Saturday, November 26th, 2016

SATURDAY PREFUNK: Classic films paired with craft beer

Ron Swarner


SATURDAY, NOV. 26 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Broadway Center + Peaks and Pints = The hills are alive with the smell of coffee and cocoa

Olympia Film Society + Three Magnets Brewing Co. = funk


Many critics trashed Robert Wise’s 1965 screen version of The Sound of Music, but the musical’s emotional openness and unguarded optimism honestly express the worldview of songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. In the words of theater historian Ethan Mordden, their last collaboration is a “youthful piece written by the elderly, because it is entirely about freedom, which youth always seeks and the aged feel the loss of.” The film’s sweeping aerial cinematography and Salzburg location footage and Julie Andrews’s smart, feisty performance enhance the story’s appeal. The Broadway Center screens a “sing-along” edition at 2:30 p.m. in the Pantages Theater, outfitted with subtitles for the lyrics, and affirming Rodgers and Hammerstein’s belief in the power of music to unlock the buoyancy of the human spirit. A long Tacoma tradition will immediately follow the film with the 71st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. with festivities in the Pantages’ lobby and the lighting at Ninth and Broadway.

PREFUNK: It must have been a very cold day in Stockholm when Henok Fentie and Karl Grandin of Omnipollo brewed Symzonia Imperial Stout. Brewed with roasted Ethiopian coffee beans, Brazilian cocoa nibs, a carefully measured amount of cinnamon sticks, and Madagascan vanilla beans, this massive stout (13% ABV) epitomizes the strength of expertly crafted stout with big, deep bitterness and cinnamon followed by a mellow vanilla finish. Peaks and Pints has Symzonia on tap, opening at 11 a.m.


Easy Rider, one of the key films to the lunatics (literally in this case) taking over the Hollywood asylum, plays at 9 p.m. in the Capitol Theater. Two lone-wolf bikers (Peter Fonda, Hopper) make a killing on a drug deal and, to commemorate their new financial independence, decide to roll cross-country on a tour of southwestern America. What they find are exhilarating open spaces, free love communes and people living off the land. This sweaty, drug-infused film made household names out of Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper. Gas tanks may face surprise inspections, smugglers be aware.

PREFUNK: Three Magnets Brewing Co. has released its Karakterbier, a hoppy Belgian-style urban farmhouse ale similar to the popular Belgium import Saison Dupont (Brasserie Dupont of Tourpes, Belgium). Three Magnets version uses a Brettanomyces strain from Brouserij 3 Fonteinen and two Saccharomyces strains from Fantôme and Dupont for flavors of tropical fruit, bread and a mild funk. Faint tartness emerges out of the dry, oaky finish. The downtown Olympia brewery opens its doors at 11 a.m.