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OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Derek Sheen, Joe Baque and the best local arts and culture for Jan. 5-11.
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It's a quiet, wintry week in Olympia, as most local arts organizations prepare for a dazzling new year--but that doesn't mean there won't be terrific acts to enjoy! You can also catch the reprise of The Physician in Spite of Himself at The Midnight Sun Performance Space at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Don't miss out on a colorful confection of naughty fun! This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, January 5-11.

Derek Sheen
Derek Sheen

Derek Sheen is a cuddly mess of insecurities, a gifted, one-of-a-kind storyteller. He’s been a featured performer at several comedy festivals, and he’s toured with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn and Janeane Garofolo. His debut album, Holy Drivel, is available from Rooftopcomedy.com. Paste magazine says, “Derek Sheen has the uncanny ability to take mundane events and turn them into over-the-top comedy.” Nate Rankin adds, “Derek Sheen not only recites a recipe for buttermilk biscuits within his stand-up routine, but he also constructs a comedy hour that’s a bigger guilty pleasure than arteries stuffed with butter and cookie dough.” This event is intended for guests 21 years of age and older.

When: 9-10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6

Where: 4th Ave. Tavern,
210 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $10

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Joe Baque

Joe Baque

Traditions Café brings highly acclaimed piano and vibraphone player Joe Baque to the stage. Baque has been playing music for audiences since he was six, and has spent his life performing jazz in cabarets, clubs and concert halls across the country. He’s even worked with Louis Armstrong, Zoot Sims, and Lena Horne. He’ll be accompanied by Carol Baque on vocals and Steve Luceno on bass. The Olympian calls Joe Baque a "philosopher and mentor to dozens of area musicians--fledglings and professionals alike. He is the pied piper of music, attracting an unlikely audience everywhere he goes...Playing with meticulous precision, he interprets the minutest details of a song's interior."

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7

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

How much: $10-$15

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Tassel Tuesday

Tassel Tuesday

Tassel Tuesday is a burlesque and variety revue produced by Rock Candy Burlesque on the second Tuesday of every month at Rhythm & Rye. This production gives burlesque and other performing artists stage time while providing its audience with quality entertainment. Rock Candy Burlesque welcomes artists of all walks of life, at all levels of experience, to foster a healthy artistic community. It strives to keep Tassel Tuesday an all-inclusive event, so it doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender, sexuality, gender presentation, age or size. The current lineup includes Bananas Foster, Kristina Weena, Ms. May B. Naughty, Momo LaVein, Riveting Rosey, Ruby T Gray and Zsa Zsa Bordeaux.

When: 8:30-11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10

Where: Rhythm & Rye,
311 Capitol Way N, Olympia

How much: $10

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