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Critic’s Picks: Spaceworks’ Cakewalk, Seattle Symphony opening, Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour and juried art show at The Gallery at TCC

Spaceworks Cakewalk

Join Spaceworks Tacoma for an arts fundraising cakewalk party this weekend. The City of Tacoma’s program that matches artists with vacant commercial spaces is raising money via a new-fashioned cakewalk, where prizes include locally-made art as well as cakes, DJs include Mr. Melanin and DJ Broam, and there’ll be dance from the Barefoot Collective and a video installation by Kris Crews. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 15. Free, cakewalk tickets $5, artwalk tickets $20. 311 S. 7th St., Tacoma. spaceworkstacoma.org

Seattle Symphony opening night

Ludovic Morlot opens the Seattle Symphony’s new season with an all-American

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Violin superstar Joshua Bell plays the Pantages Theater next Wednesday, courtesy of Tacoma Philharmonic.

Violinist Joshua Bell. Photo: Timothy White.

If there’s a classical recital in Tacoma you shouldn’t miss this year, it’s Joshua Bell. The international superstar violinist is coming to the Pantages Theater next Wednesday, thanks to the Tacoma Philharmonic, and playing an intimate Romantic-era recital of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Isaye and Franck.

The Tacoma Philharmonic has been through a rough patch lately. Director Andy Wood resigned near the end of last season, leaving board members scrambling to find an alternative. Wood had done the booking, the management, the administration and the marketing for the non-profit, which has been offering Tacomans classical music for 77 years, beginning with an orchestra and eventually becoming a presenting organization.

After discussions with the Broadway Center’s director David Fischer, the Philharmonic agreed to a low-key partnership: The Broadway Center would handle ticketing, marketing and other administration, while the Philharmonic board would handle its own finances and plan its own season.

So far, so good. The 2011/12 season is chock-full of great artists in a few different venues from usual. Read more »