Monday, March 6th, 2017

MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Sister Cities Film Festival and lemur love

Ron Swarner

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MONDAY, MARCH 6 2017: Tacoma events paired with craft beer …

The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Sweet Bean and Polish’s Black Walnut Stout

University of Puget Sound + Parkway Tavern = Crowdpleaser

SISTER SWEET BEAN

Tacoma’s annual Sister Cities Film Festival, which showcases films from several of Tacoma’s 12 sister cities, has found a new home — The Grand Cinema. At 6:30 p.m., the film festival launches its long run with Sweet Bean in honor of Kitakyushu, Tacoma’s sister city in Japan. It’s the story of a lonely Japanese baker who hires a 76-year-old woman to be his new assistant, and soon learns that she has a wonderful recipe for sweet red bean paste — which she claims comes from her communion with nature. The two begin a relationship that quickly becomes about much more than just food.

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. DJ Hoyt from Fort George Brewery will pair his Astoria, Oregon brewery’s May The Oats Be With You oatmeal stout and Polish’s Black Walnut Stout with his Hugh Grundy’s Garage Party — a Quentin Tarantino garage and surf rock soundtrack — beginning at 6 p.m. Bonus: stout ice cream floats!

LEMUR TELL YOU A STORY

We all know Madagascar is a “treasure island” of bizarre plants and exotic animals. You also might have heard the island nation has become so impoverished after farmers ravaged its rainforests to plant crops — and left 95 percent of the trees burned to the ground. Dick move. Lemurs, at least though still alive, wander around in a daze. Patricia Wright, distinguished service professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, New York, will give a free public lecture telling the story behind the preservation of Madagascar’s living treasures. “Back from the Brink of Extinction: Saving Lemurs in Madagascar” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Rasmussen Rotunda inside Wheelock Student Center on the University of Puget Sound campus.

PREFUNK: Speaking of every week, the Parkway Tavern also has a good thing going every Monday night. After meeting airplanes on the tarmac or picking fresh hops in Yakima, Parkway manager Sean Jackson arrives back at his Tacoma North Slope tavern and eatery with fresh fare to pack his Randall infusion tube. Patrons hover around Jackson — often letting out little whimpers of excitements — to discover what beer will be infused with the night’s fresh ingredients. We don’t know where Jackson will travel today but we do know Three Creeks Crowdpleaser IPA will be hooked up to the Randall at 5 p.m.

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