The music returns to community favorite New Traditions Cafe

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Olympia Little Theater’s “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered” is a wacky mystery that takes place on the set of a long-running soap opera. The cast includes, facing the camera from left to right, Silva Goetz, Tom Sanders and Stephani Harness and, in the director’s chair, Johanna Chhay.

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The bold, the young and the murdered

There’s foul play on the set of a fictional soap opera in Olympia Little Theater’s “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered.” The prank, which premieres Friday, March 4, is a fitting sequel to the theater’s recent “Clue: On Stage,” which also combined comedy with multiple murders. “Bold” is directed by Katelyn May with a cast including familiar faces such as Silva Goetz, Meghan Goodman, Tom Sanders, Ed Thorpe and Andrea Weston-Smart. Performances are at 7:25 p.m. on March 4, 5, 11, 12, and 17-19 and at 1:55 p.m. on March 6, 13, and 20 at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets (http://www.olympialittletheater.org/shows/bold/) cost between $9 and $15. Proof of vaccination is required.

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Olympia Little Theater’s “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered” is a wacky mystery that takes place on the set of a long-running soap opera. The cast includes, facing the camera from left to right, Silva Goetz, Tom Sanders and Stephani Harness and, in the director’s chair, Johanna Chhay. Little Olympia Theater Courtesy

To displayesume to Traditions

After yet another pandemic break, the New Traditions Café is once again hosting concerts. The music begins Saturday, March 5 with A Taste of Cuba, featuring Gabriela Joya, flautist and singer who has performed with Cuba’s National Opera and Ballet, as well as local jazz stalwarts Tarik Bentlemsani, Steven Luceno and Michael Olson. The show is at 7 p.m. at The Cafe (https://newtraditionsfairtrade.com/), 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and low-income people. The seats are limited; get tickets and dinner reservations by stopping by the cafe or calling 360.705.2819. For shows, the cafe requires proof of vaccination, including a booster, or a negative test result.

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Taste of Cuba, featuring singer and flautist Gabriela Joya, performs Saturday, March 5 at New Traditions Cafe. Taste of cuba Courtesy

diverse dance

Ballet and ballroom are just the start of the dance styles on display at the 12th Olympia Dance Festival, which takes place on Saturday March 5. The program includes dance styles from around the world (Ireland, China and the Middle East) and top to bottom dance troupes. in hallway I5. Among the more than 200 participating dancers are also Adji Cissoko and Shuaib Elhassan of San Francisco’s LINES Ballet, founded by renowned choreographer Alonzo King. “This year’s festival will be our biggest yet,” said Ken Johnson of Ballet Northwest, which is producing the festival in cooperation with the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Along with Ballet Northwest and the LINES duo, the festival will feature artists from Debbi’s Dance Etc., Fang Fei Dance, Haley Prendergast School of Irish Dance, Harbor Dance and Performance Center, Inspired to Move Dance Academy, Johansen Olympia Dance Center, Mas Uda , Momentum Dance Academy, Northwest Performing Arts Alliance, Random Acts of Dance Collective (RADCo), South Sound Dance, Spotlight Dance Center, Studio West Dance Theater and Tina’s Dance Studios. The event is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets (https://www.washingtoncenter.org/event/olympia-dance-festival-2022/) are $20. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for members of the public 12 years and older.

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Adji Cissoko of San Francisco’s LINES Ballet will perform as part of the Olympia Dance Festival 2022, scheduled for Saturday, March 5. RJ MUNA Courtesy

Freelance writer Molly Gilmore talks about what’s happening at Olympia and beyond with Michael Stein of 95.3 KGY-FM from 3-4 p.m. Friday.