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Opera singers perform in 'The Magic Flute.'
- “Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett” at the Bellevue College Foundation’s free “Become Exceptional Luncheon” 11:30 a.m. April 27. Buffett, an Emmy Award-winning composer, philanthropist and author will present piano and vocal performances with personal stories accompanied by cellist Michael Kott. Registration required; Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. 6th St., Bellevue. More info at www.bellevuecollege.edu/foundation and www.peterbuffett.com.
- Bellevue Chamber Chorus presents its annual gala fundraiser “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” a 1930s Americana-themed auction and full evening of entertainment. It’s from 7 – 10 p.m., April 16 at the Denali Granite showroom located at 16120 Woodinville Redmond Rd. N., Woodinville. Admission is $50. Go to www.bellevuechamberchorus.net; 425-881-0445.
- The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) presents “A Celebration of John Chowning,” at 7: 30, April 27 at Meany Theater. Chowning, pioneer of Computer Music will play some of his most notable compositions over a state-of-the-art surround sound system, as well as his composition “Voices” for soprano and live electronics, performed by Maureen Chowning. Tickets are $10 ($5 students/seniors). Go to www.music.washington.edu; 4001 University Way N.E., Seattle; 206-543-4880.
- “The Magic Flute” closes Seattle Opera’s season, May 7, 8 (matinee), 11, 13, 14, 15 (matinee), 18, 20, and 21 at McCaw Hall. Mozart’s beloved fairy-tale celebrates the power of music, as a prince, a princess, and a bird-catcher try to find their own way in a world torn apart by the feud between a manipulative queen and a powerful priest. Single tickets start at $25 at seattleopera.org; Box Office: 1020 John St., Seattle; 206-389-7676.
- Bellevue Youth Theatre presents the classic children’s story “Cinderella” April 29 – May 1 at the Theatre at Meydenbauer (11100 NE 6th St. Bellevue). The whole family will enjoy this favorite tale filled with music and dance. Go to http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/youth_theatre_productions.htm or call 425-452-7155.
- Tickets ($20-$60) are now on sale for Village Theatre’s production of “Jesus Christ: Super Star,” May 11 – July 12. Written by legendary team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, this extraordinary rock opera highlights the struggles of Jesus of Nazareth and Judas Iscariot during the last week of Jesus’s life. Go to www.villagetheatre.org, 120 Front St N. Issaquah; 425-392-2202.
- “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” by Neil Simon from April 29-May 29 at ACT theater. Sparkling with Simon’s usual wit and fueled by a still-resonant anger at the dehumanizing effects of modern city life, this comedy classic pits Mel and his steadfast wife Edna against an assault by 1970s Manhattan—and it’s anybody’s guess who’ll win. Go to www.acttheatre.org; 700 Union St., Seattle; 206-292-7676.
- Bellevue Art Museum: featuring “Free Family Day” from 1-4 p.m., April 17 and “Get Crafty Saturdays! Trompe l’Oeil,” from 1-3p.m., April 23 where participants can learn some of the basics behind “fooling the eye” for art furniture ($2 materials fee per child or FREE with admission). Go to www.bellevuearts.org, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue. 425-519-0770.
- Photographs by Christopher Petrich, DeAnna Foran, and Helen Todd until April 29 at East Shore Unitarian Church gallery. “I was quite excited to go out and shoot this stuff, a small world within another world,” said Foran of her close-up image, “Snowscapes.” “In fact, Snowscape #11 reminds me of distant mountains in the mist.” Go to www.eastshoreunitarian.org, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue.