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Critic’s Picks: Pantomime at Centerstage, Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” glass sale at HART and art jewelry at Sandpiper

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 11, 2009 at 6:07 am |
December 8, 2009 11:10 am

Dame_JackCenterstage Theatre does English panto in “Jack”

Make the trek to Dash Point’s Knutzen Theatre, and you’ll be rewarded with two hours of silly slapstick, funny songs and groanable jokes in Centerstage’s annual pantomime, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20. $25/$20/$10. Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com

 It’s back: Tacoma City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

There are many “Nutcrackers” around town, but this one combines the original Petipa choreography, the Tchaikovsky score played live by the Northwest Sinfonietta, and the glory of the huge Pantages stage set. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19; 1 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20. $28-$60. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

 Get yer holiday glass at the HART sale

Hand-blown glass, cheap? It’s there at the bi-annual glass sale by the Hilltop Artists in Residence, with proceeds funding this excellent program for at-risk kids at Jason Lee Middle. 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 12. Arrive 9 a.m. to get a numbered ticket, then come back at 10 a.m. Gymnasium in back of parking lot, Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N. Sprague Ave., Tacoma. Free to enter, glass items $15-$100. 253-571-7670, www.hilltopartists.org

 “Unusual Adornments” at Sandpiper

Driver boards, chained strawberries, pink-nailed toes – it’s all there, made into art jewelry for “Unusual Adornments” at Sandpiper Gallery in Old Town, with work by Di Morgan-Graves, Elayne Vogel, Lynn Di Nino, Kevan Attebery and Candyce Anderson. Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Dec. 31. Free. 2221 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-627-6667

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