Archive for March, 2009

Free T-shirts at Peter’s!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Playing trivia is so much fun – I was thrilled to be able find a great quiz to play on Tuesday, since Sewickly’s gave me the night off for St. Patty’s Day! Of course, I would have rather had an I Don’t Feel Tardy round, some Natalie Portmanteaux, and a couple of Walri, but since I can’t really put on trivia for myself, quizmaster Edward at The Leisure Public House was a great substitute. He has a unique, tart style (he’s a “bitch-caller”) and format, and provides a good mixture of pop culture and book learnin’ . . . and since I admire a fellow independent quizmaster, I give you my permission to go check him out! Oh, by the way, Bananas O’Shaughnessy, a dynamic duo of myself and Michelle, hostess of That’s So Gay Trivia (which is on hiatus), totally kicked butt against 6 person teams!

Michelle and I are also proud to announce that the Queers vs. Breeders Trivia Showdown will indeed be held at The Spare Room, which has proven itself a worthy home for Triviology events. The date is Saturday, April 11th, the time is 6:00, and the details . . . have yet to be worked out. In fact, we (and a bunch of friends) are going to have a “working weekend” (spring break!) during which we will work (and play!) very hard to put together a super-awesome trivia event – this is why I will be absent from La Merde on Thursday. But fear not – you will be in the capable hands of Kyle, who is one of the funnest people I have ever met. Here we are preparing for a top-secret adventure:

Another special event coming your way is my 80s themed quiz, which will be held next Sunday at East Burn. The promotions company for the forthcoming film Adventureland asked me to do an 80s quiz, as the movie is set in this radical decade. They will be providing T-shirts and soundtrack CDs as extra prizes, and you KNOW I'm going to have an extra prize for the best "costume" as well! The award-winning 80s attire can be inspired by TV, MTV, film, or everyday clothes of the era. The trivia will be largely pop culture, though I'll definitely have a bit of book learnin' thrown in for good measure.

I used one of my many relics from the 80s in Wednesday's picture ID quiz at Peter's . . . in addition to Portland sites, I also asked folks to identify a variety of other items and photos. The last image was the bottom half of this 45:

I awarded one point for identifying the artist, and one point for naming all three of the pictured individuals. Although SOMETHING INAPPROPRIATE ABOUT PATRICK SWAYZE won the night, they did make an amusing omission . . . they knew the group was Run-DMC, but they could name only two of the members: Run and . . . Jam-Master Jay! Not DMC. They couldn’t remember the guy with the glasses . . . that is funny, people! Anyway, come on down to Peter’s this Wednesday – I’m handing out free ShanRock’s Triviology T-shirts to the winning team! This is my oldest venue, so I’d like to provide something extra at the place where it all began. See you there at 8:00!

Here are the Triviology champions for the week of 3/15/09 – 3/19/09:

Sunday @ 6:00
East Burn
1800 E. Burnside
DR. SPACEMAN

Sunday @ 9:00
Ladd’s Inn
1204 SE Clay
THERE’S NO “I” IN MEAT

Monday @ 8:00
Hawthorne Hideaway
2221 SE Hawthorne
EVERY WEEK IS FINALS WEEK FOR WILLOCALYPSE!

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s
4901 SE Hawthorne
*Saint Patrick wins; the snakes lose!

Wednesday @ 8:00
Peter’s 19th Hole
5701 NE Fremont
SOMETHING INAPPROPRIATE ABOUT PATRICK SWAYZE

Wednesday @ 8:00
The Hutch
4606 NE Glisan
PAPA SMURF, PAPA SMURF – THE VILLAGE IS ON FIRE!
*This amazing duo triumphed over a legion of five-person teams – nice work, kids!

Thursday @ 9:00
Kenton Club
2025 N. Kilpatrick
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN PROSTITUTE?
*It is important to pronounce this team name with a Russian accent!

Thursday @ 9:00
La Merde
301 SE Morrison
FEAR! FEAR FOR YOUR SAFETY!

Thanks so much for choosing ShanRock brand trivia, gang!

Your trivia jockey,

Shannon Donaldson
ShanRock’s Triviology
shanrockstrivia.com
(503)957-7806

Where Does a TJ Play?!?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

This here’s a reminder that there is no Triviology tonight – Sewickly’s will have their hands full with St. Patrick’s Day festivities, so I get the night off! I had planned to start my evening by playing That’s So Gay Trivia, but unfortunately, the hilarious hostess Michelle JUST found out that Crush is revamping their space . . . and so, the trivia is no more. I fully expect Michelle to find a new home for her unique brand of quizzery, but in the meantime, where does a gal play trivia in this town on a Tuesday night – any suggestions? We do still have the much anticipated Queers vs. Breeders Trivia Showdown to look forward to, and we’ve finally set the date: Saturday, April 11th. I’m hoping to hold this event at The Spare Room, which served us so well at the Clash of the Trivia Titans – I’ll send you the details as soon as we sort them out.

Tomorrow, I expect you to report to Peter’s 19th Hole at 8:00 for an extra-rad quiz including a picture ID round on the TV. I will not accept hangovers as an excuse for absences, because Peter’s offers up a veritable fruit salad of a bloody mary, and because you will be served by Jackie, who gives you the quick and friendly service that you have NOT come to expect from Portland bartenders.

Thursday, I will have an extra-special guest: Kyle of barflymag.com. He is my newest trivia jockey, though we haven’t yet decided which venue he will grace with his presence. We’re going to get him warmed up at La Merde though – he will co-host with me there this Thursday, and solo host the next. He will bring his “proctor stick,” whatever that is, for the physical challenge. I think he means for said stick to be his trademark prop. Anyway, come check us out – it’ll be loads of fun! And, speaking of La Merde, behold the gal whom you voted Best Bartender 2009:

Melissa’s going to have to get a trophy case installed in the bar!

Here’s the quizzery schedule for the rest of the week:

Wednesday @ 8:00
Peter’s 19th Hole w/ShanRock
5701 NE Fremont

Wednesday @ 8:00
The Hutch w/Trivia Jock Scott
4606 NE Glisan

Thursday @ 9:00
Kenton Club w/TJ BrentBird
2025 N. Kilpatrick

Thursday @ 9:00
La Merde w/ShanRock & Kyle
301 SE Morrison

Thanks so much for choosing ShanRock brand trivia, gang! Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

Your trivia jockey,

Shannon Donaldson
ShanRock’s Triviology
shanrockstrivia.com
(503)957-7806

“Materialism is a disease of the mind starved for ideas.” -Jacob Needleman