GO Arts: Critic's Picks: Free for All, Vashon circus, Tacoma's Brass Unlimited and Alec Clayton novel reading

Tacoma News TribuneJanuary 16, 2014 

Free for All: “Awake and Sing”

The next event in the Broadway Center’s yearlong series of free events is “Awake and Sing,” the 1935 play by Clifford Odets about a Jewish family in New York struggling with relationships and social issues. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Free with online registration. Studio III, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

50-Sense Circus on Vashon

The 50-Sense Circus on Vashon features all the breath-taking acts we’ve come to expect from new circus – bungee, aerial fabric, triple trapeze, web spinning, spoken word and music – but with a twist: All performers (including Lelavision’s Leah Mann and Enjoy’s Martha Enson) are over 40 years old, adding their 50 cents on topics like life, death, fear and courage. 8 p.m. Jan. 18; 4 p.m. Jan. 19. $15/$8 in advance, $17/$10 at door. Open Space for the Arts, 18870 103rd Ave SW, Vashon. Tickets from Vashon Bookshop or brownpapertickets.com/event/539357. 206-408-7241, openspacevashon.com

Brass Unlimited “Sounds of Brass”

Hear Tacoma’s Brass Unlimited and a 15-member brass-percussion ensemble play Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Turin, Nelson and Sousa at the 16th annual “Sounds of Brass” concert this Sunday. Tacoma Symphony trumpeter Brian Chin is soloist. 4 p.m. Jan. 19. Free (donations accepted). St. Mark’s Lutheran, 6730 N. 17th St., Tacoma. brassunlimited.org

Alec Clayton novel reading

Tacoma writer Alec Clayton’s “Freedom Trilogy” is set in Mississippi bayou country, not far from where he grew up – and next Tuesday six local actors (Christian Carvajal, Elliot Weiner, Randy Clark, Samantha Story-Camp, Jenifer Rifenbery, and Syra Beth Puett) will perform dramatic reading of excerpts from the books. 7 p.m. Jan. 21, with Q&A and book signing afterwards. Free. Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. alecclayton.com, tacomapubliclibrary.org

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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