THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>
Friday: Partly cloudy, hi 47, lo 32
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, hi 50, lo 33
Sunday: Sunny, hi 57, lo 37
>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 23: UPS FLEA MARKET
You spend hours wandering around consignment stores, yard sales, and nothing. Break the cycle. Rethink your thought process. Antiques - The older they are the better. And, unlike the average retail giant's merchandise, you can sometimes get a deal. So come check out the annual University of Puget Sound Flea Market and peruse 60 vendor booths of previously owned and "family friendly" (oh, thank heavens) antiques and collectibles. It's the University of Puget Sound Women's League's 45th flea market to fund student scholarships. A silent auction runs throughout the day. Not so silent? You ... when you happen across an art nouveau nail buffer, seven-piece marble fruit set, American legion auto badge, Chinese rice basket, duck decoy with glass eye, Hungerford Schroeder doll, homemade phaser made out of a staple gun and 20 D batteries, Taylor Swift's single "I Have Never Ever Done Anything Wrong in a Relationship" and a SKU: 500-DB-Lighted, aka the Batphone! - Weekly Volcano
- University of Puget Sound Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3, North 11th and Union, Tacoma, Facebook
>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 23: OLYMPIA YOUTH CHORUS A CHORAL TAPESTRY
According to the Olympia Youth Chorus website, the organization's mission is to, "nurture the appreciation of choral art and the shared experience of creating fine choral music for young singers in South Puget Sound." The Youth Chorus does this, at least in part, with help from presentations like Saturday's A Choral Tapestry, which according to billing will feature "folk music, light-hearted fare by our littlest singers, to energetic gospel tunes, and beautiful lilting melodies by our older singers." The Olympia Youth Chorus will be joined by Olympia's Sweet Adelines, a harmony that will only add to the awesomeness. - Weekly Volcano
- Washington Center, 7 p.m., $5-$27, 512 Washington Street SE, Olympia, 360.753.8585
>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 23: EDGAR MARTINEZ
For most of us, the name Edger Martinez is nostalgia-inducing. The former major league baseball player spent his entire 18-year career with Seattle's Mariners and was most know for his double play that sent the team to the 1995 American League Championships. This Saturday, T-Brothers Liquor Lodge in Olympia will host a meet and greet with the retired superstar, who will be promoting and signing purchased bottles of his premium, organically grown Mezcal, Zac Mezcal. Lick, slam, suck and sign. — Nikki McCoy
- T-brothers Liquor Lodge, 4-6 p.m., 417 Plum St., Olympia, 360.539.7978
>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 23: HYNOTIST RON STUBBS
You are getting sleepy, v-e-r-y sleepy. Now, go see the hypnotist show at The Royal Lounge this Saturday. Whether a skeptic or believer, the show will be sure to entertain with its comedy, rock and roll and outrageous hypnosis, like people sneezing and having orgasms (!) when Ron Stubbs, the man behind the magic utters the word "pepper." Hype on his webpage reads, "If you're looking for an old fashioned, out dated, boring show, well my friends, this isn't it. But if you are looking for a modern, fast paced, laugh a minute, mind bending, hell bent for leather excursion through the inner mind, then you have found the right place... So buckle up Sparky, it can be one wild ride!" - NM
- The Royal Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $12/advance, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 360.705.0760
>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 23: JOBE HIMSELF
Oh yeah, I almost forgot about The Loch's. You know the place - the old Hell's Kitchen in downtown Tacoma. Well, here's a good reminder that this venue is still cranking out shows. This Saturday, enjoy some quality, melt your face punk rock with a Jobe Himself demo release show with Poorsport, Omega Moo and DJ Reign. - NM
- The Loch's, 9 pm. $5, 928 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.221.1587
>>> SUNDAY, MARCH 24: PIANIST RICH RIDENOUR AND THE TSO
Rich Ridenour, a 54-year-old Michigan native, has been playing the piano most of his life. He wasn't old enough to drive when he joined his first rock band. He met his future wife, Stacy, who is in the front office at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, when both were students at the University of Michigan. She went into musical administration, he went on to a master's from Juilliard and a career as a pianist that has taken him from piano bars to the nation's finest concert halls, such as the Pantages Theater Sunday when he join the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in concert. Expect the greatest hits of Elton John, Billy Joel, George Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and more with a pinch of Victor Borge humor, a grand Steinway and the full Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. - WV
- Pantages Theater, 2:30 p.m., $24-$77, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.591.5894
WHAT SOME OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS ARE UP TO
CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL Theater Critic
It's load-in and the start of tech week for a show my wife and I are in, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood for Olympia Family Theater. I'm also hoping to beat this cold into submission.
REV. ADAM MCKINNEY Music Writer
This weekend is my birthday. Not sure what I'm gonna do, besides maybe check out Stoker at the Grand. I love that director's other movie, Oldboy. Other than that, I dunno, birthdays don't mean all that much to me anymore. #SadSack
ALEC CLAYTON Arts Critic
I'm no party animal. I'll probably just hang around the house. Maybe watch a little TV.
NIKKI MCCOY Feature Writer
Friday: drinks, food and friends. Saturday: rinse well and repeat. Sunday: helping my mom move. She's now part of the tiny house movement. She even has a tiny china hutch and tiny dishwasher. I'll have to try hard to resist buying her every tiny knick-knack I see. ...
JOSH RIZEBERG Music Columnist
This weekend starts for me on Saturday. I'll be teaching my class at D.A.S.H. At night, Beanz & Rize has a show in Seattle. Sunday night I'll be having a little Sedar at My Mom's house for Passover.
JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
This weekend I will be taking my adorable son to Olympia to review The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood at Olympia Family Theater where we get to watch fellow theater critic Christian Carvajal show off his acting skills. Also hoping to take my son to see some of my students perform in Tacoma Youth Theatre's production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. Long live theater!
TIMOTHY GRISHAM Music Writer
Three words: Richard Hell, Portland. The legendary punk will be signing his new tomb at Powells. Then off to Slabtown to catch btpnlsl.
ADRIENNE KUEHL Food Writer
On Saturday, I'm excited to be a judge at the Museum of Glass Slider Cook-Off. If you see me in a slider-induced haze on Sunday, chalk it up to that. If the weather is decent, I'll be heading to Chambers Bay at some point to walk it out with my dogs.
MOLLY GILMORE Feature Writer
Friday, I'm going to see Harlequin Productions' The Philadelphia Story. Saturday, I am going to the first meeting of a detox program — which involves giving up sugar, dairy, coffee and alcohol for three weeks. Sunday morning is dance, as usual!
NIC LEANOARD Music Writer
I will be spending most of the weekend at my house sipping bottom shelf whiskey while watching March Madness. Sunday afternoon, I will finally leave my house, though. I have go out to Evergreen to flyer for Wednesday's Darktime Sunshine show at The Olympia Ballroom.
STEVE DUNKELBRGER Nightlife Correspondent
Going to the Slider Challenge and just hanging around T-town - like going to see Midsummer Night's Dream at Tacoma Youth Theatre.
ROCKFORD ROWLEY All-ages Music Columnist
I'll be sitting in front of my turntable, familiarizing myself with the partially-local BOAT's newly released album, Pretend to Be Brave. Similar to Pavement but occupying the more melodic, poppy side of things, music is always better coming from a multi-colored vinyl disc that looks like a Willy Wonka product when it rotates.
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