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painting by Megan Bailey

Weekend Preview: April 21, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, we’re bringing you everything you need to know about debut author readings,...

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Weekend Preview: April 14, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, Olympia brings stunning musical performances, laugh-out-loud improv shows and a hearty...

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“Facing North,” sculpture with moss and other natural materials by Lucy Gentry Meltzer, overhead natural wood frame by John Corzine, photo by Scot Whitney

REVIEW: Lucy Gentry Meltzer at Salon Refu

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Lucy Gentry Meltzer’s Biophilia Collection at Salon Refu is a selection of small voodoo dolls and sculptural figures on...

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Jeff Hines-Mohrman as Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka and the Everlasting Showstoppers

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS “Who can take a sunrise / Sprinkle it in dew?” We suspect any child of the 1970s, or of any decade since for that matter,...

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Terren Zander and Olympia Poetry Network

Olympia Poetry Network Celebrates the Dead (Poets)

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Once a month, the lights at Traditions Café dim and the noise of a room packed with poets and novelists dies down to a hushed...

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Norway Day, photo by Joanne Gray

Norway Day in Lacey

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS Jippi! Norway Day returns to Thurston County, going strong in its 11th year. Guests are encouraged to attend the annual festival to...

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Garrison Keillor

Weekend Preview: April 7, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there are enough high-profile author talks and beautiful classical music performances to...

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Out on a Limb dancers, photo by Josolynn Jones

Experimental Choreography at Out on a Limb

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Out on a Limb, Olympia’s second-annual showcase for experimental dance, promises some surprises, a few chills and a chance to be part of...

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Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor: Our Prairie Home Companion

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota…” With those familiar words, listeners to A Prairie Home...

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Brianna Kramer

Take a Walkabout at MCE’s Outback Odyssey

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Masterworks Choral Ensemble’s Outback Odyssey, set for Saturday, will include the United States premiere of “Dreams & Visions,”...

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"Once I Was a Baby Blue Convertible," linoleum block print by Mimi Williams

REVIEW: Papercuts, Pastels and Prints at Childhood’s End

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS I have been following Sherry Buckner’s art, mostly in shows at Childhood’s End Gallery, for well over 20 years. Her...

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Scatterbrains

An Evening of Alternative Facts: An Improv Comedy Show

by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS An improv resurrection is happening in Olympia. One of the Puget Sound region’s leading improvisational groups, the Scatterbrains Improv...

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Weekend Preview: March 31, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there are plenty of multicultural events around town to help you step out of your comfort...

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Tumwater Timberland Library

The Battle of Tumwater Library

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS What happens in the library after the lights go out? Friday night at Tumwater Timberland Library, the answer sounds like something out of a...

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Thomas Lockhart, Deya Ozburn, Jeff Hirschberg and Anita Pirkle in The Trip to Bountiful

REVIEW: The Trip to Bountiful

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS I watched a preview performance of The Trip to Bountiful at Olympia Little Theatre. This is a finely polished production....

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Elizabeth Alexander and Simon Tran in Alice in Wonderland

REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland at OFT

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Come out of the rain to kick off spring with Olympia Family Theater’s production of Alice in Wonderland—a lot of fun...

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Weekend Preview: March 24 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there’s more than enough show-stopping theater and music to keep you out of the...

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1984

REVIEW: 1984

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The setting is bleak, harsh, cold. Everything is gray. When the lights come up we see a figure in a fetal position on a...

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Black Violin

Chops and Hip-Hop With Black Violin

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Contrary to the old saying, sometimes it’s Mother who knows best. Just ask Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, violinist for...

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Marek Chabrowski, ink drawing

The Art of Poland and Chopin

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS South Puget Sound Community College and the Lacey-Mińsk Mazowiecki Sister City Association are hosting an evening of music by...

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Mark Alford, Xander Layden and Morgan Picton in TAO's 1984

Yesterday’s Tomorrow Is Today

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Just two days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Pug Bujeaud knew it was time for 1984. She’s directing Theater Artists Olympia’s...

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Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow With the Yamashitas

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Ebb and Flow is the story of an immigrant family and an immigrant oyster. The documentary follows longtime oysterman Jerry Yamashita of...

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Susan Christian

REVIEW: Susan Christian

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Once again Susan Christian is showing her painted stick constructions at her own gallery, Salon Refu. The paintings are...

