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Fall RV Show

Jack Kerouac is turning in his grave. The days of taking a drug-choked jalopy down the low road to old Mexico are long over (nooooooo!!!!). If Jack were alive today, he’d want comfort and economy. With enough ill-gotten bread, he could buy himself a fancy pop-up travel trailer or pickup truck camper instead of paying full freight at cheesy chain hotels, or instead of jumping a rumbling freight train and hoping to wake up alive the next morning.

Besides, how many open boxcars do you see these days? Fortunately for Jack, such swank accommodations aren’t that pricey these days — at least compared to high hotel rates on the road. You squat when you want, crash (in your bunk — please!) when you want, cook up your own road kill meals. And did you know owning an RV can translate into tax breaks? What’s not to like about trailer life? After a day or two at the Tacoma Fall RV Show you’ll know for sure. Not only will there be more than 500 RVs on display for your perusing pleasure, but advantage of onsite financing, too. Neat. — Suzy Stump

[Tacoma Dome, Oct. 4 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 5-6 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 7 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $7-$9, 2525 E. D St., 253.756.2121]


Northwest Sinfonietta

Classical music is not like spinach. Sure, your mom might have insinuated that cultivating a taste for both was good for you, but the goal of Neil Birnbaum, new executive director for the Northwest Sinfonietta, is to get you to see that, unlike the somewhat slimy green stuff that left a funny feeling on your teeth, the musical dish the Sinfonietta serves up is spicy, peppy fun.

“Some of (music director and composer) Christophe’s tempos are extremely fast, like I just gave him a triple espresso.”

Additionally, says Birnbaum, “Tthere’s a great spirit amongst our musicians … they’re not content to sit and play with bored expressions.”

These spirited musicians will be performing Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 11 with Byron Schenkman on piano, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in Tacoma’s Rialto Theatre Saturday night, following a performance in Seattle’s Town Hall on Friday; both shows start at 7:30. — Jessica Corey-Butler

[Rialto Theater, Saturday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., $12-$50, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma, 253. 383.5344]


Brass Unlimited

Trumpets and Trombones: Somebody’s gotta love ’em. And you can’t do anything but love trumpets and trombones running through Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Aaron Copland at once. Which is what you’ll get when Classical Tuesdays in Old Town presents “Sounds of Celebration: Brass Unlimited in Concert. Four professional music educators — David Mulkins (trumpet and piccolo trumpet), Karl Ronning (trumpet and flugelhorn, Eric Stevens (trombone), and Keith Gorsuch (bass trombone) are totally bad brasses.  Check it. — SS

[Slavonian Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., no cover, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma, 253.752. 2135]

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