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 spirit. And don’t forget to buy your tickets to The Nutcracker before it’s too late! You don’t want to miss out on this season’s show-stopping ballet performances.

Click here to listen to our podcast version of Weekend Preview, sponsored by Sandstone Distillery.

Follow the links below for more information on each event.



 

NEW EVENTS

Music

[lgc_column grid=”20″ tablet_grid=”20″ mobile_grid=”20″ last=”false”][/lgc_column]
[lgc_column grid=”80″ tablet_grid=”80″ mobile_grid=”100″ last=”true”]



Enjoy the jazzy sounds of the duo Almost Blue at Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen.

Get your blood flowing at the Evergreen rap battle at The Society in support of Black Dog, a nonprofit organization striving to help veterans and families dealing with PTSD.

Sit back and enjoy the rock and bluegrass show by Lit End at Forrey’s Forza in Lacey.

Tap your feet to the musical stylings of Tingstad and Rumbel at their guitar and ocarina holiday show at Traditions Café.

Catch the Michael Gray and Vince Brown Masters of Swing Violin show at Traditions Café.

Join in the holiday festivities with the Messiah sing-along at The Washington Center.

[/lgc_column]

Dance

[lgc_column grid=”20″ tablet_grid=”20″ mobile_grid=”20″ last=”false”][/lgc_column]
[lgc_column grid=”80″ tablet_grid=”80″ mobile_grid=”100″ last=”true”]

Live it up at Rock Candy Burlesque’s “Oh Christmas Tease!” performance at Rhythm & Rye.

[/lgc_column]

Books and Words

[lgc_column grid=”20″ tablet_grid=”20″ mobile_grid=”20″ last=”false”][/lgc_column]
[lgc_column grid=”80″ tablet_grid=”80″ mobile_grid=”100″ last=”true”]

Wax poetic at Olympia Poetry Network’s Season’s Readings event at Traditions Café.

Let your voice be heard at the YWCA Economic Empowerment Program spoken-word performance at Hotel RL Olympia.

Laugh, cringe and smile with storytellers of StoryOly at Rhythm & Rye. This month’s theme is “humiliating.”

[/lgc_column]

CONTINUING EVENTS

Dance

[lgc_column grid=”20″ tablet_grid=”20″ mobile_grid=”20″ last=”false”]The Nutcracker by Ballet Northwest[/lgc_column]
[lgc_column grid=”80″ tablet_grid=”80″ mobile_grid=”100″ last=”true”]

Delight in the delicate movements of The Nutcracker at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts.

Take in the stunning stage sets and costumes of Ballet Northwest’s The Nutcracker at The Washington Center.

[/lgc_column]

Theater

[lgc_column grid=”20″ tablet_grid=”20″ mobile_grid=”20″ last=”false”]Jess Allan and Robert McConkey in The Physician in Spite of Himself[/lgc_column]
[lgc_column grid=”80″ tablet_grid=”80″ mobile_grid=”100″ last=”true”]

Feel the thrill of comedy, mystery and romance colliding in A Christmas Cactus at Olympia Little Theatre.

Laugh alongside friends and family at the holiday comedy The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Olympia Family Theater.

Imagine yourself in 19th-century Louisiana while enjoying The Physician in Spite of Himself at The Midnight Sun.

Find out what everyone is talking about at The Stardust Christmas Enchantment at Harlequin Productions.

[/lgc_column]

Visual Arts

[lgc_column grid=”20″ tablet_grid=”20″ mobile_grid=”20″ last=”false”]Paintings by Bill Collins[/lgc_column]
[lgc_column grid=”80″ tablet_grid=”80″ mobile_grid=”100″ last=”true”]

Lose yourself in the paintings of the Bill Collins exhibit at Allsorts Gallery.

[/lgc_column]

Books and Words

[lgc_column grid=”20″ tablet_grid=”20″ mobile_grid=”20″ last=”false”]salon-refu-lamps-rugs-and-stories[/lgc_column]
[lgc_column grid=”80″ tablet_grid=”80″ mobile_grid=”100″ last=”true”]

Get cozy as local storytellers read at Lamps, Rugs and Stories at Salon Refu. This week’s readers include Lois Beck, Jen Berney and Naima Lowe. [/lgc_column]

To receive a regular update on upcoming events, subscribe to OLY ARTS‘ weekly emailed newsletter.