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Donny McCaslin

Genre-Bending With the Donny McCaslin Quartet

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS With so much crossover of entertainment, fashion and pop culture in today’s society, it’s almost impossible to make music that fits...

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Capital Food & Wine Festival 2016

Capital Food & Wine Festival 2017

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS The Capital Food & Wine Festival is an annual 501(c)(3) fundraiser for Saint Martin’s University. Al Eckroth, director of the...

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Weekend Preview: March 17, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, Olympia has enough musical performances to keep you entertained from morning till...

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St. John's Episcopal Church

Bach Around the Clock

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS March 21 is the 332nd birthday of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and Olympia organist Curt Sather will spend the day—the whole...

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Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants at Tumwater High School

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS For the third year, Caspar Babypants is back to perform at a fundraiser for Apple Tree Productions’s acting class for special needs...

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Snipes Studio

Pottery and Otherness With Kevin Snipes

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Combine whimsical drawings, pottery and a dedication to addressing “otherness” in art, and you’ll find yourself examining the...

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James Patrick

The Trip to Bountiful at Olympia Little Theatre

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS In storytelling and theater, some plays have themes threaded so deeply into their fabric that the audience can’t help but ponder them...

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Jason Haws and David S. Hogan in The Understudy at Harlequin Productions

REVIEW: The Understudy

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS It’s a shame that more than half the seats were empty at Harlequin Productions’s opening-night performance of The...

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Lacey Ethnic Festival

Weekend Preview: March 10, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, the Lacey Ethnic Celebration brings more stunning music, dance, and cultural performances...

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Restless Vocal Band

All Vocals, All Night

by Jennifer Crain for OLY ARTS On March 18, the human voice takes center stage at the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival. This popular event brings the vocal...

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Revolution by Pussy Riot Theatre

Revolution at the Capitol Theater

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS A riot is coming to town! Russian activist band Pussy Riot’s own Marina Alyokhina and Pussy Riot Theater will present the world premiere...

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photo by Dan Barron

REVIEW: Dan Barron at Salon Refu

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS I was warned ahead of time by Salon Refu owner Susan Christian that Dan Barron’s pop-up exhibition of...

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Weekend Preview: March 3, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there’s an abundance of unique theater and live musical performances to help you coax...

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The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance at The Washington Center

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The ever-popular The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty is coming to The Washington Center this spring, performed by the New York...

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"Mountain Lake," screen print by Sherry Buckner

Sherry Buckner’s New Works at Childhood’s End

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Sherry Buckner returns to her beloved theme of plein-air painting in new work for the March exhibition at Childhood’s End Gallery....

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Tom Rawson

Tom Rawson at Traditions Café

by Nora Kovacs for OLY ARTS Northwest favorite Tom Rawson is part folksinger, part storyteller and all about bringing people together. Rawson got his start as a peace...

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Lacey Ethnic Festival

Lacey Ethnic Celebration 2017

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Humans, of all animals, are encoded with the unique ability to be as connected or as separated as they choose. In these days, it’s...

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Studio West Dance Theatre

Studio West Dances to Make a Difference

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Olympia’s Studio West Dance Theatre and Guild provide an enchanting opportunity each year for the community to enjoy an evening of fine...

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Lauren Love

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS If Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom sounds more like the name of a horror video game than the title of a play, there’s good reason:...

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Tents

Tents at Timberline High School

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS The first musical by Olympia Choral Society director Terry Shaw, opening Thursday, tells the stories of people living not in houses or...

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Elizabeth Alexander and Simon Tran in Alice in Wonderland

Olympia Family Theater Discovers the Wonder

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Forget everything you know from Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderland. Olympia Family Theater is about to bring forth the world premiere...

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Weekend Preview: Feb. 24, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, we’re bringing you an eclectic mix of music, dance and cheeky theater to keep you...

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Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro at the Capitol Theater

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Jake Shimabukuro is a ukulele artist whose YouTube channel has been viewed tens of million times, yet many people still can’t...

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OSDEF

Tomorrow, Tomorrow: The OSD Players Present Annie

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS “Leapin’ Lizards! Just look at this joint!” It’s an iconic line, one many people today still recognize even though it’s...

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Jesse Morrow as Nell Gwyn in Playhouse Creatures

REVIEW: Playhouse Creatures

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis is a little-known play written in 1993 and set in Restoration England of the late...

