Weekend planner for August 20

Friday - Northwest tales

A group of retired Northwest pilots got together to sponsor the State Capital Museum’s screening of “North by Northwest.” The Alfred Hitchcock film, starring Cary Grant as a man mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, will be shown at 9 p.m. today outside the museum, 211 21st Ave. S.W., Olympia. The Movies at the Mansion screening is free, but a $2 donation is suggested. The museum also suggests bringing warm clothes and a chair or blanket. Call 360-753-2580 or go to

Friday - Adventure for family

For those whose tastes run to modern and family-friendly adventure, Tumwater Parks and Recreation offers “Race to Witch Mountain.” The 2009 sci-fi film, a remake of 1975’s “Escape to Witch Mountain,” tells the story of a Las Vegas cabbie protecting two kids with paranormal powers. The screening – part of the Screen on the Green series – begins at dusk at Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive. It’s free. Call 360-754-4160.

Friday-Sunday: Flutes go native

The Flute Quest 2010 Music Festival is three days of concerts, workshops, storytelling and more. It honors the American Indian flute but also includes drumming and didgeridoos. It’s from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Saltwater State Park, 25205 Eighth Place S., Des Moines, with concerts at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. Admission is free during the day, with fees for some workshops. For the evening concerts (Friday’s with Scott August and Saturday’s with Mary Youngblood), tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for ages 16 and younger. Call 425-235-0400, or go to or

Thursday - Go behind the curtain

Harlequin Productions’ “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” premiering Thursday, offers a whole new take on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic – with four Mr. Hydes. The Jeffrey Hatcher adaptation has received much praise. In a review of an Arizona production, a critic for the Arizona Republic called it a “psychological thriller that makes an old-hat horror story scary again,” adding, “It would be a sin to miss it.” Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Aug. 28, Sept. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18, and at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 and 12 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $24-$32. Call 360-786-0151 or go to

Saturday - Music variety

Brooklyn’s Oneida blends improvisation, repetition, driving rhythms, antique and analog equipment and a variety of musical styles to create its music. The band plays at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Also on the bill: Olympia’s own Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa (hallucinogenic post-punk with lyrics in Indonesian) and Seattle’s The Lights. Tickets are $8. Call 360-754-3635 or go to or or

Wednesday - Revival meeting

The jam band-meets-bluegrass sounds of Deadwood Revival will wrap up the annual Music in the Park series in downtown Olympia. The Port Angeles-based quartet, which has been touring as far away as California this month, will perform from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Sylvester Park at Capitol Way and Legion Way, Olympia. As is the case with the entire Olympia Downtown Association series, it’s a free show. Call 360-357-8948 or go to

Thursday - Celebrating suffragettes

Thursday is the 90th anniversary of the day American women received the right to vote. The Thurston County League of Women Voters and the National Organization for Women are celebrating with a free screening of “Iron-Jawed Angels,” a movie about the women who fought for that right. There’ll be a panel discussion following. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-754-3635 or go to