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Critic’s picks: Cantus at Urban Grace, Vashon studio tour, UPS holiday concerts and Shakespeare at PLU

Cantus sings a World War I Christmas

All-male a cappella vocal ensemble Cantus recreates Christmas of 1914, when a young German soldier initiated a one-night truce of music and peace by singing “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”). Presented by the Broadway Center. 3 p.m. Dec. 3 (pre-show lecture 2 p.m.). $42/$52. Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma. 253-291-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour

Over 40 studios open their doors this and next weekend for the annual Vashon Island Holiday Art Studio Tour. With media including fiber art, glass, jewelry, wood, candles, pottery, tile, mosaic, paper

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Critic’s Picks: Rainier Arts Fest at Ashford, 24-Hour Comics Day in Lakewood, Seattle Mandolin Orchestra in Tacoma and Tacoma Film Fest

Rainier Arts Festival in Ashford

The fifth annual Rainier Arts Festival is on again in Ashford, with live music, art, food and activities for all ages at the foot of Mt. Rainier. Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Free. Whittaker’s Basecamp, 30027 SR 706 E., Ashford. www.rainierarts.com

24-Hour Comics Day

Locals join cartoon artists all over the world in 24-Hour Comics Day, a challenge to create 24 pages of comics in 24 hours. Drop in and see them scribble – or do it yourself. From 10 a.m. Oct. 1. Free. Comic Book Ink, 2510 S. 24th Suites 15A-B, Lakewood. 253-761-4651,

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Tacoma’s Pacific Lutheran University takes out first and second place in choral division of the American Prize

Choral Union. Courtesy photo.

Choral Union, a choir based at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, has just won first place in the 2011 American Prize in choral performance (community chorus division), and PLU’s student choir Choir of the West has won second place. The annual prize, created in 2009 to recognize excellence in performing arts around the nation, includes cash prizes and national recognition on the American Prize website (www.theamericanprize.org).

Conducted by Richard Nance, Choral Union is an 80-voice ensemble made up of PLU faculty, staff, alumni

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Third Proctor Food Bank Art-a-thon this Saturday in Tacoma

Artists from the Proctor Art Gallery are once again volunteering their time and talent this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers Market to help raise money for the Mason Fish Food Bank. The third annual Proctor Food Bank Art-a-thon will see artists painting and making art during market hours to attract donations and pledges to buy fresh market produce for the food bank.

Over the past two art-a-thons the PAG artists, led by Carolyn Burt, have raised $2,700 for the market. Over the same period, the Mason Fish Food Bank has seen an increase of 70 per cent of clients

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