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Tacoma City Ballet’s “Storybook Ballet Theater” entrances kids with live fairy-tale ballet

It’s one of Tacoma City Ballet’s most popular dance events: the “Storybook Ballet Theatre,” now in it’s second year. Company dancers entrance kids (and their grown-ups) with ballet renditions of fairy-tales, rhymes, limericks and other stories both this weekend and next. Guests are encouraged to come in their favorite storybook costume.

New this year is the Fairy Tale Tea Party, at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. this Saturday May 11, featuring the performance viewed from the setting of a formal hosted English tea. Tickets are $10-$15, but are nearly sold out.

“Storybook Ballet Theatre” performances run 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 18; 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 19. Tickets $5. Merlino Building, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, tacomacityballet.com

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Tacoma City Ballet starts search for Krakatuk in advance of their new “Nutcracker” prequel this December – find your nut now

krakatukTacoma City Ballet is finally doing a different “Nutcracker” – and it’s starting now. Not the ballet itself, which will be a locally-choreographed prequel to the familiar story of Clara and the magic nutcracker-Prince who takes her to a fantastical land of sweets. No, what’s happening now is a challenge to search local businesses to find the nut itself, which TCB director Erin Ceragioli calls “Krakatuk” and which (temporarily) exists in physical form for lucky readers to find for prizes.

After 15 years of faithfully recreating as close to the original Russian “Nutcracker” as she could, Ceragioli is now creating her own story. Opening on Dec. 7, 2013, the prequel involves a beautiful princess under a curse by the evil Mouse Queen, a curse which must be broken by the magical Krakatuk Nut and whoever cracks it.

To stir up interest, Ceragioli has hand-made several gold-painted nuts in jeweled cases, and will hide them each month at a different business in downtown Tacoma. If you find one, you keep it, plus additional prizes such as ballet tickets or merchandise. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Tacoma City Ballet preview, Cirque du Soleil in Seattle and art and books in Gig Harbor

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet”

PNB’s production of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s ballet of the poignant Shakespeare tragedy is famous, and justly so: The emotions sing out from youthful bliss to deathly agony as the choreography fits perfectly with Prokofiev’s heartbreaking score. 7:30 p.m. tonight and Feb. 8; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, and 9; 1 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10. $28-$173. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-441-2424, pnb.org

Tacoma City Ballet free preview

Want to know how a ballet is created? Tacoma City Ballet is holding another free preview, this time of its upcoming event Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soirée. Choreographers and dancers give sneak peaks and talk about their work. 7:30 p.m. tonight. Free, limited to 50 reservations. Tacoma City Ballet, Merlino Building, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, tacomacityballet.com

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Critic’s Picks: Click Flick “The Princess Bride” at The Grand, Gaelic Storm, Tacoma City Ballet’s Storybook Theater and Pachamama at Pantages

Click Flick is “The Princess Bride”

This months’ free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is “The Princess Bride,” the hilarious medieval adventure spoof with Cary Elwes as a dashing Errol Flynn lookalike. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

In for a Gaelic Storm

Swashbuckling Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm sweeps back into the Pantages this weekend for an evening of the rollicking fun that made them famous in the movie “Titanic” and just earned them a #1 on the Billboard

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Critic’s picks: guitarist Michael Nicolella, Tacoma City Ballet, flamenco at New Frontier and Kopachuck trees at Washington State History Museum

Guitarist Michael Nicolella plays Grace Lutheran

Seattle classical guitarist Michael Nicolella, called “one of the contemporary guitar’s most gifted stars” by Classical Guitar magazine, will perform works by J.S. Bach, Albeniz, Elliott Carter and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco this Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church. 7 p.m. Mar. 24. $10 suggested donation. Grace Lutheran, 6202 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. 253-472-7105,gracelutherantacoma.org

Free Tacoma City Ballet preview

Get a sneak peek at the Tacoma City Ballet’s big spring repertory program tonight at a free preview. Choreographers Erin Ceragioli, Travis Goldman and Joel Myers will talk about the works they’re creating for the program,

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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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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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Tacoma City Ballet gets “Haunted”

Tired of pumpkins? Want to avoid the candy crash? If you’re looking for something a little different to do with the kids this Halloween, check out Tacoma City Ballet. The downtown dance studio is holding its annual production of “The Haunted Theatre” this weekend and next, and the show features a spooky backstage tour of the grandly historic 6th Avenue building and themed “Eerie Dances” by the TCB company. There’ll be treats as well, and is aimed at all ages.

“The Haunted Theatre” runs 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 23

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