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TEDx Talk tomorrow at Theatre on the Square, Tacoma

It’s alliterative, but who cares? Tomorrow sees Tacoma’s second TEDx Talk at Theatre on the Square – a gathering of minds from all disciplines that’s part of a worldwide movement to share new ways of seeing and imagining the world. Sixteen thinkers and achievers from the greater Puget Sound community, ranging from professors to artists to business people, will each take 15 minutes to explore their world view with slide illustrations.

If you’ve heard of the TED talks (an international phenomenon that’s viewable for free online at ted.com) then this is similar, only independently and locally organized. This year’s theme is Desire, and speakers include math teacher Cyrus Brown, choreographers Rainbow Fletcher and Maureen Whiting, Catholic priest Fr. Steve Lantry, surgeon Dr. Dennis Nichols and leadership director Kellie Richardson.

TEDx runs in hour-long sessions from 3-9 p.m. with reception following. $79. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org Read more »


Simon Shaheen brings Arab-Western fusion on oud and violin to Tacoma’s Theatre on the Square

Tacoma’s being treated to a wealth of Arabic music lately, as international oud and violin player Simon Shaheen – who recently played an Old Town Tuesday concert as well as school visits – returns for a concert Friday at Theatre on the Square.

Shaheen, called one of the most significant Arab musicians of his generation, is a virtuoso on both the lute-like oud and the violin, bridging Western classical, jazz and traditional Arabic music with both “mesmerizing frenzy” and “quiet tenderness,” according to ARAMCO World Magazine.

A Palestinian born in the Galilee area, Shaheen grew up playing both instruments,

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August Wilson’s “King Hedley II” gets staged reading at Broadway Center

Over the last year or so a handful of excellent local actors, organized by the Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance, the Broadway Center and the Washington State History Museum, have been putting on staged readings of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. This Sunday we’re up to “King Hedley II” – the dark tale of an ex-con who sells stolen refrigerators so he can start his own video store.

Set in the 1980s, “King Hedley II” is the second-last play in the cycle written over the last few decades by the award-winning African American playwright. Set one per decade from 1900 to 2000, the

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Inventive, powerful dance from Tacoma City Ballet at Theatre on the Square

TCB choreographer Joel Myers and dance partner. Photo: Jesse Michener.

It was a small but enthusiastic audience in Tacoma’s Theatre on the Square last Saturday night to see a dance renaissance – Tacoma City Ballet blooming like spring daffodils with an evening’s worth of inventive and often brand-new choreography, all home-grown and sparkling with new ideas, live music and mostly skillful execution, in the Spring Dance Extravaganza.

Ballet schools all over Tacoma hold shows in spring. For most of them it’s a chance to show off what students have learned during the year, and that’s true of TCB also; its corps de ballet is comprised of school-age dancers still learning the trade. But the difference comes with the principals: all seasoned, all skillful, and worthy of the creative choreography thrown at them. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Flamenco at Theater on the Square, Shakespeare at University of Puget Sound, spooky chamber music at Annie Wright and a new play Tacoma’s Toy Boat Theatre

Savannah Fuentes (front) and Saray Munoz, flamenco artists. Courtesy photo.

TOTS hosts visiting flamenco artists

Seattle flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes is joined by Spanish singer Saray Munoz and gypsy guitarist Pedro Cortes in an all-ages show “3 Glorias Flamenco en Vivo” at Theater on the Square tomorrow. 8 p.m. Oct. 29. $25/$15/$12.  TOTS, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894,www.broadwaycenter.org

“As You Like It” at University of Puget Sound

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “As You Like It” opens in a student production at University of Puget Sound tonight. The play with the famous quote ‘All the world’s a stage,’ “As You Like It” tells the story of banished lovers, family conflicts and unrequited love in a tangle of characters. 7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 29, Nov. 4 and 5; 4 p.m. Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 5. $11/ $7 seniors, military personnel, students, and Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253.879.3419, ups.universitytickets.com

Hear Dracula’s chamber music at Annie Wright

The Second City Chamber Series presents “Castelul Dracul,” an evening of Transylvania-themed chamber music including Jon Deak’s “Lucy and the Count” (with the double-bass as Dracula), and works by Enescu and Bartók. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $32/$29/$10/children free. Great Hall, Annie Wright school, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org

Toy Boat Theatre reads Nick Stokes’ new play “Dusk”

A work by local playwright Nick Stokes gets a reading this weekend at Toy Boat Theatre. “Dusk” explores the effects of isolation from normal life on a husband and wife and their fight for survival. 7 p.m. Oct. 30, talkback afterward. Free. Toy Boat Theatre, 1314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. www.toyboattheatre.com

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