OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features TAIKOPROJECT, Letters to Sala and the best local arts and culture for Oct. 20-26.
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New events this week include two performances of An Act of the Imagination at Olympia Little Theatre, Night of the Writhing Dead: Sweet Screams V from Rock Candy Burlesque and a classical organ concert by eminent musician Douglas Cleveland at The United Churches of Olympia.

Meanwhile, local stages are dancing with encore performances of Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Olympia Family Theater, Improbable Peck of Plays 5 at Theater Artists Olympia, Lord Franzannian's Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show at Obsidian and The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Harlequin Productions. Also, be sure to check out Kathy Gore-Fuss's exhibit of Olympia-history-themed art at Salon Refu.

Beat the rain by settling in for terrific, live, indoor entertainment! This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for the South Sound, Oct. 20-26:


Los Angeles-based TAIKOPROJECT is a worldwide drumming sensation, having performed on the 2009 Academy Awards, the 2011 Grammy Awards, NBC’s The Voice and The X-Factor. It was featured on Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live. TAIKOPROJECT hits the stage with reinvented forms of traditional Japanese drumming in high-energy American style.This Olympia concert is presented as part of South Puget Sound Community College’s “Artist & Lecture” series for 2016-2017.

When: 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20

Where: Kenneth J. Minnaert Center,
South Puget Sound Community College,
2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia

How much: $8-$10

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Letters to Sala

Letters to Sala

During World War II, a young Jewish girl managed to document her survival through the travails of wartime Germany. Finally, when she was 67 years old, she revealed her painful history to her grown daughters. The play Letters to Sala retells this true story with powerful drama as a part of Olympia High School’s theater season. “As a teacher," says director Kathy Dorgan, "I think it’s so important for kids to see historical events as (happening), not only to millions of faceless people, but to individuals."

When: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 21, 22, 27-29

Where: Olympia High School, 1302 North St., Olympia

How much: $5

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Ben Folds

Ben Folds and a Piano

Ben Folds is one of the major music influencers of his generation. He’s shared the stage with the world’s greatest symphony orchestras and led the charts with his own pop hits. His solo tour will deliver a high-energy rock performance on solo piano. He’ll take requests: “People have been throwing paper airplanes with requests on them for the second half,” he told OLY ARTS. “That’s a wild ride. I just have to pick up what’s on the floor and play that.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26

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

How much: $16-$259

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