Weekend planner for August 6

Saturday - Happy birthday, Sand Man

Olympia’s historic tugboat, the Sand Man, has been chugging along since 1910, including 75 years as a working tug. The boat, now a floating history museum moored at Percival Landing, will be celebrated from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday with free tours, food booths, music and speeches. The free event is at Port Plaza at the Port of Olympia, near Anthony’s Homeport. Go to for details.

Sunday - Opera reinterpreted

Capital Playhouse’s Kids at Play will offer “Aida.” It’s not the Verdi opera but rather the Elton John and Tim Rice musical version with its plot based on a children’s book version of the story. The plot has retained the very dramatic quality of an opera. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today-Sunday and 2 p.m. Sunday at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $19 for adults, $14 for seniors/youths. Call 360-753-8586 or go to

Saturday - Ride 'em

Cool Rides at the Ridge is more than a car show. The event also offers bikes, radio-controlled car races and a pinewood derby for kids. The free show is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at River Ridge High School, 350 River Ridge Drive S.E., Lacey. Call 360-412-4820.

Today - Double dip

Olympia Downtown Association’s Music in the Park offers a double dip of tunes this week, with a bonus show today in addition to the regular Wednesday offering. Tonight’s concert features a cappella group M-Pact. The Los Angeles-based sextet has won a number of awards, including being Grand National Champions in the Harmony Sweepstakes. See M-Pact from 7-8:30 p.m. at Port Plaza at the Port of Olympia. Next Wednesday, the Tacoma Concert Band plays Sylvester Park on Capitol Way in downtown Olympia. Both shows are free. Call 360-357-8948 or go to

Thursday - Out of the Kracker box

Country popster Uncle Kracker has the kind of pseudonym that invites puns. But it’s no joke that he began his musical career as a DJ for Kid Rock and has had huge hits with “Follow Me” and a remake of “Drift Away.” The singer, whose real name is Matthew Shafer, will bring his show to the Napavine Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Thursday. The Lewis County outdoor venue is at 207 W. Washington, Napavine, off Interstate 5’s exit 72. Tickets are $25 and $45. Call 800-992-8499 or go to

Saturday - Optimistic odyssey

The year 2012 has taken on an ominous meaning; consider the film by that name about the end of the world as we know it and the journey of the survivors. But in the new “2012: Time for Change,” an alternative is offered. The film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck on a quest for a new way of living that integrates ancient wisdom with science. The film will screen at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. A panel discussion will follow. Tickets are $8, $5 for Olympia Film Society members. Call 360-754-6670.

Today - Sunday: History lesson courtesy of 'Laramie Project'

“The Laramie Project” was created by a group of students who conducted interviews with residents of the town of Laramie, Wyo., after the 1998 murder there of Matthew Shepard, a student who was tortured and killed because he was gay. “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,” from the South Puget Sound Community College theater department, revisits the residents of Laramie — as well as the murderers and Shepard’s mother — a decade later. Shows are at 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Aug. 12-14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 15 at SPSCC’s Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for students/faculty/staff; for Thursday’s show, pay what you can. Call 360-753-8586.