The Center Salon

The Center Salon


May 22, 7:30pm


Washington Center Black Box Theater


512 Washington St. SE, Olympia


360.753.8586 |


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, Sadi Sparks, Zhang Er, Alec Clayton, and Bryan Willis.

Broadway Olympia Presents: Mercury Rising- A Queen Tribute

Broadway Olympia Presents: Mercury Rising- A Queen Tribute


March 19, 8pm


The Washington Center for the Performing Arts


512 Washington St. SE, Olympia


360.753.8586 |


Join Mercury Rising as we celebrate the music of one of the most epic rock bands of all time… QUEEN! Mercury Rising is Olympia’s first Queen tribute bands. Comprised of stage veterans from around Thurston County, Mercury Rising will bring you to your feet with all of the anthems you know and love. Don’t miss this one-time-only event!

A Modern Storyteller- Brian Reed

Brian Reed at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Podcasting was birthed in the 1980s but didn’t gain traction until 2004. Since then, thousands of podcasts have premiered and gained international attention.

From the producers of Serial and This American Life, the podcast S-Town premiered on March 28, 2017, quickly taking over thousands of listeners’ curiosities and attention. Brian Reed, the new podcast’s host and co-creator, will speak at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 10.

S-Town is about an immensely intriguing man, John, and his small hometown in Alabama. John contacted Reed with dark secrets from this town, and it didn’t take long for Reed to learn dark secrets about the man himself. Perhaps the most gripping part of the story is the relationship between the two men. It’s a tale full of backstories, global concerns and opinions. Reed’s storytelling about John and his hometown are journalistic in information and literary in style.

The show at the Washington Center will feature original recordings, audio outtakes and more details about S-Town. Those who have become engrossed in this story will learn even more from Reed’s research. The audience will no doubt also hear about the creator’s researching and writing styles, as well as podcasting.

Reed worked closely on a number of episodes of This American Life, such as “The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra,” “Cops See It Differently” and “What Happened at Dos Erres.” S-Town may be Reed’s most personal podcast and not just because he wrote and narrated it.

Rebecca Nicholson from The Guardian wrote this about S-Town: “It’s about surviving when you don’t fit in, finding connections where you can and the beauty that resides in the most unexpected pockets of a person’s existence. It’s a delicate and splendid obituary and a noble attempt at understanding a life.”

Throughout the harrowing and heartfelt story, Reed’s desire to understand and represent everyone’s story justly is clear and honest. by Jordan Marie McCaw

Brian Reed at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm


South Sound Fall Arts 2017

With the days shortening and the weather getting cooler, now is the time to plan your fall arts calendar. No matter what you are interested in, you’ll find outstanding performances in the South Sound this autumn. We’ve selected a few standouts that you shouldn’t miss.

Experience a night of electrifying music that traces the journey of American superstar Janis Joplin in A Night with Janis Joplin. You get two chances to see this amazing performance that celebrates the queen of rock ’n’ roll at either the Pantages in Tacoma or the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia.

More amazing vocals are on stage in Piaf! The Show coming to Olympia in October. Focused on legendary Parisian chanteuse Edith Piaf, known as “the swallow of Montmartre,” the show follows the ragsto-riches story of the singer’s career through unforgettable songs, complemented by historical photographs from a bygone day.

Are current events getting you down? A night of laughter awaits with The Capitol Steps at the Pantages. “Putting the mock in democracy,” this performance will have you rolling in the aisles as Hillary Clinton sings a show tune, President Trump performs a rock ballad or Chris Christie dances ballet. This lighthearted show will certainly put a smile on your face.

Once you get the taste for comedy, you may be interested in checking out other comedic offerings such as the semifinal round of the Seattle International Comedy Competition at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and stand-up star in the making Hari Kondabolu, who has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show with David Letterman and who just released his second comedy album with major success.

The brand-new Federal Way Performing Arts Center opens its inaugural season with RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. It’s been 50 years since Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released and here’s your chance to be immersed in Beatlemania.

Other classics offered this fall include Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s Footloose, Symphony Tacoma’s West Side Story, Lakewood Playhouse’s all-kid performance of Alice in Wonderland, and a chance to belt out “Tomorrow” at the Sing-a-long Annie show at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

You don’t need to go far for great performances that will keep your evenings entertaining this fall. The South Sound is full of amazing choices, so book your tickets soon.