Sunday, May 7th, 2017

SUNDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Blues Vespers and Exit Laughing

Ron Swarner

Guitarist Chris Stevens will perform with Jay Mabin at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church tonight.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

Immanuel Presbyterian Church + Peaks and Pints = Worship

Tacoma Little Theatre + Powerhouse Restaurant & Brewery = dreams


Seattle guitarist and singer Chris Stevens plays ultra cool spy themes, reverb drenched surf twang and blues on the edge of jazz originals with his band the Surf Monkeys. Stevens will leave the barrel tonight to join harmonica virtuoso Jay Mabin for Immanuel Presbyterian Church’s Blues Vespers at 5 p.m. Vespers is the traditional word for evening worship marked by music and prayer. Reverend Dave offers Blues Vespers as a way of combining a time for reflection and prayer with blues music.

PREFUNK: Arriving as “the 13th version of its acclaimed seasonal Anniversary offering,” Shmaltz Brewing has crafted Jewbelation 20 to essentially be a triple brown ale. Whatever you want to call it, the base of this massive dark American strong ale was created with a gargantuan malt bill “overflow[ing] with dark fruits — bing cherry, raisins, currants, and figs.”  This deep, rich fruit quality then shifts to “pronounced notes of pumpernickel and dark chocolate, coffee roast and cherry wood [that] dance with pounds and pounds of hops (10 hops including Mount Hood) leading with citrus and stone fruit up front melding into a grassy earthiness on the finish.”  Peaks and Pints has it flowing from our Western red cedar tap log.


When one happens to run a community theater in Tacoma, one is always on the lookout for the dream play. It should be a light comedy taking place on one set with a small cast featuring roles for women of, um, a certain age. Given those prerequisites, it would appear that Tacoma Little Theatre has hit the jackpot with Exit Laughing, a light comedy by Paul Elliott which takes place in a living room where three women, members of a weekly bridge club, come together to memorialize a fourth. Catch it at 2 p.m.

PREFUNK: Imperial stout is the beer that beer geek’s love to dream out about most. The flavors are intense, complex, and often improve with age. Powerhouse Restaurant & Brewery just released its imperial breakfast stout, Choco-latte. Packed with cocoa nibs and real vanilla beans, it’s big, rich and sweet.