If you’re ready for Harry Potter with a twist of humor, try “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience.” Two actors portray every imaginable character, from Dumbledore to dragons, covering seven thick books in just 70 minutes. All ages. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, plus 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 1; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2; 3 p.m. Nov. 3. $38-$59. Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org.
Listen to Tacoma Symphony’s third candidate
Kevin Rhodes, the third of four candidates in the Tacoma Symphony’s musical director search, conducts the orchestra through a romantic program of William Schuman, Rachmaninoff and Bruch’s violin concerto (with Svend Ronning on violin). 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $19-$77. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, tacomasymphony.org, broadwaycenter.org.
Tacoma Opera gets its pirate on
If you know Gilbert and Sullivan, you’ll know how hilariously clever “Pirates of Penzance” is. If not, you’re in for a treat, as Tacoma Opera stages its first production of the 19th-century comic opera about a dashing hero, a trilling heroine, bumbling policemen, noble pirates and a model major general. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $28-$68. Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. 253-627-7789, tacomaopera.com; 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org.
Canonici sings ‘Freue Dich’
The vocal consort Canonici presents 17th century German voice and organ music in “Freue Dich,” with organist Joseph Adam. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $12.50 general; $8.50 seniors, military, students, faculty, staff; free for University of Puget Sound students. Kilworth Memorial Chapel at UPS, 1500 N. 18th St., Tacoma. 253-879-3555, tickets.pugetsound.edu, canonici.org.
Barbara Lee Smith sale benefits Tacoma Community college
Paint and fiber artist Barbara Lee Smith holds her annual sale at her Gig Harbor studio this weekend to benefit both the Tacoma Community College Foundation and the Bellevue Arts Museum. Smith creates light-filled landscapes by painting, collaging and drawing with machine stitches. 197 Raft Island Drive NW, Gig Harbor. 3-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 253-225-6848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cuban musicians at PUget Sound
La Familia Valera Miranda brings music from the Oriente region of Cuba to the University of Puget Sound on Saturday night, playing son (the precursor of salsa) in its traditional form. 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kilworth Memorial Chapel at UPS, 1500 N. 18th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $12. 253-879-6013, tickets.pugetsound.eduRosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@ thenewstribune.com