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Critic’s Picks: Seattle Symphony free, “Grease” at the Paramount, Mirka Hokkanen prints and the Peking Acrobats

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Jan. 7, 2011 at 6:07 am |
January 4, 2011 2:25 pm

“Grease” is back at the Paramount

Groove along to faves like “Greased Lightnin’” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in this national Broadway tour of the beloved musical, starring Alyssa Herrera and Matt Nolan. Jan. 7-9. Tickets from $18. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. 877-784-4849, www.stgpresents.org

Free Seattle Symphony shows

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra will perform three free community concerts in January, led by assistant conductor Eric Garcia, with a program including Mozart’s Concerto in B-flat major for Bassoon and Orchestra; Honegger’s “Pastorale d’été;” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 47 in G major. Noon today at City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Trinity Parish Church, 609 8th Ave., Seattle; and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle. All are free. 866-833-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org

Peking Acrobats at Pantages

The amazing tumblers and jugglers of the Peking Acrobats celebrate their group’s silver anniversary with all the awe-inspiring grace we’ve come to expect. 3 p.m. Jan. 9. $19/$34/$49. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Mirka Hokkanen at Mary Boze Gallery

Local printmaker Mirka Hokkanen draws on childhood memories of wandering forests and lakes in Finland to create this series of small lithographs, engravings and other prints of woodland animals – deer, raccoons, squirrels, foxes and cute little mice. Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday-Friday through Feb. 9, with an artist reception 12:15 p.m. Jan. 9. Mary Boze Gallery, Tacoma Unitarian Universalist Church, 1115 S. 56th St., Tacoma (enter at South L Street and ring the bell outside service times.) 253-474-4646, www.tuuc-wa.org

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