Friday, May 26th, 2017

FRIDAY PREFUNK: Crux [BANISHED] before Tacoma giggles and backyard clatter

The Rusty Cleavers perform at The Swiss by Kendra Design Photography /

FRIDAY, MAY 26 2017: Tacoma events + craft beer …

PREFUNK: Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project kicked off their 2017 [BANISHED] barrel-aged beer series with the release of In The Pocket, a Brettanomyces aged and blended imperial saison. The “young” version was primarily fermented with Brettanomyces Lambicus and Bruxellensis, while the “elder” one was aged for 16 months in Northwest red wine barrels. The barrel-aged portion was first fermented with a saison yeast, secondary fermentation was with Brettanomyces Lambicus. The result is delicate, tart oaky notes with the wild pear flavors from the Brett duet for a harmonious sensory experience. This 9.9 percent easy-drinking saison flows from Peaks and Pints’ Western red cedar tap log. Peaks and Pints, Tacoma

8 P.M. THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: A time-honored classic of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, The Pirates of Penzance is the perfect operetta for purists and newcomers alike. The story is simple: It’s the 21st birthday of pirate apprentice Frederic, which means his tenure to the pirates has come to a close. Due to his abiding sense of duty, he’s now committed to exterminating his former comrades for their errant ways, though the men are far too raucous and jubilant to worry about any impending doom. Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood

8:30 P.M.: LIVE FROM THE JIVE V: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” According to the old vaudeville joke, “Practice, practice, practice.” The punchline holds true for comedians, and a local comedy scene isn’t worth its salt if there aren’t shows where stand-ups can find their voices and sharpen their acts. Ten comedians enter the giant coffee pot tonight. Bob’s Java Jive, Tacoma

9 P.M. THE RUSTY CLEAVERS: The Rusty Cleavers is a working class kind of band, combining the world bluegrass, punk and beer magnificently — with all manner of mandolin, banjo and backyard clatter coming together in a cacophony of spirited group-singing and hoops and hollers. The band writes rowdy songs. They take their musical influences — folk, country and bluegrass — and punk them up. They add growls, when not drinking craft beer. The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, Tacoma