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Shut Up & Sing & Drink

Who needs an excuse to get hammered? Not the ladies of the Dallas Observer, that's for sure. But Rock Star Karaoke is a good reason to knock a few back nonetheless. Rivaled only in excellence by Wednesday nights at the Goat, RSK at the Barley House is tip-tops in local karaoke fun. While other karaoke nights slap in a tape or CD and shove you on stage, Rock Star Karaoke puts you in front of a full band that, for all intents and purposes, does pretty much rock. Your fearless hostess, the beautiful and talented Jen Nabb, will be on hand to guide you through the vocals, should you get lost.

Tonight, rather than embarrassing ourselves in front of the mic, music editor Jonanna Widner, calendar editor Merritt Martin and this Girl on Top will be in the back with score sheets, judging your incompetent, singing arses. It's the first night of the November karaoke contest, and at the end of the month, the winner goes home with 300 cold, hard ones and bragging rights galore. If you think you've got the chops to compete, get there around 10:15 p.m. and put your name on the list. The $2 domestic bottles will help some of that stage fright too. --Andrea Grimes

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