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November 2019

Thursday, November 21 At 7:30 pm

Seattle International Comedy Competition

Laugh your night away with the 40th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition! For one night only, Olympia will play host to the semi-finalists who have survived the preliminary rounds as they face off in an…

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Saturday, November 30 At 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Center Artisan Market

CRAFT / COMMUNITY / INNOVATION   SHOP SMALL AND SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISANS! Join the Washington Center in celebrating local vendors and Small Business Saturday! We’re launching our first artisan market based on craft, community, and…

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December 2019

Sunday, December 1 At 10:00 am

Sew Many Stars: Holiday Quilts

Join us for a free reception featuring Sew Many Stars: Holiday Quilts gallery exhibition on Friday, September 6 at 6:00 PM.   This show runs from October 31 to January 3. Our gallery is open…

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Sunday, December 1 At 7:00 pm

Derik Nelson & Family – Home for the Holidays

U.S. Cultural Ambassadors and sibling trio Derik Nelson & Family returns to their hometown for a very special main stage debut at the Washington Center. Derik Nelson & Family's HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS concert features…

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Wednesday, December 4 At 6:30 pm
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One event on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Washington Center Volunteer Training

Before you start as a volunteer at The Center, we ask that you take part in a volunteer training. We anticipate this training will take roughly 45 minutes and will be sharing a training video…

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January 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 At 6:30 pm
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One event on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Washington Center Volunteer Training

Before you start as a volunteer at The Center, we ask that you take part in a volunteer training. We anticipate this training will take roughly 45 minutes and will be sharing a training video…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Comedy in the Box: January

Set aside the cares of the week and enjoy the best evening of comedy Olympia has to offer. Washington Center’s Comedy in the Box brings regional and national comedians to our Black Box theater—a unique,…

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Friday, January 10, 2020 At 6:00 pm

Claudia Cotrutza: The Game of Life

Join us for a free reception featuring Claudia Cotrutza: The Game of Life gallery exhibition on Friday, January 10 at 6:00 PM.   This show runs from January 9 through March 20, 2020. Our gallery is…

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Friday, January 10, 2020 At 8:00 pm

Black Box Jazz: Greg Williamson

20Greg Williamson is a jazz drummer, percussionist, composer, musical instigator, and keeper of the jazz flame.   Become a season subscriber today to receive up to 20% off this show!  Click here to choose your discount.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Mavis Staples

Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” soul/gospel legend, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and civil rights icon Mavis Staples continues to be a vocal sensation of…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020 At 2:00 pm

Dan + Claudia Zanes

GRAMMY Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes perform Dan’s greatest hits as well as folk and blues classics from their popular new songbook, Dan Zanes’ House Party! A Family Roots Music…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 At 7:00 pm

An American in Paris

Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite fresh-from-Broadway production features your favorite Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “'S Wonderful,” and “Stairway to Paradise.” ROMANCE! ADVENTURE! GERSHWIN! WHO…

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Friday, January 31, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-Along

Join us for our annual movie sing-along and costume contest! Witness the Oscar winning movie on our big screen while belting out Queen's hits with your friends and family. Featuring Olympia's favorite and outrageous emcee…

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February 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 At 6:30 pm
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One event on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Washington Center Volunteer Training

Before you start as a volunteer at The Center, we ask that you take part in a volunteer training. We anticipate this training will take roughly 45 minutes and will be sharing a training video…

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 At 7:30 pm

The Naked Magicians

AGES 18+ With a Las Vegas residency, a season on London's West End, and seen in 250+ cities across the globe... Australia’s The Naked Magicians is undoubtedly the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show! Witnessed by over 50…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Comedy in the Box: February

Set aside the cares of the week and enjoy the best evening of comedy Olympia has to offer. Washington Center’s Comedy in the Box brings regional and national comedians to our Black Box theater—a unique,…

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Friday, February 14, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Silent Movie: Lucky Star

A powerful romance starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, known as “America’s Favorite Lovebirds.” World-class theater organist Dennis James brings the film to life on our historic 1924 treasure: The Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ. Make…

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Friday, February 21, 2020 At 7:30 pm

The Good Humor Men

Three of America’s funniest stand-up comedians (with numerous appearances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show, and The Daily Show) join forces to showcase their original brand of humor in an evening packed with punch…

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Saturday, February 22, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Looking for Tiger Lily

Portland drag performer Anthony Hudson / Carla Rossi brings a queer spin on the ancestral tradition of storytelling, drawing from Disney’s “Pocahontas” to Cher’s “Half-Breed” through song, dance, and video. This is truly a unique…

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March 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Ladies of Laughter

LOL is returning to the Washington Center after rave reviews! If you missed this all-female stand-up tour last season, now is your chance to get on board with this highly entertaining comedic experience. Expect big…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020 At 2:00 pm

Silent Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The film that vaulted Lon Chaney into stardom for his portrayal of Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell ringer living in the towers of Notre Dame. World-class theater organist Dennis James brings the film to life on…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Comedy in the Box: March

