Friday - Variety show
Three female-driven bands add up to a diverse show Friday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Headlining the show is San Francisco-based black-metal band Ludicra, which blends punk, traditional metal and neofolk. Also on the bill: low-fi rockers Pierced Arrows, and Lullaby Arkestra, a metal drum and bass combo. The all-ages show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for Olympia Film Society members. They’re available at www.buyolympia.com/events, Rainy Day Records, Phantom City Records, and the box office the night of the show. Call 360-754-6670.
Friday - 'Jungal' gym
Olympia Family Theater’s “Jungalbook,” an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories, is set on a jungle gym – a 14-foot-high structure designed for adults to climb on. The show isn’t all fun and games; animal characters do die, and the theater suggests it for ages 8 and older. Performances are at 7 p.m. today and April 8-10 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and April 10-11 at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students and members of the military; and $8 for ages 12 and younger. Call 360-753-8586.
Friday - Raw 'Rent'
Capital Playhouse’s “Rent” is a production the show’s late creator, Jonathan Larson, would have liked, according to Olympian theater critic Alec Clayton. “The performance was loud, raucous and edgy,” he wrote. “The music was hard-edged, with screeching guitars. The singing and acting were outstanding, but rough around the edges. I got the impression that was exactly what Jonathan Larson had in mind when he wrote the book, music and lyrics.” See the last shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the playhouse, 612 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Tickets are $31-$37 for adults, $26-$32 for seniors and youths. Call 360-943-2744 or go to www.capitalplayhouse.com.
Friday - Sunday: More to love
If you missed Olympia Little Theatre’s “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged,” you haven’t necessarily missed it. Clayton wrote of the show: “In my career as a theater critic, I can hardly remember laughing so much or hearing so much laughter.” The production, which ended its Olympia run with a waiting list, scheduled an additional run at Evergreen Playhouse in Centralia. Performances are at 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday at the playhouse, 226 W. Center St., Centralia. Tickets are $12 at www.buy olympia.com and at the theater the night of the show. (Students can get tickets for $10 the night of the performance, if available.) Call 360-786-9484.
Saturday - A musical Pearl
Pearl Django lead guitarist Neil Andersson will join Vince Brown, Olympia’s busiest guitarist, for a concert Saturday night. Andersson will perform as part of Brown’s monthly “Jazz in the Cellar” series at Swing Cafe & Wine Bar, 825 Columbia St. S.W., Olympia. The show is from 9-11 p.m.. There’s no cover charge, but reservations are recommended. Call 360-357-9464.
Saturday - Bone-rattling read
Northwest writer Cherie Priest will read from and discuss “Boneshaker,” her award-winning steampunk adventure novel. The book won a 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association book award and is a finalist for the Nebula Award, presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Steampunk fiction features a historical setting and steam-powered machines. The story, set in the early days of the Civil War, follows the inventor of the Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine, which decimates Seattle’s banking district. The reading is from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday at Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Admission is free, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Call 360-352-0595.
Friday - Saturday: Grief and hope
Harlequin Productions’ “Rabbit Hole,” wrapping up its run Saturday, is about a couple grieving the death of their child. But that isn’t to say the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by David Lindsay-Abaire is a depressing evening at the theater. “I saw a production of it at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and literally fell in love with it,” said Brian Tyrrell, directing the play for Harlequin. “It’s so wonderfully touching but in the best possible way – not in a sentimental way.” Remaining performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $22-$33. Call 360-786-0151.