OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Lacey Ethnic Celebration 2017, Dance to Make a Difference and the best local arts and culture for March 9-15.
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Yo ho, me hearties, it's a week of food, fun and fantasy in Thurston County. It's also the last full week of winter! Don't forget continuing runs of The Mousetrap at Standing Room Only in Yelm and The Understudy at Harlequin Productions. This week brings new installments of the Heartsparkle Players at Traditions Café and Tassel Tuesday at Rhythm & Rye, plus a reading by poet Peter Ludwin and a sweeping variety of musical performances: Revolution from Russian band Pussy Riot at the Capitol Theater, Kesselgarden klezmer at Traditions, The Esoterics at St. John's Episcopal Church, Steamboat House Band at Eastside Club Tavern and the chamber music of pianist Daniel Chow at SPSCC's Minnaert Center. Whew! This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, February 23 - March 1.

Lacey Ethnic Celebration 2017

Lacey Ethnic Celebration 2017

Lacey Ethnic Celebration features acts that celebrate our community’s collective history. “Not only are there sights, sounds, and tastes from around the world,” says Jeannette Sieler, “you can share in your neighbor’s culture through performances, information booths and craft and food vendors. The day will be filled with colorful performances including Tears of Joy Theatre from Portland, Oregon, presenting their full stage show of Coyote Tales… with puppets, masks and costumes inspired by Pacific Northwest Native American art.” Other groups represented include the River Ridge High School Taiko Ensemble, the India South Sound Association and the Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association.

When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11

Where: Saint Martin’s University,
3500 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey

How much: free

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Studio West Dance Theatre
Dance to Make a Difference

Olympia’s Studio West Dance Theatre and Guild provide an enchanting opportunity each year for the community to enjoy an evening of fine food and dance. All proceeds from the ninth-annual Dance to Make a Difference gala go to the Family Support Center of South Sound. FSCSS offers parenting classes and support for the area’s low-income and homeless families. Loanne Dang explains: “Our young dancers volunteer through the program, and my hope is that we are planting the seeds of community service.” Numerous dance companies across the South Sound will perform. Studio West boasts the choreographic talents of Jerome and Laura Tisserand, principal dancers with Pacific Northwest Ballet.

When: 6 p.m. gala, 8 p.m. performance, Saturday, March 11

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

How much: $15-$40

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The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

Pirates, aka The Slave of Duty, is coming to The Washington Center as performed by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. A witty comic opera in two acts, Pirates premiered in New York in 1879 and hasn’t gone out of style since. Young Frederic should be released from his apprenticeship to a gang of pirates, having signed up to serve until his 21st birthday, but technically he has 63 years to go because he was born on February 29 of a leap year. He falls for Mabel, the daughter of Major General Stanley, but they can’t get married until his apprenticeship is fulfilled. Ah, love! NYGASP has been active since 1974, with over 2,000 performances throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14

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

How much: $23-$70

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