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‘SPARK: A Burning Man Story’

The Grand Cinema will be screening "SPARK: A Burning Man Story" on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Purchase tickets at the Grand Cinema box office or online at http://www.grandcinema.com

Following the 9 p.m. screening there will be a Northwest Burner Social Meet & Greet and film discussion called “SPARK and FIZZLE.” Light appetizers and drink will be available. This event is organized by Grand Cinema lead projectionist Lisa Fruichantie. Evening Playa wear is strongly encouraged! Potluck style: Bring a dish or dessert to share! "SPARK: A Burning Man Story" provides an inside look at the incredible Burning Man organization and festival and the challenges it is facing as it grows in global recognition and popularity.

‘From Proctor to Prague: An International Christmas’

Tacoma-based Northwest Repertory Singers presents “From Proctor to Prague: An International Christmas” as this year’s holiday concert. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

The concert features seasonal songs from a variety of countries and cultures, including Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the American Southwest. The repertoire includes, among others, a Russian song of Mary, a lively French song of shepherds, a humorous Spanish song about a donkey, and two African carols with percussion.

“We have assembled music from several countries that would be well-known to their citizens,” said NWRS Artistic Director Paul Schultz. “The carols and familiar melodies will beautifully capture rich traditions from around the globe.”

Music for the “Proctor” section of the concert comes from three Tacoma composers – Kyle Haugen, Donna Gartman Schultz, and Erin Guinup. Two of the works will be the world premiere performances.

Paul Schultz will give half-hour pre-concert lectures one hour before each performance.

NWRS, a supporter of the Proctor-area FISH food bank, invites concert guests to bring food donations to the concert.

Concerts will be at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., in Tacoma. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 general admission and $17 for seniors, students and military (children under 12 are free). Advance-purchase tickets are available online at http://www.NWRS.org, or by calling (253) 265-3042 (or toll free (877) 460-5880). Season tickets are also available.

‘The Nutcracker Ballet’

Tacoma Performing Dance Company welcomes the young, and the young at heart, to this season’s production of “The Nutcracker Ballet.” Choreographed and staged by Artistic Director Jo Emery, this traditional holiday ballet is full of sugarplums and dancing delights. It will be performed at the Stadium High School Performing Arts Center located in Tacoma’s Historic Stadium District at 111 N. ‘E’ St. on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the TPDC Ticket Line at (253) 752-8530 or at the door.

Dancers from this production will appear at the Festival of Trees at the Tacoma Convention Center on Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

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