Critic’s Picks: “Jack and the Beanstalk” pantomime, Foss Waterway boat parade, Tacoma Youth Theater’s “Christmas Pageant” and Tacoma Symphony’s “Messiah”

December 18, 2014 12:00 AM

UPDATED December 18, 2014 02:09 PM

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