OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Gabriel Rutledge, Tush! Burlesque and the best local arts and culture for Sept. 22-28.
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OLY ARTS Wishes You
an Entertaining Autumn!


Each week this newsletter highlights three cultural events worthy of your time and money. From the depths of Le Voyeur Cafe and Lounge to the Washington Center mainstage, get ready to laugh and cheer this first fall weekend of 2016.

Remember, Shaw Osha's exhibit of paintings continues at Salon Refu (114 Capitol Way N). Margaret Noble's exhibit "Resonating Objects" has its opening reception at South Puget Sound Community College's Minnaert gallery Sept. 23. Dancers of all ages are encouraged to strap on their toe shoes for Nutcracker auditions Sept. 24 at the Johansen Olympia Dance Center. And yes, the holidays will be here before we know it! Is there anything lovelier than fall in Thurston County?

Like autumn itself, the Olympia entertainment season starts in earnest this week. Your OLY ARTS newsletter is an early-fall digest for the South Sound, Sept. 22-28:

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!

When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly funny. The off-Broadway hit Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live! is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up based on the New York Times-bestselling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, this show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. It’ll have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast-paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids. Note: This event is not part of the Washington Center season, so it isn't covered by Washington Center season tickets.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23

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

How much: $28-$55

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Falling for Tush!

“The entire troupe is performing in the show. It’s our first show back in the Capitol Theater in a long time,” says Bettie Beelzebub, a founding member of Tush! Burlesque. “We have a great group act that we’ve been rehearsing like crazy. It’s a huge final act with all the members, heavily choreographed, which is something we try to do for all our big shows.” Tush! welcomes special guest The Luminous Pariah from Seattle for what promises to be a sensual tribute to autumn.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

Where: Capitol Theater,
206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia

How much: $18-$23
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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
Gabriel Rutledge at Vomity's 100th

Olympia’s longest-running comedy show celebrates its 100th consecutive show by featuring Gabriel Rutledge. A past winner of the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition, Rutledge has made television appearances on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Nickelodeon’s Nickmom Night Out, and the nationally syndicated Comedy.TV and Comics Unleashed. He's also a frequent guest on the Bob and Tom radio show, heard in over 150 cities, and has released two albums and a book (Happiness Isn’t Funny). He makes his home in one of the entertainment capitals of the world: Olympia, Washington. Also, host Sam Miller's mom is making a cake for the occasion, because who doesn't like cake?

When: 9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28

Where: Le Voyeur Cafe and Lounge,
404 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: free (but donations welcome)
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