In the 'Jungal'
Olympia Family Theater’s “Jungalbook” has the familiar characters from the Disney film – and like the Disney film, it has some serious themes mixed in with the fun. “There is some violence,” said Peter Kappler, who is directing the nonmusical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories. “There is some fighting, and animals get killed. That happens in Disney movies, too. We dismiss them as childish, but think of all the Disney movies where a parent dies, often violently.” The theater suggests the show for children 8 and older. Performances continue at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 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 or go to www.olyft.org.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
The folks at Olympia Film Society have been busy lately. Not only have they launched another festival — this one featuring environmental documentaries – but they also have two special screenings with guests this weekend. At 6:30 p.m. Friday is “Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead,” a documentary about a death row inmate’s friendship with a law professor who favors capital punishment. There’ll be a post-film discussion about the justice system with Sarah Craft of Equal Justice USA. At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, there’ll be a screening of “October Country,” a documentary about a troubled family. The filmmakers will be on hand for a Q&A. Screenings are at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets for each event are $8, $5 for film society members. Call 360-754-6670 or go to www.olympiafilmsociety.org.
The mysteries of Agatha Christie have become like comfort food — all the more fun for their familiarity. Director Terence Art compares Olympia Little Theatre’s “Murder on the Nile” to “a live Clue game.” It’s full of intrigue, suspects and 1920s fashions – all in an exotic setting. The production opens at 7:55 tonight at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. N.E., Olympia. Remaining shows are at 7:55 p.m. Saturday and April 15-17 and 22-24 and April 29-May 1, and 1:55 p.m. Sunday, April 25 and May 2. Tickets are $10 on Thursdays, $12 on weekends. Call 360-786-9484 or go to www.olympialittletheater.org.
The English language often uses comparisons to pigs as an insult. They eat too much, they live in sties, they wallow in mud – or worse. But fictional pigs seem to capture our hearts. There’s Wilbur, of course, and then there’s “Babe,” a pig with a talent for herding sheep. The 1995 film (set on Hogget’s farm) is a tale of tolerance and triumph, and it’s this month’s offering in the Olympia Film Society’s children and families series. It’s screening at 4 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for film society members, $3 for children. Call 360-754-6670 or go to www.olympiafilmsociety.org.
The Olympia Chamber Orchestra’s menu of concerts for this season – dubbed “Von Suppe to Nuts” – concludes, fittingly enough, with a concert of sweet confections. Saturday’s “Just Desserts” will include Bizet-Borne’s “Carmen Fantasy,” featuring flautist Richard Lince; Prokofiev’s “Suite from the Love for Three Oranges”; Johann Strauss’s “Wiener Bonbons” and “Champagne Polka”; and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The music begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.washingtoncenter.org.
A new tradition
Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art is now open on Sundays – from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – and the popular music venue is celebrating with free acoustic music in the cafe. The Straw Hat String Band, which plays folk music from contra to Irish and from Latin to Quebecois, will play from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. Call 360-705-2819 or go to www.traditionsfairtrade.com.
Around the world with a cello
Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan will perform Wednesday as part of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts 21st Century Masters series. The Armenia-born Hakhnazaryan, the winner of the 2008 Young Concert Artists Auditions, has played at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He will appear in the 5th Young Concert Artists Festival in Tokyo. His Olympia concert is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Washington Center, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $28 for adults; $26 for students, seniors and military; and $15.25 for youths. On the day of the show, student rush tickets are available for $10. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.washington center.org.
Molly Gilmore/contributing writer