The Tacoma cultural scene springs into action the last weekend of March, with an album release party, classical piano concert, University of Puget Sound Jacobsen Series, and more.
MUSIC: Performing a little bit Broadway, a little bit contemporary, a little bit punk, and a little bit blues, glam folk duo Champagne Sunday brings the energy and the talent to every powerful performance, including Saturday night at McMenamins Elks Temple’s Spanish Ballroom. Jessi and Jared Fredeen will perform their latest album, Balance, live with no instrument banned and Jessi’s huge, feminine voice will rattle the scotch tulip glasses all the way to McMenamins’ secret room. Stop by Peaks & Pints before the show and enjoy a bottle of J. Lassalle Premier Brut. 8 p.m., Saturday, March 26, Spanish Ballroom, 565 Broadway, Tacoma, $40, $45 day of show, $75 VIP
BEER FLIGHT: Equilibrium Brewery was started by MIT scientists Peter Oates and Ricardo Petroni who were working on remediation of the Hudson River in the early 2000s. They became water chemistry experts trained to take the bad stuff out of the water. On the side, they put good stuff into water and called it beer. The two professional scientists became obsessed with New England hazy IPAs burning a path to Hill Farmstead Brewery and The Alchemist. Finally purchasing a homebrewing kit, Oats and Petroni strived to create scientifically balanced beer, which they did before brewing their first double IPA, named EQM, in 2015. It didn’t hurt they were trained in water chemistry. Four years later, lines 300 deep stood before their door waiting for their latest release. Since then, they opened a second site in Middletown to brew more cult-classic hazy beers — beers they like to drink. Today, Peaks & Pints presents a to-go flight of Equilibrium beer — a flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Beer Science On The Fly. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, March 25, Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Tacoma
FILM: The Outfit is about an English tailor, Leonard Burling, and he has a giant pair of shears to prove it. He has a shop in 1950s Chicago, and he makes suits. Expensive suits, so the only people buying them are gangsters. Normally, Burling just keeps his head down and pays no mind to the men going to the black drop box in the back of his shop. But one night, everything changes. Head to The Grand Cinema to discover if anyone ends up in, er, cuffs. Stop by Peaks & Pints before the screening and enjoy Fast Fashion Brewing’s Pilsner. 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5, and 7:45 p.m., Friday-Sunday, March 25-27, 606 S. Fawcett, Tacoma
MUSIC: Songwriter and scholar Julian Saporiti presents Jacobsen Series: No-No Boy (With Julian Saporiti), a multimedia concert illuminating topics around the Japanese American internment of WWII, the Vietnamese American refugee plight, and detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border. This performance is the culmination of years of academic research, drawing upon his own family history. This event is sponsored by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanities. 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 25, Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner, Tacoma, $15-$20, photograph by Diego Luis
MARKET DAY: Spring is here, and warmer weather is on the way, which means it’s time for the Proctor Farmers Market to sweep the street every Saturday morning. The market will reopen every Saturday through Dec. 17 at its 27th Street and Proctor location next to Connect the Brick LEGO store. The Proctor Farmers Market provides locally grown produce, pasture raised meats, wild caught seafood, cheeses, eggs, fruit, plants, and flowers from Dao Lee Garden, Lavender Hill Farm, Mai Houa Garden and Peto Garden. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 27th Street and Proctor, Tacoma’s Historic Proctor District
CLASSICAL: Symphony Tacoma, Sarah Ioannides, conductor, present “Classics IV,” present an evening of classical piano music at the Pantages Theater Saturday night. The concert will feature piano solos by the rising young virtuosa, Pallavi Mahidhara, an Indian American pianist who made her orchestral debut at the age of 10, performing at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Praised for her unique artistry and charismatic stage presence, she has appeared in solo and orchestral concerts across five continents. The program will include Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4, David Ludwig’s The Bleeding Pines, and Beethoven: Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra “Choral Fantasy.” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, Pantages Theater, Ninth and Broadway, Tacoma