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The show “Some Stars of Native American Comedy — The Rez Car Broke Down” are, left to right, Taietsarón:sere ‘Tai’ Leclaire, Gilbert Brown, Sheila Chalakee and Jim Ruel.

Courtesy of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

4 Native storytellers adopt the tradition of the tricksters

Native Performance Productions presents “Some Native American Comedy Stars – The Rez Car Broke Down,” a new all-Native comedy storytelling production, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Washington Center for The Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The show features four Native American comedy storytellers carrying on the Native American Trickster tradition, sharing their comedic take on life as filmmakers, writers, directors, and comedians. Storytellers include Jim Ruel (Ojibwe), Taietsarón: sere “Tai” (Kanien’kehá:ka/Mohawk and Mi’kmaq of the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawà:ke), Gilbert Brown (Modoc, Klamath, Paiute and Warm Springs tribe) and Sheila Chalakee (Muscogee Creek Nation). Tickets are $36 and $25 plus service charge.

Woolen weavings featured in a Native American art exhibit

The 14th Annual Native American Art Exhibition, A Weaver’s Choice – Coast Salish Wool WeavingsOrganized by Selena Kearneyopens at the Leonor R. Fuller Gallery at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia on Monday, November 7, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. on November 11. In this exhibition, Kearney – in collaboration with the Paimārire Studio at Evergreen State College — introduces Coast Salish wool weavers and their processes. Coast Salish ceremonial weavings offer protection to the wearer and exist in both the spirit world and the human world. The exhibit highlights the stories and kinship embedded in this art form focused on building bonds and helping others. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; free entry. An artist talk is scheduled for 5 p.m. on November 19; the exhibition will be on display until December 9.

Fanciful ‘Dragons Love Tacos’ opens at OFT

Direction the Olympia Family Theater for the play “Dragons love tacoswhich will take place from Friday November 4th to November 20th. Ernie Nolan has adapted Adam Rubinimaginative book into an action-packed and fun adventure that includes juggling, gymnastics, accordion soloing and an interactive dance party. Director Kate Arvin says, “I’m so excited to be working with such an incredibly talented group of comedians – this show is a project of joy for everyone involved and will bring smiles to everyone who sees it and/or works on it! It’s silly and fun and has stage directions like “an exaltation of lettuce” and “a celebration of cheese.” How could you not like that? The plan is recommended for ages 3 and up. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $5 to $35. A limited number of one-day walk-in tickets are offered free of charge. Advance ticket reservation is recommended due to limited seating at Masks are strongly encouraged, but not required for performances on Fridays and Saturdays, but masks are required at all performances on Sundays.


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