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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Starry Messenger, art by Nikki McClure

Starry Messenger at Olympia Family Theater

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS Heliocentrism isn’t a radical idea anymore, but that wasn’t the case 400 years ago. Olympia Family Theater will premiere its production...

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Table Sugar

The Surprising Sounds of Table Sugar

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS For some bands, messiness can be a virtue. Not everyone thrives on the airtight compositions of Robert Fripp or other leaders of...

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The Time Jumpers

Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Country superstar Vince Gill will perform Friday in Olympia, but he won’t, strictly speaking, be playing country music. Gill, who’s won...

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Heartsparkle Players

A Different Challenge for Heartsparkle Players

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Heartsparkle Players is best known for its Playback Theater performances, in which the players act out audience members’ stories. Away...

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Jess Allan and Robert McConkey in The Physician in Spite of Himself

Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Jan. 6, 2017)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, we’ll give you all the details you need to break free from the winter gloom and...

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Rachel Corrie

At Long Last, Her Name Is Rachel Corrie

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Even now, 13 years after her death at age 23, few names are more controversial in Thurston County than that of Olympia activist Rachel...

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John Pratt in OLT's Educating Rita

Chaucer Comes to Life on Stage

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS In mid-January 2017, Olympia Little Theatre will produce a staged reading of A Lollard in the Wind: Chaucer’s Dilemma by local...

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Airbound Underground

Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Dec. 30, 2016)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, we’ll help you decide which concerts, shows and plays you can’t miss if you want...

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David Maldonado, Molly Quinn, Tad Mettler, Heidi Fredericks, Daniel Fassnacht and Henry Meyer in ATP's Les Miz

Apple Tree Productions’ Les Misérables

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Imagine you have five days to rehearse and perform the musical Les Misérables. Now add that you’re still a teenager and have little...

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The Stardust Christmas Enchantment

Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Dec. 23, 2016)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, we’ll help you decide which events to squeeze into your holiday-packed schedule,...

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Solstice spiral walk at Unity of Olympia

Solstice Celebrations

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS The earth rotates around its north-sound axis once each day, but that axis has a tilt of 23.5 degrees with respect to the sun. In...

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Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Dec. 16, 2016)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there’ are more than enough winter readings and musical shows to keep you in the holiday...

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Olympia Poetry Network

Seasons Readings From Olympia Poetry Network

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS What would the holiday season be if it didn’t include a bit of winter poetry, read under the warm glow of a lamp in a cozy room? The...

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Jess Allan and Robert McConkey in The Physician in Spite of Himself

REVIEW: The Physician in Spite of Himself

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Once again Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) has taken a classic and updated it to make it, if not better than the original, then...

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Messiah Sing-Along

O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings—Messiah Sing-Along

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS As the winter months descend on the world, the cold and darkness is met with a combination of reverie and revelry. Nights get quieter, and...

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Monica Russell in The Nutcracker

Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Dec. 9, 2016)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there are plenty of author readings and plays on Olympia’s many stages, not to...

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STOMP, photo by Steve McNicholas

Stomp Clangs Its Way to Olympia

by Guy Bergstrom for OLY ARTS The international hit Stomp—which first hit the London stage in 1991 and has been playing on Broadway since 1994—is coming to Olympia...

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"Song of Aloha," letterpress by Chandler O'Leary

Author Reading and Letterpress Artist

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Local letterpress artists and authors Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring have taken an active role in keeping feminism strong in...

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Josh Kilen

Josh Kilen at Browsers Bookshop

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Pacific-Northwest author Josh Kilen will be reading from his newest book, Around the Sound: Amusing Thoughts and Tales from...

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Foghorn Stringband

Foghorn Stringband at NOVA School

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Foghorn Stringband has long been lauded as one of the main forces behind the Northwest revival of old-time music. These days, though, the...

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St. John's Episcopal Church

Lessons and Carols at St. John’s Episcopal Church

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Music is part of the mission of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and the annual Service of Lessons and Carols is a shining example. The...

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Paintings by Bill Collins

Bill Collins Paintings at Allsorts Gallery

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Here’s a match made in heaven: Bill Collins and Allsorts Gallery. Olympia native Bill Collins has been painting pictures for 38 years....

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“Gravity,” pastel on monoprint by Marilyn Frasca, courtesy Childhood’s End Gallery

REVIEW: 45th-Anniversary Show at Childhood’s End Gallery

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Art galleries come and go, but Childhood’s End Gallery has been a stable anchor in downtown Olympia for 45 years. It...

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salon-refu-lamps-rugs-and-stories

Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Dec. 2, 2016)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there’s a variety of musical and theatrical performances happening around town and...

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The United Churches of Olympia

The United Churches of Olympia Celebrates 100 Years

by Jennifer Crain for OLY ARTS This Sunday, a downtown Olympia church will celebrate its first century. The 10:30 a.m. service at The United Churches of Olympia will...

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Duck the Malls, photo by Audrey Henley

Duck the Malls at the Capitol Theater

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS The Olympia Film Society’s 14th-annual Duck the Malls fundraising event is a benefit for Olympia Film Society (OFS). The funds raised by...

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Paintings by Bill Collins

Bill Collins Paintings at Allsorts Gallery

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Here’s a match made in heaven: Bill Collins and Allsorts Gallery. Olympia native Bill Collins has been painting pictures for 38 years....

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Monica Russell in The Nutcracker

Nutcracker, Nutcracker

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS As the 124th anniversary of its first production approaches, The Nutcracker might be more popular than ever. There’s an entire website...

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PoetryMusic

PoetryMusic at Olympia Timberland Library

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Library concerts, once startling, have become commonplace. But PoetryMusic—which fuses literary classics with wide-ranging...

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downtownfortheholidays

Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Nov. 25, 2016)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. We hope you’re ready for the holidays, because they’re in full swing in Olympia this week...

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Masterworks Choral Ensemble

Jingle: A Christmas Celebration

by Jennifer Crain for OLY ARTS On December 3, the Masterworks Choral Ensemble’s annual Christmas concert kicks off the Yuletide season. Gary Witley, director of the...

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Olympia Toy Run, photo by Jimmi Davies

Get Your Motor Runnin’ for Olympia Toy Run

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS Once a year, the streets of Olympia close for a few hours as thousands of motorcycles roar down Pacific Avenue onto State, Capitol, Fifth...

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Jill Carter's preparation for The Nutcracker

Jill Carter’s Land of the Sweets

READ COMPLETE JILL CARTER INTERVIEW HERE >> PRINT ARTICLE BELOW >> by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS When the curtain first rose on Jill Carter’s original set...

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Jill Carter’s Land of Sweets (Complete Interview)

READ PRINT ARTICLE HERE >> COMPLETE INTERVIEW BELOW >> by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS Here’s a holiday story: Once upon a time, a talented, young woman began a...

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Kathy Gore-Fuss, Gabi Clayton, and Susan Christian at Salon Refu

Story Time at Salon Refu

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Olympia’s ever-surprising art gallery Salon Refu is instituting story time for the holiday season. Local poets, writers, storytellers and,...

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