OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Rita Moreno, An Improbable Peck of Plays 5 and the best local arts and culture for Oct. 13-19.
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A Week of Stage Spectaculars

This week world-renowned superstars Rita Moreno and Dave Peck join South Sound talent on local stages! Look for more notable entertainment in our latest print edition of OLY ARTS, available NOW in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater.

New events this week include Heartsparkle Players' Where Are We Going? stories at Traditions Café, Cuban jazz artists Los Hermanos Arango (at SPSCC's Minnaert Center) and St. John's Cabaret featuring Dave Peck and Lavon Hardison. Saturday the 15th brings Alec Clayton debuting his latest novel at Orca Books and the classic animated film Phantom Boy (at Olympia Film Society). On Sunday, Choral Arts Northwest sings Rachmaninoff's Vespers. Tuesday features survival stories at Rhythm & Rye's StoryOly.

Meanwhile, Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" continues at Olympia Family Theater, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is at Harlequin Productions, and Kathy Gore-Fuss's exhibit of Olympia-history-themed art graces Salon Refu.

The autumn entertainment season is just getting started! This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for the South Sound, Oct. 13-19:

An Evening With Rita Moreno

The table is set with a full course that includes some of Rita Moreno’s favorites from the American songbook, Broadway classics, selections from her new album and even rap. It's a magical night of music, storytelling and a special champagne kickoff to open the season. Recipient of a 2015 Kennedy Center Honor, Moreno is one of only nine performers ever to win all four major artistic awards: the Emmy, the Grammy, the Oscar and the Tony. Most recognized for her Academy-Award-winning role as Anita in West Side Story, her career also includes such seminal hits as The Electric Company on PBS and HBO’s Oz

When: 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13

Where: Washington Center for the Performing Arts,
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

How much: $22-$75

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An Improbable Peck of Plays 5

Presented by Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, this annual event offers a series of locally written and produced short plays. This fifth lineup includes eight productions, in which local playwrights see their work performed by eight actors. While showcasing top-notch talent, An Improbable Peck of Plays also acts as a creative sandbox in which playwrights, actors and directors experiment with their art. Enjoy a powerful and transformative evening of local theatrical talent. 

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 20-22;
10 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22;
2 p.m. Oct. 16

Where: The Midnight Sun Performance Space,

113 Columbia St. N, Olympia

How much: $15
(10/20 pay-what-you-can)

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Lord Franzannian's Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show

Lord Franzannian hosts the 10th edition of this annual program. He’s the alter ego of storyteller/actor/director/producer Elizabeth Lord, transformed with rosy cheeks and a fake mustache. Obsidian is a bigger venue than the show's original home, the Midnight Sun, which is important because this show has grown increasingly popular over the years. Past favorites Sam Miller and Lauren O’Neill are back this year, as is Lord herself, which is to say she’ll do skits as well as hosting the extravaganza as Lord Franzannian.

When: 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16 and 21-23;
a family-friendly matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23

Where: Obsidian,
414 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $15-$25 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

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