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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: New Muses Theater in Tacoma, Gig Harbor Arts Festival, Click Flick at The Grand and Jazz Under the Stars at PLU

New Muses in new theater

New Muses Theater Company’s production of Neil Labute’s dark comedy “The Shape of Things” continues through next weekend at the brand-new black box theater run by Dukesbay Productions on the third floor of the historic Merlino Building downtown. The play explores modern ideals of love, art and manipulation. 8p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through July 28. $15. Dukesbay Theater, 508 6the Ave., Tacoma. newmuses.com, dukesbay.org

Gig Harbor Arts Festival

Celebrate everything artsy with 125 Northwest artists at the 29th annual Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival this weekend. Chalk your own art, browse the vendors, grab some food or join in other art-making activities in Gig Harbor’s historic downtown. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21. Free. Judson Street, Gig Harbor waterfront. peninsulaartleague.com, gigharborguide.com

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Critic’s Picks: PLU Choir of the West, B2 Gallery, Pierce College Gallery and Seattle Art Museum

Choir of the West at PLU Sept. 24, 2012. (Photo/John Froschauer)Choir of the West at Christ Church

Music at Christ Church presents Pacific Lutheran University’s Choir of the west this Tuesday. They’ll be singing a preview of their upcoming concert at the national choral directors’ conference in Texas, with a program ranging from Brahms and Poulenc to a world premiere by PLU faculty member Brian Galante. 7:30 p.m. Mar. 12. Donation at the door. Christ Episcopal Church,
310 N. K St.,
253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

B2 Gallery celebrates Women’s Day

Celebrate International Women’s Day (that’s today) with Tacoma’s B2 Fine Art Gallery, as they show work by Northwest illustration artist Jill Neal, whose “I’m Every Woman” series depicts strength among women in all endeavors. 5-9 p.m. tonight, then 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays through April. Free. B2 Gallery, 711 St. Helens Ave. suite 100, Tacoma. 253-238-5065, b2finearts.com

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A summer of free jazz – under the stars

Pacific Lutheran University is bringing back its popular and free “Jazz Under the Stars” series beginning July 12. The series, which runs through mid-August, features a variety of artists including, I’m told, the final Bill Ramsay Big Band event. That concert will have a larger ensemble than normal and include many long time and well known Northwest musicians.

WHAT: 14th Annual Jazz under the Stars
COST: Free
WHEN: Thursdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – July 12 to August 16
WHERE: Pacific Lutheran University – Mary Baker Russell Amphitheatre

The Schedule:

July 12– Sommer Stockinger and Kareem

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Critic’s Picks: “Late Nite Catechism” at Centerstage Federal Way, the Puget Sound Piano Trio at UPS,Gjertrud Schnackenberg at PLU and nature glass art at Traver

Centerstage Theatre teaches us a “Late Nite Catechism”

“Late Nite Catechism,” the nun-based stand-up comedy and longest-running show in Seattle history comes to Centerstage Theatre, with Nonie Newton-Breen as the ruler-wielding Sister. Opens 8 p.m. tonight, then 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 9. $27.50/$22.50/$12.50. 3200 SW Dash Point Rd., Federal Way. 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com


Puget Sound Piano Trio plays 20th-century chamber music

Contemporary American composers Carter Pann, Bright Sheng, Marilyn Schrude and Paul Schoenfeld will be on the program for the Puget Sound Piano Trio (Duane Hulbert, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; David Requiro, cello) this weekend at

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PLU choir to perform Bach’s Mass in B minor

Full-scale performances of baroque choral works are rare in the South Sound, and we have Pacific Lutheran University to thank for many of them. This weekend, PLU’s Choral Union will be teaming up with Choir of the West to bring us another – J.S. Bach’s gorgeous Mass in B minor, rarely played around here.

Conducted by Richard Nance and accompanied by a professional orchestra, the B minor Mass will be sung on Saturday and Sunday in honor of the master’s 326th birthday (March 21, 1685). It’s a major work, with 27 “movements” alternating choruses with solos and duets for

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Critic’s Picks: “Semele” at PLU, Coastal Native arts at TAM, Dvorak and J.S. Bachat UPS,

PLU opera workshop sings “Semele”

Handel’s opera “Semele” gets staged at Pacific Lutheran University, with eminent director Stephen Stubbs leading a student cast in this tale of Jupiter and his ill-starred mortal lover Semele. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28-29, 3 p.m. Jan. 30. $15/$10/$5 PLU students. Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, South 124th Street and 10th Avenue South, Tacoma. 253-535-7602, www.plu.edu/music

Dvorák quintet at UPS

Dvorák’s piano quintet and other works will be played by the Los Angeles Collaboration plus UPS faculty Maria Sampen (violin), Tim Christie (viola) and David Requiro (cello).

7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Free. Schneebeck Hall, University

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