Set aside the cares of the week and enjoy the best evening of comedy Olympia has to offer. Washington Center’s Comedy in the Box brings regional and national comedians to our Black Box theater—a unique,…

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Friday, March 13, 2020 At 8:00 pm

Black Box Jazz: Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis is a well-traveled alto saxophonist and flutist who has created a vast and intensely stimulating body of music over the past four decades, and enlivened jazz scenes from Seattle and San Francisco to…

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Monday, March 16, 2020 At 6:30 pm
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One event on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Washington Center Volunteer Training

Before you start as a volunteer at The Center, we ask that you take part in a volunteer training. We anticipate this training will take roughly 45 minutes and will be sharing a training video…

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Friday, March 20, 2020 At 7:30 pm

The Center Salon

This popular event is like nothing else in Olympia and will sell out fast! Our 5th annual Salon draws you in to an inner circle of poets, authors, musicians, and artists. 2020 features Jim Lynch,…

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 At 2:00 pm

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

Amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, and athletic feats with high energy excitement from beginning to end! It’s not just a show, it’s an interactive experience for animal lovers of all ages! All the…

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 At 6:00 pm

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

Amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, and athletic feats with high energy excitement from beginning to end! It’s not just a show, it’s an interactive experience for animal lovers of all ages! All the…

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Friday, March 27, 2020 At 6:00 pm

Puget Sound Sumi Artists present: The World of Sumi

Join us for a free reception featuring the Puget Sound Sumi Artists present: The World of Sumi Gallery show on Friday, March 27 at 6:00 PM.   This show runs from March 26-May 19. Our gallery…

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Saturday, March 28, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Koresh Dance Company – La Danse

Koresh Dance Company was founded by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Roni Koresh. Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, Koresh has been hailed internationally. This production is a tender, joyful, passionate and…

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April 2020

Saturday, April 4, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Meow Meow

Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow has hypnotized, inspired, and terrified audiences globally with unique and outrageous creations. A modern-day cabaret songstress, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne has been called nothing short of "sensational."   Become a season…

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes

Special Engagement* “Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” — Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist Pink Martini's "little orchestra" draws inspiration…

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Friday, April 17, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Boogie From the Bayou

A double bill featuring the best in Cajun & Zydeco music! BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience bring the sounds of New Orleans to Olympia. "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!"…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 At 6:30 pm
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One event on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Washington Center Volunteer Training

Before you start as a volunteer at The Center, we ask that you take part in a volunteer training. We anticipate this training will take roughly 45 minutes and will be sharing a training video…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020 At 7:30 pm

“Perk up, pianist!”

Award-winning concert pianist Sarah Hagen changes gears in this stand-up (or rather, sit-down!) piano-filled comedy. “Perk up, pianist!” is a uniquely charming music and storytelling experience that takes you deep inside the world of a…

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Saturday, April 25, 2020 At 6:00 pm

Derina Harvey Band

This Celtic rock group has a rhythmic undertow layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped with powerful vocals and storytelling. This high-energy live show offers a fresh take on traditional folk songs as well as a…

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May 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Comedy in the Box: May

Set aside the cares of the week and enjoy the best evening of comedy Olympia has to offer. Washington Center’s Comedy in the Box brings regional and national comedians to our Black Box theater—a unique,…

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Friday, May 15, 2020 At 8:00 pm

Black Box Jazz: Kareem Kandi

Kareem is a versatile saxophonist and composer with strong roots in the traditions of jazz, blues, classical and funk, and has been performing throughout the U.S. and abroad for years, gaining attention from critics and…

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Monday, May 18, 2020 At 6:30 pm
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One event on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Washington Center Volunteer Training

Before you start as a volunteer at The Center, we ask that you take part in a volunteer training. We anticipate this training will take roughly 45 minutes and will be sharing a training video…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 At 7:30 pm

National Geographic Live: Pink Boots and a Machete: Mireya Mayor

A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Fulbright scholar, television correspondent, and field biologist who discovered a new species of lemur in Madagascar, Mireya Mayor energizes audiences everywhere. She offers a behind-the-scenes look at the hardships and…

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June 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 At 6:00 pm

Tradition, Transgression, Transformation: Contemporary Mosaic Art form the Pacific Northwest

Join us for a free reception featuring the Tradition, Transgression, Transformation: Contemporary Mosaic Art from the Pacific Northwest Gallery show on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00 PM.   This show runs from May 25 to July…

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Thursday, June 4, 2020 At 7:30 pm

The Temptations

The Temptations started serving up soul hits in the 1960s and founding member Otis Williams is still going strong on stage with singers Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr. The Temptations'…

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Comedy in the Box: June

Set aside the cares of the week and enjoy the best evening of comedy Olympia has to offer. Washington Center’s Comedy in the Box brings regional and national comedians to our Black Box theater—a unique,…

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Monday, June 15, 2020 At 6:30 pm
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One event on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Washington Center Volunteer Training

Before you start as a volunteer at The Center, we ask that you take part in a volunteer training. We anticipate this training will take roughly 45 minutes and will be sharing a training video…

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