OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features fall Arts Walk, Arabesque and the best local arts and culture for Oct. 6-12.
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OLY ARTS Is All About Arts Walk!


Each week this newsletter highlights three cultural events worthy of your time and money. This Friday brings one of the highlights of Olympia's cultural calendar: fall Arts Walk! Of course the latest print edition of OLY ARTS is your insider's guide, highlighting 16 visual artists you should get to know better.

In addition to events highlighted below, Saturday the eighth is a huge day for local music. Enjoy the Dover Quartet at St. Michael's Westside Church, a Summer Departs program from the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and Olympia Youth Chorus, Transcendence: Songs About Love, Life and Purpose from Masterworks, and local rock quintet Swoon at McCoy's Tavern.

If you're a fan of local theater, Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" continues at Olympia Family Theater, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona is in its second weekend at Harlequin Productions. Catch the antics of Harlequin's improvisational troupe, Something Wicked, in Ghosthunters: A Paranormal Improv Show. Spooky!

Welcome to Olympia's cultural street party! Your OLY ARTS newsletter is an early-autumn digest for the South Sound, Oct. 6-12:

Fall Arts Walk

Think of Arts Walk as a weekend-long street party, with live music, theatrical performances and the conversion of downtown Olympia into one big gallery. Arts Walk has grown to include hundreds of participating artists and up to 30,000 attendees enjoying the visual and performing arts in the streets of Olympia. It’s a showcase for the best of local arts and culture, and is a twice-annual spotlight event for Thurston County’s cultural calendar. Take your time and enjoy every last stop on the tour, punctuated by nibbles and drinks from Oly’s best eateries. We bet you’ll find work that’ll make you doubly glad you’re a resident of one of the Pacific Northwest’s cultural capitals.

Read OLY ARTS' Top Ten Art Picks for the best of fall Arts Walk.

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7;
noon - 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

Where: venues all over downtown Olympia

How much: free

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Arabesque: A Dance Journey

East meets West in Arabesque: A Dance Journey, presented at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts on the SPSCC campus. Featuring Henna of Portland and Olympia’s own Ballet Northwest, this night of beauty, grace and a touch of sass explores the intersections of ballet and belly dance. Also performing are Sacred Centre Dance of Victoria, British Columbia; Lunaria Dance Theatre; Raks Maleka; Roxy; Shining; Carol Thuy Thanh Bui; Mirabai; and Amirat Dance Company. Proceeds benefit the South Sound YMCA.

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

Where: Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts,
2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia

How much: $19-$28
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Look for print copies of OLY ARTS'
fall print edition
at fall Arts Walk venues, Olympia Family Theater, the Olympia Farmers Market and other live arts events!

In My Life--A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles

This award-winning musical biography of the Beatles features the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road. Brian Epstein (Murphy Martin) tells his story from first discovery of the Fab Four in Liverpool to the aftermath of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Epstein discov­ered the group and also influenced many of their career choices. The Beatles are brought to life: George Harrison (Zak Schaffer), John Lennon (Nathaniel Bott), Paul McCartney (Christopher Overall) and Rin­go Starr (Axel Clarke). Song list includes “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Penny Lane” and many other memorable hits from the 1960s. In My Life sold out in 2015 at the Washington Center.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11

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

How much: $33-$58

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