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Tag: Pacific Northwest Ballet


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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Critic’s picks: organ recital at Christ Episcopal, spirituals at UPS, Chad Goller-Sojourner show and PNB’s “Swan Lake” in Seattle

Julia Brown organ recital at Christ Episcopal

International performing and recording organist Julia Brown from Eugene, Oregon, will play Buxtehude, Scneidemann, Bach and contemporary German-American composer Wolfgang Rübsam in a recital on the rich, resonant Brombaugh organ at Christ Episcopal tonight. 7:30 p.m. tonight. By donation. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K Street, Tacoma. 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org 

UPS choirs sing spirituals

Hear the University of Puget Sound’s Adelphian and Dorian singers, plus soloists, in a program of African-American spirituals, including Moses Hogan’s galvanizing setting of “The Battle of Jericho” and arrangements by Eva Jessye (“Porgy and Bess”). 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50/$8.50/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, North 17th Street and Union Ave., Tacoma. 253-879-6013, tickets.pugetsound.edu

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Critic’s Picks: Theater at PLU, choral and organ at Christ Episcopal Tacoma, Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet and Click Flick at the Grand

The Christ Church choir. Courtesy image.
The Christ Church choir. Courtesy image.

Organ recital and Lent evensong at Christ Church

Two musical events at Tacoma’s Christ Episcopal this week celebrate the beautiful Brombaugh organ and the wealth of Lenten choral music: an all-Bach organ recital by Naomi Shiga at noon today and choral evensong on Sunday with music by Byrd, Brahms and more. Recital: 12:10 p.m. today, entry by donation. Evensong: 5 p.m. March 17, free. Christ Episcopal Church,
310 N. K St.,
253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

How I Learned to Drive” at PLU

Pacific Lutheran University’s school of drama continues the Pulitzer- and Obie-winning “How I Learned to Drive” this weekend. The Paula Vogel play set in the 1960s and’70s is sometimes described as one of the most disturbing love stories in theater, dealing with pedophilia, incest and misogyny. It’s presented as part of the university’s SOAC series on themes of empowerment in the arts. 7:30 p.m. today and March 16; 2 p.m. March 17. $8. Studio Theater, Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-535-7411plu.edu

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Critic’s Picks: Frost Park chalk-offs in Tacoma, “Coppelia” ballet in Seattle, Pacific Avenue Street Fair and flamenco at New Frontier Lounge

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Coppelia”

It’s been called ‘the happiest ballet’ and for good reason: This tale of a life-size doll and her living female rival features a shining score by Léo Delibes, wisteria-hued sets and delightful choreography by Danilova and Balanchine. Closes this weekend. 7:30 p.m. tonight and June 9; 2 p.m. June 9, 1 p.m. June 10. From $28. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 310 Mercert St., Seattle. 206-441-2424, pnb.org

Frost Park Chalk-Offs

Join local chalk artist every Friday lunch hour and watch tiny Frost Park in downtown Tacoma be transformed into a horizontal and vertical canvas. Bring

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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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Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” casts a spell at Seattle’s McCaw Hall

Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Kiyon Gaines as Bottom and principal dancer Carrie Imler as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Angela Sterling.

Beneath a canopy of wild roses and columbine, the dancers of the Pacific Northwest Ballet wove an enchanting spell last weekend in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” A remount of the 1962 choreography by George Balanchine, staged for PNB 14 years ago by Francia Russell, this PNB favorite is still replete with charm, featuring a delightful children’s corps and some excellent dancing and acting from the principals to complement the fairy-tale sets and costume.

One of Balanchine’s most famous ballets, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is unusual for this Russian-born American choreographer, the lavish kind of story-ballet he mostly despised. But it’s also one of his best. The choreography combines nimble, creative vocabulary with Balanchine’s perfect eye for tableaux, which the PNB dancers executed in perfect alignment – Puck and the fairies in pyramid, Titania’s retinue laced like a cobweb across the stage, the butterflies collapsed in a heap.

Balanchine also tells this well-known Shakespeare story with clarity, and here the PNB soloists also shone. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Preservation Hall Jazz/Trey McIntyre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bach’s “Musical Offering” and Sister Cities Film Fest in Israel

Preservation Hall Jazz and Trey McIntyre

Traditional New Orleans jazz meets cutting-edge choreography in “Ma Maison,” a collaboration between the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trey McIntyre Project with dancing, Mardi Gras skeletons. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $39/$59/$79. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

A Midsummer Night’s Ballet at PNB

Pacific Northwest Ballet brings back George Balanchine’s version of the Shakespeare comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” complete with mischievous fairies and gullible mortals. 7:30 p.m. April 8-9 and 14-16; 2 p.m. April 9, 16; 1 p.m April 17. From $27. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-441-2424, www.pnb.org

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Critic’s picks: “Black Swan,” PNB’s “Nutcracker,” Light art in Tollefson Plaza and “Shuffle” at Fulcrum

“Black Swan” at The Grand Cinema

For a dark depiction of the masochistic, psychologically brutal side of ballet, you can’t go past “Black Swan,” where Natalie Portman plays a ballerina who loses herself, literally, in the iconic “Swan Lake” lead role. Various times. $8.50/$7.50. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett St., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

Still a “Nutcracker” or two at PNB

Christmas might be almost here but the “Nutcracker” keeps going, at least for Pacific Northwest Ballet. The extravagant Stowell and Sendak production, with its “Where the Wild Things Are”-style sets and imagination, runs through this weekend.

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