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Critic’s Picks: Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Tacoma City Ballet preview, Cirque du Soleil in Seattle and art and books in Gig Harbor

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2013 at 5:53 am with No Comments »
January 25, 2013 10:55 am

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet”

PNB’s production of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s ballet of the poignant Shakespeare tragedy is famous, and justly so: The emotions sing out from youthful bliss to deathly agony as the choreography fits perfectly with Prokofiev’s heartbreaking score. 7:30 p.m. tonight and Feb. 8; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, and 9; 1 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10. $28-$173. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-441-2424, pnb.org

Tacoma City Ballet free preview

Want to know how a ballet is created? Tacoma City Ballet is holding another free preview, this time of its upcoming event Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soirée. Choreographers and dancers give sneak peaks and talk about their work. 7:30 p.m. tonight. Free, limited to 50 reservations. Tacoma City Ballet, Merlino Building, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, tacomacityballet.com

Gig Harbor book launch, Art Walk and chocolate

Local author S.E. Shell will launch and sign a new children’s book “Coffee with Orange Sherbert” at Mostly Books tomorrow. Fully illustrated by local artist Mary Elizabeth Smith, the book has a maritime theme and has a cover illustration by teen artist Tova Beck. Gig Harbor’s monthly Art Walk and an Art of Chocolate Walk also happens 1-5 p.m. that afternoon at local galleries. Book signing 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 2. Free. Mostly Books, 3126 HarborviewDrive, Gig Harbor. 253-851-3219, mostlybooks.com, osherbertbooks.com

Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna”

The world-renowned troupe of aerialists, acrobats, clowns, musicians and more returns to Seattle with “Amaluna,” a (nearly) all-female take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” with all the glamour and stunning physical feats we’ve come to expect. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 4 p.m. and 8n p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday through Mar. 24. From $43.50/$40/$33. Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond. 800-450-1480, cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna

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