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Friendship Force: An Evening with Rick Steves

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Rick Steves – author of over 50 European travel guidebooks and host of the public television series, Rick Steves' Europe – believes that thoughtful travel expands our world view and shapes how we address the challenges confronting our nation. Having spent four months a year overseas for the last 30 years, Rick feels that travel helps us “challenge truths we were raised to think were self-evident and God-given.” His lectures, TV shows, and guidebooks have helped millions of Americans not only enjoy maximum travel thrills per mile, minute and euro…but become better citizens of our planet. Rick shares how the other 96 percent of humanity sees our nation and explores how his social activism has grown naturally out of his travel experiences. He’s fresh back from lots of travels and will be on hand after his talk for questions and autographs.

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A Celtic Musical Pilgrimage to Santiago: Carlos Núñez

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Carlos Núñez has become Galicia’s foremost traditional music ambassador as he connects the musical tradition of his native Spain’s rugged northwest coast with that of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and beyond. While an amazingly versatile multi-instrumentalist, he is widely regarded as the most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia uniquely evocative of Celtic traditional music.

Whether recording with The Chieftains or performing with a symphony orchestra in a historical square, Carlos Núñez packs energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring, and charisma into his every performance.

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2014 Art Auction

The Washington Center Gallery presents

Bidding opens Friday, October 3 at 5:00 PM and closes on Sunday, October 19, at 5:00 pm
Artist Reception: Friday, October 3, 5-8pm

The walls of the Washington Center Gallery are covered with art for the annual ArtsWalk Arts Auction which showcases local artists who have generously donated their work to benefit the Center’s mission and to help make art more accessible to the south Sound community.   This year, the auction will feature works from artists who have exhibited at The Center in the past year as well as photographs, acrylics, watercolors, textiles, wood, oils, and from others who have been selected through a jury process.

Art will be availble for online bidding (check back for specifics!) Bidding is open through Sunday, October 19,  at 6pm. The Gallery is open for viewing Monday through Friday 12n-4p by appointment; other times can be arranged through the administrative office at 753-8585. 


Champagne Kickoff

Saturday, October 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Washington Center Lobby

The Washington Center Board of Directors invites you to a special season opening reception and performance. Please join us for champagne and light hors d’oeuvres before enjoying the world-class singing group, The von Trapps. We will also showcase the Center Gallery 2014 Art Auction and give you an opportunity to bid on art donated by local artists. Please contact the Box Office for more information.

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The von Trapps

The Washington Center Presents

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

You cannot find another name as universally beloved as von Trapp. The story of the family who escaped Austria, moved to the United States, and toured the world singing for two decades has inspired generations since the film The Sound of Music was released in 1965. The story continues as the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp take up the family tradition anew. Meet Sofi, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, four siblings that, for the last 12 years, have been singing on stages around the world to critical acclaim and packed houses. After hosting them with Pink Martini in April, 2014, we are tickled to be bringing the von Trapps back to Olympia for a solo show..

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“Tunestone” Sing out at the O.K. Chorale  

the Olympia Sweet Adelines

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage

the Olympia Sweet Adelines present an evening of music and fun set in the Old West. Joined by Seattle’s vintage country and old timey band, the Barn Owls, and local quartet, Reprize!, the Olympia Chorus sing a variety of country and western tunes from folk songs to Shania Twain.

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