OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features the launch of Washington 129, An Evening of Alternative Facts and the best local arts and culture for April 13-19.
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It's all about finding les mots justesthe right words, that isin Olympia this week. With that in mind, you'll want to catch the Olympia Poetry Grand Slam at Woman's Club of Olympia tonight and classic crooners Under the Streetlamp at The Washington Center tomorrow night. Meanwhile, the theatrical adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 will finish its run after this Friday and Saturday. Talk about entertaining words: Rhythm & Rye hosts an evening of "Freaky" revelations at StoryOly this Tuesday at 6 p.m. Finally, if you think it's all been said, may we suggest Without Words, a performance of chamber music by Emerald City Music at The Washington Center this Saturday. This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, April 13-19.

Tod Marshall
Washington 129

April is National Poetry Month! Come celebrate at the state capitol’s Columbia Room. Washington-state poet laureate Tod Marshall and many other poets will launch Washington 129, a new anthology of poems. Why the number 129? Washington is celebrating its 129th year of statehood this year, and Marshall is commemorating the milestone with a personally curated collection of 129 poems centered around the Evergreen State. Over 2,000 poems were submitted to Marshall last winter. The Washington 129 project is funded by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission. Enjoy light refreshments, a poetry reading and a chance to connect with Washington’s thriving poetry community.

When: 5 p.m. Thursday, April 13

Where: Columbia Room,
Washington State Capitol Building,
416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia

How much: free

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An Evening of Alternative Facts

One of the region’s leading comedy groups, Scatterbrains Improv Comedy Troupe, disbanded years ago after being featured at Seattle’s Bumbershoot, Olympia’s Capital City Pride and Tacoma’s First Night. “People moved; people started families; people got other jobs,” says co-founder Kris Mann. “Life just got in the way. But now, for one night only, we’re back.” The reunited Scatterbrains will be joined by another South Sound improvisational-theater team, Lady Town, who contributed members Rebecca Rogers and Amber Sayman Scatterbrains and Lady Town came together for a purpose: “For this show," says Mann, "we’re providing all donations to local, progressive nonprofits.”

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 15

Where: The Washington Center Black Box,
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

How much: donations accepted

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Terren Zander

Dead Poets 2017

Once a month, the lights at Traditions dim and the noise of a room packed with poets and novelists dies down to a hushed whisper. The crowd anxiously awaits one of Thurston County’s highest-regarded and longest-standing literary events: the Olympia Poetry Network’s monthly reading and open-mic session. This spring, OPN continues its legacy as the premiere, local, literary organization with its annual Dead Poets Reading. Board members choose a dead poet each year, then dress up in and channel that poet's likeness in an onstage performance and reading. “It’s my favorite event of the year!” said Clarkson. “In this climate," she said, "more and more we have to stand up for ourselves and what we do, and say, ‘This is vitally important.’”

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19

Where: Traditions Café and World Folk Art,
300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia

How much: free

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