This was not the summer we asked for, but it’s what we have. Instead of bitching about missed afternoons in the stands at Cheney Stadium or your canceled trips to three-day music festivals, enjoy our 6-Pack of Things To Do: August 7 2020. Cheers!
POP-UP DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Get out your poodle skirts and milkshakes, Tacoma. Channel your inner Grease character. Whether you’re a pink lady or T-bird, a new drive-in theater is coming to Northend Tacoma. Central Co-Op Tacoma will host a pop-up drive-in theater tonight. The store will remain open an hour later for grab and go snack items and vegan eats from Quickie Too while screening Sonic The Hedgehog and Talladega Nights the Ballad of Ricky Bobby where grown-ass men do dumbass-kid stuff for nearly two hours. 7-11 p.m., Central Co-Op, 4502 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, no cover, photo: Sony Pictures
BEER FLIGHT: It feels like every week there’s another quirky beer holiday to remember, from Beer Can Appreciation Day in January to yesterday National IPA Day. Today is International Beer Day! Even if it sounds like a recently created holiday, we’re happy to use it as an excuse to build a to-go beer flight. Started in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California, International Beer Day is, as explained by its website, “a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders, and rejoice in the greatness of beer!” Indeed. Celebrating the passing of another work week? International Beer Day! Trying to forget the nightmare that is our political situation? International Beer Day! Want to drink beers outside the United States? Oh yeah — it’s International Beer Day! The last angle is the one Peaks & Pints is taking. We’re offering a to-go beer flight of international beers — a flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: International Beer Day On the Fly. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Tacoma
PROCTOR SIDEWALK SALE: Just a hop away from Tacoma’s Ruston Way and downtown areas lies the Proctor District. Within this charming walkable district, the “heart” surrounds North 26th with retail shops, eateries and more lined up nicely in a row. An August staple, the Proctor Sidewalk Sale has seen great changes over the years reflecting things such as the economy and the types of businesses occupying storefronts in the Northend business district. The 2020 sale is certainly unique in its own way, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic — the Proctor Arts Fest isn’t attached. Doesn’t matter; the sale must go on. The Proctor District merchants will push the goods outside for safe shopping below sunny skies. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 7-8, Proctor Business District, North 26th and Proctor, Tacoma
FARMERS MARKET: In an effort to keep their vendors and community safe amid the public health crisis the Lakewood Farmers’ Market moved the operation to giant Fort Steilacoom Park with drive-thru and walk-thru options. Shoppers can pre-order from vendors and pickup on market day. Vendors will offer farm fresh produce, specialty goods, desserts and they’ll have food trucks such as Burrito Boy, Bliss Small Batch Creamery, Stacks Burgers, And The Old Red Barn Popping Company. 3-7 p.m., Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave. SW, Lakewood
MUSIC: Live music is making a comeback, thanks to the City of Gig Harbor, Uptown Gig Harbor and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. Part community building, part local business support, part need to rock, Band Together has launched a free live/virtual concert series at Uptown every Friday night. Concertgoers can watch the shows live, or watch them live on Facebook, YouTube, as well as broadcast on KGHP (89.9FM). Tonight, “Band Together: Small Business Relief Concert Series” continues with Flock of Beagles, five local veteran rockers who cherish the Beatles and Eagles (Beatles + Eagles = Beagles), put also will perform hits from Steely Dan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis, Stones, Kinks, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Commodores, CSN and others. Donations will go toward a relief fund for small businesses suffering in the pandemic, and they’ll be distributed through a “people’s choice” process. 6-8 p.m. Uptown Gig Harbor, 4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, donations accepted
MOVIE: Fifty-one years after Creem published its first issue and 31 years after having printed its last, a documentary four years in the making about the influential ’70s rock ‘n’ roll magazine awaits in The Grand Cinema’s Virtual Screening Room. Co-written by rock journalist Jaan Uhelszki and director Scott Crawford and co-produced with J.J. Kramer, the son of Creem founder Barry Kramer, Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine blends archival footage and interviews with rock star fans such as R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett telling the unlikely story of a rag-tag band of music lovers in Detroit who set out to make a magazine and ended up making history. Stay home and party with KISS, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, and more gods of rock ‘n’ roll! $12 movie, photo: courtesy of Youtube