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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma’s Telephone Room Gallery, Lakewood Playhouse, the Esoterics in Olympia and Traver Gallery opening

“Zigzags” at the Telephone Room

The one-room Telephone Room gallery, housed in a private residence in the North end, opens a new show this weekend with work by Seattle artist Julie Alpert, who draws on the rooms cramped charm to create a three-dimensional painting. 6-9 p.m. March 3 and by appointment through March. Free.
Telephone Room Gallery,
3710 North 7th St., Tacoma. www.juliealpert.com,www.thetelephoneroom.blogspot.com

Lakewood Playhouse opens “The Farnsworth Invention”

Opening tonight at Lakewood is “The Farnsworth Invention,” a new play by Aaron Sorkin about the race to invent television back in 1929, and directed by the theater’s new managing director

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Critic’s picks: “Oliver” at Lakewood Playhouse, “Pinocchio” at Centerstage Federal Way, “A Christmas Carol” at Tacoma Little Theatre, and glass miniatures at Traver Gallery

Last call for “Oliver” at Lakewood Playhouse

There’s one last chance tonight to see “Oliver,” that Lionel Bart hit about a young orphan who falls in with singing pickpockets amid songs like “Consider Yourself.” 8 p.m. tonight. $28/$25/$22. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

One more “Pinocchio” at Centerstage Theatre

One last chance tonight to see the British panto-inspired version of “Pinocchio,” replete with cross-dressing Dame, silly gags and song. 7 p.m. tonight. $27.50/$22.50/$10. Centerstage Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com

And two more shows of “A Christmas

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Critic’s Picks: Eatonville Arts Fest, TCC summer orchestra, Auburn Artrageous festival and Bennion at Traver gallery

Eatonville Arts Fest

This weekend the Eatonville Lions Club sponsors the 40th annual Eatonville Arts Festival in downtown Glacier Park, featuring a fine art auction, over 100 Northwest artists, live music such as the Perry Acker band tonight, food, kids’ crafts and a beer garden. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 5-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 7. Free. Glacier Park, Fir Street, Eatonville. www.eatonville.com

Free Bizet by the TCC Summer Festival Orchestra

Tacoma Community College presents the fourth annual Summer Festival Orchestra, a free concert by community musicians playing outside.  This year the program includes Bizet’s “Carmen” suites 1 and

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Old and new Dale Chihuly at Tacoma Art Museum and Traver Gallery this summer

Tacoma is Dale Chihuly’s hometown, and there’s a surfeit of the artist’s work and life on view here this summer. At Tacoma Art Museum, “Dale Chihuly’s Northwest” opens Saturday, showcasing some of this glass artist’s early work as well as his vast collections; while at Traver Gallery there’s brand new work in the silvered “Soft Cylinder” series, a space-agey departure from the vividly colored elaborations we’re so familiar with.

“Dale Chihuly’s Northwest,” opening at TAM this weekend, was intended both to honor the artist for his contributions to the city and give an idea of what inspires him,

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Critic’s Picks: “Magic Flute” in Seattle, Tacoma Concert Band’s “Fiesta,” Family Day at Museum of Glass and Chihuly at Traver

“The Magic Flute” and free Flute-apalooza with Seattle Opera

In celebration of its production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” which opens Saturday, Seattle Opera is hosting a free community Open House this Saturday, including live flute choir performances and opera arias in costume, a treasure hunt, games and a kazoo orchestra. 10 a.m., noon for guided tours (reserve online), 11:15 a.m.-noon for performances, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. other activities. Free. “The Magic Flute” runs May 7-21, tickets from $25. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-389-7676, www.seattleopera.org

Tacoma Concert Band’s “Fiesta”

The Tacoma Concert Band will end its current

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Critic’s Picks: UPS Piano Trio, Tacoma Symphony electric harp, Singletary at Traver and photography at Fulcrum

UPS piano trio returns

The Puget Sound Piano Trio, recently revived after a 15-year hiatus, will give its debut performance tonight featuring faculty members Duane Hulbert on piano, Maria Sampen on violin and the recently appointed, Naumberg-winning cellist David Requiro playing works by Beethoven, Brahms, Omiccioli and Cassado. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50/$8.50 seniors, students, and UPS faculty and staff/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, www.pugetsound.edu/music

The Tacoma Symphony rocks with electric harpist

Deborah Henson-Conant rocks the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra with a strap-on electric blue harp, a powerful voice

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Free Arts Month: Calling Chihuly on the cell phone

Yesterday my free art event involved more public art, and something Tacoma’s famous for: blown glass and Dale Chihuly. We all might be used to glass art by now, but it’s worth remembering that we’re incredibly lucky to have several glassblowing studios in town, not to mention one of only a couple of glass museums in the country. And a lot of it is free. I’m talking about the Chihuly art in the museum district: in Union Station, the Bridge of Glass, the University of Washington Tacoma library, and the Swiss Pub, all of which

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Japanese bamboo and Venetian glass at Traver Gallery


Just up at Traver Gallery is a duo of exhibitions by three artists, each exploring ancient materials with fresh ideas and graceful skill.

Jiro Yonezawa weaves bamboo into highly textured towers, curves and twists, his minimalist elegance echoing a very Japanese version of natural beauty. The Japan native, who has recently returned home after years spent in Portland, plays with air and space in his weaving. Five “Ladybugs,” lacquered red and black to a tableware sheen, are vessels with as much space as surface, hiding within a delicate copper tube for blossom sprigs. Also vases (though they look

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