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Critic’s picks: “Black Swan,” PNB’s “Nutcracker,” Light art in Tollefson Plaza and “Shuffle” at Fulcrum

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 24, 2010 at 6:18 am with No Comments »
December 20, 2010 10:22 am

“Black Swan” at The Grand Cinema

For a dark depiction of the masochistic, psychologically brutal side of ballet, you can’t go past “Black Swan,” where Natalie Portman plays a ballerina who loses herself, literally, in the iconic “Swan Lake” lead role. Various times. $8.50/$7.50. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett St., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

Still a “Nutcracker” or two at PNB

Christmas might be almost here but the “Nutcracker” keeps going, at least for Pacific Northwest Ballet. The extravagant Stowell and Sendak production, with its “Where the Wild Things Are”-style sets and imagination, runs through this weekend. 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. today, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26 and 27. $29-$123. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, Seattle. 206-441-2424, www.pnb.org

Monika Proffitt lights up Tollefson Plaza

Artist Monika Proffitt constructs “Forest of Souls,” an art piece made of light in Tollefson Plaza to brighten up the winter solstice, courtesy of Spaceworks Tacoma. 24/7 through January. Free. Tollefson Plaza, corner Pacific Avenue and S. 17th Street, Tacoma. spaceworkstacoma.wordpress.com

Negative and positive relationships at Fulcrum

In “Shuffle,” Nicki Sucec explores sibling relationships and identity through large steel and copper mural and lithographic prints. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 31, closed Dec. 25. Free. Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-250-0520, www.fulcrumtacoma.com

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