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The Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

November 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Bellini: Overture to I Capuleti e I Montecchi
Prokofiev: Suite No. 2 from the ballet Romeo and Juliet
Lars-Erik Larsson: Conciertino for Double Bass, Op. 45 soloist: Logan Coale, double-bass
Bernstein: Symphonic dances from West Side Story

As 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, I feel it was a must to do a concert based on the Bard—and his indelible inspiration to generations of composers.  This program focuses on the play Romeo and Juliet (completed in 1595), and the young “star-crossed lovers” from feuding Italian families.  The Overture to Bellini’s rarely-produced opera I Capuleti and Montecchi opens this concert, and a Suite from the amazing ballet-score by Serge Prokofiev will also be performed—one of the most stirring Russian works in the repertoire.  Romeo and Juliet inspired West Side Story, and the “Symphonic Dances” concert-hall work that Leonard Bernstein crafted from the full Broadway has become one of the most treasured pieces of American orchestral music.  A short Concerto for Double Bass by the Swedish composer, Lars-Erik Larsson, rounds out this program—note how the solo works go from bottom to top throughout our “Fact or Fiction” season!

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SPSCC Artist & Lecture Series: Sherman Alexie 

South Puget Sound Community College Artist and Lecture Series:

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Thursday, November 13 at 7:30pm
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage

SPSCC is pleased to bring award-winning Native American author Sherman Alexie to campus. Alexie will speak from his book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."

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Warren Miller: No Turning Back

Warren Miller Entertainment Presents:

Friday, November 14 at 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

This fall, Warren Miller releases its 65th ski film, No Turning Back. The newest installment pays homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead us to every end of the winter world—and this year is no different. From beneath the blankets of powder in Niseko, Japan to the top of Greece’s Mount Olympus, the French Alps, and the Mom & Pop hills of Montana, each location is sure to provide nothing but stoke. Watch Olympian Ted Ligety shred the World Cup in Colorado, Ingrid Backstrom and Jess McMillan push the boundaries of the Alaskan Chugach, and JT Holmes and Ulie Kestenholz take flight high above the Swiss Alps. Revel in the celebration for this year’s winter season and remember, this time there’s No Turning Back.

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Black Box Jazz: Betsy Perkins

The Washington Center Presents

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Washington Center Black Box

Upon moving to Olympia in 1992, Betsy anticipated a career in environmental sciences and something close to living off the land. But she found herself taken in by the rich music scene. Over the years she has established herself as a percussionist, vocalist, lyricist and composer and has collaborated with bands such as Bevy, Planetary People, Mucho Gusto, Artesian Rumble Arkestra, Samba Olywa, Mugomboo, Choro Tomorrow and Momenti Rubati. Her compositional voice is much like her singing: smooth, fresh, original and always from the heart.

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The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

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Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show's 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now, they love to show off onstage - by performing a variety of stunts and skits! Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets. It's a show that adults and kids of all ages enjoy!

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The Comic Strippers

The Comic Strippers – A male stripper parody and improv show
        A show for all genders 21+ only

Saturday, November 15 at 8:00 PM
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage

A fictitious male stripper troupe, played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians, performs a sexylarious improv comedy show.

These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their hilarious twist on improv sketches. They sing, they “dance”. These guys are oiled up and ready to make you laugh at them. Fresh off sold out shows in Vegas, Australia and now Canada! Gentleman, not to worry, this is definitely a parody of male strippers. Some of the performers have what's called 'Comedy Bodies' - they will make you look good by comparison.

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