It's something of a tradition to take the family to church on Easter and to see the Nutcracker at Christmas and then be done with religion and fine arts for the year. I won't speak to religion, but Pacific Northwest Ballet deserves another look. Their repertoire goes way beyond tutus and family Christmas specials. Former directors Kent Stowell and Francia Russell literally built PNB from a basement ballet school into a world class company. This is the first season with new artistic director Peter Boal and people have stayed away in droves. That's a real shame because Boal has presented something amazing at every performance. This year I've seen ballet set to music by the Cramps, dances incorporating African folk rythms and last night's performance included spoken word. This year I find myself looking forward to every ballet like it's Christmas- I just can't wait to see what goodies Boal is going to give us next. If you haven't been to see PNB lately, you should really check it out. You may be surprised how vibrant and contemporary ballet can be.