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The Mousetrap, cast photo by Geana Henkes

The Mousetrap at Standing Room Only

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS No spoilers! Yelm’s Standing Room Only theater production company is bringing Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery The Mousetrap to...

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Becky Knold

REVIEW: The Ways We See

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Now showing in The Washington Center for the Performing Arts are paintings by Lois Beck, Becky Knold and Mia Schulte,...

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Weekend Preview: Feb. 17, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, Olympia plays host to can’t-miss author readings, storytelling events and of course,...

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Alexander Boldizar

Alexander Boldizar Author Reading

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Few authors can boast having worked as a porter, jujitsu fighter, lawyer and translator in their short lifetime, nor can most say...

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Dana Winter, Lanita Grice, Heather Christopher, Kate Ayers and Jesse Morrow in Playhouse Creatures

TAO Welcomes Playhouse Creatures

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Most theater fans are aware women were banned from the stage during the Elizabethan period, which meant all female Shakespearean roles...

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Robert and Fannie Mitchell. Tribal affiliation: Dine. Photo by Matika Wilbur

Project 562 at South Puget Sound Community College

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Matika Wilbur’s Project 562 is a photographic document of every native tribe in the United States. She’s traveled more than 250,000...

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Jason Haws and David S. Hogan in The Understudy at Harlequin Productions

The Understudy at Harlequin Productions

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS The world of theater production is as diverse as its international cast and crew, but certain commonalities do exist. The stage...

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PJ Perry, photo by Robert Falk

Weekend Preview: Feb. 10, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there’s no shortage of highly anticipated musical performances, exquisite dance or...

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Valerie Veils

Sealed With a Kiss: Love Letters From Tush! Burlesque

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS More than love will be in the air when Olympia’s Own Tush! Burlesque takes the main stage of The Washington Center four days...

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Aphra Behn (J Benway) and Nell Gwyn (Shannon Agostinelli) in Or,

Or, at Olympia Little Theatre

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Olympia Little Theatre’s latest production, entitled Or, (including the comma), involves sexual freedom, lime-green fabric printed with...

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Felt Decoded by Janice Arnold, photo courtesy of San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design

Felt Decoded by Janice Arnold

by Nora Kovacs for OLY ARTS Felt Decoded, the latest exhibition by Olympia-based textile artist Janice Arnold, has been over two years in the making. From working on...

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Megan Snyder-Camp

Megan Snyder-Camp Poetry Reading

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Each month, Olympia poets, authors and literary enthusiasts gather for an evening of poetry and camaraderie. It’s a chance to let...

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PJ Perry, photo by Robert Falk

Ups and Downs: An Aerial Valentine at Rhythm & Rye

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Look up, look up for acrobatic feats of aerial grace at Rhythm & Rye as Joanna Gibson and her troupe of nine aerialists offer an evening...

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Adult Swim: Love & Magnets (2015)

Good Chemistry at the Hands On Children’s Museum

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Friday night at the Hands On Children’s Museum, the subject is love. In fact, there’ll even be sex education happening at the...

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Uncle Wiggily

Uncle Wiggily at The Oly Old Time Festival

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS The Oly Old Time festivities on Saturday will include a square dance with Portland-based band Uncle Wiggily. Originally formed by the late...

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Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell: Learning From Dead People

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS To read Sarah Vowell’s bestselling nonfiction works or hear her frequent appearances on public radio is to experience our history...

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The Bow Weevils are: top row left to right, Hatcher Cox, Ellie Davis, Rizley Cox; bottom row left to right, Ruby Neatherlin and Annie Davis (photo credit: Emily Teachout).

The Bow Weevils at The Oly Old Time Festival

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Olympia’s Bow Weevils are returning to The Oly Old Time Festival, the site of their 2016 debut. Prior to forming The Bow Weevils, Ruby...

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“Simple Machine,” sculpture by Alair Wells, photo by Gabi Clayton

REVIEW: Faculty Art Show at The Evergreen State College

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Based on previous experience, I expected anything but traditional at in an exhibition of work by faculty and staff at The...

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Pacific Northwest Book Picks for 2017

Olympia bookseller Andrea Y. Griffith of Browsers Bookshop provided readers of OLY ARTS with her book recommendations for Pacific Northwest authors for our winter 2017...

