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Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 4, 2008 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
July 4, 2008 6:00 am

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Image courtesy TSO.

A Symphony of Sea Music

The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra will play sea-inspired light classics like Tchaikovsky’s "Russian Sailor’s Dance," and Strauss’ "The Blue Danube", plus popular and patriotic works, in a free outdoor concert at Tall Ships. 10:30 a.m. July 6. Free. Thea’s Park, 405 Dock St, Tacoma. 253-272-7264, www.tacomasymphony.org

Chanteys, Drinking Songs, and Rollicking Good Cheer from the Revellers

The Revels folks will dress up in 18th-century garb to stroll Tall Ships while singing the kind of harmonies you’d expect from (musical) seafarers. 2 p.m. July 4 on Northwest Passage Stage, 7 p.m. July 5 on Tradewinds Stage, 6 p.m. July 6 on Treasure Cove Stage, also roving through the crowd throughout the festival. Free. 253-756-1804, www.pugetsoundrevels.org

"Tempest"-Tossed in Tacoma

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s contribution to Tall Ships is a performance of "The Tempest," broken into two parts (love and revenge) and played at the waterfront amphitheater. Will they use the Thea Foss Waterway as a prop? Go and find out. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. July 5, 2 p.m. July 6. Free. Thea Foss Waterway amphitheater (behind Museum of Glass.) 253-318-5182, www.sitpl.org

Grand Impromptu Gallery Goes Abstract

If you’re totally Tall Shipped-out, there’s one place in town that’s not offering anything to do with masts or mizzens. Impromptu’s July show is "Towards Abstraction," featuring regular gallery members plus guest artist from Olympia. 4 – 9 p.m. Thursday – Friday (closed July 4,) 2 – 9 p.m. Saturday, 2 – 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2- 27. Free. 608 S. Fawcett St, Tacoma. 253-572-9232, www.impromptugallerytacoma.com

Behind the Curtain at "Grease"

The director and actors at Tacoma Musical Playhouse take you backstage, figuratively speaking, for a 90-minute show about the history of the play, technical tricks, and musical highlights. If you’re planning to go to "Grease," or take someone unfamiliar with it, this is a great introduction. 7 p.m. July 6. Free. Show itself runs July 11-August 2. 7116 6th Ave, Tacoma. 253-565-6867, www.tmp.org

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