‘SHADES OF BLUE’
“Blue Moon,” “St. Louis Blues”… These blues-inspired songs, and more, will be on the playbill for Tacoma Concert Band’s “Shades of Blue” concert, March 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theater. Featuring vocalist Melanie Vail and bassoonist Alex Carlson, the winner of the TCB’s 2013 Student Soloist Competition, you’ll be anything but blue when you experience the lively and luscious sounds of the Tacoma Concert Band, in brilliant “shades of blue.” Tickets start at $16, with discounts for students, seniors, and military personnel. Everyone 18 and under gets in free. Contact the Broadway Center Box Office at (253) 591-5894, or 1 (800) 291-7593 or online at http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
ARGONAUT EP PARTY
They've had the Seattle record release party. Now Tacoma sludge-metal band Argonaut will play fresh, new cuts off their new EP “What's Your Perfect Day?” closer to home on Feb. 22 at the New Frontier Lounge, 301 E. 25th St. The band will have support from Giza and Power Skeleton, and music will start after 9 p.m. Cover is $6; (253) 572-4020 or check http://www.thenewfrontierlounge.com for latest details.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED
Tacoma Little Theatre continues its 94th season with “The Complete Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged),” playing Feb. 22 through March 3, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. This much-produced, fast-paced, gag-a-second delight deconstructs all 37 of the Bard's plays - plus the sonnets into a single two-hour whirlwind. (WARNING: There are strobe effects in this production.) Tickets are $10, available online at http://www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or (253) 272-2281.
Tacoma City Ballet’s “Soirée Series” continues Feb. 23 in the Jan Collum Ballroom with Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soirée. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing/music performances, film screenings and readings beginning at 7:30. Tickets $10, available at http://www.tacomacityballet.com (click on TCB Blog) or in person at the ballet office, 508 6th Ave. 21+, please.
Stop by 253 Collective (1901 S. Jefferson, Ste. 100) any Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and check out the art collective’s newest offerings –handmade purses and accessories by 253 Collective artist Brooke McLaughlin of Atlas Past, a local Tacoma business. Her work has a focus on using vintage and upcylced materials, creating limited run and one-of-a-kind pieces. Brooke started her business less than a year ago, with the dream of working full time making purses. Hopping from festival to festival, selling on Etsy and endless hours at the sewing machine and fabric store, she is on her way to making a dream come true. Also open third Thursdays from 3-8 p.m. Visit http://www.253collective.com.