Archive for July, 2010

What Do You Call A Gathering Of TJs?

Saturday, July 17th, 2010
I once wrote a piece for BarFly about collective nouns for people (a clash of punks, an ennui of hipsters, etc.). I recently realized that a gathering of trivia jockeys should also have a particular group name: a query! Check out my glossary, which includes the other fun Triviology terms that I, and you, have come up with over the years.

Here some random highlights of a few of my venues, in case you’d like to venture from your home turf in search of The Dirty Dozen: Sewickly’s has cash prizes and new menu items; The Hutch on Glisan offers $100 in gift certificates split between the two highest scoring teams; Peter’s has not only a new happy hour during trivia, but brand new AC to cool off those hot summer nights!

I’d also like to give a shout out to a great, local, non-profit organization: Curious Comedy Theater. Weekends in July, they are doing an innovative show wherein local comics do covers of classic comedy routines. I’ve already seen “Steve Martin,” “Woody Allen,” the filthy “Red Foxx,” and the lovely Virginia Jones of Dr. Spaceman as Bill Hicks, but I want to go back and see “George Carlin,” “Sam Kinison,” “Monty Python,” and most importantly, Phyllis Diller!! Lots of other comedy covers too, throughout July – check their website for more details.

Upcoming special events:

I Don’t Feel Tardy 3: Annual Music Quiz
Saturday, July 31st @ 7:00
Peter’s @ 5701 NE Fremont
Hosted by ShanRock
*All genres and eras of music are fair game, and there will be song ID and trivioke!

Damn Fine Quizzery – And Hot!: Twin Peaks Trivia
Monday, August 2nd @ 7:00
Ella Street Social Club @ 714 SW 20th Place
Hosted by Margaret

The Happiest Quiz On Earth: Disney Trivia!
Saturday, August 21st @ 7:00
Peter’s @ 5701 NE Fremont
Hosted by Michele
*The animated films, not including Pixar.

Triviology champions for the week of 7/11/10 – 7/18/10:

Sunday @ 6:00
1800 East Burnside
TEAM AWESOME

Sunday @ 8:00
717 NW 16th
FUNKE COLD MEDINA

Monday @ 7:00
714 SE 20th Place
MOTHERS OF RETENTION

Monday @ 7:00
2342 SE Ankeny
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER


Monday @ 8:00
2221 SE Hawthorne

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/ShanRock … & cash prizes!)
4901 SE Hawthorne
FUNKE COLD MEDINA

Tuesday @ 8:00
609 & 1/2 SE Taylor
DRUNKEN REGRETS

Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAG

Wednesday @ 8:00
5701 NE Fremont
CARPOOL LANE PROSTITUTES

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
KARL HUNGUS

Thursday @ 9:00
301 SE Morrision 
FEAR! FEAR FOR YOUR SAFETY

Thanks for making quizzery with me, gang!

Your trivia jockey,

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


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

It’s UniCornHole Season!

Saturday, July 10th, 2010
It IS UniCornHole season . . . UniCornHole
being the mighty team who won at four of my venues this week! They sat
out Wednesday night quizzery, but won every night they played (as Funke
Cold Medina & Kathleen Turner Overdrive). If you are wondering who
to cast envious eyes upon, behold these masters, fresh from their first
win of the week at Yur’s Bar & Grill:



And while I’m handing out kudos, I’d like
to sing Margaret’s
praises. Since her regular venue, Da
Club
, was closed for Freedom on Monday, she had a rare night off to
actually play some Triviology (sounds like
fun, right?). But when she arrived at Jade Lounge, poor
Charlene
was looking and feeling sickly, so Margaret sent her home and hosted
the quiz instead. I’ve got a great crew working for me – thanks to
Charlene for being such a trooper and thanks to Margaret for making the
trivia on your night off!

And don’t worry about Charlene, folks, she
snapped back to health in time to lead her teams at Speakeasy to a
victory over Sewickly’s!
You see, we have a friendly little SouthEast intramural competition
each Tuesday – since we are simultaneously challenging our players with
the same questions, we compare the scores at the end of the night to see
who reigns victorious over the quadrant. There’s even a trophy which
lives at each triumphant bar for the week – congratulations to With Friends
Like BlackWatch, Who Needs You?!
for winning the night for
Speakeasy! We’ll get it back next week though . . .

Twenty years ago, Laura Palmer was found
wrapped in plastic. Two years ago, Margaret
hosted a lunar quiz in her
honor. Now it is time to reprise the whole macabre affair. Monday,
August 2nd, at 7:00, you are summoned to Ella
Street Social Club
to answer a few questions about the night this
horrible crime happened. 

Animated Disney Quizzery!
On a Saturday evening at Peter’s this summer –
date TBD

BarFly Trivia Bus
on 10/16/10!
ShanRock is
your host; $100 is your prize!

Triviology champions for the week of
7/4/10 – 7/8/10:

Sunday @ 6:00
1800 East Burnside
*closed for freedom!

Sunday @ 8:00
717 NW 16th
FUNKE COLD MEDINA

Monday @ 7:00
714 SE 20th Place
*closed for freedom!

Monday @ 7:00
2342 SE Ankeny
KATHLEEN TURNER OVERDRIVE


Monday @ 8:00 
2221 SE Hawthorne  
ROSCOE’S REVENGE

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/ShanRock
& cash prizes!) 
4901 SE Hawthorne
FUNKE
COLD MEDINA

Tuesday @ 8:00
609 & 1/2 SE Taylor
WITH FRIENDS LIKE BLACKWATCH WHO NEEDS YOU?!

Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
PUBLIC EDUMACATORS

Wednesday @ 8:00
5701 NE Fremont

BATTLEHORN GREYWOLF


Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
TUGBOAT CROSS THE RIVER STYX

Thursday @ 9:00
301 SE Morrision 
UNICORNHOLE

Thanks for making quizzery with me, gang!

Your trivia jockey,

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


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