Critics' picks for the week of June 5-12


William Morris

Sunday: A midcareer survey of works by one of the region's most admired glass artists opens this weekend (noon-5 p.m. today) at Tacoma's Museum of Glass. "William Morris: Myth, Object and the Animal" looks back over 20 years of Morris' career. The show continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, extended hours until 8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, through Dec. 31 at 1801 Dock St., Tacoma (866-4MUSEUM or

Sheila Farr


"Nightmare Alley"

Tuesday: The latest batch from the "Fox Film Noir" imprint includes an unforgettable one: "Nightmare Alley" (1947) stars handsome Tyrone Power against type as a manipulative, drunken fraud in a kind of seedy, carny folk take on "All About Eve." Dark even for a noir, and, legendarily, with geeks. Also: Director Sam Fuller's "House of Bamboo" (1955) and Richard Widmark in "The Street with No Name" (1948). (Unrated, $14.98 each.)

Mark Rahner

Classical Music

American String Project

Thursday: Fifteen top string players from all over the country combine in a chamber orchestra to play three programs of everything from Bach to Bizet and beyond, mostly in founder Barry Lieberman's own arrangements. Exciting, intense — and ear candy for those who love good string playing. 7:30 p.m., continuing Friday at 7:30 and next Sunday at 2 p.m., Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, $14-$26 (206-292-ARTS).

Melinda Bargreen

Country music


Friday: Reba McEntire, one of country's finest, most powerful singers, has become such a one-woman industry — a recording, touring, sitcom-starring whirlwind — that she now goes by one name; too busy for two. Reba headlines a show that includes gifted singer-guitarist Brad Paisley and lively singer Terri Clark, 8 p.m. at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn; $30-$54.75, 206-628-0888,; information,

Patrick MacDonald

Public Art

Poetry Machine

Friday : It's mobile, it's interactive, it's public art: Artist Julia Cole debuts her "Poetry Machine" Friday at Center On Contemporary Art (CoCA) with a celebration and a debate on the state of public art in Seattle, moderated by John Boylan. Also on the lineup are spoken-word performances by Christa Bell, Iese Ionatana and Laura Piece Kelly. 6 p.m. Friday at 410 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle (206-728-1980 or "Poetry Machine" will remain at CoCA until June 12, then travel to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (June 13), the foyer of On The Boards (June 14, 15) and Seattle Center (June 16, 17).

Sheila Farr


Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Saturday and next Sunday: Brazilian composer and pianist Jovino Santos Neto leads the orchestra in Latin Jazz concert, also featuring high-school stars from the award-winning Garfield, Mountlake Terrace and Roosevelt jazz bands. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; 3 p.m. June 12, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. $16-$32 (206-523-6159 or, also at Ticketmaster outlets).

Doug Kim