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Critic’s picks: New Muses Theater in Tacoma, Gig Harbor Arts Festival, Click Flick at The Grand and Jazz Under the Stars at PLU

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 19, 2013 at 5:48 am |
July 5, 2013 10:52 pm

New Muses in new theater

New Muses Theater Company’s production of Neil Labute’s dark comedy “The Shape of Things” continues through next weekend at the brand-new black box theater run by Dukesbay Productions on the third floor of the historic Merlino Building downtown. The play explores modern ideals of love, art and manipulation. 8p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through July 28. $15. Dukesbay Theater, 508 6the Ave., Tacoma. newmuses.com, dukesbay.org

Gig Harbor Arts Festival

Celebrate everything artsy with 125 Northwest artists at the 29th annual Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival this weekend. Chalk your own art, browse the vendors, grab some food or join in other art-making activities in Gig Harbor’s historic downtown. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21. Free. Judson Street, Gig Harbor waterfront. peninsulaartleague.com, gigharborguide.com

Click Flick is “The Smurfs”

This month’s free family Click Flick at The Grand Cinema is the 2011 update of those classic blue midgets from the ‘80s, “The Smurfs.” Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

Stephanie Porter at PLU’s Jazz Under the Stars

Catch sultry Seattle songstress Stephanie Porter at next Thursday’s Jazz Under the Stars at Pacific Lutheran University. In the cool outdoor amphitheater Porter will sing standards and possibly work from her latest album “How Deep is the Ocean,” accompanied by Bill Anschell on piano, Dan O’Brien on bass and Steve Yusen on drums. 7 p.m. July 25. Free. Mary Baker Russell Amphitheater, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave S., Tacoma. plu.edu

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