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Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Sep. 26, 2008 at 6:00 am |
September 26, 2008 6:00 am

Vaudeville goes 21st century at the Pantages Saturday night.

Symphony at the museum

Catch the cream of the Tacoma Symphony tonight at Tacoma Art Museum, as they reduce their numbers to play an intimate chamber concert of Mozart, Taffanel, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Britten. Hang out with the musicians over dessert, wine and coffee afterward, or just look at TAM’s art. 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma. $50. 253-272-7264, www.tacomasymphony.org

"Birth" tells the truth about labor, onstage

Karen Brody’s play "Birth" was fuelled by hundreds of stories of American women’s childbirthing—the good, the bad, and the frighteningly little-known. 8 p.m. tonight. $16. Tacoma Community College Theatre, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma. Also 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Evergreen State College Recital Hall, Olympia; and a BOLD Red Tent (birth story sharing) at Heart of Wellness Healing Arts Center, 205 Clark Place S.E., Tumwater. 800-385-9704, boldinseattle.com.

Vaudeville celebrates 90 years of Pantages

To open the 25th season of the Broadway Center for Performing Arts, and the 90th anniversary of the Pantages itself, BCPA presents an evening of vaudeville. No, not Charlie Chaplin—real live circus, comedy, magic and more. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. $24/$45/$65. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Tacoma concert pianist Duane Hulbert in recital

Duane Hulbert, University of Puget Sound professor and Grammy-nominated concert pianist, will play Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Cesar Franck on Christ Church Episcopal‘s recently acquired and fully restored 1928 Model O Hamburg Steinway. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Suggested donation $15/$10/$5, everyone welcome regardless of ability to donate. Christ Church Episcopal, 310 N. K. St., Tacoma. 253-383-1569, www.ccptacoma.org

Tacoma Film Festival Opens at the Grand

It’s back—the third Tacoma Film Festival, courtesy of The Grand Cinema. Local unknowns, indie gems, shorts and features: there’s something for everyone. Opening night 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, for food and sneak peeks, then films at the Grand from 8:15 p.m. Opening night $17/$14 members. Festival runs Oct. 2-9, ticket prices vary. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

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