MONDAY, SEPT. 19 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …
Creative Colloquy + Broken Spoke = shout outs
The Valley + 7 Seas Brewing = punks and pints
By a quarter to 7 p.m., it’s hard to find a seat. People slump in chairs. Bodies block the beer and coffee counter. People hoot, snap, hug. At the front, Jackie Casella commands the room. With a smirk, she bows her head and shakes it gently, as though the Holy Ghost is upon her. She gestures with her hands. Settle down. People more or less comply. She didn’t start Tacoma’s spoken-word scene, but the people at B Sharp Coffee House every third Monday have come to think of her as its savior, steering it, in the last couple of years, with her Creative Colloquy publications and monthly spoken word, short stories and poetry nights. This month’s version hits B Sharp tonight with Alicia Johnson, Leah Mueller, Nicole McCarthy, Lory French and Christina Butcher performing before the open mic.
PREFUNK: Beer and Bingo night at Broken Spoke, a canned beer tavern and bike shop in Hilltop Tacoma, is more wholesome than any church-basement bingo night: No one fritters away his pension at Broken Spoke. No one lines up a shrine of bingo good-luck talismans, wears sparkly “I Heart Bingo” pins or carries an assortment of personal ink daubers. That said, there are plenty of laughs when “O-69” is called. The action begins at 7 p.m.
Japan’s punk scene began in the mid-70s when Japanese youth raged against industrial decline and major price inflation during the world oil crisis. The scene still rages in Tokyo, although its hidden in the basements and upper floors of anonymous buildings, often in seedy parts of town, where the neighbors will be less likely to raise complaints against noise and loitering. It won’t be hard to find in Tacoma tonight. Infectious Tokyo street punk band HOW performs at The Valley behind their 12-inch “Head Over Weed” onslaught of street anthems and drinky jams. Tacoma trash punkers Garbage Type Items and SisterAct join the fun, beginning at 9 p.m.
PREFUNK: As a dedicated bar trivia enthusiast, you pride yourself on knowing random and obscure nature, pop culture and science factoids, such as the names of the last two sisters to simultaneously be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards (Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave in 1966) and which country boasts the largest elephant population (Botswana). But we’ve got one nugget you may not have stumbled across in your quest to be the greatest hoarder of useless knowledge: What South Sound brewery decided to continue its Monday night summer trivia game through November? That last bit of information actually isn’t useless. Head to 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor at 6 p.m. for pints, prizes and mental aerobics.