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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” Christmas jazz from Rich Wetzel, HART glass sale and brass quintet Christmas in Gig Harbor

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 9, 2011 at 6:55 am |
December 2, 2011 10:02 am
Tacoma City Ballet's "Nutcracker." Courtesy photo.

Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

Tacoma City Ballet performs its annual “Nutcracker” with Pantages sets, the Northwest Sinfonietta orchestra and original Russian choreography. 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 21. $19-$60. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Rich Wetzel’s big band holiday jazz

Get your holiday groove on with big band Christmas jazz played by Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra this weekend – all the favorites, with a swing. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tacoma Community College building 2, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

Hilltop Artists’ in Residence holiday glass sale

At the bi-annual HART glass sales you get the chance to buy beautiful hand-blown glass, fused work and beads while supporting this non-profit hot shop program giving at-risk youth a new chance. There’ll be holiday treats and demonstrations.10 a.m.-1 p.m. (arrive 9 a.m. to pick up a numbered, timed ticket) Dec. 10. Free. Jason Lee Hot Shop and Gymnasium, 602 N. Sprague St., Tacoma. 253-571-7670, www.hilltopartists.org

Signature Brass Christmas concert

Hear Christmas music performed by the Signature Brass Quintet plus soprano Meg Daly and organist Jeff Orr in Gig Harbor, courtesy of the Gig Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. Program includes a swing version of “Jingle Bells” and “Do You Hear What I Hear” as a bolero, plus carol sing-along and Handel’s concerto for organ. 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Free (donation suggested). St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7701 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor. 253-238-6035, www.gigharbororchestra.org


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