Monday, January 2nd, 2017

MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before La La Land and Open Mic Land

Ron Swarner


MONDAY, JAN. 2 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Listen to the music

The Swiss + Parkway Tavern = Surprises


La La Land is not for the cynical. Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle’s dazzling, ambitious modern-day musical is fresh yet nostalgic, paying tribute to song-and-dance classics such as “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Swing Time.” Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, pairing for the third time after Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad, play a struggling actress and jazz musician who fall for each other after years of chasing their dreams in L.A. Their story is one of passion, purpose, and resolute optimism, even when the City of Angeles keeps beating them down. Check it out at 11:35 a.m., 2:35, 5:40 and 8:30 p.m. at The Grand Cinema.

PREFUNK: Beer and music go together like Andy Dick and Viennese Waltz gracefully dancing across the floor. Tunes blast in most breweries as the wort flows through the hop back. The men and women brewing beers are true artists, utilizing ingenuity, incredible focus and a passion for perfection … as music wafts through the air as thick as the smell of hot, soggy grain. Since Peaks and Pints loves music AND craft beer, we’d thought it would be fun to formally mix the two every Monday night. We’re calling the series SudsPop, asking breweries to supply music playlists and craft beer, as well as host activities such as trivia and games of skill. We’re kicking off SudsPop at 6 p.m. with Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. Every Monday in January, the downtown Tacoma brewery’s sales director Andy Kenser will take you on a musical journey, loading up the jukebox with treasures, as well as handing out treasures to winners of the night’s contest. And, of course, a delicious keg of Pacific Brewing beer will be pouring from our Western red cedar tap log. Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. created a four-hour soundtrack based on the theme “Positive Vibrations.” The downtown Tacoma brewery’s beer will be on tap providing inspiration for a Smiley Face Coloring Contest.


Aspiring acoustic performers, poets, and storytellers: unite, and take over the 7 pm open mic night at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub. Everyone from open-mike virgins to established artists testing out new material could be found at this popular downtown Tacoma bar.

PREFUNK: The Randall, which is short for Randall the Enamel Animal, was invented by Dogfish Head Brewing Company about 11 years ago and has spread out around the world since. Originally created to infuse hops into beer after brewing took place, the “enamel animal” part of the name came about because the brewers joked the extractions could strip your teeth with their strength. Luckily, you don’t really have to worry about that, though finding a Randall itself can be a little more complicated. The Parkway Tavern has one, which is on full display every Monday night at 5 p.m. Parkway manager Sean Jackson has Randalled more than 4,000 different creations (we’re guessing). Last week he Randalled Boneyard’s Notorious Triple IPA with Citra, Cascade and Wai’iti hops with a sprinkle orange peel. What will he Randall tonight?