OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Bill Collins, The Nutcracker and the best local arts and culture for Dec. 8-14.
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As the first snowflakes of the year drift past our windows, we find our thoughts turning to community, warmth and the wonders of the holidays. What a beautiful time to share with our neighbors in entertainment traditions both new and old.

Bundle the kids up for live family entertainment on three Olympia stages: The Stardust Christmas Enchantment at Harlequin Productions, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Olympia Family Theater and A Christmas Cactus at Olympia Little Theatre. Or make it a mommy-daddy date night at Theater Artists Olympia's naughty treat, The Physician in Spite of Himself. There's also great entertainment from Heartsparkle Players and a new company, Airbound Arts, so get out there and be part of the action!

This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, December 8-14:

Bill Collins
Bill Collins at Allsorts Gallery

Olympia native Bill Collins has been painting pictures for 38 years. Artist Lynette Charters says of Collins, “He is highly regarded among local artists...At first sight Bill’s paintings seem innocent enough, but they are not a quick read. The more you see, the more you begin to appreciate, as the paint reveals its story bit by bit.” Until recently, Collins' work has been narrative, with people and animals in their natural and sometimes not-so-natural environments. Now he's taken a turn toward the non-objective. In his show at Allsorts, there are stripes and circles and splotches of paint on scraps of cardboard and old bedsheets. His painting style is gritty and raw.

When: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8;
5-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-18

Where: Allsorts Gallery,
2306 Capitol Way S, Olympia

How much: free

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Ballet Northwest is staging its 32nd Nutcracker, while Studio West Dance Theatre presents its eighth. Last year, Ballet Northwest’s version of the Tchaikovsky classic was the highest-grossing in that company’s history. Meanwhile, Studio West’s Nutcracker has grown to spread eight performances over two weekends.

Ballet Northwest

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17;
2 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18

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

How much: $14-$33

Studio West Dance Theatre

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17;
2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17;
1 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18

Where: Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts (SPSCC),
2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia

How much: $16-$25

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Duck the Malls

Duck the Malls

The Olympia Film Society’s 14th-annual Duck the Malls fundraising event is a benefit for Olympia Film Society (OFS). “The Capitol Theater is more than just a movie theater, it is a cultural hub that hosts art, music and other live events,” said volunteer Diane Kurzyna, or “Ruby Re-Usable.” Attendees can expect to find items from over 50 vendors, including handcrafted musical instruments, board games, ironwork, toys and dolls, ceramics, lighting and homemade baked goods (gluten-free and vegan varieties, too) at the concession stand. “The motivation for creating this event was to send a message to support and shop local, and you could avoid the malls,” said OFS executive director Audrey Henley.

When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

Where: Capitol Theater,
206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia

How much: free

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