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Weekend Preview: Feb. 3, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there are more than enough theater performances to keep you in your seat, waiting for...

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The Canote Brothers

The Canote Brothers at The Oly Old Time Festival

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Music history is lined with family bands, with qualities spanning the good (the Everly Brothers), the bad (the Jonas Brothers) and the...

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The Heartsparkle Players with top row Cameron Osier, Gaston Excell-Rehm, Sara Rucker and Lydia Beth Leimbach; Aeryk Bjork

The Thunders Have a Passion for Books

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS In “Playback Theatre,” the action on stage comes, not from books or scripts, but from the minds of audience members who are...

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Rufus Wainwright

A Slice of the Good Life With Rufus Wainwright

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Rufus Wainwright has been described as Canada’s most flamboyant man of music. Beneath the flash, though, there’s plenty of substance....

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Emerald City Music

Emerald City Music: Strings Attached and Bridget Kibbey

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS It’s a sad fact that a lot of people, even those who would consider themselves passionate fans of music, still have a blind spot when...

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Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle

Anna and Elizabeth at The Oly Old Time Festival

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS When they perform at The Oly Old Time Festival, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle won’t simply play and sing. They show as much...

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Book-It Repertory Theatre

Last Stop on Market Street

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Lacey Loves to Read aims to get kids fired up about literature. This Thursday, the program will introduce them to theater, too, with a free...

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Oliver Wevers

Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Seattle contemporary dance company Whim W’Him comes to the Minnaert Center for the Arts as part of the South Puget Sound Community...

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The Oly Old Time Festival

A Complete History of The Oly Old Time Festival

A longer history, as told to OLY ARTS by festival founders In 2008, a group of people who enjoyed old-time music—music played with banjo, fiddle and other traditional...

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Touloulou

Touloulou at The Oly Old Time Festival

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Seattle-based Cajun band Touloulou will play for late-night dancers in the South Bay Grange on Feb. 18. The four-piece band is made up of...

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The REDS (River, Eros, Dante and Sage)

The REDS at The Oly Old Time Festival

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS There’s nothing quite as Pacific Northwestern as Olympia’s teen fiddle-and-folk band The REDS. Comprised of Eros and Dante Faulk...

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old-time music

Gimme That Old-Time Music

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS (Featured ART: Maybelle Carter by Paula McHugh) As an art form, one of music’s most admirable traits is its ability to adapt: Trends...

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Oly Old Time Festival Schedule

Concert and Dance Schedule Thursday Night Kick-off Dance (2/16) 7pm – 10pm            South Bay Grange Band:            The REDS         ...

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Oly Old Time Locations

The Oly Old Time Festival is taking place in three locations around Olympia in 2017. – First Christian Church 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia – South Bay...

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Weekend Preview: Jan. 27, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, head downtown to enjoy show-stopping plays, photo documentaries and a workshop and reading...

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Our Town cast members Brian Tyrrell, Clarke Hallum and McKenna Soderberg

Our Town at Olympia High School

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, long-heralded as the most American of plays, graces the stage at Olympia High School this winter under the...

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Kira Batcheller in My Name Is Rachel Corrie

REVIEW: My Name Is Rachel Corrie

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS At long last Rachel Corrie has come home to Olympia in the theatrical form of My Name is Rachel Corrie at Harlequin...

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Polyrhythmics

Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Jan. 20, 2017)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, Olympia artists are stretching their wings to bring you amazing crossover events in...

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Women's March Washington State

Women’s March Washington State

by Nora Kovacs for OLY ARTS The Women’s March on Washington state takes place this Saturday in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. and other...

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The Ghostlight Project

Turn On Your Ghost Light

“In theater,” says Linda Whitney, Harlequin Productions’ artistic director, “it is a tradition to leave a ghost light on when the theater goes dark,...

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SINK

SINK Premiere

by Nora Kovacs for OLY ARTS For almost two years, members of South Puget Sound Community College’s film and production program have been hard at work on an intense...

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The Time Jumpers

Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Jan. 13, 2017)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, we’ll fill you in on all the live storytelling, toe-tapping music and student-led...

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Postcard art by Jacci Butler

REVIEW: Wild Thing at South Puget Sound Community College

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS There are something like 360 art works by approximately 120 artists in the annual postcard show at South Puget Sound...

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