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Critic’s picks: Mozart opera at PLU, Ethnic Fest, Bellevue Arts Fair and Tacoma Art Museum

Free Mozart opera at PLU

You can’t do much better than opera for free, especially when it’s sung by up-and-coming college singers and directed by two of Puget Sound’s best directors. Pacific Lutheran University’s Summer Opera Workshop offers a pair of Mozart opera programs this weekend, free to the public: Jim Brown directs “Cosí fan tutte” at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow; Barry Johnson directs scenes from various Mozart operas at 3 p.m. July 28. Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-535-7602, plu.edu/music/workshops

Ethnic Fest in Wright Park

Celebrate cultures from around the world in Tacoma’s annual Ethnic Fest, held in Wright Park this weekend. Stage shows from Peruvian dance to Columbian folk, from Mexican to Pacific Islander, from Korean drums to salsa, hula and VamoLa will be followed on Saturday night by the free outdoor screening of “Wreck-It Ralph.” And don’t miss all the global food. Noon-7 p.m. July 27 and 28. Free. Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma. 253-305-1022, metroparkstacoma.org/ethnicfest

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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

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

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Critic’s picks: Dance This and Cirque de la Symphonie in Seattle, TacomaArt Walk and Old Town Blues Fest

Kinecting to Dance at EMP

Bust out your moves at “Kinecting to Dance” tonight at the Experience Music Project’s Sky Church. With special appearances by Seattle dance crew the Massive Monkees and stars from Dance This, the free night of dance includes live DJs, Xbox/Kinect dance competitions, food trucks and more. 7-11 p.m. tonight. Free. EMP, Seattle Center, 325 5th Ave. N, Seattle. stgpresents.org

Circus meets symphony at Benaroya Hall

When you combine world-class aerialists, contortionists and strongmen with Seattle’s own symphony orchestra, you can expect plenty of breath-taking drama. Choreographed to favorites by Mozart, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Beethoven, Debussy and more, Cirque de la Symphonie comes back to Seattle fresh from stellar performances in Australia. 8 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 13. $19-$112. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206-215-4747, seattlesymphony.org

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Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor Art Walk, Stadium Fare, CinemaGig and Eric Carle at Tacoma Art Museum

Gig Harbor Art Walk

The monthly art walk around Gig Harbor’s historic downtown is on again this Saturday, featuring work by Bob Meade and Shirley Fina Lane at Ebb Tide Gallery, Brad Stave and Patrice Bruzas at Gallery Row, Lola Waller at Water’s Edge Gallery and local work at the Harbor History Museum, among others. 1-5 p.m. July 6. Free. Various locations on Harborview Drive and Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor. gigharborguide.com

Craft and arts at Stadium Fare this summer

Check out local artists, artisans and performers at Stadium Fare, the new bimonthly craft fair in the Stadium District.10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 6, 20; Aug. 3, 17, 31; Sept. 14, 28. Parking lot of First Presbyterian, 20 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. facebook.com/stadiumfare

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Critic’s Picks: Costa Rica oils in Puyallup, Aussie glass at Museum of Glass, native Northwest art at Washington State History Museum and Korean art at Tacoma Community College

Imaginary birds and more at Puyallup’s City Gallery

Puyallup oil painter Bonnie Miller shows abstract and figurative work at Puyallup’s Valley Arts United City Hall Gallery in “Farther: New Explorations in Imaginary Worlds.” The vividly-colored paintings include a series of imaginary birds inspired by a recent trip to Costa Rica. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 23. Free. Puyallup City Hall 5th floor, 333 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. bonniemillerart.wix.com, valleyartsunited.org

Aussie artist visits Museum of Glass

Australian artist Gabriella Bisetto will be the visiting artist at the Museum of Glass’ Hot this weekend. Lecturer at the University of South Australia, Bisetto’s work ranges from conceptual installations to delicately curved blown glass shapes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and June 29, noon-5 p.m. June 30 with concluding lecture 4 p.m. June 30. $12 adults/$10 seniors, students, military/$5 ages 6-12/free for under-6. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org

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Critic’s picks: Cathedrals at Immanuel Presbyterian, Adams at Seattle Symphony and Art Museum, organ at Christ Episcopal and Tapestry in Tacoma

Christ Church noon organ recital

The Third Fridays at Noon recital series at Christ Episcopal continues today with Dana Robinson, organist and pianist from the University of Illinois, playing Bach, Buxtehude and Beethoven. 12:10 p.m. today. Entry by donation. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K St., Tacoma. 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

“Cathedrals” series rocks Immanuel Presbyterian

The next in Tacoma’s “Cathedrals” series of indie rock in acoustic venues features Denver folk group Paper Bird, Seattle singer Shenandoah Davis and Tacoma duo Elk and Boar (Travis Barker and Kirsten Wenlock), in the warm intimacy of Immanuel Presbyterian. 8 p.m. tonight. $16. Immanuel Presbyterian,

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Critic’s picks: Tacoma art mingle, Click Flick at The Grand Cinema, jazz at Tacoma Musical Playhouse and the Tacoma Singing Society

Walk the art at Third Thursday Art Mingle

Next Thursday is the monthly art walk around Tacoma, where museums are free and galleries open late with special events. Take the Art Bus to unexpected art spaces (tacomaartbus.com), see Kathy Gore Fuss’ Northwest landscape oils at Gallery 301 (301 Puyallup Ave., only open during this event), see new work at galleries like Fulcrum (1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way) and visit Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.), the Museum of Glass (1801 Dock St) and the Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave.) for free. 5-8 p.m. June 20. Free. tacomaartgroup.com

See “The Lorax” free at the Click Family Flick

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is “The Lorax,” last year’s sweet animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic with feathery orange trees and a deep environmental message. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. June 15. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

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Critic’s Picks: Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Season Encore,” Britten in Seattle, book art at the Collins library and Jazz Live with Kareem Kandi

Jazz Live at Marine View with Kareem Kandi and Bill Ramsay

Jazz and blues legends old and new join forces for this month’s Jazz Live at Marine View. Saxophonist Kareem Kandi and his band play with three Northwest jazz legends will guest appear:  Bill Ramsay on sax, Jay Thomas on trumpet and Julian Priester on trombone. 5 p.m. June 9. Free. Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma. 253-229-9206, marineviewpc.org

PNB Season Encore

For one night only, the Pacific Northwest Ballet performs greatest hits from this year’s 40th anniversary season, including Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco” and “Agon,” Ulysses Dove’s “Dancing on

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