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Critic’s Picks: New Year’s Eve at First Night Tacoma, Benaroya Hall, St. James Cathedral and the Grand Cinema

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2010 at 6:57 am |
December 23, 2010 10:59 am

New Year’s Eve: Four Picks

There’s not a lot going on in the arts world right after New Year, but there’s plenty to choose from tonight. Here are four picks for the last night of the year.

First Night Tacoma

This family-friendly, booze-free, arts-based celebration runs from 6:30 p.m. til just after midnight in Tacoma’s theater district, and ranges from live music through vaudeville and street bands to burning tiger effigies. See our story for details. 6:30 p.m. tonight. $10/$5 buttons from BCPA box office, Tacoma Art Museum and more. Various locations in downtown Tacoma, centering on Broadway from S. 9th to S. 11th Streets. www.firstnighttacoma.org

Beethoven’s 9th with the Seattle Symphony

Beethoven’s famous ninth symphony (including “Ode to Joy”) is a New Year’s Eve tradition in Europe. Hear it in Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony and stellar soloists including tenor Vinson Cole and booming bass-baritone Clayton Brainerd. Program also features world premiere “Black Swan” by Bright Sheng. 9 p.m. tonight (includes after-party), also 2 p.m. Jan. 2. $50-$150 (from $25 on Jan. 2.) Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, Seattle. 866-833-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org

Mozart at St. James Cathedral

See the New Year in with elegance at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, where the 20-voice cathedral Cantorei singers join the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra for a night of Mozart: “Solemn Vespers,” “Regina Coeli” and the “Missa Brevis” in D minor. 11 p.m. tonight. $22 suggested donation. St. James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave., Seattle. 206-382-4874, www.stjames-cathedral.org

See King George VI at the Grand

If you want something a little cozier, the Grand Cinema has a superb new offering: “The King’s Speech,” nominated for seven Golden Globes and featuring Colin Firth as the stammering King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as the speech therapist who prods him into leading the World War II-stricken Britain. Various times. $8.50/$6.50. 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

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