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OLY ARTS is your expert guide to arts and culture in the Olympia region. This newsletter features Shaw Osha, StoryOly and the best local live entertainment, Sept. 15-22.
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OLY ARTS Presents a Cultural Grand Slam!

Each week we use this newsletter to highlight three artistic, cultural events that are worthy of your time and money. This week it was tough to pick just three!

Remember, The Story of My Life is still going strong at Olympia Little Theatre. Meanwhile, Brad Upton's "Dream Team of Stand-Up Comedy" splits sides at The Washington Center, as playwright Bryan Willis brings four renditions of his short play "I Love You, Flavilla" to the Midnight Sun. Given those worthy events, imagine how excited we must be about the three below!

There's something fantastic for every taste this week, and that's why Olympia is a city like no other. Your OLY ARTS newsletter is an end-of-summer digest for the South Sound, Sept. 15-21:

Artist Shaw Osha at Salon Refu

Named after the infamous Salon des Refusés of 1863 in Paris (literally exhibition of rejects), a venue that launched the modernist movement, Salon Refu was founded and is solely operated by artist Susan Christian. The amazing shows that elevated this little gallery to star status were its Aisha Harrison sculpture show in October and the more recent Mary Randlett photography show featuring a large selection of works by Washington’s most famous living photographer. Hobnobbing with the elite at the openings of these shows reminds visual arts specialist Alec Clayton of openings in New York City, by which he means they're the real deal.

When: 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16

Where: Salon Refu,
114 Capitol Way N, Olympia

How much: free to attend;
artwork for sale

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StoryOly: Grand Slam

As the culmination of 10 monthly story slams, over a dozen finalists will compete for the title of Grand Slam Champion. They may choose any story they like, and will be scored by a panel of three celebrity judges. The criteria: Did they stay within their time limit? Was their story told well? Expect  amazing live stories and music. General-admission tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. They're pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $10-$20. Half of ticket sales will be donated to Olympia SafePlace.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Where: Rhythm & Rye,
311 Capitol Way N, Olympia

How much: $10-$20 suggested donation
 
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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
Online: Olytix.org
"Wanderlust" From Emerald City Music

Music lovers get an earful of classical music at Emerald City Music’s chamber concerts, founded by New York violinist Kristin Lee and arts administrator Andrew Goldstein of Seattle. They aim to bring chamber music to a wider audience. Their latest installment, "Wanderlust," features music that evokes world travel:

Barber: Souvenirs, Suite for Piano Four Hands
Fung: Birdsong for Violin and Piano
Connesson: Techno Parade for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence for String Sextet

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17

Where: Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts,
South Puget Sound Community College,
2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia

How much: free
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