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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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Metro Parks’ annual Ethnic Fest in Wright Park brings global arts to Tacoma

Members of Samoan dance group Teine Tama Samoa at last year's Ethnic Fest. The group performs 6 p.m. this Saturday. Photo: Janet Jensen, News Tribune.

Ethnic Fest is always fun – strolling through funky vendor stalls, watching a world full of countries dancing, singing and beating drums onstage in downtown Tacoma. This year, add in the Wright Park sprayground (let’s hope for hot weather) with hands-on activities and family entertainment, free wifi around the park and a free Saturday night movie to the yummy food, and you’ve got yourself a fine festival this weekend. As always, it’s free.

Ethnic Fest runs noon-7 p.m. July 28 and 29 in Wright Park, Division and I Streets, Tacoma. metroparkstacoma.org/ethnicfest

Here’s the schedule:


Main Stage:

11:30 a.m. opening; noon the Islanders; 1 p.m. Miho and Diego; 2 p.m. Geoffrey Castle; 3 p.m. Cambodian Cultural Dance; 4 p.m. PAYO; 5 p.m. Korean Drum and Dance; 6 p.m. Teine Tama Samoa Read more »


Critic’s Picks: “Porgy” at Seattle Opera, Colby at Flow gallery, Tacoma’s Ethnic Fest and Johnson at Viceroy

“Porgy and Bess” in Seattle

This weekend sees the opening of Seattle Opera’s production of “Porgy and Bess,” the seminal American opera by jazz master George Gershwin that includes favorites like “Summertime” and “It ain’t necessarily so.” Starring Gordon Hawkins as Porgy and Lisa Daltirus as Bess. 6:30 p.m. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 6, 10, 12 and 20; 2 p.m. Aug. 14.

From $25. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, Seattle. 800.426.1619, www.seattleopera.org

Colby prints at Flow

Respected printmaker Bill Colby shows new work at Flow: the “Helix” series of intricately blended woodcut patterns in bright watercolors.

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Critic’s Picks: BAM arts fair, Ethnic Fest, Spaceworks block party and Richard Meitner at MoG

Bellevue Arts Fair

This weekend sees the Arts Fair at Bellevue Arts Museum, a juried art event involving more than 300 artists and a great place to shop for everything from jewelry to craft. Free community programs include a kids’ fair, artist demonstrations, live music and dance, chalk art and more. 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. July 23 and 24; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 25. Free. 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. 425-519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org

Ethnic Fest

The annual Ethnic Fest in Wright Park celebrates all the cultures that make Pierce County such an interesting and exciting place to live, with dance and music,

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