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Weekend Planner: Student art exhibit at Minnaert Center Gallery, Brotherhood Takes Flight, 5k run and comedy happenings

Friday—June 12

Selected student art

The Annual Student Art Exhibit features some of the students’ best work and is on display at The Gallery in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Art faculty select outstanding pieces, including ceramics, drawing, digital photography and sculpture. See the talent of local student artists at the display open through June 12. Hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. For scheduling an appointment, call 360-596-5527. For information on the gallery, go to


Watch them fly

It’s high-flying acrobatics at the Brotherhood Takes Flight show at 8 p.m. Wednesday. It features local artists performing fabric, trapeze and more at this free event at the Brotherhood Lounge, 119 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Performer tips are encouraged. For more information, call 360-352-4153.


Run as fast as you think you can

Help support West Olympia Rotary Club at its Tortoise and Hare Prediction 5K run Saturday at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave., Olympia. Predict your finishing time, then see how close you come — without the help of watches, GPS units, smartphones, etc. — for a chance to win. It’s a family-friendly event with a free kids run. It starts at 9 a.m., the kids run at 10 a.m. To register, go to


Stand-up for Jubal Flagg

Get your funny bone tickled at Comedy Night with Jubal Flagg at Pellegrino’s Event Center, 5757 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. Flagg, known for his morning radio show on Movin’ 92.5 (KQMV-FM), also performs standup comedy. He will bring magician Jeff Evans and comedians Jacob Johnson and Robert Moore to the stage. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $17.50-$27.50 and are available at for a second show at 10:30 p.m.

Friday—June 6

School of Hard Knock-knocks

If you’re looking for comedy you can sink your teeth and mind into, plan to take in the SPSCC Theater Department’s An Evening of Comedy at the Minnaert Center Black Box, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The funny, over-the-top sketches delve into the fine art of parody that will keep audiences laughing. It is playing at 8 p.m. Friday (May 29) and Saturday and June 5-6, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7-$12 plus service fee with a pay what you can performance June 4. For details, call 360-753-8586 or


A sylvan celebration

Celebrating its rich forest heritage, the Mason County Forest Festival returns for a weekend of fun. There will be the annual grand parade, family and pet parade, car show, logging show, street dance, carnival and duck race, all in Shelton. 4-11 p.m. Friday (May 29), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Most activities will take place in Loop Field. Festival admission is free. For a schedule of events, go to


Help rebuild in Nepal

Help raise funds to aid the people of Nepal at an Earthquake Relief Benefit Concert on Saturday. There will be a poetry reading by Holly Gwinn Graham, music by Les Gens des Chutes, Humor & Heart, Artesian Rumble Arkestra and others all starting at 7 p.m. It’s at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Donations will be collected at the door.