Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Pumpkinhead and Toni Erdmann


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22 1017: Tacoma events + craft beer …

University of Puget Sound + Peaks and Pints = Pumpkinheads and Alpineheads

The Grand Cinema + Parkway Tavern = Toni Erdmann and Hoyt Smith


When Peaks and Pints hears the word “Pumpkinhead,” we think Shipyard Brewing’s Pumpkinhead Ale, a magical concoction that tastes like our mothers’ pumpkin pie. When the University of Puget Sound hears “Pumpkinhead,” they think the horror movie. The student association screens the flick as part of their CHOP FEST! Horror Film Festival. “Keep away from Pumpkinhead, unless you’re tired of living” recites a character in this spooky 1980s film about a revenge-seeking father who summons a demon creature named Pumpkinhead to kill the teenagers who accidentally killed his son. Screening at 9:30 p.m. in McIntyre Hall on campus, this chilling and effectively creepy film is better to watch with a group of people rather than alone.

PREFUNK: Lung cancer sucks. It’s the number one leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States, according to the American Lung Association. More than 100,000 people are diagnosed every year, more than two-thirds of whom have never smoked. In the past 37 years, the lung cancer rate has risen 98 percent among women, and fallen 28 percent among men. ALA’s Climb for Clean Air trains everyday people to summit a mountain and then leads them on an expert-guided climb to raise funds for lung cancer research. Since its inception in 1987, Climb for Clean Air has trained more than 1,500 men and women to take on the challenge, raising $5 million for lung disease research. The Climb for Clean Air folks will chat up the program at Peaks and Pints beginning at 6 p.m. We’ll have a beer flight of mountains all day — Uinta Golden Ale, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Black Diamond Peak XV Imperial Porter, Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB and, of course, Two Beers Wonderland Trail IPA.


Grab a last-minute look at another of this year’s foreign-made Oscar contenders, in which a divorced dad repairs his relationship with his business-minded daughter by adopting a goofy, bewigged alter ego. See, and you thought it was all just to win the White House. Toni Erdmann screens at 1:10, 4:30 and 7:50 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

PREFUNK: Astoria’s Fort George Brewery is the most ambitious stout-maker in Oregon, releasing 16 different big, dark beers every February and throwing Festival of the Dark Arts out at the windy coast. Peaks and Pints hung out at the brewery’s “dark” festival Saturday, sipping a wide array of some of the most flavorful and adventurous dark beers from around the nation on tap while watching glass blowers, tattoo artistry and wood and ice cravers. It was awesome. Fort George compliments the festival with a road show of several of its stouts, which lands at the Parkway Tavern at 6 p.m., complete with a Randalled stout and brewery rep Hoyt Smith. Don’t miss this tasty treat.