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Dinner With Friends’ is served

Centerstage Theatre’s production of “Dinner With Friends” continues through Oct. 11.

Playwright Donald Margulies’ 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner (for drama) explores friendship and love through the eyes of two married couples who have been close for years. One night at dinner, a candid revelation leads to a re-evaluation of lives, loves, relationships and dreams.

There’s some strong language and adult themes that might not be appropriate for young children, according to Centerstage.

The performances at Knutzen Family Theatre, at 3200 SW. Dash Point Road in Federal Way, are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2.

Single tickets regularly range from $16 to $20 ($12 for the previews), with children under 12 admitted for $12. Tickets can be purchased at the Centerstage office at 1710 S. 341st Pl., suite B-1, or over the phone at 661-1444.

‘Bonsai Goblins’ at Pacific Rim

Bonsai trees have been captured in photographs by artist Nick Lentz in “Bonsai Goblins,” a display at the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection’s courtyard in Federal Way Oct. 4-29.

Lentz put his “whimsical imagination” to work “just in time for Halloween,” display organizers said.

The Pacific Rim collection, located on the grounds of the Weyerhaeuser corporate headquarters at 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., is open to the public 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, except for when it’s closed Thursdays.

Eclectic Ben Black performs

Song stylist Ben Black will perform his eclectic collection of jazz classics, ballads, show tunes, French chansons and pop through Oct. 11 (Fridays and Saturdays only) at the Crepe de Paris retaurant in Seattle.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. for Black, whose newest Origin Records release is “Remembered Faces/Private Places.” The cabaret-style show includes familiar tunes such as “Autumn Leaves” by Johnny Mercer, “Over The Rainbow” by Rodgers and Hart, and “I Love Paris” by Cole Porter.

The Crepe is at 1333 Fifth Ave., across from the Fifth Avenue Theater. Ticket information is available at (206) 623-4111.

ACT tickets going fast

ACT Theatre says its single-tickets and subscription sales have surpassed the 2003 season projections.

According to ACT management, single-ticket sales in September were running 20 percent above projected revenue and attendance was at 91 percent of capacity. Subscription revenue was 18 percent over goal.

Tickets are on sale “Omnium-Gatherum” (Oct. 10-Nov. 2) and “The Syringa Tree” (Oct. 31–Nov. 23). Tickets for the holiday production of “A Christmas Carol” will go on sale for the public on Oct. 1.

Tickets are available via ACT’s ticket office at (206) 292 – 7676.

Lutheran choir makes its debut

The Northwest Lutheran Choir’s inaugural concert series is scheduled for Oct. 11 and 12 at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines (7:30 p.m.) and Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn (3 p.m.), respectively.

The choir brings together singers from throughout the Northwest for three nights of rehearsals and two concerts.

Free-will offerings from the concerts will benefit the Maurice and Patricia Skones Music Scholarship Fund at Pacific Lutheran University. Thrivent Financial will match all contributions at the concerts.

More information is available at 833-5280 and

Five more chances to see 'Odd Couple'

Tacoma Little Theatre's production of Neil Simon’s "The Odd Couple" has five performances left.

"Couple" runs through Oct. 4 with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, one Thursday performance on Oct. 2, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The Oct. 3 show will be American Sign Language- interpreted.

Ticket information is available from TLT's box office at (253) 272-2281 and on-line at

Slovenly, divorced sportswriter Oscar Madison and newly-estranged, obsessive neatnik Felix Unger drive each other nuts as they attempt to share an apartment in the legendary comedy. Set in the mid 1960s, its themes remain current and fresh, say the play's fans.

The director is Alan Brown ("The Piano Lesson"). Jason Rasmussen portrays Oscar Madison, and Matthew Vail is Felix Unger.

Donors supporting Tacoma Little Theatre individuals, the Corporate Council for the Arts/ArtsFund, and the Washington State Arts Commission.

Freight train history rolls by

The Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association and the White River Valley Museum will host a slide show history of Northern Pacific freight cars Oct. 3.

The show and lecture by Mike Davison will cover the period of 1870 to 1970 and how freight cars evolved.

Retired railroad workers often share personal stories of their days on the rails, adding color to such events, a museum spokeswoman said.

A museum open house at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by the lecture at the Auburn Senior Center from 7:30 to 9:30. Admission for children and seniors will be $4, other adults $5. Additional information is available from the museum at 288-7433.

Fair attendance: 1.1 million

The 2003 Puyallup Fair drew 1,162,593 people during its 17-day run Sept. 5-21 –– the 20th highest attendance since the fair started in 1900 and about 2 percent below last year's turnout.

Rain fell during several days of this year’s fair. Thunder and lightening made an occasional appearance, too.

Concert performers that attracted sold-out audiences were Rascal Flatts, Weird Al Yankovic and the Newsboys. Near sell-outs included Alabama and Jars of Clay.

RV show pulls into T-Dome

The latest models of recreation veicles will be spotlighted in the 20th annual Tacoma Fall RV Show Oct. 8-12 in the Tacoma Dome.

More than 500 units will be on display, including 300 different makes and models, more than 100 manufacturers and 35 RV dealers from three states. After-market accessories, specialty RV destination planning booths and RV-lifestyle products and services are also planned.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10-11, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. Coupons for $2 off adult or senior weekday admission are available at Les Schwab tire stores, RV exhibitor locations and Free parking for showgoers will be available after 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Shirley Horn gets jazzy

Shirley Horn, whose Grammy-winning jazz music virtuosity has been featured in more than 20 albums since her first one in 1960, will perform Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater in Seattle.

Ticket information is available at Ticketmaster outlets, the theater's box office at (206) 292-2787, and on-line at

Horn, now 68, first rose to prominence as an opening act for Miles Davis. In 1991, they collaborated on Horn's critically acclaimed album, "You Won't Forget Me.

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