OLY ARTS is your expert guide to arts and culture in the Olympia region. This newsletter features The Story of My Life, Anna Badkhen and the best local live entertainment, Sept. 8-14.
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This Weekend Is Story Time at OLY ARTS!

Here at OLY ARTS, we love a good story. We're putting the final touches right now on stories for the fall print edition, coming just in time for Arts Walk. But we also love your stories: the stories you write, the stories you read and the stories we share with each other as South Sound nights lengthen and cool.

Get ready for pulse-pounding adventures from the grasslands of Africa to the far reaches of intergalactic space. Your OLY ARTS newsletter is a late-summer digest for the South Sound, Sept. 8-14:

The Story of My Life

Actors Frank Kohel and Micheal O’Hara are bringing the two-man musical The Story of My Life to Olympia Little Theatre (OLT). Written by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, the story follows six-year-old friends Alvin (Kohel) and Thomas (O’Hara) into middle age. “I wouldn’t want to do it with lesser talents,” director Maria Valenzuela says. “There are songs that just hit me in every rehearsal. There’s a song Micheal sings at 11 years old...He just took that and embodied the character. There’s always something that makes me cry, something that makes me laugh, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.”

When: 7:25 p.m. Sept. 8-10 and 15-17;
1:55 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18

Where: Olympia Little Theatre,
1925 Miller Ave, Olympia

How much: $9-$15

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An Evening With Anna Badkhen

Anna Badkhen writes about people in extremis, exposing the world’s iniquities by honoring the lives these iniquities most affect. Her investigation into what it means to live in the Global South has yielded five books of lyrical nonfiction, most recently Walking With Abel: Journeys With the Nomads of the African Savannah, a book about transience (Riverhead Books, 2015). She also contributes to such periodicals as Granta, The New York Times, Guernica, Nautilus and Foreign Policy.

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8

Where: Browsers Bookshop,
107 Capitol Way N, Olympia

How much: free
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Single tickets are on sale now for 2016-2017 events at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts!

Box office: 360-753-8586
Tuesday - Saturday noon - 5:30 PM
Words, Words, Words: Science Fiction

Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) presents a collection of sci-fi classics. Featured readers include nine actors familiar to audiences all over the South Sound. It begins with a piece by Carl Sagan. Then, the Martian marauders of H. G. Wells give way to the so-called “Golden Age” of science fiction. Act One reaches the period when a human first set foot on the moon. After that, sci-fi grew much more interested in how human beings get along with each other. The goal is to skip through the history of science fiction in the first hour, then use the second to get listeners excited about where the future of the future is headed.

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9

Where: The Midnight Sun Performance Space,
113 Columbia St. N, Olympia

How much: $10 suggested donation
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