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Critic’s Picks: Four don’t-miss arts events this weekend

Fiddlers Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer of 10 String Symphony will play bluegrass at Blues Vespers in Tacoma Sunday.
Fiddlers Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer of 10 String Symphony will play bluegrass at Blues Vespers in Tacoma Sunday. Courtesy

Dance at Olympic Sculpture Park

Sculpture comes to life Thursday at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, as Pacific Northwest Ballet brings new dance works in and around the art with a sunset background over Puget Sound. The free event features work by five area choreographers (Donald Byrd, Kiyon Gaines, Ezra Thomson, Kate Wallich and Olivier Wevers) performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet company and school, Spectrum Dance and Whim W’Him.

6 p.m. Thursday. Free. Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle. pnb.org/sculptureddance, visitSAM.org/summer.

10 String Symphony plays Immanuel

Nashville-based duo 10 String Symphony (fiddlers Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer) brings its mix of folk, bluegrass and roots to a summer Blues Vespers party at Immanuel Presbyterian on Sunday. Also in the lineup: Tacoma blues singer Leanne Trevelyan, plus refreshments in the courtyard.

7 p.m. Sunday. Free (collection taken for musicians). Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St., Tacoma. 253-627-8371, ipctacoma.org.

Manestage Sumner does ‘Beauty’

Sumner’s Manestage Theatre finishes its ninth season with perennial Broadway musical favorite “Beauty and the Beast,” closing this weekend. More than 60 local performers tell the Disney tale, including Shaye Hodgins as Belle, Scott Novotny as Beast and Evan J. Hildebrand as Lumiere.

7 p.m. Friday (Aug. 5)-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $22 general; $18 students, seniors, military; $12 ages 10 and younger. Sumner Performing Arts Center, 1707 Main St., Sumner. 253-447-7645, manestagetheatre.com.

Gig Harbor unveils public art

A new piece of public art will be dedicated this week in Gig Harbor. Matthew Dockrey’s “The Landing” honors the town’s maritime history with a reference to the first landing of the captain’s gig from the 1841 Wilkes Expedition.

Noon Wednesday. Free. Maritime Pier, 3303 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. cityofgigharbor.net, gigharborguide.com.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti

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