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Apply now for 2013 community-based arts projects funding

28 Nov

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2013. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 and is used to support community projects that focus on the arts. The application deadline is 5 pm. on Dec. 6, 2012.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held Nov. 8 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 434.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including but not limited to arts components of festivals; arts workshops; dance, theater, and music performances; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 21, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.

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‘Tis the season for the Nutcracker(s)…

28 Nov

Photo courtesy of Tacoma City Ballet

Whether The Nutcracker is an annual rite or you’ve yet to experience the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies, here’s your chance: three South Sound ballet companies – Tacoma City Ballet, Tacoma Performing Dance Company and Ballet Northwest – have all announced 2013 productions of the beloved ballet.

The Nutcracker is based on L’Histoire d’un Casse Noisette (The Story of the Hazelnut-Cracker) by Dumas Père, which is itself based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the score for the ballet which premiered in Russia on December 17, 1892. It was first performed in its entirety in the US on December 29, 1944 by the San Francisco Opera Ballet, and the rest is history!

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Tacoma City Ballet (TCB) is proud to present the 15th anniversary of its beautiful, history-infused production of The Nutcracker. This production is based on the ballet as it was first performed by the Imperial Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, in 1892. Opening December 8 in the grand setting of the Pantages Theater in Tacoma, TCB will perform with live accompaniment from Northwest Sinfonietta. The Nutcracker will run Saturdays and Sundays from December 8-23.

Photo courtesy of Tacoma City Ballet

This production debuted in Tacoma in 1998, after TCB Artistic Director Erin Ceragioli received a grant from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation to recreate the historical Nutcracker. The scenery, set pieces, props, and costumes followed the original libretto and their creation required a skilled team of artisans and volunteers. Now, in its 15th year, TCB is proud to present a production that adheres to the story, scenic design, costuming and choreography as it was originally created by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

This season, The Nutcracker runs December 8-23 at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway in Tacoma. Tickets are $19-$60 at www.broadwaycenter.org or call 253.591.5894 or 800.291.7593. Military, student, senior and group discounts are available. For further information, contact Melissa Lovejoy Goldman at 253.272.4219 or visit www.tacomacityballet.com

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Tacoma Performing Dance Company (TPDC) welcomes you to a captivating new production of The Nutcracker choreographed and staged by Artistic Director (and local dance legend) Jo Emery with Amity Howell-Sloboda, and Jean Milano. This is a production of great energy and charm, featuring more than 125 dancers to tell the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, sugarplums and dancing delights.

TPDC will present The Nutcracker Ballet: Tacoma’s Finest Holiday Tradition at the Stadium High School Performing Arts Center at 111 North E Street on Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, December 16 at 2 pm and 6 pm. Purchase tickets in advance at 253-752-8530, or at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $22 for adults; $18 for seniors and students 16 and under; group rates are also available.

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