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Critic’s picks: Dance This and Cirque de la Symphonie in Seattle, TacomaArt Walk and Old Town Blues Fest

Kinecting to Dance at EMP

Bust out your moves at “Kinecting to Dance” tonight at the Experience Music Project’s Sky Church. With special appearances by Seattle dance crew the Massive Monkees and stars from Dance This, the free night of dance includes live DJs, Xbox/Kinect dance competitions, food trucks and more. 7-11 p.m. tonight. Free. EMP, Seattle Center, 325 5th Ave. N, Seattle. stgpresents.org

Circus meets symphony at Benaroya Hall

When you combine world-class aerialists, contortionists and strongmen with Seattle’s own symphony orchestra, you can expect plenty of breath-taking drama. Choreographed to favorites by Mozart, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Beethoven, Debussy and more, Cirque de la Symphonie comes back to Seattle fresh from stellar performances in Australia. 8 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 13. $19-$112. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206-215-4747, seattlesymphony.org

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Critic’s picks: Cathedrals at Immanuel Presbyterian, Adams at Seattle Symphony and Art Museum, organ at Christ Episcopal and Tapestry in Tacoma

Christ Church noon organ recital

The Third Fridays at Noon recital series at Christ Episcopal continues today with Dana Robinson, organist and pianist from the University of Illinois, playing Bach, Buxtehude and Beethoven. 12:10 p.m. today. Entry by donation. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K St., Tacoma. 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

“Cathedrals” series rocks Immanuel Presbyterian

The next in Tacoma’s “Cathedrals” series of indie rock in acoustic venues features Denver folk group Paper Bird, Seattle singer Shenandoah Davis and Tacoma duo Elk and Boar (Travis Barker and Kirsten Wenlock), in the warm intimacy of Immanuel Presbyterian. 8 p.m. tonight. $16. Immanuel Presbyterian,

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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: Two celli at UPS, Seattle Symphony celebrates Asia, mosaics at MoG and discounts at Fort Nisqually

“A Due Celli” at University of Puget Sound

You don’t often get to hear two world-class cellists play duets, but at UPS tonight artist-in-residence David Requiro and guest artist Meta Weiss will play a concert of music from Paganini’s “Moses” variations, arranged for two cellos, to Schubert’s string quintet in C major, expanded by Maria Sampen, Jennifer Caine and Tim Christie on violin and viola.

7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. $12.50/$8.50/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-6013, pugetsound.edu

“Celebrate Asia” with the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony honors the local Asian community with its fifth annual “Celebrate Asia” concert at Benaroya Hall this Sunday. The East-West program features Japanese blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsjuii playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert no. 1, Indian violinist

Ambi Subramaniam and mridangam player Mahesh Krishnamurthy playing “Shanti Priya,” written by renowned Indian violinist and composer L. Subramaniam, plus Debussy’s “Pagodes,” a Bali-inspired orchestral piece and a new work for shakuhachi flute. Pre-concert activities include local dance companies and a lion dance, with taiko drumming following the show.

Pre-concert lobby music 3 p.m., concert 4 p.m. Jan. 27. $19-$76. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 866-833-4747, seattlesymphony.org

Mosaics at Museum of Glass

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Critic’s Picks: First Night at night and during the day, Tacoma Art Museum dance party and Seattle Symphony on New Year’s Eve and

The 2012 dragon meets the 2011 rabbit in the parade at last year's First Night. Photo: Lui Kit Wong, The News Tribune.

First Night at night

The place to be in Tacoma on New Year’s Eve is in the theater district, where First Night offers plenty of arts-based, alcohol-free family fun to ring in 2013. Best picks look to be the Shortest Parade (6:30 p.m. along Broadway from 7th to 9th Streets) with Mayan snake boats and more, a new crystal art installation in the middle of an “ice walk” Broadway between 9th and 11th Streets), outdoor stages along Broadway and performers like the Mud Bay Jugglers inside theaters. 6 p.m.- midnight Jan. 31. Buttons $10 advance/$14 on day allow inside access (free for kids), outside activities free. Theater District, downtown Tacoma. firstnighttacoma.org

First Night during the day

For littlies that can’t see the new year in at midnight there are plenty of day options. With a $10 button (free for kids) you’ll get all-day access to the Museum of Glass and the Children’s Museum, where there’ll be art activities and, at the CMT, parading in the new year at noon. Your button will also get you free skate rental at the Polar Ice Skating Plaza on Pacific Avenue. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 31. $10 adults, free for kids. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma; 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org. Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-627-6031, playtacoma.org; firstnighttacoma.org

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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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Critic’s Picks: “Metamorphoses” at UPS, Seattle Symphony’s “Celebrate Asia,” workshop at Tacoma Art Museum and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon

Metamorphoses at UPS

You don’t have to have studied Latin to appreciate “Metamorphoses.” The play by Mary Zimmerman, based on Ovid’s writings of ancient Roman myths, hinges on an eternal truth – that nothing is permanent, including love, lust, riches and power. Some tales are familiar, like King Midas or Orpheus and Euridyce, now given a modern spin. Theater arts students at the University of Puget Sound open their production of the play tonight, directed by John Rindo. 7:30 p.m. tonight, then Feb. 25, March 2 and 3. 4 p.m. March 1, 2 p.m. March 3. $11/$7. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, tickets.pugetsound.edu

Celebrate Asia with the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony presents its fourth annual Celebrate Asia concert tonight at Benaroya Hall, including gender-bending violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin playing Tchaikovsky, Chinese pipa player Jie Ma and the Cuong Vu Group playing the jazz-inspired new work “One,” as well as the winner of this year’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition, Kay He’s “Legends of Old Peking.” Taiko drumming, Indian and Balinese music and a Lion Dance will begin at 6:30 p.m.; concert 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. $17-$74. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org Read more »


Critic’s picks: Rich Wetzel’s jazz at the Harmon Tacoma, First Night Tacoma, Carmina Burana in Bellevue and the Seattle Symphony

Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra at the Harmon

Usher in 2012 with big band jazz played by Rich Wetzel and his Groovin’ Higher Orchestra this New Year’s Eve at the Harmon Brewery & Restaurant. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Free, all ages. Harmon Brewery, 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. 253-383-2739, www.harmonbrewingco.com

First Night Tacoma

Arts-based, family-friendly, alcohol-free First Night is back, celebrating the incoming New Year with giant dragon puppets, fire performers, fire pits, bands, dancing and more. Begins with parade 6:30 p.m. from Sanford and Son along Broadway to the Pantages Theater (901 Broadway), then various downtown locations until midnight.

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