We're not superstitious folks over here at Tacoma Weekly. But we're starting to wonder about all this “the Mayans say the world is ending Friday” stuff. Sure, those guys were pretty lousy at predicting their own society's demise. But, hey, you never know. And between all the Mayan calendar talk and catching that freaky Kirsten Dunst/Lars von Trier flick at the Grand Cinema last year, we're double-checking the 'Net for credible Planet Nibiru updates.
Still, there's a silver lining, even if the doomsday predictions are true. The end of all existence as we know it is a pretty durn good excuse to blow everything off and go party. Hey, just listen to how carefree Prince sounds partying through the apocalypse in "1999." So here are five local parties scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, to help get your mind off of how the end is (maybe, but probably not) nigh.
End of the World Ball
Olympia's Towering Inferno Orchestra will provide the musical ambiance for this formal, apocalypic ball, which will run from 8 p.m. to midnight in Tacoma Landmark Event Center's Gothic Ballroom, 47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. It's brought to you by organizers of Tacoma Zombpocalypse. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of show, and $3.50 from each sale goes toward Toys for Tots. You're also encouraged to show up with an unwrapped, packaged toy for the same cause. You know, in case our little people make it through Friday's mayhem. More info here.
End of the World Holiday Tap Night
This one brings Los Hermanos Brothers – a band featuring former members of Brotherhood of the Black Squirrel, John Walker & the Hitchhikers and Vamanos – to Amocat Cafe, 625 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. It's scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m., and it's open to all ages. But you've gotta be 21 or older to try the yummy brews that will be on tap, including Recycle IPA, Hop Fix Session IPA and End of the World Chocolate Chili Stout. More info here.
Mayans Meet Mad Max “Thunderdome” Extravaganza
The Fun Police, Shogun Barbie and Jip Sea Party will rock local party house, the Dwell Hole, located near South 25th Street and Martin Luther King Way, in Tacoma, beginning at 9 p.m. We're not telling you what to do with the “Jim Jones Kool-Aid specials” and “Heavens Gate Hale Bop jello shots” they're advertising. But just sayin'; beer sounds a lot less scary. There's more info here, and you can call (253) 230-2503 for directions.
End of the World hip-hop party
While local guitar hero Jerry Miller shreds downstairs, local hip-hop talent will ring in the apocalypse in the upstairs lounge at Stonegate Pizza, 5421 South Tacoma Way. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a lineup that includes Beanz and Rize, a duo that just dropped its self-titled debut album, along with Shad Sosa and King Scrub.
Or just drown your end of the world sorrows
Some of us will take the sudden and meaningless end of civilization less lightly. And the end of the world drink specials at the Corner Bar, a.k.a. Hank's, 524 N. K St., Tacoma, may help quell the soul-crushing terror those high strung types experiences as asteroids, volcanoes and/or flesh-eating zombies start taking out their friends and loved ones.
Bar manager Seth Colby offers $5 Lunazul tequila shots, $4 Fireballs, $1 Jello shots, swag giveaways, not to mention “the last chance to get a little weird.” Just a hunch, but you may not be ready for boozy, end-of-the-world weird.
And for the few knuckleheads that are actually worried about Friday, there's this reassuring video.