Saturday, February 11th, 2017

SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Ailey II, Greg Fitzsimmons and Valentine Juerga


SATURDAY, FEB. 11 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

Broadway Center + Peaks and Pints = Funambulists and Filaments

Tacoma Comedy Club + The Copper Door = Bitter

Antique Sandwich Co. + Narrows Brewing = Love


As far as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is concerned, a lot of folks just can’t get enough. Year after year the company fills the Broadway Center’s venues with a multiethnic audience the likes of which you don’t see many other places. Alvin is back … OK, Alvin Jr. At 7:30 p.m. in the Pantages Theater, Ailey II, the young company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dancers with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Led by Artistic Director Troy Powell, the Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by outstanding emerging choreographers.

PREFUNK: As the winter sun hangs low in our sky — some 90 million miles away — solar filaments (giant arcs of cool, dense plasma) explode from its surface. Ecliptic’s Filament Winter IPA celebrates this cosmic wonder. Pale Munich and Caramel malts create a rich malt character with honey-like flavor. A bounty of Crystal, Chinook and Centennial hops combine to lend a spicy, citrus hop note. Peaks and Pints has this cosmic treat pouring from our Western red cedar tap log.


Greg Fitzsimmons, son of a New York radio personality, is balding, married, and performs comedy the way it used to be, devoid of any elaborate conceit or overtly political shtick. Fitzsimmons is merely an average-looking, normal-talking funny dude who’s probably been a regular on your television. And now he’s at the Tacoma Comedy Club at 8 and 10:30 p.m.

PREFUNK: “L … is for the way you look at me … O … is for the on-ly oooone I see … V is very, very, ex-tra-ordinary … E is even more than an-y-one that you adore; and love was made for you and meeeeeeee!” You crooned into the microphone at a karaoke bar that you’d been dragged to by a girlfriend who had just had a major blowout with her boyfriend. Apparently, after two years of dating, she was under the mistaken impression that this Valentine’s Day he was going to pop the big question. When he’d informed her otherwise, she questioned whether or not to continue the relationship. You, on the other hand, were completely distraught because you don’t even have a Valentine. As far as society dictates, you are a LOSER! May we suggest you head to The Copper Door from 11 a.m. to close and get in on the stadium District bottle shop and taproom’s Bitter Valentine IPA Festival. Mammoth hop bombs from Knee Deep brewing, Boneyard Beer, Stone Brewing, Green Flash Brewing, Three Magnets Brewing, Skookum Brewery, Snipes Mountain Brewing and others will fuel your fire as you commiserate you’re your situation and the pressures associated with Valentine’s Day.


Sabor Flamenco presents Valentine Juerga, the rich sounds of Spain and Cuba with traditional dancing and live music by singer Samir Osorio, guitarist John Bussoletti and many dancers. Get Juerga with it at 6:30 p.m. in the Antique Sandwich Co.

PREFUNK: Narrows Brewing Co. hosts “I Love You, Beer,” a Valentine’s Day theme celebration featuring a Valentine-themed taster tray, as well as a sampler of sweet treats. The love fest begins at noon.