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Help this cute little guy–and enjoy music, art and ballet too

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Oct. 23, 2008 at 10:36 am |
October 23, 2008 10:36 am

Jacob Colby, son of Tacoma City Ballet teacher Melinda Colby. Photo Melinda Colby.

Tacoma City Ballet is holding its second Studio Gallery event Saturday night. If you went to the first one, you’ll remember that the gilt-and-mirrored studio in the Merlino Building transforms beautifully into an art gallery, with sylph-like dancers wafting around and yummy hors d’oeuvres, cupcakes and champagne enticing you to stay. All art sales go completely to the artists (no commissions here) and profits from the $5 entry went to scholarships for students in the Tacoma City Ballet School.

The upcoming evening will be just as good, and for an even better cause. Jacob Colby is the four-year-old son of former TCB dancer and current teacher Melinda Colby. Conceived while Melinda was dancing in the 2003 “Nutcracker,” Jacob’s just been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. DMD is the most common fatal genetic disorder in young boys, affecting 1 out of 3,500 worldwide. All proceeds from the Gallery entry fee and silent auction items will go via the Colbys to find a cure for the disease.

Artists include Mary Mann, the Elwit duo, Erin Stiner and TCB director Erin Ceragioli. There’ll be food and champagne, and hot-club jazz from Northwest Sinfonietta director Christophe Chagnard with Pearl Django’s Neil Anderson, both on guitar.

7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 508 6th Ave, Tacoma. 253-272-4219, www.tacomacityballet.com

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