “An Evening with Thomas Jefferson” will take place at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. It’s a history lesson wrapped up in a realistic presentation. Jenkinson has presented at the White House numerous times and was awarded the first National Humananities Medal by George H.W. Bush in 1994. The presentation is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for OFS members and students. To find out more, go to


The nose knows

Olympia Family Theater is opening Greg Banks’ adaptation of “Pinocchio,” which puts a new frame around the classic tale of a marionette who wishes to be a real boy. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the theater, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $19 for adults; $16 for students, seniors and military; $13 for youth (12 and younger); available at or at the box office. The company recommends the show for ages 5 and older. For more informaiton, call 360-570-1638, go to and read Molly Gilmore’s story here.


Stage productions on tap

Harlequin Productions’ latest show is Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies’ play, “Time Stands Still,” playing at the State Theater, 204 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. It will continue through May 30 with showtimes of 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20-$32 at

“Mama Won’t Fly” presented by Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia, is a story of a four-day cross-country trip with Mom. It is playing through June 7 with showtimes of 7:55 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 1:55 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$14 and you can get yours online at


Theater Artists to present artistry

Come out for the Theater Artists exhibition of “Technician/Artist, Beyond the Stage,” on display at The Washington Center Gallery, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The exhibit features the works of local theater artists that live beyond the walls of the theater. It will continue through July 10. For more information, go to

Saturday & Sunday

Family fun in Lacey

It’s time for the Lacey Spring Fun Fair, which runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. Admission is free to the event known for its food, games, crafts, face painting, entertainment and the Grand Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday. Parking is available on Franz Street, off Pacific Avenue, in the gravel lots by the baseball fields. There are smaller lots available at Baran Drive from Sixth Avenue by the softball field and the dormitories. On Saturday, Intercity Transit will run free shuttles every 15 minutes between 10 a.m.- 5:15 p.m. from the South Sound Mall, near the Flag Pavilion parking lot. For more information, go to and read more here.


Waltz on in

Well-known locals will show off their dance moves — polished with professional help — during Dancing with South Sound’s Stars, a takeoff on “Dancing With the Stars.” The dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $25-$45 for adults; $23-$41 for students, seniors and military; $12.50-$22.50 for youths. After the show, audience members are invited on stage for a dance lesson with local ballroom teachers Rhett and Shona Powers. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to, and be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s story here.


Open Base

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is opening its gates to the public this weekend for its annual Armed Forces Day celebration, an event that pairs military-themed presentations with entertainment for families. The festivities will include a carnival, and kid-friendly performances and exhibitions showing both modern and historical military equipment. A rugby game pitting soldiers against sailors is scheduled to begin about 10 a.m. Civilians are asked to enter the base through JBLM’s DuPont Gate at Exit 119 on Interstate 5. The gate will open to civilians at 10 a.m. Saturday. Visitors should expect some delays entering the base because of security checks.


Valentino’s final film to screen

Step back in time to the days of the silent film at the screening of “The Son of the Sheik,” the 1926 movie staring Rudolf Valentino. His last film before his death, it was highly acclaimed by critics deeming it his best work. It will be accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra at the 8 p.m. showing at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $15 and $10 for OFS members. Get yours at or the box office.


Student Orchestras to perform

The Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia is coming together to present a concert featuring Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 “Romantic.” Also appearing will be the brass choir, academy and debut orchestras at 4 p.m. Sunday. The afternoon will be full of classical works, including a commissioned work by local composer Mark Thome and Schwartz’s concert for brass quintet and orchestra. It will be on the main stage at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $3-$15, plus a $3 service fee, and are available at 360-753-8586 or