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National Geographic Live: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

A Washington Center Presented Event

Friday, February 19 2016 at 7:30 PM
The Washington Center Main Stage

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner has climbed all fourteen main peaks in the eight thousand series as well as four summits higher than eight thousand meters. By reaching the summit of K2 (8,611m, the second highest peak in the world), she has become the first woman to scale all 8,000m peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen. Her passion, however, is not solely the high mountains of the Himalayas — it’s the people, culture, and religion that enchant her.

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Studio West Dance Theatre: Dance to Make a Difference 

Saturday, February 20 at 6:00 PM (Gala) and 8:00 PM (Performance)
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage

Studio West Dance Theatre hosts the annual Dance to Make a Difference charity gala. This year, all net proceeds will be donated to Homeless Backpacks, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides weekend food to homeless and at-risk students in Thurston County. The reception begins at 6:00 pm and includes a light dinner, wine, and live music. At 8:00 pm you are invited to the main-stage to enjoy a fantastic dance performance by the following companies:

3rd Shift Dance (Seattle), EDGE (Olympia), Audacity Cru (Olympia), Ballet Northwest (Olympia), Ktisk Contemporary Dance Company (Seattle), Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble (Chehalis), Studio West Dance Theatre (Olympia) and Washington Contemporary Ballet (Tacoma).

Previous fundraisers benefited the Mercy Corps, the Olympia's Hands On Children's Museum and Safe Place. Thank you dancers and attendees for your support!

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A Really Big Shoe 10 - An EE Folk Music Festival

Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Entertainment Explosion’s tenth annual benefit concert for the 2,000+ homeless kids in eight local school districts and those served by Community Youth Services. EE members ages 51-87 will perform a variety of classic folk songs from Kingston Trio, Brothers Four, Bob Dylan. John Denver, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Peter Paul and Mary, and many more. Two live lobby bands. Proceeds help the kids with shoes, clothes, food, shelter, campground and shower fees, and so much more. In nine years, the Big Shoe has raised over $212,000 for the kids. Please join us at the Shoe!

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SPSCC Artist & Lecture Series Featuring Jamaica Kincaid

Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 PM
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage

SPSCC is pleased to bring writer, novelist, and professor Jamaica Kincaid who skillfully and elegantly tempers the boundary between poetry and prose. The American Book Award winner will present "Landscapes and Memory."

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An Evening of BodyVox Films

Friday, February 26 at 7:30 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, BodyVox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit and unique ability to combine dance, theater and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor. Since its founding in 1997, BodyVox has toured to critical acclaim on stages around the world, developed 9 award winning films, 30 original shows and 3 operas, featuring more than 200 original dances.

BodyVox's films, created with director Mitchell Rose have won numerous awards in national and international festivals. "Modern Daydreams" - composed of "Treadmill Softly," "Islands in the Sky," Unleashed" and "Deere John" - won the prestigious American Choreography Award for Outstanding Achievement in Short film in 2002.

View the films and hear the back story on their creation from BodyVox's Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland.

"A wonderfully talented and industrious dance company, the insects of creativity plague BodyVox" ~Gus Van Sant

This event is FREE and open to the public.


Olympia Dance Festival

Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Top dance groups from the area perform ballet, jazz, modern, tap, ballroom, hip-hop, Irish dance and more! This year’s festival features special guest artist Emilio Dosal, the amazing hip-hop dancer from season ten of So You Think You Can Dance.

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