Dept. of Wish Fulfillment

I went to a dueling piano bar last Thursday, almost a year after my first visit. Compared to Louie Louie ’s ridiculously festive décor –– instruments, piñatas, bras, deer heads –– Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar ’s was sort of tame. And the ribald versions of pop songs were equally ho-hum. Some friends and I had gone to Pete’s to kill time before the 10 p.m. comedy open-mic at nearby Hyena’s Comedy Night Club . As one of the pianists was barreling through “ Pour Some Sugar on Me ” while directing several recent TCU grads to get familiar with one another in a stationary conga line , one of my friends leaned over. “This is probably the funniest thing we’re gonna see tonight,” he said.

It was not, and it also wasn’t the funniest –– in a weird, tragicomic way –– thing I’d seen that day. It was a Thursday, and every Thursday, I arrive at The Boiled Owl Tavern

In the pines

  1. The Cash Box Kings bring their brand of traditional Chicago blues to The Midway Tavern on Friday for a performance that's also a release party for the band's new album, “Holding Court.” Photo provided 
  2. Like the jigsaw-puzzle bark of ponderosas, the songs on MacDonald Pass drift and double back through Big Sky Country themes with great energy and good humor. Buzzas captures Montana life through the lens of common subject matter. There are two songs
  3. Pride Tea Dance — Union Tavern, 51 Market St, Poughkeepsie. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. . Gently used clothing, kitchen and electrical items, books, videos, CD's, linens, handbags and backpacks, toys and puzzles, grandma's attic items, plants and more. Baked

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