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"NIGHTLIFEDiamond Jim's: Virginia Jan. 26-27 at 1616 S. 325th St. Call 838-1440.Jake's Ales: The High Rollers Jan. 26. Tim Turner Band Jan. 27 at 2318 S.W. 336th St. Smoke-free. Call 927-1288.PJ Pockets: Players Jan. 25-28 at 1320 S. 324th St. 839-9922.Planet Hot Rod: Last Call Romeos Jan. 26. Benefit show for the daughter of the deceased vocalist from For The Love of Suffering featuring Drunk As Usual, Suffergauge, Hatefist Jan. 27 at 7403 Pacific Highway S., Milton. 926-3599.Salty's at Redondo: John Buck Fridays. Paul Kroeger Saturdays at 28201 Redondo Beach Drive S. Call 946-0636.Verrazano's: Double Cookin' tonight at 28835 Pacific Highway S. Call 946-4122.Christies: Chain Reaction Jan. 25-27 at Best Western Executive Inn, 5700 Pacific Highway E. in Fife. Call 922-0080.Muckleshoot Casino: A51 through Jan. 28. NiteCrew Jan. 26-27 at 2402 Auburn Way S. Call 1-800-804-4944.Shipwreck Restaurant & Lounge: Real to Reel Jan. 26-27 at 1941 Marine View Drive. Call (253) 383-3708.The Fabulous Firwood: The Boinkers Jan. 26-27 at 8014 Valley Ave. E., Puyallup. Call 926-0476.The Swiss: 80s Something Jan. 26. 2000 Degrees Jan. 27 at 1904 S. Jefferson, Tacoma. Call (253) 572-2821.KNUTZEN FAMILY THEATRE'Butterflies Are Free': Centerstage Theatre presents Butterflies Are Free, a comedy written by Leonard Gershe and directed by Gail Wamba. A young bachelor moves into his first apartment, a cramped cold-water flat, and soon his life is invaded by the aspiring actress next door, much to the horror of his over-protective mother. The production runs Feb. 1-17. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road. Tickets are $16-$19. Call 661-1444.'Brundibar': Seabury School students will present the children's opera Brundibar, an allegorical story of life in Hitler's concentration camps, which was composed by Hans Krasa and Adolf Hoffmeister, who were Jewish. Krasa was deported to Terezin, a large German concentration camp in Czechoslavakia where a small amount of cultural activity was permitted. Before he was executed, he taught many children to sing in this opera since no one knew who would live long enough to sing in the next performance. Dasha Lewin of Los Angeles, one of the original cast members in the Terezin production, will speak in conjunction with each performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 5, 6 p.m. Feb. 6 and 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road. Music director is Jeffrey Stvrtecky of Tacoma Musical Playhouse, stage director is Jim Campbell and the production is in collaboration with Tacoma Opera. Tickets are $5-$7.50. Call (253) 874-2357.DINNER THEATER 'West Side Story': Two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, in Auburn Ave Dinner Theatre's production of West Side Story through March 10. Musical highlights includes Maria, Tonight, America and Somewhere. Dinner seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Sunday dinner seating is at 3 p.m., show at 4 p.m. at 10 Auburn Ave. Tickets are $16.85-$35.95. Call (253) 833-5678.STAGESpalding Gray: Storyteller Spalding Gray, described as a new wave Mark Twain, gives details of one day in the life of his family in a monologue titled Morning, Noon and Night. He performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Pantages Theater in Tacoma. Tickets are $12.50-$32. Call (253) 591-5894.'Neville's Island': Four British businessmen are sent out on a survival weekend by their management and mishaps follow in Burien Little Theatre's production of Neville's Island, a comedy by Tom Firth. The play runs through Feb. 4 at the theater, Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street, Burien. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $8-$12. Call (206) 242-5180. 'The Gin Game': Renton Civic Theatre presents The Gin Game, a comedy on aging, coping and special relationships. This winner of the Pulitzer Prize, written by D.L. Coburn, runs through Feb. 18. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the theater, 507 S. Third St., Renton. Tickets are $15-$20. Call (425) 226-5529.'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum': Tacoma Musical Playhouse presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim. Forum takes place in Rome where a slave, longing for freedom, attempts to reach his goal through many hilarious means. The production runs Jan. 26-Feb. 18; showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Narrows Theatre, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $10-$17. Call (253) 565-6TMP.'A Delicate Balance': Seattle Repertory Theatre presents A Delicate Balance Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about unfulfilled lives, broken promises and jealousies that tear at the structure of family life. Agnes and Tobias, a middle-aged couple, engage in a battle of wills with the drunk Claire, Agnes's sister; and adjust to living with daughter Julia, returning home after another failed marriage, and terrorized neighbors, Harry and Edna. The play runs through Feb. 24. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays at the Leo K. Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $29-$42. Call (206) 443-2222.CONCERTSKronos Quartet: The Seattle Theatre Group presents Kronos Quartet at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at The Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle. The Kronos repertoire ranges from Shostakovich, Webern and Bartok to composers of today, such as Terry Riley and Osvalso Golijov. Tickets are $20-$35. Call Ticketmaster, (206) 292-ARTS. Pianist Lang Lang: Chinese-born pianist Lang Lang makes his Seattle debut at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Meany Theater on the University of Washington campus. The 18-year-old Lang Lang has won numerous awards at international competitions since the age of 5, has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; at the Ravinia Festival's Gala Concert; and Carnegie Hall. Single tickets are $30. Call UW Arts Ticket Office at (206) 543-4880.Keola Beamer and Kenny Endo: Slack key guitarist Keola Beamer joins Japanese taiko drummer Kenny Endo in a collaborative concert Feb. 2. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. at Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Tickets are $12.50-$32. Call (253) 591-5894.'Farewell to the 20th Century': Northwest Sinfonietta presents two concerts titled Farewell to the 20th Century. The program features Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, Haydn's Symphony No. 45, and the premiere performance of Daniel Ott. