• Iconic Mural to be Restored and Rededicated to the Japanese Community
    Artist Austin Davis said, “It was really exciting to be asked to restore this amazing artwork. Having grown up nearby, I’ve seen this mural for years. I had my high school senior portrait taken in front of this mural. And now I have the honor of restoring it and working side by side with Joe [Tougas], who first painted this mural.”
  • Shadow Spins Sci-fi Fable
    String and Or So It Would Seam: A Giant Puppet Voyage Into the Hidden Universe runs through July 21 in Olympia’s Decatur Woods Park and then tours the Northwest till Sept. 1. You really do want to make time for this confection, packed with visual puns and silly walks. String and Shadow’s worlds of fantasy and fable aim to pluck at the strings of universal wonder, innocence, and joy.
  • Animals Attract at SPSCC Juried Show
    There’s been lots of buzz around Susan Christian’s participation as curator of South Puget Sound Community College’s 2024 Southwest Regional Juried Exhibition which runs July 8-Aug. 16. The show includes 39 works by 32 artists from Southwest Washington. Awards will be presented along with a gallery talk by Christian at the opening reception on Thursday, July 11.
  • Capacity Crowds for Tick, Tick … Boom
    Before there was “RENT,” there was “Tick, Tick… Boom!” From Jonathan Larson, the genius who created “RENT,” “Tick, Tick… Boom!” tells the story of Jon, a 29-year-old waiter and aspiring composer who is running out of time to make his mark in the theater world. Broadway Olympia’s production runs through July 14 at OlyTheater, with a pay-what-you-choose performance on July 8.
  • Pick up the print edition of OLY ARTS’ Summer 2024 magazine!
    The OLYARTS free print editions’ distribution area has expanded over the last few years to reach Mason, Thurston, Lewis, and Pierce counties — be sure to grab one! Find out where.
  • Shakespearian Treasure in Lacey’s Wonderwood Park
    “I’ve wanted to stage this play for over 15 years because of the vibrant characters. …So, when you talk about them and create their journeys, you have all these different events to pull from.” Animal Fire co-founder, Austen Anderson, returns to the outdoor stage to direct a stellar cast in this new adaptation in Lacey’s Wonderwood Park he hopes will appeal to audiences unfamiliar with the Bard as well as Shakespearian aficionados.
  • Corpses, Fools and Monsters: The History and Future of Transness in Cinema  
    “It is a great honor to have such prominent authors [Willow Catelyn Maclay and Caden Mark Gardner] meet remotely with our community. They are lauded as two of the best film writers working today, and their new book is poised to become a foundational text about cinema and queer history.” Trans Film Festival and library Zoom event with authors.
  • OLY ARTS Summer 2024 Print Edition
    You can read the articles that are in OLY ARTS Summer 2024 Print Edition from links on this page, and you can read and download the PDF version linked in the website’s sidebar.
  • Harlequin Productions’ Cabaret
    “More than the well-known 1972 film with Liz Minnelli and Joel Grey, the stage musical digs deep into what the rise of the Third Reich meant in the lives of the German people. Cabaret, finally, is a warning,” said Aaron Lambe, Harlequin’s artistic director of their performance playing June 28 to July 28 in their remodeled theater.
  • LoveOly SummerFest 2024
    At “LoveOly SummerFest 2024” running June 21-23, there are family-friendly activities like the much-beloved Pet Parade and live performances from Oly Family Theatre. There’s an impressive line-up for the music stage featuring two days of more than a dozen local and regional bands and musicians.
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