Carmona Flamenco, The Young Eight

Carmona Flamenco

For several months, Marcos and Rubina Carmona have been insisting that every show at their favorite intimate cabaret would be the last, but this time the wrecking ball is double-parked outside. Porta has been a great venue for an art form raised in the tablao, or clubs, of Spain, and Carmona Flamenco will close the house with an electric set of performances. Marcos, his percussionist son David, and Rubina Carmona will be joined by Ana Montes (all pictured, left to right), a stunning dancer and singer in her own right. Porta Greek Taverna, 2245 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-860-0284. $10. 8 and 9:30 p.m. Sat. June 25. SANDRA KURTZ

The Young Eight

It's not easy to find chamber music for eight strings—there's Mendelssohn's evergreen Octet, and Shostakovich's borderline-chaotic (I mean that as a compliment) Two Pieces from 1925, and then. . .? This energetic, photogenic ensemble, founded in 2003 by violinist (and Seattle native) Quinton I. Morris, is devoted to outreach and taking the stuffiness out of classical music's reputation. For this weekend's concerts, they've also unearthed an octet by Niels Gade (an early-romantic Dane) and miniatures by African-American composers Patrice Rushen and George Walker. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., 1-800-838-3006. $10. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. June 23. Benaroya Recital Hall, Third and Union, 206-292-ARTS. $10-$20. 8 p.m. Sat. June 25. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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