Weekend planner for April 23

Friday - Comedy with a twist

Fabric designer Mark Lipinski bills himself as the “Bad Boy of Quilting.” Lipinski is known for talks that combine stand-up comedy with quilting. The Washington Stars Quilt Guild is bringing Lipinski, a frequent guest on HGTV’s “Simply Quilts,” to Olympia at 7 p.m. today at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $22.50, $7.50 for guild members. Call 360-753-8586.

Friday & Saturday: Page to stage

This weekend offers a choice of two literary classics on stage. “Inherit the Wind,” directed by Olympia’s Pug Bujeaud, opens Friday at the Evergreen Playhouse in Centralia. The play is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial” that put evolution before a court of law. Performances are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, plus April 30 and May 1, 7 and 8, and 2 p.m. May 1 and 9 at the playhouse, 226 W. Center St., Centralia. Tickets are $15 for Friday and Saturday performances, $10 for Sunday matinees. Call 360-736-8628, or go to http://evergreenplay And Olympia Little Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile” continues with performances at 7:55 p.m. today and Saturday, plus April 29-May 1, and 1:55 p.m. Sunday and May 2 at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. N.E., Olympia. Tickets are $10 on Thursdays, $12 on weekends. Call 360-786-9484.

Saturday: The might of Dwight

Johnny Cash called Dwight Yoakam his favorite country singer. But singer-songwriter Yoakam — who plays Saturday in Shelton with Chance McKinney – often played with punk bands such as Hsker D early on. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at Little Creek Casino, 91 state Route 108, Shelton. Tickets are $50, $60 and $65. Ages 21 and older. Call 360-432-7300.

Sunday: A quick trip to Russia

How often does someone get to spend a night in Russia? The Olympia Symphony Orchestra is offering an aural version of that in the final concert of its “World Tour Revisited” season. On the program for “A Night in Russia”: Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. The concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $20-$50. Call 360-753-8586.

Sunday: Water battle

Dragons are hot stuff, especially dragons in 3-D. Check out dragon boats in the original three dimensions – live, that is – at the fifth annual Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday. The festival, hosted by Saint Martin’s University and the Washington Dragon Boat Association, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Port Plaza in downtown Olympia. Twenty-four teams will compete. Call 360-438-4598, or go to

Thursday: 17 Grammys

That’s how many awards Pat Metheny has received — and he’s been nominated 33 times in 12 categories, more than any other performer in history. Metheny will play Thursday in Olympia as part of his Orchestrion tour, which uses new technology that allows him to create orchestral music himself. Metheny will play at 7:30 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $37.50-$62.50, with discounts for students and seniors. Call 360-753-8586.