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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: Cello at Gig Harbor’s Harbor History Museum, storytelling at Ruston’s Antique Sandwich Co, a string trio in Old Town Tacoma and Nikki McClure at Bellevue Arts Museum

Violinist Maria Sampen will be one of the three musicians at the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town concert next week. Courtesy photo.

String trio and flute storytelling in two Old Town concerts

UPS-based Maria Sampen (violin), Tim Christie (viola) and David Requiro (cello) fill Slavonian Hall with Kodaly, Bach and Gordon Jacob this Tuesday in the monthly free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town concert. And this Sunday kids and families can hear renowned flute player Gary Stroutsos, featured on Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “Lewis and Clark,” share traditional Native American songs and storytelling at the Old Town Music Society.

3 p.m. Nov. 11 (flute). $2/$5. Old Town Music Society, 2101 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135.

7 p.m. Nov. 13 (string trio). Freewill donation. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135, classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com


Chilled-out cello at Harbor History Museum

At the Harbor History Museum this Saturday international solo cellist Michael Fitzpatrick (nephew to Gig Harbor weaving artist Cecilia Blomberg) will perform the music The Huffington Post has described as “chill-axed surfer dude vibe…simple beauty that fills the soul.” A recipient of the Prince Charles Award, Fitzpatrick has spent the last 16 years recording “Tuning the Planet” with the Dalai Lama. 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10. $20 (includes wine and snacks). Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. 253-858-6722, harborhistorymuseum.org, michaelfitzpatrick.com

Traditional storytelling at the Antique Sandwich Co.

It’s the perfect combination of event and venue: “Tellabration,” an annual night of traditional storytelling that joins others around the world, and the intimate cozy comfort of the Antique Sandwich Co. in Ruston. Members of the Mt. Tahoma Storytelling Guild are featured. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. $5. Antique Sandwich Co., 5102 Pearl St., Tacoma.  253-983-9114, 253-752-4069

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Critic’s Picks: Felt art at Bellevue Arts Museum, Stadium pottery sale, Tacoma Art Museum lectures and faculty art at Kittredge gallery

Felt artist Janice Arnold at BAM

The newest show at Bellevue Arts Museum, “Travellers: Objects of Dreams and Revelations,” features new work by Olympia felt artist Janice Arnold: a 20-foot-high, seven-foot-square Mongolian yurt made of fire-inspired handmade felt. Opens today, then 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $10/$7/free for under-six. 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. 425-519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org

Summer Stadium pottery sale

The annual Stadium district summer sale is on again, featuring pots, bowls, vases, sculptures and more in both recent work, older work and seconds by local potters. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, 10

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TAM’s Rock Hushka bleeds on his art at Bellevue Art Museum

There are two highly unusual things about the latest exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum, a show of ultra-contemporary fiber art called “The Mysterious Content of Softness.” The first is that one of the artists has dribbled his own blood all over his embroidery work. The second is that that artist is, in fact, also a curator of Tacoma Art Museum – Rock Hushka, who’s stepping over the curatorial line in this boundary-breaking show.

Apart from the blood, though, Hushka’s work is pretty tame in its envelope-pushing, compared to that of the 10 other artists in the BAM show,

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Lakewood and Tacoma artists Nicholas Nyland and Yuki Nakamura on view in Bellevue Arts Museum’s inaugural Biennial, plus Tip Toland of Vaughn.

Bellevue Arts Museum’s holding its very first Biennial, and three local artists are included. Nicholas Nyland (Lakewood), Yuki Nakamura (Tacoma) and Tip Toland (Vaughn) are three of over 30 artists selected for the 2010 Biennial, titled “Clay Throwdown!” and focusing on ceramic works. The show opens Friday and runs through January 16, 2011.

Nyland, Nakamura and Toland are in good company. Among the artists participating from Oregon, Washington, Montana, British Columbia are Seattle’s Patti Warashina and Neddy winner Charles Krafft. Tacomans will be familiar with two of these local artists’ works: Nyland has had drawings in recent TAM

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