5 Things To Do Today: La Luz, "Spring Awakening," Beard Off, The Dignitaries and more ...

By Volcano Staff on March 1, 2013

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 2013 >>>

1. La Luz is the latest additions to the fun, lo-fi DIY label Burger Records - although the band has a long association through past ensembles with Olympia's K Records. La Luz is able to craft songs that feature catchy, upbeat, surfy interludes, combined with a dream-pop sensibility that features multi-part harmonies, which sets them above a lot of its contemporaries. Such an airy, garage-born entity is perfect for a setting such as Northern, where the band will play at 9 p.m. with fellow K companions Angelo Spencer and the Calvin Johnson led group, the Hive Dwellers.

2. Opera soprano Erin Guinup will sing solo with the Tacoma Community College orchestra in Bach’s Cantata no. 51 at 7 p.m. in a free concert at Tacoma Community College building 2 auditorium. The TCC orchestra will also perform Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” suite and music by Purcell.

3. What better to do with an evening out than see an oft-banned rock musical? Spring Awakening: The Musical follows a group of German students as they come of age and explore their sexuality - providing an afternoon or evening of entertainment for you. The content is explicit as it chronicles the consequences of oppressed sexuality so this is not your best bet for a family night out. In fact, it might just be your worst bet unless you want to fit in about four years of Sex Ed courses into one evening of song and dance. Catch the musical at 7:30 p.m. inside the Norton Clapp Theatre on the University of Puget Sound campus.

4. In the modern age, beards are seen as something of an anachronism. A relic from our unwashed past in the primordial soup, a beard is thought uncouth or eccentric. Most white collar work still carries a strict prohibition on male facial hair, which begs the question – are you a beardist? Beardism, (beer-diz-um,) noun. Hatred and intolerance of beards, and those who sport them. If, so, it's best you stay away from Rock The Dock Pub and Grill tonight. At 9:45 p.m. the joint will host a beard contest with $100 to the ones who sport the fullest, sexiest and most tonnage.

5. The Dignitaries, The FHoles and MILK will rock The New Frontier Lounge at 9 p.m.

LINK: Friday, March 1 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area