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November 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Free ‘Nutcracker’ tix: 5 things to do this week

We’re a little giddy here at ArtsPage HQ, having just indulged in some decadent luxury chocolate. (I chose the one that promised peanuts and peanut butter; it’s  low on the pb, but hey, I’ll make do.) So we feel dandy about pointing you to a 3.5-star movie, comedy, ‘Priscalla Queen of the Desert’ and the chance to win 4 tickets to PNB’s “Nutcracker.” How sweet!

1 Win dinner and 'Nutcracker' tickets

Read rules below, then enter here: www.seattletimes.com/entertainment

Aspiring ballerinas at a summer dance workshop at the Francia Russell Center in Bellevue, 2011. Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.

Aspiring ballerinas at a summer dance workshop at the Francia Russell Center in Bellevue, 2011. Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.

On Nov. 30, the curtain will rise on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 30th anniversary production of “Nutcracker.” It’s a production full of children — and those mice, soldiers and servants of the original cast are now approaching middle age, and possibly looking back fondly at their “Nutcracker” stint. So we’re asking readers to tell us about your fondest childhood memories of ballet, whether it be as participant or observer, “Nutcracker” or preschool recital.   The reader who sends us the most delightful memory in words or a picture (as determined by Seattle Times staffers), will receive four tickets to PNB’s “Nutcracker,” plus a $100 gift card for dinner at the nearby Collections Cafe at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Entries must be 500 characters or less, and photos are strongly encouraged. Must be at least 18 and a WA resident.

2 'Dallas Buyers Club'

In wide release; Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review here.

Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club." / Focus Features

Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club.” / Focus Features

Matthew McConaughey gives a stellar performance as a homophobic good-old-boy playboy who discovers that he’s HIV-positive in the early days of AIDS. Determined to live, he begins importing medications from other countries; first for himself, then to others who eagerly join his not-quite-legal “buyers club.”

3 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'

Tuesday-Nov. 17, Paramount Theatre, Seattle; stgpresents.org

The flashy Broadway musical based on the 1990s film, loaded with ’80s hits and luxe costumes, struts into the Paramount. It tells the story of three performers — two drag queens and a transsexual — rumbling across the Australian Outback in their bus, christened Priscilla, to play a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, and the widening horizons that result (on the inside and the outside). Read S-T theater critic Misha Berson’s review of the Broadway show here.

Wade McCollum (center) and company in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert."/Joan Marcus

Wade McCollum (center) and company in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.”/Joan Marcus

4 Margaret Cho

8 p.m. Saturday, Moore Theatre, Seattle; stgpresents.org

Margaret Cho/ missmissyphotography.net

Margaret Cho/
missmissyphotography.net

Cho, the Emmy- and Grammy-nominated “outsider” comic whose TV sitcom “All-American Girl” was a cult favorite and whose anti-bullying Rainbow Dancing Dress caused a sensation on “Dancing With the Stars,” brings her “Mother” tour to Seattle. She’ll channel her mom, of course, and tackle race, sexuality and other thought-provoking topics.

5 Peter Baker

6 p.m. Wednesday, Town Hall Seattle, $5  townhallseattle.org

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Peter Baker’s new book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” is praised for its in-depth look at the relationship between George W. Bush and his vice president. Hear Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, talk about those days at Town Hall.

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