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Critic’s Picks for March 13-19

JAKE SHIMABUKURO AT THE PANTAGES

The man who reinvented the ukulele to span music from George Harrison to Queen returns to Tacoma for an eclectic, fast-fingered performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 13) at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets are $19-$69. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org.

TSO AND MINI MAESTROS “BRASS OFF!” TO OUTER SPACE

Kids and families can take a musical trip to outer space, blown away by the brass quintet of the Tacoma Symphony. The latest in the TSO’s Mini Maestros family concert series, “3-2-1 Brass Off,” explores pulse, dynamics and range with tunes inspired by intergalactic space. The Sunday event kicks off with an instrument petting zoo at 1:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 2:30 p.m. at Schneebeck Hall at the University of Puget Sound, 1701 N. Union Ave., Tacoma. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids. 253-591-5894, tacomasymphony.org, pugetsound.org.

ART INSPIRES DANCE THEATRE NORTHWEST AT MOG

Dance Theatre Northwest brings to the Museum of Glass choreography that was inspired MoG art: multimedia drawings by Dale Chihuly and ceramic bowls from Lynda Lowe’s “The Patra Passage.” With accompanying music from baroque to Broadway, the works choreographed by director Melanie Kirk-Stauffer will be performed by DTNW company members and guests. Kirk-Stauffer will also share stories about each piece and about Lowe’s concept of collective giving. Performances are 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. Free with admission ($15 for adults; $13 for AAA members; $12 for seniors, students, and military; $5 for ages 6-12; $1 for EBT cardholders; free for those younger than 6). 253-778-6534, dtnw.org, museumofglass.org.

NORTHWEST SINFONIETTA BRINGS CUBAN CLASSICAL-JAZZ FUSION

While the Northwest Sinfonietta changes over its artistic leadership from director of 14 years Christophe Chagnard to a rotating team of partners, the organization’s March concerts feature all guest artists from Havana and Harlem: Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán and his brother Ilmar Gavilán playing classical-jazz fusion with the Harlem Quartet. Concerts begin 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 13) at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma; and 2 p.m. Sunday at Pioneer Pavilion, 330 Meridian Ave. S., Puyallup. Tickets are $20-$55. 800-291-7593, nwsinfonietta.org.

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