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Critic’s picks: Vagabond Opera, Seattle Opera, MOVE and ArtWalk

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Jan. 14, 2011 at 6:58 am |
January 6, 2011 11:01 am

Vagabond Opera in Olympia

Vagabond Opera defies description: neo-klezmer cabaret, tango, Balkan belly-dance, gypsy jazz, opera – you name it, this six-piece Portland group does it, using four opera singers, two cellos, sax, clarinet, accordion, bass and drums. Last seen in Tacoma for the 2008 Revels, the band is back tonight at Olympia’s Minnaert Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. tonight. $14.75-$29.50. 211 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia. 360-753-8585, www.washingtoncenter.org

Seattle Opera goes to Seville

Figaro is back – that arrogant, delightful barber who helps his friends play tricks. Seattle Opera opens “The Barber of Seville” tomorrow, featuring Lawrence Brownlee, José Carbó, Sarah Coburn and Kate Lindsey. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29; 2 p.m. Jan. 16, 23. From $25. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center. 800-426-1619, www.seattleopera.org

MOVE!NG Company and Martineze play the Triple Door

Tacoma’s MOVE!NG company, who regularly perform at MLKBallet MOVE dance shows, are premiering a full-length work at Seattle’s Triple Door club this weekend. “A life that feels like dying” features choreography by Kate Monthy and original music by Vicci Martinez, with the Vicci Martinez band to close. Proceeds to MLKBallet free dance tuition school. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. All ages. $20 advance/$25 on day. www.tripledoor.com, www.viccimartinez.com, www.mlkballet.blog.com

ArtWalk goes to Japan at TAM

This month’s ArtWalk features a Japanese night at Tacoma Art  Museum, where to complement the woodblock print exhibit there’s everything from taiko drums and kabuki dance (5 p.m.) to the animé film “Miyori’s Forest” (5:40 p.m.), plus manga and koi kite making in the studio and sake tastings. Or you can catch Tacoma’s Art Bus around small art spaces downtown. Artwalk 5-8 p.m. Jan. 20, free, at downtown museums and galleries (TAM: 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma). ArtBus runs 5-9 p.m., cost $10, beginning at the Speakeasy cooperative, 409 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma.www.tacomaartmuseum.orgwww.artwalktacoma.com, www.speakeasyartscooperative.com

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