Saturday, February 25th, 2017

SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before sexy mermaids and electric blues


SATURDAY, FEB. 25 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Fearless fun

Cultura Event Center + Washington state breweries = House-rockin’


If you only see one Polish mermaid murder musical this year, it must be Agnieszka Smoczynska’s dark-hearted drama about two half-fish starlets who star in an erotic nightclub act in 1980s Warsaw until one of them swoons over the wrong boy. The Lure dirties up Hans Christian Andersen’s sacrificial themes with a grimy neon backdrop and violent new twist: These killer mermaids literally eat men’s hearts. Bonus — the soundtrack is fantastic. Catch the film at 9:09 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

PREFUNK: Lumberjack Paul Bunyan worked forests that stretched for a seeming eternity in the late 19th century. He and his lumberjack posse, the Seven Axemen — all 6-feet tall sitting down — distracted themselves from isolation and danger by spinning exaggerated tales and drinking double and triple IPAs. Bunyan and his buddies loved the big IPAs because they contained more of everything that makes IPAs so popular, namely ethanol and alpha acid, the bittering component in hops. Peaks and Pints will celebrate the drink Bunyan loved, pouring double and triple IPAs from a Western cedar log from such breweries as Fremont Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Knee Deep Brewing, Boneyard Beer, Silver City, Uinta, Three Magnets Brewing, Pike Brewing, Old Schoolhouse, Port Brewing, Gigantic and others from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


At 7 p.m. in Tacoma’s Cultura Event Center, Bay Area guitarist Tommy Castro will come on loud and strong with the kind of high-energy performance that has characterized his house-rockin’ sound for the past four decades. His Stratocaster stings with the sassiness of electric-blues legend Albert Collins and the restraint of Robert Cray. In other words, Castro knows when not to play, and when he does, every note hits its mark.

PREFUNK: There are so many worthy breweries in Washington state that you could never dream of covering them all in a day, but you can get a taste of several if you plan right. The Washington Beer Commission invites you to visit many of our state’s innovative, esteemed, and downright friendly craft brewers from noon to 5 p.m. The WBC calls their annual event the Washington Beer Open House. We call it an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon, before drinking a double or triple IPA at our Paul Bunyan Big IPA Festival. For a complete list of participating Washington state breweries, visit