Weekend Planner for September 17

Friday-Sunday: The horror of 'Hyde'

Harlequin Productions managing artistic director Scot Whitney well remembers his introduction to the story of Jekyll and Hyde. His mom didn’t allow her children to watch anything scary, and a fourth-grade classmate who was allowed to see it told him the story. When he saw the film a few years later, he was disappointed: The details he’d created in his imagination were far more interesting than the reality – and far scarier, too, if one can judge by the Whitney-directed “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” written in 2008 by Jeffrey Hatcher. The production wraps up its run with shows at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $24-$32. Call 360-786-0151 or go to

Saturday: From Africa to Tumwater

Seattle’s Gansango Music and Dance Company will bring the culture of West and South Africa to the Tumwater Library on Saturday. The troupe, directed by the Benin-born Etienne Cakpo, will drum, dance and sing. There’ll be time for questions, too. The free performance is at 2 p.m. at the library, 7023 New Market St., Tumwater. Call 360-943-7790 or go to

Wednesday: Art a deux

Painters Ron Hinson and Barlow Palminteri have quite different styles, but the Olympia-area artists have been sharing ideas and methods for the past few years. Their influence on one another is explored in a joint exhibit, “Illusion/Allusion,” at the Minnaert Center for the Arts gallery at South Puget Sound Community College. The exhibit, on view Wednesday through Oct. 28, opens the gallery’s 2010-2011 season. Enjoy a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Call 360-596-5527 or e-mail

Friday: Blast from the past

Gearing up for next weekend’s celebration of its 25th anniversary, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is offering a look back at 5:30 p.m. today. The center will screen raw footage of people arriving at the gala in the lobby during the opening night show in 1985. On stage that night was Ben Vereen, who’ll return to perform and host the Silver Gala on Sept. 25. It’s a chance to see family, friends and maybe even yourself on the big screen. It’s free. The center is at 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-753-8586 or go to

Saturday & Sunday: Bright ideas for your home

New ideas for home and garden — including green methods and materials — can be found at the Olympia Master Builders Big Home & Garden Show. (Yes, “big” is part of the name – and for very good reason.) The show also features a chance to learn from experts in the field, including Ed Hume, Meghan Black and Ciscoe Morris. The show is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Admission is officially $8, but there’s a $3 coupon at For more details, call 360-754-0912 or go to

Saturday: Violin variety

Violinist and composer Kim Angelis is inspired by both gypsy music and classical. The award-winning musician will stop in Olympia with guitarist Josef Gault for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W. Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 for students and those with low incomes. Call 360-705-2819 or go to

Sunday: 19th-century style birthday

Experience living history Sunday at the Crosby House Museum when the Tumwater Historical Association celebrates the birthday of Cordelia Crosby (the grandmother of Bing Crosby) in August 1860. There’ll be yard games and music. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the museum, 703 Deschutes Way S.W., Tumwater (at the entrance of Tumwater Historical Park). Admission is free, and donations are accepted. Call 360-264-2923 or e-mail