Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Neko Case, Olympia Film Festival and big band jazz

Ron Swarner


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Broadway Center + Peaks and Pints = Tacoma

The Grand Cinema + Parkway Tavern = heart

Olympia Film Society + Northwest Beerwerks = Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith & Hubert Sumlin & The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose

Pacific Lutheran University + Silver City Brewery = nucleated


Tacoma needs Neko Case right now. We need her classic, captivating and road-weary vocal capabilities and songwriting skills. Though she grew up in T-town and has never shied away from those ties, in her heart Case is not a spirit one gritty town can contain. Wide open roads. Pickup trucks. Soulless bars. Lonely mornings — Case lives in all these places. Her voice and depth have a way of filling the voids. She’s playing the Broadway Center’s Pantages Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Go.

PREFUNK: Twelve-ounce bottles of Old John Barrel Blend, Harmon Brewing Co. head brewer Jeff Carlson’s baby, sits in the Peaks and Pints cooler ready for you to take home or pop open in our Basecamp Proctor lodge. The strong ale pays homage to former Parkway Tavern manager John O’Gara who passed away in March 2014. “John loved the Harmon NW Biennial Brew strong ale,” explains Jesse Holder, director of brewery operations at the Harmon Brewing Co. “A single release, John called it one of his favorite Harmon beers. When he passed, Jeff wanted to pay tribute to him. All the proceeds from the first keg at the Parkway went to his family.” Peaks and Pints opens at 11 a.m.


In the uplifting documentary Harry & Snowman, a Dutch immigrant rescues a horse that’s bound for the slaughterhouse and trains him to become a champion show jumper. Attention, Rocky Horror types: The callback here is “Blucher!” Catch the film at 2:15, 4:20, 6:40 and 8:40 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

PREFUNK: Feed253 is awesome. The organization strives to end hunger in Tacoma with concentrated efforts to gather non-perishable food through varies channels, including the Parkway Tavern. From 6-10 p.m., Feed253 will hang at the Northslope Tacoma house of craft beer and cider hosting a ThanksGIVING Food Drive with pFriem and E-9 Brewery fueling the awesomeness.


The 33rd Annual Olympia Film Festival is on at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia. Tonight, three films hit the ginormous screen, including Sidemen: Long Road To Glory at 6:30 p.m. The film is an intimate look at the incredible lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. This incredible documentary captures some of the last interviews and their final live performances together, before their deaths in 2011.

PREFUNK: Founded in 1987 in Boonville, California, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a modest 10-barrel brewhouse located in the lower level of its original brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon. After numerous upgrades, the brewery still brews handcrafted authentic ales and lagers with balance and complexity and a passion for sustainable brewing practices. Northwest Beerwerks in Olympia hosts the brewery and its beers, including The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose, Hop Ottin IPA and Wild Turkey Barrel Aged Stout, at 6 p.m.


The cool cat college kids in the Pacific Lutheran University Jazz Ensemble will perform jazz big band tunes from all eras of the music, from Duke Ellington to Maria Schneider, and all styles of jazz from early swing to jazz/rock at 8 p.m. in the Phillips Center on the PLU campus.

PREFUNK: A nucleation point on a beer glass refers to an etched mark or pattern on the bottom of the inside of a beer glass.  The etching is called a nucleation point (or a widget in the UK) and helps the release of carbonation and can create a steady stream of bubble emanating from the etched portion of the glass. This works by CO2 releasing (dissolving into gas) when it comes in contact with the rough surface of the nucleation points. Science! Silver City Brewery will get all nucleated today offering 16-ounce nucleated glass pints for yours to keep with a purchase of a tasty Silver City craft brew in its Bremerton taproom.