5 Things To Do Today: Joe Rosati CD release, Moustache Party, Parkway Tavern bash, Bad Sweater Party and more ...

By Volcano Staff on November 27, 2013

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27 2013 >>>

1. If 103.7 FM The Mountain hadn't changed to the Top 40 crap, I'd totally send them a copy of Joe Rosati's new CD, The Candelabra Light, because it would fit in perfectly with Leonard Cohen, The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen. Also because the recordings are perfectly raw and engineered to capture Rosati's true spirit and emotion. The result is a beautifully mastered (by Ben Fuller of China Davis), raw, emotional collection of songs that are truly moving and inspiring. The stripped-down guitar and heartfelt lyrics are easy to listen to, the emotion in his voice as good as the gets. Rosati celebrates the new CD with China Davis at a release party around 8 p.m. in The Spar in Old Town Tacoma. Read Nikki McCoy's full feature on Joe Rosati on the Walkie Talkie blog.

2. The Parkway Tavern is known for its eclectic, tasty beers and seasonal brews - specifically potent that can knock you on your ass. And your ass could be in trouble again tonight. The Parkway will offer extra seasonal brews on tap, as part of its annual huge party, "Honey, Parkway ruined your Thanksgiving ... again." This year is sure to have another poor soul in the doghouse for being so hung-over that contributing to or even arriving to the obligatory family gathering is simply out of the question as they opt for aspirin, water and moaning in agony. Damn you, Parkway.

3. Throughout the month of November brave men have been attempting to eradicate cancer by growing mustaches (thus raising awareness, which is fatal to cancer). The movement is called Movember. The Hub is down, hosting a Moustache Party at 5 p.m. demanding all participants wear a big moustache to score drink specials. That means you too ladies. A Best Stache Contest for men AND women will be held. Release your inner face-follicles and go balls-out manly!

4. Jazzbones hosts Music Gives Back: A Benefit for Charles Walker, an auction and raffle with live music and DJs to raise money for Charles Walker's rehabilitation. The doors open at 6 p.m. with music at 8 p.m.

5. You knew there was a reason to hold on to the Christmas-light-laden and obscenely geometric printed green-and-red sweater. You once thought even the one with reindeer had potential. Now it’s time to explore your closets because, ladies and gentlemen, the ugliest holiday sweater contest returns to Doyle’s Public House at 8 p.m. The ugly holiday sweater contest prizes will be shelled out for the best worst male, best worst female, best worst couple and best worst group. "The more crocheted reindeer, the better," says Doyle's co-owner Russ Heaton. Hey, it's better than hanging out with your relatives, right?

PLUS: Holiday Events Calendar

PLUS: South Sound Holiday Command Center

LINK: Wednesday, Nov. 27 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area