Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before weird bands, Zero Days

Ron Swarner


TUESDAY, SEPT. 26 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Valley + Harmon Restaurant = weirdness

The Grand Cinema + The Copper Door = the dark side


Straying from his guitar extortionist duties for the Bellingham rockers Federation X, Ben von Wildenhaus tones down his rock star moves, performing antagonistic lounge exotica and lap-steel-augmented balladry into swaths of slow, mesmerizing weirdness. In fact, the whole 9 p.m. Valley show is a bunch of cool weirdos with queer acoustic noisemaker Entresol, sad boy acoustic jammer Dalembert and folk punkers Squaaad offering their own strangeness.

PREFUNK: The Harmon Restaurant continues its weeklong Oktoberfest celebration pairing $3 German hamburgers with Harmon Fall Ball Imperial Harvest Red and Extra Innings IRA.


If Tacoma’s power grid shuts down this autumn, it may be a brownout, or it may be an act of cyber-warfare — a straight-out-of-Hollywood scenario that suddenly seems scarily possible thanks to the labyrinthine story director Alex Gibney tells in his riveting documentary Zero Days. After a long career dredging up the dark side of everything from the Catholic Church and Scientology to the U.S. military and lobbyists, Gibney is back with an in-depth look at the malware that can and has caused real-world destruction on a massive scale — like taking an entire country offline. The Grand Cinema screens the film at 1:25 and 7 p.m. as part of its thought-provoking Tuesday film series.

PREFUNK: Sometimes, beer is for savoring, soaking in a big comfy chair before a fire. And sometimes, beer is for putting away glass after glass, stoking an evening of animated conversation or screaming at the Spy when he takes your Marshal in Stratego. Tonight’s Tasting Tuesday session at The Copper Door falls squarely into the latter category. The Stadium District beer store and taproom offers a sneak peek of it Barley Wine Festival (Oct. 1) with a four-glass flight of Avery Hog Heaven 2014, Ninkasi Critical Hit 2013, Joseph James Blood Moon Barley Wine 2015 and Big Sky Olde Bluehair 2015.