Erin Kathleen Austin ,better known by her stage name OK Sweetheart, is an American singer-songwriter, with late 1960s pop influences. She spent a number of years in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the name OK Sweetheart developed out of her involvement with the Oklahoma music community.
Ruler’s music—hook-heavy, assertive, inspiring—is made for motion. It’s a soundtrack for moving forward, for getting better, in terms of both healing and self-improvement. Built on main man Matt Batey’s lifelong fears, anxieties, addictions and failures, not to mention his preternatural gift for creating instantly classic indie rock, Ruler’s songs follow that old adage by Robert Frost: The best way out is through. And in this case the best way through is with the volume cranked all the way up.
No platitudes or love songs here—only raw interior monologue and deep character analysis. For most of us, this stuff is hard to confront and even harder to articulate. Batey’s lyrics are pointedly specific—so much so that they’re immediately relatable. And they’re set to soaring tunes that are beautifully, earnestly upbeat. Amid his brilliance and artistry, Batey exposes himself as one of us. That’s his purpose and his gift, spelled out in Ruler’s bold, beautiful songs: Life hurts, but it's great, and that’s it.
The Night Show is a live, monthly late program hosted by Will Jordan and Keilani Afalava. Part concert, part variety show, part master class, The Night Show showcases local music, local art and local business and also includes an appearance and interview from a nationally recognized guest.
Some say laughter is the best medicine and they’re not wrong. They’re not 100% right, but also not wrong. In the beautiful wooded and green backdrop of Alma Mater’s Honey cafe on every third Friday, you can come get the best and only medicine we are technically allowed to prescribe: laughter. Each month, we strive to bring you some of the best travelling and local comedians this world has to offer, all for the low price of $5. And while you’re enjoying our finely curated line-up, you can also caffeinate or inebriate with the hand-picked espresso, well brewed beer or expertly sourced wine Honey has to offer.
Our glorious line-up for the month is:
Host: Isaac Campbell-Smith
Nicole Ash Bailey
Doors at 8:30 / Show at 9pm
What more could you want?
The Tacoma Pride After-Party at Alma Mater!
Hosted by Kiki Jean-Williams of the Seattle Majestics and Celina Graves
Performances by Celina Graves, Nena Kapone, Eazy-EQ, Fly Gurl Brit and LadyVTheBarber
Price: Presale - $15.00/Door - $20.00/VIP - $40.00 (Meet and Greet with Celina Graves)
$20 Day of
$40 VIP meet and greet with Celina Graves
9pm / 21+
Do you host a regular game night with friends?
Are you part of a local gaming group?
Might you only play Monopoly socially to avoid burning bridges?
Whoever you are, whatever reason you play, Honey at Alma Mater invites you to bring your game night out of the house and into our cozy cafe, July 30th from 6-10pm.
Bring your own board games!
Come meet local artists who make comics! Alma Mater Tacoma is working with Destiny City Comics to host independent writers and artists who can't wait to sell you their latest zine or other concoction.
Special guest Sloane Leong, creator of Prism Stalker from Image Comics. More guests will be added as confirmations take place.
If you're an artist who'd like to table at the show, register at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/6YNJSQrKXqdBkush1
Catch WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR at 6:30 or 8:50pm on Friday June 22nd at The Grand Cinema and bring your ticket stub (or digital proof of purchase) to Matriarch Lounge for DJ Baloogz, drink discounts, and Miss Emilie the Poetry Lady (the cocktail). Neighborly good times and cardigans encouraged.
Some say laughter is the best medicine and they’re not wrong. They’re not 100% right, but also not wrong. In the beautiful wooded and green backdrop of Alma Mater’s Honey cafe on every third Friday, you can come get the best and only medicine we are technically allowed to prescribe: laughter. Each month, we strive to bring you some of the best travelling and local comedians this world has to offer, all for the low price of $5. And while you’re enjoying our finely curated line-up, you can also caffeinate or inebriate with the hand-picked espresso, well-brewed beer or expertly sourced wine Honey has to offer.
Our glorious line-up for the month is
Host: Jill Silva
Door at 8:30
Show at 9
What more could you want?
Join us June 11th for an evening of wild laughs, big prizes, and high hopes for financial empowerment services in Tacoma with headliner ABComedy!
Ticket includes dinner and a beverage, and there will be a raffle and auction items. Hope to see you there!
Go here for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stand-up-for-sound-outreach-tickets-44891153649
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
$12 advance tickets / $15 day of / 21 +
Tickets on sale now! Buy here or at Honey Cafe.
Two show times for this event! Early all ages show will feature Lucha Volcanica and the 30-piece all female marching band the Filthy FemCorps. Doors open at 2pm, show at 3pm. Second show features Lucha Volcanica, Filthy Femcorps, and Tacoma's own Gritty City Sirens!
GO TO THE TICKET LINK AND CHOOSE 'SATURDAY PASS: EARLY SESSION (ALL AGES, NO GRITTY CITY SIRENS PERFORMANCE) OR SATURDAY PASS : EVENING SESSION (21+)
Kick off our Homecoming weekend with SassyBlack and Eddie Bermuda! SassyBlack has been called the "Goddess of electronic psychedelic soul" and "hologram funk" and dj and producer Eddie Bermuda comes home from LA for a night.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW : CHOOSE "THURSDAY PASS" AFTER CLICKING THE TICKETFLY LINK https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1656058
Clear Choice Cannabis and Danno Presents: Devin the Dude with XP and Power Laces
Barna’s self-titled debut chronicled these moves as he struggled with the contrast between his small town upbringing and these big city wanderings. The album was met with critical acclaim and underground success, partly thanks to an opportunely placed song in the hit indie film, Drinking Buddies.