OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features My Name Is Rachel Corrie, Table Sugar and the best local arts and culture for Jan. 19-25.
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It's a major week for theater, music and art events in downtown Olympia. In addition to the events below, don't forget Of Mice and Men continuing at Capital High School, a storytelling workshop at the Olympia Community Center and a musical, literary evening at Browsers Bookstore. This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, January 19-25.

My Name Is Rachel Corrie
My Name Is Rachel Corrie

Olympia activist Rachel Corrie died in a Gaza combat zone under the tread of an Israeli bulldozer. In 2005, passages from her journal and emails to her parents were adapted into a stage play by actor Alan Rickman and journalist Katharine Viner. Remarkably, a full production of that play has never been mounted in Olympia—until now. Kira Batcheller plays Corrie. “The power of this play is in its ability to heal,” says director Jeff Painter. “Since it portrays her humanness most of all, it gives people an opportunity to connect to her in a (new) way.”

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays, Jan. 19 – Feb. 11;
2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 22 – Feb. 5

Where: Harlequin Productions' State Theater,
202 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $25-$41

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Table Sugar

Table Sugar with Deadbeat Club, GenPop and Heat Shimmer

Olympia art-punk four-piece Table Sugar blankets its music in chaotic discordance, a wild, vaguely confrontational jumble of jagged chords and shouted vocals. Comprising Pascal Luther (guitar and vocals), Ella Svete (guitar and vocals), Aidan McNellis (bass) and Bryn Ackley (drums), Table Sugar began on a whim after its members met in art class at The Evergreen State College. After laying down a demo EP last year, Table Sugar released their debut LP in December. Every song is spotted with auditory tripwires, lending a lo-fi jolt of unpredictability to what might otherwise be straightforward garage rock.

When: 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20

Where: Le Voyeur,
404 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: free

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Stomp and The Ways We See

With Broadway staging and street style, Stomp is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Before the performance, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts is holding a free reception and viewing of three local painters. The Ways We See features the work of Lois Beck, Betty Knold and Mia Shulte, none of whom see the world in quite the same way as the lens of a camera.

When: 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22

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

How much: Stomp $28-$87; art exhibit free

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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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