5 Things To Do Today: Mini 253Heart Festival, Oly Film Festival, Mariachi Vargas and more ...

By Volcano Staff on November 11, 2012

SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2012 >>>

1. Organized in large part by China Davis' Ben Fuller the 253Heart Music Festival, which includes multiple events and will benefit the Emergency Food Network, is yet another outgrowth of the Music Giving Back organization, a local enterprise that's been busting out the musician driven benefits since 2009, and which Fuller is also a co-founder. Just to get the heart pumping for 253Heart's big Thanksgiving weekend festivities, a smaller 253Heart Fest will flow through The Swiss today featuring the likes of Midnight Salvage Co., China Davis, Hannah Mendenhall, Kim Archer and Chris Hyde, The Trasholes and Science! 4 p.m., admission free with canned food donation, The Swiss, 1904 Jefferson, Tacoma

2. Olympia Little Theatre's presentation of the classic thriller Night Must Fall  - about a wealthy elderly woman who falls under the spell of a dashing young stranger and winds up dead - will hit its stage this afternoon. Read Weekly Volcano's theater critic Christian Carvajal's review of Night Must Fall in the Arts section at weeklyvolcano.com. 1:55 p.m., $10-$14, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia

3. Olympia Film Society presents incredible lineup of screenings, events, guests and awards that is the 29th annual Olympia Film Festival. Today's film action includes Garlic is a Good as Ten Mothers at 2 p.m., Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux at 4 p.m. and Almayer's Folly at 7 p.m. Through Nov. 18, $7-$10, Capitol Theater, 206 E. Fifth Ave., Olympia

4. Internationally acclaimed as "the best mariachi in the world," Mariachi Vargas was originally founded in 1897 by Don Gaspar Vargas López, Manuel Mendoza and two violinists in the town of Tecalitlan, Mexico. Credited with modernizing the genre, Mariachi Vargas' meticulously crafted arrangements helped propel national pride for what would become Mexico's classical sound. The definitive mariachi ensemble will perform at the Pantages Theater this afternoon. 3 p.m., $35-$125, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

5. The Olympia Symphony will pay tribute to members of the armed forces with a Veterans Day concert, "Honoring America's Freedom" tonight at The Washington Center. Hear patriotic works by Copland, Suppe, Hayden and Sousa.  7 p.m., $20-$50 with a discount for those with military ID, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

LINK: Sunday, Nov. 11 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area