Rainier Family Opera: affordable, fun, friendly
Opera’s not scary, and Rainier Family Opera want to prove it. Their first family-friendly concert this season features non-costumed, narrated scenes from Mozart, Hoffman and Dvorak. 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Spanaway Lutheran Church, 16001 A St. S., Spanaway; 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at First Lutheran Church, 524 S. I St., Tacoma. Suggested donation $10/family $25. 253-222-5463, rainierfamilyopera.blogspot.com
Tacoma Symphony heads to Old Russia
Opening their season with romantic Russian faves like Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony and Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto, the TSO shows you can’t have too much of a good thing. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. $10-$75. 253-272-7264, www.tacomasymphony.org
Tacoma, can you spell E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-I-N-G?
Tony Award-winning musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" hits Tacoma this week thanks to the Broadway Center. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Theater on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. $48,$58,$68,$80. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org
Art among the books at UPS library
Last week to see local book artist Holly Senn’s thoughtful show "(un) written," inspired by botanical conservatories and museums. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 31. Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, behind Kilworth Chapel at North 18th and North Warner Streets. Free. 253-879-3100, www.ups.edu/x4473.xml#October