OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Starry Messenger, the premiere of SINK and the best local arts and culture for Jan. 26 - Feb. 1.
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There's outstanding live entertainment all over downtown Olympia this week, from the opening of a new play to visiting musical acts to our state poet laureate. In addition to the events below, don't forget the deeply thought-provoking My Name Is Rachel Corrie continuing at Harlequin Productions, musical fun for all ages from Recess Monkey at South Puget Sound Community College's Lacey campus and the sexy, jazzy Kareem Kandi Band at Rhythm & Rye. This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, January 26 - February 1.

Starry Messenger
Starry Messenger

Starry Messenger is a historically based play that follows the life of astronomer Galileo Galilei. Director Brian Tyrrell, a former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is now perhaps the region’s best-regarded theater director. “For me it’s less about Galileo and more about dreaming,” Tyrrell says, “though there is a certain amount of derision with being an outsider, and that’s not a 400-year-old idea!” OLY ARTS managing editor Christian Carvajal plays one of Galileo’s three incarnations in this production; the other two are played by Oliver Garcia and Tom Lockhart. Galileo's daughter, Maria Celeste, is played by Sabrina Husseini.

When: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays Jan. 27 – Feb. 10;
2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Jan. 28 – Feb. 12

Where: Olympia Family Theater,
612 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $13-$19

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SINK premiere

For almost two years, members of South Puget Sound Community College’s film and production program have been hard at work on an intense feature film entitled SINK. Filmed and sourced entirely in Olympia, SINK follows an ex-gangster forced to return to his old ways after learning his younger brother fell into trouble in the local drug scene. “This has been a labor of love,” producer and assistant director Brandon Cartwright told OLY ARTS. "We had 20 days and four pick-up days to knock out a very complicated and fun script.” SINK stars Sara Fiksdal, Ira Katz, Jesse Moore-Hendrickson and Dylan Twiner. “The cast was wonderful,” Cartwright continues, “all sourced from the lower South Sound film and theater communities.”

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28

Where: Minnaert Center, SPSCC,
2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia

How much: free

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Tod Marshall

Tod Marshall with Emily Van Kley

Washington state poet laureate Tod Marshall will conduct a poetry-writing workshop focusing on place, especially places in our own state, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Arbutus Folk School (610 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia). Then at 6 p.m., local poet Emily Van Kley will join Marshall for a reading at Traditions. Marshall lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches at Gonzaga University. His third poetry book, Bugle, won the 2015 Washington State Book Award. Van Kley won the Iowa Review Award, the Florida Review Editor’s Award and the Loraine Williams prize from Georgia Review. She works at the Olympia Food Co-op and performs with the Airbound Underground aerial troupe.

When: 2-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29

WhereTraditions Café and World Folk Art,
300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia

How much: $12 workshop; free reading

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Give a Listen to The OLY ARTS Podcast!

We post new episodes four times a week, with even more in the works!

StoryOly, sponsored by Rhythm & Rye, appears on Tuesdays.

Oly Amplifier, a guide to local music, appears on Wednesdays.

Sound Stages, a guide to local theater, appears on Thursdays.

Oly Update is our preview of the weekend to come, appearing every Friday.

Special thanks to Sandstone Distillery, the sponsor for these episodes!

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