OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Harlequin Productions, Olympia Family Theater and the best local arts and culture for Sept. 29 -  Oct. 5.
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Each week this newsletter highlights three cultural events worthy of your time and money. This weekend marks the true opening of Olympia's theatrical season, so OLY ARTS pays tribute to artists who work both onstage and behind the scenes. That's why our new "pumpkin-spiced" fall issue of OLY ARTS boasts an in-depth interview with Marko Bujeaud and Bruce Haasl, two technical wizards at Harlequin Productions.

Of course, there are plenty more than three events going on this week. In addition to venues highlighted below, check out fiddler and banjoist Bruce Molsky at Arbutus Folk School, Lacey Children's Day at Huntamer Square, the Sweet Adelines' Once Upon a Jukebox at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts, The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Capitol Theater, artist Kathy Gore-Fuss at Salon Refu, an Organ and Bagpipe Spectacular at St. John's Episcopal Church and a talk with Boys in the Boat author Daniel James Brown at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Whew! That doesn't leave much time for raking leaves! (You're welcome.)

Happy fall, everybody! Your OLY ARTS newsletter is an early-autumn digest for the South Sound, Sept. 29 - Oct. 5:

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Proteus (Adam St. John) is fickle. Promised to Julia (Kira Batcheller), he falls in love with Silvia (Jessica Weaver) after he’s agreed to help best friend Valentine (Jeffrey Painter) woo her. Director Scot Whitney's production features costumes and sets that call to mind the art of Maxfield Parrish. The most sensible characters are the fools: Speed (Andrew Bullard), the servant of Valentine, and Proteus’s man Launce (Jason Haws). Launce and his dog, Crab, are the source of the play’s broadest comedy. Crab gets into mischief and Launce remains loyal--in contrast to some of the gentry.

When: 8 p.m. Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 and Oct. 5-8, 13-15 and 20-22;
2 p.m. Oct. 2, 9 and 16

Where: Harlequin Productions’ State Theater,
202 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $20-$34 (Oct. 5 is pay-what-you-can)

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Look for print copies of OLY ARTS' fall edition
at fall Arts Walk, Lacey Children's Day, Olympia Family Theater and other live events!

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"

Parents and young children will undoubtedly be familiar with Piggie and Gerald, the duo who stars in author, illustrator and Caldecott Medal-winner Mo Willems’ easy-reader series. The play is an adaptation and mashup of books in the Elephant and Piggie series. Each book has been transformed into a song, with backup singing by narrators The Squirrelles. Isaac McKenzieSullivan plays the part of the elephant, Gerald. Joanna Gibson plays Piggie. There are sure to be laughs from all audience members, regardless of age. Piggie and Gerald tackle friendship’s intricacies and insecurities with humor, heart and song.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 6, 14 and 21;
2 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27, Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23

Where: Olympia Family Theater,
612 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $13-$19 (Oct. 6 is pay-what-you-can)
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Olympia Zine Fest

Olympia Zine Fest begins Sept. 30 with a celebration featuring Osa Atoe. The main event, the tabling expo, takes place Oct. 1, and a number of workshops begin the following day. "Zinesters" from around the nation flock to Olympia to showcase their work, selling zines to the public and trading volumes with other creators. Zines are small self-published magazines. A zine’s content can vary as much as its medium, from politics and comics to punk rock fanzines and poetic rambles.

When: pre-show at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30;
tabling expo 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1;
workshops 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2

Where: pre-show at Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia;
tabling expo at Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia;

Sunday workshops are held concurrently in two locations:

  • MIXX-96 office, 119 Washington St. N
  • Obsidian, 414 Fourth Ave. E

How much: free workshops, zines for purchase

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