Monday, April 3rd, 2017

MONDAY PREFUNK: UPS jazz and Tacoma Sister Cities Film Festival

Ron Swarner


MONDAY, APRIL 3 2017: Tacoma events paired with craft beer …

University of Puget Sound + Peaks and Pints = Pentatoni and Parabola

The Grand Cinema + Parkway Tavern = Alamar and Wingman


Jazz is one of America’s biggest and most important contributions to modern culture. Born of southern African-American culture in the late 19th century, the genre has grown and evolved over the course of the 100-plus years of its existence, often waxing and waning, both in terms of popularity and artistry, numerous times over. One thing that’s remained constant is that only the most practiced and skilled players have been able to sustain the genre and become stars, with the more seasoned veterans helping discover, teach, and encourage the next generation of jazz musicians, who, in many instances, later become stars themselves. These features of discovery and tutelage are at the core of the University of Puget Sound School of Music. At 7:30 p.m., several UPS School of Music students will gather in the Rasmussen Rotunda at the Wheelock Student Center to perform jazz for free.

PREFUNK: Push-ups, Parabola and Gonzaga Bulldogs. Indeed, it’s going to be a fun SudsPop night at Peaks and Pints in Tacoma’s Proctor District. 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. Warren Hellman of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will be here to pump you up! He will pair his Paso Robles, California brewery’s Leo v. Ursus – Fortem IPA and Parabola Russian Imperial Stout with feats of strength and powerful music. Parabola is a beer of darkness and immensity, a barrel-­aged beast that is routinely ranked as one of the top beers in the world. In addition, we’ll have the NCAA Champion basketball game on our 130-inch screen. Go Bulldogs!


Presented as part of Tacoma’s Sister Cities Film Festival, Alamar (rated G) will play at The Grand Cinema at 6:30 p.m. Pedro González-Rubio’s film chronicles the meeting of a Mexican father, Jorge Machado, and his 5-year-old son, Natan, who lives in Rome with his mother, Roberta. (Jorge was 
Roberta’s tour guide during her vacation to Yucatán – must’ve been a great trip.) The roles are played by their real-life counterparts that play like a parallel-universe Somewhere; both patriarchal pairings drift in the breeze and manage to pull wisps of truth out of thin air.

PREFUNK: A beer Randall is an invention credited to the Dogfish Head brewery. It’s an organoleptic (meaning it relates to properties of food that stimulate the senses) hop transducer module containing a chamber filter that can be connected to a beer tap and filled with flavor-enhancing ingredients. Most Randalls come with two chambers, but the Parkway Tavern’s Randall has only one. It’s a towering thing of beauty. Tonight, Wingman Brewers holds its Hop of the Walk IPA release party at the Parkway that include the new craft beer running through the Parkway infusion tower. What are the fresh infusion ingredients? You’ll have to show up at 5 p.m. to find out.