Saturday - Funky lawyers
Olympia band Func Pro Tunc is made up mostly of legal eagles, including the Righteous Mothers, Vince Brown and more. The band – known for covers of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Prince and more – will put on a Saturday night dance to raise money for Olympia therapist, meditation teacher and artist Beth Fischer, who is living with cancer. The event begins at 8 p.m. at the 4th Avenue Tavern, 210 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Suggested donation is $20. Get tickets at Traditions, Rainy Day Records and at the door. Call 360-412-1319.
Today - Party like it's 1833
Fort Nisqually, a living-history museum, is kicking up its heels at the first Friday at the Fort. The adults-only event features music by Mooncoyne, refreshments for sale (including beer from Gig Harbor’s 7 Seas Brewing and empanadas from Pampeana, plus wine and soft drinks) and a chance to dance. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the gate. Fort folks suggest bringing your own chair. Go to www.fridayatthefort.org or www.fortnisqually.org.
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Saturday - Sunday: All-night zine
The Zine Thing is a workshop – but it goes on, in the style of Olympia Film Society’s all-night horror-movie marathons, all night. Staying awake from 5:30 p.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday (yes, that’s only 231/2 hours) is not the event’s only challenge. The purpose is to make a 24-page zine in 24 hours. And this is a proudly low-tech workshop, so the tools available will be on the order of typewriters and glue sticks. The event will include a break at 8 p.m. to hear music by Olympia’s Broken Water. It’s sponsored by Olympia Timberland Regional Library but will be at Northern, 321 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, so the action can go on around the clock. For details, call 360-352-0595.
Wednesday - Thursday: All's fair
It wouldn’t be summer without that headline appearing at least once, would it? This week it’s the Thurston County Fair, an old-fashioned blend of animals, crafts, rides and food that fires up Wednesday. The fair is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Aug. 7 and from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 8. It’s at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and older), $5 for youths (6-14), and free for children 5 and younger. Call 360-786-5453.
Today - Saturday: Beach Boys, Beatles, Bob
Harlequin Productions’ “Sixties Kicks” has the B’s of that decade — and the beats as well. The musical revue has 37 songs, including a gospel version of “Let It Be” that Olympian reviewer Alec Clayton called “transformative.” The show wraps up its extended run at 8 p.m. today and Saturday (1/2 price online tickets for 30 and younger). at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $34-$37. Call 360-786-0151 or go to www.harlequinproductions.org.
Saturday - What's the Matter?
Matter is a downtown art gallery specializing in art made from recycled materials and found objects. But on Saturday, you’ll find there not just visual art but also a live gypsy jazz. The Matter Gallery Mid-Summer Gathering, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, will feature a chance to meet many of the gallery’s artists, plus hear music by Michael Gray of Pearl Django and Olympia swing guitarist Vince Brown. The gallery is at 113 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia, and the gathering is free. Call 360-943-1760 or go to www.matteroly.com.
Saturday - Bike, run and paddle to the Fish
The Olympia Traverse, inspired by the life cycle of a salmon, includes trail running, biking and paddling and ends with a trek to (where else?) the Fish Tale Brew Pub. It’s too late to register for the event, which begins in Capitol Forest and ends at Swantown Marina. But it’s not too late to see what salmon do after they’ve had a beer or two, since the teams will be hanging out in the evening at the Fish Tale, 513 Jefferson St. S.E., Olympia. Go to www.olympiatraverse.com.