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Event Picks, March 2010

Published on: March 01, 2010

Witch way. A pair of kids wandering through the forest come upon a house made of candy — too good to be true, right? — but discover that the witchy mistress of the house is sizing them up as a snack in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel. The hourlong family matinee features dozens of students from the PNB school, principal dancer Ariana Lallone and narration that will make the story easy to follow for even the littlest balletomanes. Tickets are $22–$60 for kids and $25–$67 for adults. Two performances only (Sunday, March 21 and Saturday, March 27) at McCaw Hall in Seattle. 

Boy and bear. Olympia Family Theater presents a unique adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories (you know: little boy abandoned in the jungle makes friends with a bear, gets stalked by a tiger) this month. Jungalbook is set in a children’s play­ground with a jungle gym for a set, and the animals who surround Mowgli are dressed as playground characters. Ages 8 and older. $8–$15. March 25–April 11: Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m. Thursday, April 1 is “Thrifty Thursday”: Tickets are only $5 each and sold at the door only, starting at 6:15 p.m. Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia. 

All wet. The Moisture Festival has a charm that’s entirely old Fremont — it’s unironic fun that’s just rough enough around the edges to be interesting. Best of all (in my admittedly biased opinion), it’s kid friendly. Head to Hale’s Palladium (located behind Hale’s Brewery in “Frelard”) and, new this year, the Georgetown Ballroom for comedy/variety acts that include aerialists, vaudeville performers, acrobats, fiddlers, magicians, Godfrey Daniels and his big red balloon, jugglers and local musical gem Baby Gramps. Do not miss it! $10–$20. Runs March 11–April 4. 

—Kris Collingridge


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