Monday, March 20th, 2017

MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before All The Best and Creative Colloquy

Ron Swarner


MONDAY, MARCH 20 2017: Tacoma events paired with craft beer …

The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = accidental series of events

B Sharp Coffee House + Parkway Tavern = pushing boundaries


Pastry-shop worker Verica, opera singer Brankica and Martin (Spaniard) are the protagonists of All The Best, a Croatian film about loneliness and search for love. Besides those three characters, those watching the film at The Grand Cinema will also get to know two nurses who think a lot about men, one farmer with rather unusual farming talents, a gravely ill woman of an unusual sexual orientation, a handyman who adores all “pretty women” and watch how an accidental series of events entwines their destinies and makes unsolvable situations solvable. Presented as part of the Sisters Cities Film Festival, All The Best will screen at 6:30 p.m.

PREFUNK: Every month, Peaks and Pints invites a craft brewery to create a three-hour soundtrack off our Jukebox, pour its craft beer and award prizes during zany games. We call the Monday nights SudsPop. This month’s special guest is Fort George Brewery out of Astoria, Oregon. The brewery’s sales executive for Washington state, Hoyt Smith, has served stout floats, spun records and poured a lot of Fort George goodness. Tonight, at 6 p.m., Smith highlights the famous Buffalo Springfield band drug bust involving Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Jim Messina, Richie Furay and Eric Clapton March 20, 1968 with outlaw music and a drug bust bag toss game. Flowing from the Peaks and Pints’ Western red cedar tap log will be Fort George’s 10th Anniversary Barleywine aged in Pinot Noir barrels and Suicide Squeeze IPA.


There’s no doubt that it’s become more convenient to talk at people via social media platforms than to share a face-to-face dialogue, so it’s refreshing that someone like Jackie Casella is keeping the art of critical discourse alive. For those who enjoy a night at the bar but don’t do well with crowds, or would rather meet new people by engaging in thoughtful discussion rather than shouting over music, Creative Colloquy provides a space to do so. The group’s third Monday literary night hits the three-year mark. Here’s how it will go down at 7 p.m. inside B Sharp Coffee House: Jonah Barrett, Joanne M Clarkson, Margaret Gish Miller, Daniel Wolfert and Jamie Gogocha will read their short stories, prose or poetry, then the floor will open for listeners to do the same. Expect a raffle and cake, too.

PREFUNK: Every Monday, the Parkway Tavern pushes craft beers to the boundaries of flavor. Around 5 p.m. Master mixologist Sean Jackson runs a craft beer through an infusion chamber loaded with special ingredients — hops, fruits, herbs, candy and other goodies. The beer then pours from the tap, taking the new flavors with it. Add the Parkway staff’s knowledge and craziness, and you’ve got yourself an adventurous play on craft beer. Tonight, Jackson plays with Georgetown’s Bodhizafa. Bonus: the Parkway offers a Randall punch card with a commemorative shirt and glass as rewards.