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Tag: Nutcracker

Dec.
16th

Critic’s Picks: Flamenco at New Frontier, the Tacoma Symphony Chorus’ “Messiah,” Click Flick at the Grand Cinema and three “Nutcrackers”

Tacoma Symphony Chorus sings “Messiah”

Hear the arias and choruses of Handel’s famous oratorio, sung by the Tacoma Symphony Chorus with Tacoma Symphony accompanying, and with soloists Denise Lees, Melissa Plagemann, James Brown and Benjamin Harris. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $25. St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma. 253-272-7264, www.tacomasymphony.org

Flamenco at New Frontier

The 3 Glorias: Flamenco en Vivo performs at the New Frontier tonight, featuring sultry Seattle dancer Savannah Fuentes, singer Jesus Montoya and Pedro Cortez on guitar. 9 p.m. tonight. 21 and over. $20. New Frontier Lounge,

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Dec.
9th

Critic’s Picks: Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” Christmas jazz from Rich Wetzel, HART glass sale and brass quintet Christmas in Gig Harbor

Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

Tacoma City Ballet performs its annual “Nutcracker” with Pantages sets, the Northwest Sinfonietta orchestra and original Russian choreography. 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 21. $19-$60. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Rich Wetzel’s big band holiday jazz

Get your holiday groove on with big band Christmas jazz played by Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra this weekend – all the favorites, with a swing. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tacoma Community College building 2, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

Hilltop Artists’ in Residence holiday glass

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Nov.
25th

Critic’s Picks: Dorito-fed art at Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker” in Seattle, Tollefson Plaza Skate Rink art and Kinoshita at Fulcrum


Lynn Di Nino, “Pin a Dorito on an American.” Photo courtesy Tom Holt and Elayne Vogel.

Dorito-fed Americans in GTCF show downtown

Twelve nominees for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s annual Foundation of Art award, as well as award winner Jessica Spring, will exhibit their work in the street window of Tacoma’s Chamber of Commerce building this week. Among them is Lynn Di Nino, whose installation of five rotund, corn-fed paper-mache figures is titled “Pin a Dorito on an American.” Preview 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30, then viewable 24/7 through January. Free. Chamber of Commerce building, 11th and Pacific Avenues, Tacoma.www.tacomafoundation.org

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

PNB’s famous “Nutcracker,” a sparkling collaboration between choreographer Kent Stowell and illustrator Maurice Sendak, opens this weekend in Seattle, with local caroling groups and lobby activities before each show. Nov. 25-Dec. 27. $28-$123. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-441-2424, www.pnb.org

Artist market and mural at skate rink

When Tollefson Plaza turns into an outdoor skating rink today, it’ll include some art: See Jeremy Gregory’s 27-foot Seuss-inspired “Twoville” on a wood frame surrounding the Christmas tree lot trailer, the yellow-floats pool installation by Holly Senn, Janet Marcavage and Bret Lyon, and the many artist-made goodies on sale at the European-style holiday market. Art 24/7, market 4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2. Free. Tollefson Plaza, 1900 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. www.polarplaza.com

Caribou art by Lisa Kinoshita at Fulcrum

Local metalsmith, jeweler and installation artist Lisa Kinoshita explores themes of backyard wildlife and suburbia in “Study #1: Backyard” at Fulcrum Gallery. Noon-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Dec. 3. Free. Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-2500520, www.fulcrumtacoma.com

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Dec.
9th

Still time to see some “Nutcrackers” this weekend and next

It’s “Nutcracker” season, and there are plenty of varieties to choose from in the South Sound, quite apart from Pacific Ballet Northwest’s extravaganza in Seattle. Some have already gone, like Dance Theatre Northwest last weekend. But if you’re looking for a good dose of sugar plums and snowflakes, here’s the low-down on the rest.

Ballet Northwest

This is the Olympia classic, performed by over 70 dancers in a huge range of ages with all the trappings in the Washington Center.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; 2 p.m. Dec.

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Dec.
2nd

Another “Nutcracker,” from Tacoma Performing Dance Company

Arrgh – I messed up! If you read my recent holiday arts guide (Sunday Nov. 29) you’ve missed out knowing about one more Tacoma “Nutcracker” performance. My bad. The one I left out is from the Tacoma Performing Dance Company, led by eminent teacher Jo Emery. Here are the details:

Tacoma Performing Dance Company, “The Nutcracker”

What it is: Choreography by artistic director Jo Emery.

When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19; 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20

Where: Stadium High School auditorium, 111 N. E St., Tacoma

Tickets: $18-$22

Information: 253-752-8530, www.tacomaperformingdance.org