Friday, December 16th, 2016

FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Gremlins, Busta Rhymes and Handel’s Messiah


FRIDAY, DEC. 16 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Blue Mouse Theatre + Peaks and Pints = Mogwai and Huyghe

Tacoma Dome + Silver City Brewery = Time Traveller

Symphony Tacoma + Edison City Alehouse = halllll-lelujah


Were this a saner world, Phoebe Cates’ grisly monologue about why she hates Christmas in Gremlins would be just as cherished as the explanation of why bells ring at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life. Those of us who like holiday movies to resemble our holiday moods would then be encouraged to head off to The Blue Mouse Theatre, where the E.T.-gone-ugly-and-witty classic will, in an exhibition of wonderful timing, be screened at 10 p.m. Gremlins seamlessly blends gore and Tunes-esque yuks while still finding room for enough film-buff jokes (not to mention a hilariously disgusting take on puberty) to make Quentin Tarantino insanely jealous. The screening is part of the monthly Friday Night Frights at the Proctor District movie theater.

PREFUNK: In the town of Ghent sits Brouwerij Huyghe, the oldest, active brewery in that corner of Belgium. The brewery is best known for Delirium Tremens, a highly regarded Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but they produce a wide variety of beers ranging from pilsners, witbiers, fruit ales and lagers. Huyghe’s Delirium line of beers is famous for the pink elephant that adorns every label on every ceramic painted bottle. Its Noel labels are no exception. Skiing, sledding, pulling Santa’s sleigh; the Pink Elephant does it all. Delirium Noel is a big, spicy beer with a lot dried fruit character and touch of alcohol to let you know that you’re drinking a beer with a double-digit ABV. A touch on the sweetish side, this Belgian Strong Dark Ale is in Peaks and Pints’ cooler, beginning at 11 a.m.


Tonight, one of the largest rap invasions in recent years descended on the Tacoma Dome. Under the “Old School Night at the Dome” banner, a battalion of hip-hop’s finest former foot soldiers will hit Tacoma with a simple assignment: rock the crowd. Storm trooper Busta Rhymes leads the pack, which includes DMX, E-40, Method Man + Redman, Too $hort, Kokane, Pharcyde, Da Brat, Curtis Young and Money B and Young Hump of Digital Underground. Check it at 5 p.m.

PREFUNK: Touchdowns were scored. Silver City Brewery craft beer was drunk. Gifts were handed out from beneath the tree. It was a magical during Peaks and Pints’ Lodge Meeting with Silver City Brewery last night. The Silver City fun continues today as the Bremerton brewery releases its Time Traveller Imperial Stout in its taproom at noon. According to pre-release hype, “With a pour of the blackest of black, Time Traveller incorporates eight different malts in a cohesive symphony of roasty, bittersweet chocolate-like flavor. Despite its intense maltiness, the beer presents a crisp and dry texture, accentuated by a vortex of hoppy Chinook bitterness that serves as a counterbalance for all of the devilishly dark deliciousness. Timeless food pairings for an ale of such distinguished intensity include braised lamb shank (rare), garlic smashed rustic potatoes (skins mandatory), or any-and-all chocolate-based desserts. You might even consider a sidecar of fresh espresso.” So, that’s awesome.


Symphony Tacoma (formerly Tacoma Symphony Orchestra) presents Handel Messiah at 7:30 p.m. in St. Charles Borromeo. It’s an 18th century oratorio conceived as a rumination on the ascension of Jesus and … oh, screw it. It’s the one with the “Hallelujah” bit in it. You know, the “Hallelujah”song? “Halllll-lelujah, halllll-lelujah, hal-le-lu-jah?” And it ain’t no Jesus Christ Superstar, … for Christ’s sake. … … HALLLL-LELUJAH!!

PREFUNK: Edison City Alehouse scored some barrel-aged beer from Fremont Brewing, pouring 2014, 2015, 2016 B-Bomb, 2016 Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb, 2016 Barrel Aged Dark Star, 2016 Barrel Aged Coffee Dark Star and 2016 Barrel Aged Spice Wars, beginning at 6 p.m. The South Tacoma bottle shop and taproom will also be pouring several other favorites from the Seattle brewery. If that wasn’t enough, Tacoma jazz great Kareem Kandi and his band will be in the house.