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Rialto Theater, 301 S. Ninth St., Tacoma; and at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, downtown Seattle. For Rialto Theater tickets, $18-$25, call (253) 591-5894. For Benaroya Hall tickets, $20-$25, call Ticketmaster at (206) 292-ARTS.Tacoma Philharmonic: Seattle Symphony and Gerard Schwarz, conductor, are guests of the Tacoma Philharmonic in concert Feb. 9. Works by Respighi and Mahler are on the program beginning at 8 p.m. at Pantages Theatre, 901 Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Tickets are $20-$45. Call (253) 272-0809.A cappella with m-pact: Kent Arts Commission Spotlight Series presents an evening of a cappella featuring the pop-jazz sounds of m-pact. Group members mimic the sounds of drums, bass and other instruments in their show beginning at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center, 10020 S.E. 256th St., Kent. A cappella girl group Cerfew will open the show. Advance tickets are $8-$10, available at Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent; day of show tickets are $10-$12. Call (253) 856-5050.BENEFIT BALL'Paint the Town Red': A four-course gourmet buffet, hosted bar, live and silent auctions, raffles, music and dancing are part of Federal Way Rotary's Paint the Town Red Winter Ball and Benefit. The formal event begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Temple Theatre, 47 St. Helens Ave. in downtown Tacoma. Proceeds from the fund-raiser directly benefit local scholarships, community agencies and area programs. Tickets are $100 per person, including valet parking. Corporate sponsorships are available and include amenities. For ticket information, donations or sponsorships, call Mike Harris at (253) 838-4496.COMEDYAn Evening with Dave Barry: Humorist and social commentator Dave Barry will share his views on everything from politics to home repair and family. Laugh out loud with this Pulitzer Prize-winner and author at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Tickets are $26-$55. Meet Dave Barry and enjoy a post-show reception with refreshments. Tickets are $135, which includes the performance; proceeds support the operations of the Broadway Center. Call (253) 591-5894.ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS'Rumpelstiltskin': SPROUTS Children's Theatre presents the story of a strange little man who could spin straw into gold in Rumpelstiltskin. This BRAVO! Kids Series performance, sponsored by the Auburn Arts Commission, begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Auburn Riverside Theatre, 501 Oravetz Road, Auburn. After the show, meet the cast and see the makeup and costumes up close. Tickets are $5. Call (253) 931-3043.'The Hobbit': Northwest Puppet Center presents J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit performed by Carter Family Marionettes and Oregon Shadow Theater. Join Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Wizard and the dwarves on their mythic quest through Feb. 11. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle. Tickets are $6.50-$8.50. Call (206) 523-2579.OPERA'Billy Budd': Seattle Opera presents Billy Budd, based on Herman Melville's story of a young sailor in Britain's Royal Navy. Set aboard an 18th century warship, the opera Billy Budd offers the conflict when good and evil clash. Final performances are Jan. 24 and 27 at the Seattle Center Opera House. For tickets, call (206) 389-7676. AUDITIONSNorthwest Boychoir: Boys age 6 to 10 with musical interest and aptitude are eligible to audition for the Northwest Boychoir. No previous musical training is required. The auditions are private, informal and low-key. Founded in 1974, the choir draws its membership from more than 50 elementary and junior high school in the Puget Sound region and performs frequently throughout the greater Seattle area. For an appointment or information, call (206) 524-3234.'Radio Gals': Tacoma Musical Playhouse will audition for roles in for its March production of Radio Gals. Bring a prepared song and be prepared to tap dance. No appointment is necessary. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 or 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Call (253) 565-6TMP. Visit'The Tokens': Tacoma's improv group, The Tokens, is now accepting wits and novice actors of all ages, all backgrounds to participate in free practices, open mikes and improv. Audition not necessary. E-mail: or call (253) 274-0758.Audition workshops: Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory offers private audition coaching for experienced performers to prepare and/or polish specific audition pieces. Register at the studio at 1710 S. 341st Place or call 661-1444 for an appointment.Shades of Summer concerts and 4th of July Festival: The Auburn Arts Commission is recruiting performing artists for a series of outdoor events. Performances may be in any genre, music, drama or other family entertainment. For five weeks in July and August the Auburn Arts Commission presents Kids' Summer Sounds, Wednesday afternoon performances for young children, and Sundown at Game Farm Park, Friday night music and theater for all ages. Artists should specify whether they're interested in Kids' Summer Sounds, Sundown at Game Farm Park or 4th of July Festival, featuring roving entertainers, a kids' stage and main stage. Mail promotional kits (must include audio or video) to Auburn Arts Commission, Attn: call for artists, 25 West Main St., Auburn, Wash 98001. Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 29.Bumbershoot: This Seattle Arts Festival seeks artists, performers and vendors for its 2001 Labor Day weekend arts celebration at the Seattle Center. Bumbershoot showcases the work of more than 2,500 regional and national artists including comedians, dancers, painters, poets, sculptors, acrobats, filmmakers, bookbinders, DJs, thespians and musicians of every genre. Applications for specific categories must be postmarked or delivered to the producers office, One Reel, by 5 p.m. on the following deadlines: Special Projects proposals (hands-on public art, outdoor installations), Feb. 16; Visual Arts (individual and collaborative exhibits), Feb. 16; Performing Artist (musicians, dancers, comedians, performers and theatrical productions), March 1; Art Market, International Bazaar and Artist in Action, March 2; Literary Arts and Bumbershoot Bookfair, March 6; and 1 Reel Film Festival (short format film), May 1. To receive an application, visit or call One Reel at (206) 281-8111. "

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