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OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features The Stardust Christmas Enchantment, Sleigh Bells Ring and the best local arts and culture for Dec. 22-28.
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Merry Christmas From OLY ARTS!

The holiday week is a little slower for live entertainment in Olympia, as local artists stay home to spend Christmastime with their families. However, it is a great time to catch up on a show you missed at Harlequin Productions or a heartwarming story at Salon Refu. This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, December 22-28.

The Stardust Christmas Enchantment
The Stardust Christmas Enchantment

The Stardust Christmas Enchantment is Harlequin Productions' 21st original musical set at Manhattan’s Stardust Club. It takes place in 1960, setting the stage for such songs as The Drifters’ “This Magic Moment” and Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs’ “Stay.” As usual, something goes awry and the gang is ready to pitch in and put on a show. The complications are caused by a magician (John Serembe) who arrives at the club without his props—including his prized rabbit. Also returning are Christian Doyle and Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe as Louie and Joy, Xander Layden as British baritone Desmond and Bruce Haasl as Eddie. Behind the scenes, Amy Shephard is back as choreographer.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 21-23, 29 and 30;
2 p.m. Dec. 24; 7 p.m. Dec. 31

Where: State Theater,
202 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $25-$48 

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Salon Refu Lamps and Rugs and Stories

Lamps and Rugs and Stories

Salon Refu invited storytellers, poets and writers to come together for readings during the holiday season. Every Thursday through Sunday from Dec. 3 to 24, the art gallery hosts readings in the spirit of spreading holiday cheer. The storytelling mood is set each night with wood-veneer lamps, monoprints and tribal carpets. Light refreshments provided.

Thursday, Dec. 22: Mary McCann will sing, backed up by John Serembe and the Holiday Boys.

Friday, Dec. 23: Miguel Perez Gibson will play instruments of wonder and recite poetry.

Saturday, Dec. 24: Don Freas will read his poems. Yes, it’s Christmas Eve, but come have a poem and a cookie before going home with all those presents.

When: 5:15-6 p.m. Dec. 22-24

Where: Salon Refu,
114 Capitol Way N, Olympia

How much: free

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American Legion

Sleigh Bells Ring

The American Legion Band presents its annual Christmas concert, “Sleigh Bells Ring,” at the Lacey Community Center. People of all ages will enjoy this lively, old-fashioned band concert, which includes a narrated arrangement of “The Night Before Christmas” and a Christmas carol sing-along. Accidental Quintet will play a set in the lobby before the featured band. Relax after last-minute Christmas shopping and catch the holiday mood!

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22

Where: Lacey Community Center,
6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey

How much: free

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On behalf of everyone here at OLY ARTS, we wish you a joyous holiday filled with peace, relaxation and unforgettable moments with family and friends.
 
Christian Carvajal, Managing Editor;
Ned Hayes, Publisher

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