Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Symphony Chorus, “Evita” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Metropolitan Ballet Spring Repetory and “Books and Boats” at the Foss Waterway


The Tacoma Symphony Chorus offers its annual stand-alone concert as a meditation on life and light. “Life, Luminous” features contemporary beloved classics like Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night” and “Lux Aeterna,” older works like Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” and works by James Whitbourne, Ola Gjeillo, and more about life’s progression from darkness to luminosity. 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 10). $20 general, $40 preferred seating. First Presbyterian Church, 20 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-272-7264,


Tacoma Musical Playhouse presents “Evita,” the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical about Argentina’s legendary Eva Peron, her rise to power from the slums and her tragic death. Directed by TMP’s Jon Rake, the cast includes Alena Menefee as Eva, Jonathan Bill as Juan Peron and Rafe Wadleigh as Che Guevara. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays from Friday (April 10)-May 3 (matinees 2 p.m. April 25 and May 3). $29 general; $27 senior, student, military; $20 ages 12 and younger. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. 253-565-6867,


Metropolitan Ballet presents its spring repertoire show, a blend of original choreography and music featuring students from the company and school. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15 reserved, $12 general. Mount Tahoma High School theater, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma. 253-472-5359,


Books and boats collide Sunday at the Foss Waterway Seaport, which plays host to an event for the Pierce County Library’s Pierce County Reads program. Based on the book “The Boys in the Boat,” about the 1936 Olympic gold-winning row team from the University of Washington, the event follows the Daffodil Festival Marine Parade and includes a discussion with Judy Willman, daughter of crew member Joe Rantz (Willman discussion at 1 p.m., a rowing demonstration at 2 p.m., storytelling at 2:30 p.m., and author appearance by Jordan Hanssen at 3:15 p.m.). Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Free (bring nonperishable food donation). Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma. 253-272-2750,,