Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Beatles White Album and Christmas Revels

Ron Swarner


TUESDAY, DEC. 20 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = John Lennon and John O’Gara

Christmas Revels + The Copper Door = European influence


Composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the Abbey Road Studio with the Fab Four as they create their best-selling album, The Beatles (commonly referred to as The White Album). Released in 1968, the 30 songs — which include “Revolution,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Blackbird” — pack elements of hard rock, country, chamber music, avant-garde and recording tricks George Martin pulled out of his wizard bag. Freiman wants audiences to see and hear the evolution of the songs and understand their lasting influence on pop music, which you can when The Grand Cinema screens Deconstructing the Beatles: The White Album at 1, 6:30 and 8:50 p.m.

PREFUNK: Harmon Brewing Co.’s Old John Barrel Blend is pouring from Peaks and Pints Western red cedar tap log and tasting better than ever. The strong ale pays homage to former Parkway Tavern manager John O’Gara who passed in March 2014. “John loved the Harmon NW Biennial Brew strong ale,” explains Jesse Holder, director of brewery operations at Harmon Brewing Co. “A single release, John called it one of his favorite Harmon beers. When he passed, Harmon head brewer Jeff Carlson wanted to pay tribute to him. The Old Ale touched two barrels — one whiskey barrel and one wine barrel — then blended for a rich layers of cinnamon, warming whiskey, and toasted oak.


Nothing says, “the holidays are here” like a romping, roaring evening of pagan-inspired celebration. A seasonal tradition since 1994, the “Christmas Revels” returns to Broadway Center’s Rialto Theater, with performances of music, dance, and other entertainment in honor of the original Christmas, the winter solstice. This year, the show pays tribute to traditional Welsh culture, with singing, dancing, colorful folk costumes, beauty, humor and stories drawn from the ancient Celtic nation. Normal audience and performer roles may blur at the “Revels,” so make sure to bring your best voice at 7:30 p.m.

PREFUNK: Belgian beers are unique in their fruity, spicy, warming flavors, and over the centuries, the monks of Belgium have perfected their brewing and left an indelible mark on the beer world. At roughly one-fifth the size of Wisconsin, Belgium has contributed more original beer styles than any other nation. The Copper Door’s Tasting Tuesday theme is, wait for it, Belgian-style beers. The Stadium District bottle shop and taproom offers a flight of four — Unibroue A Tout Le Monde Belgian-style Saison Ale, Wander Brewing Wanderale Belgian-style Blonde Ale, Ommegang Abbey Ale Dubbel and Der Blokken Castover Belgian Style Ale. The flight takes off at 6 p.m.