OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Of Mice and Men, an Illuminated Ball fundraiser and the best local arts and culture for Jan. 12-18.
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Winter, do your worst! There's plenty of great indoor entertainment on tap this week in downtown Olympia. In addition to the events below, check out the Heartsparkle Players and poet Clemens Starck, both appearing at Traditions Café. This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, January 12-18.

Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men

In 1937, John Steinbeck published what many consider to be among the finest novels of the 20th century. It explores the depths and value of friendship as George Milton and Lennie Small, two migrant workers, struggle to realize their shared dream of owning a farm in Depression-era California. To this day the role of Lennie, a developmentally disabled man with enormous physical strength, is considered one of the most challenging available to any young actor.  The New York Drama Critics' Circle named the theatrical version, which debuted a year after the novel, as its "Best Play" for that year.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays - Saturdays, Jan. 12-14, 19-21

Where: Capital High School,
2707 Conger Ave. NW, Olympia

How much: $8-$10

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Blind Facsimile

Illuminated Ball

Support Olympia’s yearly Procession of the Species by attending this spectacular fundraiser, a costumed affair that includes a silent auction, pageant, live dancing by the local group RADCO, an aerialist performance and the music of Blind Facsimile. Hors d’oeuvres and no-host wine and beer will be served at the ball, a 21-and-over event. Proceeds go toward sustaining the Procession of the Species in April, a cultural event that expresses Olympia's commitment to preserve the natural world. Advance tickets are available at Traditions Café and World Folk Art. Over 30,000 people attend the spring Procession each year.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14

Where: Olympia Eagles Ballroom,
805 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $40

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Tassel Tuesday


StoryOly is Olympia’s premiere “story slam” event. As with such podcasts as The Moth, Risk!, and Snap Judgment, community members come together each month to share eight-minute stories based on a pre-announced theme. StoryOly aims to encourage and develop community engagement and connection through the medium of storytelling. This month's theme is "Second Wind," hosted by professional storyteller Elizabeth Lord. Remember, you can listen to previous StoryOly anecdotes on OLY ARTS' Tuesday podcast episodes, brought to you by Sandstone Distillery and Rhythm & Rye--so click here and enjoy! Half of all ticket sales at the door go to Olympia SafePlace.

When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17

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

How much: $5-$10

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