OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Dayton Edmonds, Outback Odyssey and the best local arts and culture for April 6-12.
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It's a great week to get outside--but also to catch up on theater you may have missed! At the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 1984 is playing to full houses in its continuing run and will likely extend for two more performances. Understated acting graces director Jim Patrick's production of The Trip to Bountiful, now finishing its run at Olympia Little Theatre. Rhythm & Rye presents its monthly burlesque-and-variety event, Tassel Tuesday, at 8:30 p.m. on April 11. This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, April 6-12.

Dayton Edmonds
Dayton Edmonds

From the summer dance grounds of Oklahoma to the wildlife refuges of the snowy Northwest, from stories of ancestral circuits and stories of the present-day struggles, Dayton Edmonds is steeped in the traditions of the Native American Caddo people. His stories and life work serve as a medium to fuse cultures and views from countless generations. He shares lessons learned from his grandparents, revealing a philosophy acquired from inherited trials, while comforting listeners with the wisdom and humor of his native people. He weaves pictures for the mind’s eye through his storytelling and art. “My purpose is to tell the story," he says, and to "pass it on for others to hear, feel and enjoy--to gently challenge people to grow.”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6

Where: Traditions Café and World Folk Art,
300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia

How much: free

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Gary Witley
Outback Odyssey: Choral and Orchestral Music From Down Under

Catch the American premiere of a brilliant, new, choral and orchestral work, “Dreams and Visions," at the heart of Masterworks Chorale Ensemble’s spring concert. It was composed by award-winning Australian composer John Peterson, and its five movements explore universal human themes while celebrating difference and equality. Masterworks is honored to feature professional soloists Brianna Kramer and Ryan Christopher Bede. Directed and conducted by Gary Witley and accompanied by Angi Swan, MCE is an adult chorus dedicated to performance, community service, music educations and leadership in the arts.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8

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

How much: $13-$28

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Garrison Keillor

An Evening With Garrison Keillor

“Well, it's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota...” With those familiar words, listeners to A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio have delighted for decades to the small-town shenanigans related by master writer and storyteller Garrison Keillor. He hosted the show from 1974, when it was first performed before live audiences in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to his retirement from radio last year. Now he's on a tour of readings and lectures. Among the pieces his smoky whisker of a voice delivers are an update from Lake Wobegon, where, famously, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 10

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

How much: $36-$81

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