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Sunday, June 5, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Critics' picks for the week of June 5-12

Glass

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 www.museumofglass.org).

Sheila Farr

DVD

"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

Reba

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, www.ticketmaster.com; information, www.whiteriverconcerts.com.

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 www.cocaseattle.org). "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

Jazz

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 www.srjo.org, also at Ticketmaster outlets).

Doug Kim

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