‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
Harlequin Productions’ “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” in its opening weekend, fires up the genre-bending cult classic with Olympia punk rock. The Harlequin production, helmed by artistic director Aaron Lamb, is set in Olympia’s riot grrrl era, and a different local band each weekend will play an opening set. Up first: Sugar and the Spitfires. John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Tony Award winner — a mix of concert, cabaret and comedy routine — tells the story of German emigrant Hedwig (Adam Rennie), whose angry inch is both the result of a botched gender-reassignment surgery and the name of her band. “Hedwig” (https://harlequinproductions.org/show/hedwig-and-the-angry-inch/) kicks off with a preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (tickets $20), followed by shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, and continues through July 30 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $25-$42, with pay-what-you-can performances July 2, 8, 14 and 17. Also at Harlequin this week: HarleQueer, a new event featuring drag performances and community building. Majesty is the headliner for the show, which begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 29, with doors opening at 6:30 for a community pride pre-party. Tickets (https://harlequinproductions.org/harlequeer/ ) are $25-$45. Proceeds will fund free tickets to Harlequin shows for the local queer community. Masks are required in the theater.
Masterworks Choral Ensemble is closing its season Saturday, June 25, with a tribute to tunes from decades of Disney musicals, with selections from 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and 2021’s “Encanto.” “Disney: A Wonderful World of Music” (https://www.washingtoncenter.org/event/masterworks-choral-ensemble-2022-disney-wonderful-world/) happens at 7:30 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $10-$22. Masks are encouraged.
Art al fresco
Art ‘N the Alley, the outdoor art show that began in 2020, returns Saturday, June 25. The show, (https://www.facebook.com/Art-N-The-Alley-117665763350367) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the alley behind 509 Decatur St. SW, Olympia, features paintings, drawings, jewelry, mosaics, textiles and mixed media works by eight artists.
The new restoration of “Mississippi Masala,” Mira Nair’s 1991 drama about an interracial relationship, makes its Olympia debut at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The film, (https://olympiafilmsociety.org/mississippi-masala/) which includes an often-overlooked performance by Denzel Washington as a carpet cleaner who falls for the daughter of an Indian immigrant family, was for many years out of print and unavailable for streaming. Timberland Regional Library, whose film club will discuss “Masala” on July 11, is sponsoring the screening, introduced by the film club’s Zach Havekost, a library employee and movie maven. (For details on the club, join (https://trl.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=13d26e53df840615ee9eda74f&id=29edace4d6) its mailing list.) “Masala” will also be shown at 7 p.m. July 8 and 4 p.m. July 21. Tickets are $8-$11. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
Freelance writer Molly Gilmore talks about what’s happening in Olympia and beyond with 95.3 KGY-FM’s Michael Stein from 3 to 4 p.m. Fridays.