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Free Tickets To Cash Cab Comedy

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
It’s true! Ben Bailey, the Emmy Award winning host of Cash Cab fame, is coming to Helium Comedy Club this weekend! You can go see one of his stand-up comedy shows the old-fashioned way, by buying a ticket, OR the uber-fun way, by winning it at Triviology! Also this week, I am giving out tickets to see Sofia Coppola’s acclaimed new film, Somewhere (these are not “wait in line with passholes” tickets which must be used on a particular date, these are “use them at your leisure” tickets – score!). Anybody will have a chance to win the tickets, even if they aren’t the champions of the regular quiz. Individuals who are interested in either Ben Bailey or Somewhere will simply be asked a couple of trivia questions, and a couple of winners will receive the tickets. Here are the four different venues where this will happen: tonight at Da’ Hui, tomorrow night at Beauty Bar & Cruzroom, AND . . . at my brand new venue which debuts tonight at 9, Hawthorne Hophouse! That’s right, I am launching a brand new venue in a matter of hours! Sorry for all the short notice on all this, by the way – I didn’t want to promise all of this extra loot, booty and $4 poutine to you before it was all a done deal.

After all of that joyful news, I hate to end on a downer, but indeed, this Thursday at Kenton Club is Kyle‘s last night as a regular trivia jockey. He drinks whiskey, if anybody wants to buy him a goodbye present, but isn’t willing to invest in a gold watch!

Upcoming special events:

I Heart Oregon Quiz!
Mon, Feb 7th @ 7:00
Ella Street Social Club @ 714 SW 20th Place
Hosted by Margaret

*Celebrating Oregon’s 152nd birthday!

Clash of the Trivia Titans!
Sun, Feb 20th @ 5:00
The Spare Room @ 4830 NE 42nd
Hosted by ShanRock
*Everyone is welcome to play! Compete for engraved trophies, and tons of prizes!


Oscar Quiz Night!
Sun, Feb 27th
East Burn @ 1800 E. Burnside
Hosted by ShanRock
*Stick around after the quiz to watch the Academy Awards on the big screen!

Triviology champions for the week of 1/1/11 – 1/7/11:

Breakfast of Champions!
Saturday @ 2 PM
500 SE 8th
*no quiz on New Year’s Day

Sunday @ 6:00
1800 East Burnside
BOYFIGHT

Monday @ 7:00 *Leslie Nielsen Quiz
714 SW 20th Place
IS THIS SOME KINDA BUST?

Monday @ 8:00
6504 SE Foster
STILL, WHERE DID THE TRIVIA COME FROM?

Tuesday @ 7:00

Cruzroom (w/Michele)

2338 NE Alberta
DETRITUS

Tuesday @ 7:00 
111 SW Ash
EINSTEINIACS

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

Tuesday @ 8:00
609 & 1/2 SE Taylor
NORMANDALES
Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan
MY MOM THINKS I’M PRETTY

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
CEREBRAL PALS

Wednesday @ 8:30
3416 N. Lombard
ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNINGS

Wednesday @ 8:30
2524 SE Clinton
CARPOOL LANE PROSTITUTES

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
ODIE & THE DIRT LEGS

Thursday @ 9:00
301 SE Morrision
DR. BAGELMAN’S HOUR OF HATE

Thanks for playing the quizzery with me!

Your trivia jockey,

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


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

Naked Airplane Landing

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
WE had a great debut at Foggy Notion, with a decisive victory for Especially in the Mornings, and a round of shots as a donkey prize for team Tarf Tarf! And if you want Mo’ Margaret, join her for Naked Airplane trivia tonight at Ella Street Social Club. As you probably gathered from the title of the quiz, you only need be familiar with Airplane and The Naked Gun films to excel at this quiz, an homage to the late Leslie Nielsen.

This month brings us to my 6th anniversary of ShanRock’s Triviology, which means that the 2011 Clash of the Trivia Titans draws near! The COTT is our annual trivia tournament, in which teams compete for tons of engraved trophies and prizes. This year’s festivities will be held on Sunday, February 20th, at our usual special event venue, The Spare Room, probably starting about 5 PM. Here’s how it works . . . first, teams will compete in the Olympian Open, which is like a standard Triviology quiz, but without the Whammy or Let’s Get Physical challenge. The top scoring teams get trophies and prizes, and THE highest scoring team becomes the wild card seed to compete in the Titan Invitational (same format as The Olympian Open), which is held right after the Half Time Show. The Titan Invitational is a competition between the teams that have won the most throughout the trivia season (the whole year since the last Clash) – this competition is for even bigger trophies and prizes, not to mention the title of Titan team of the year (current champions are I Smell A Clambake).

Last year, any team with 12 wins or more was invited to officially participate in the Titan Invitational (anybody is welcome to participate just for fun), and as always, this year’s qualifying number will be higher (due to more venues, more competitors, etc.). I will announce the magic number soon, but there are at least five teams that already have over 20 wins under their belts – you guys are in for sure. If you are aiming for Titanship and want to double check your win tally, let me know how many victories you have to make sure we’re on the same page – feel free to use my hall of fame as a reference.

If you want to rack up some more victories quickly, your best bet is to play at slower venues. So tonight, for example, you might want to play Triviology at Da’ Hui with Michele, while enjoying an amazing pulled pork sandwich. Or, if you’re looking for a Tuesday night win, check out John G‘s trivia stylings at Beauty Bar. And finally, if you like to start your weekend early, go get your quiz on with Kyle at Kenton Club while you still can. You see, Kyle is retiring from the trivia jockey business . . . he’s going to focus his energies on things less trivial, like his website, PortlandBarFly.com. I’m sure he’ll still be lurking around, trying to be the Best Shit-Talker in the land, but he’s only going to host a couple more nights at Kenton before John G takes over, so go heckle him, why don’t you?

I’m closing out the first newsletter of 2011 with a couple of shout-outs. First of all, Erica, our excellent barkeep at East Burn, just told me that you Triviologists are her very best customers all week long – polite, fun, & good tippers. Thanks for being so awesome to my team-mate (I definitely consider the bartenders part of my crew – we need them to help make the fun)! And finally, The Lucky Lemmings may not have taken home the gold at Hutch on Holgate last week, but they easily kicked ass with a highest per capita score:


Upcoming special events to mark in your 2011 calendars:

I Heart Oregon Quiz!
Mon, Feb 7th @ 7:00
Ella Street Social Club @ 714 SW 20th Place
Hosted by Margaret

*Celebrating Oregon’s 152nd birthday!


Oscar Quiz Night!
Sun, Feb 27th
East Burn @ 1800 E. Burnside
Hosted by ShanRock
*Stick around after the quiz to watch the Academy Awards on the big screen!

Triviology champions for the week of 12/25/10 – 12/30/10:

Breakfast of Champions!
Saturday @ 2 PM
500 SE 8th
*no quiz on Xmas Day!

Sunday @ 6:00
1800 East Burnside
SO-CRATES

Monday @ 7:00
714 SW 20th Place
TALK NERDY TO ME

Monday @ 8:00
6504 SE Foster
TURD BUCKET

Tuesday @ 7:00

Cruzroom (w/Michele)

2338 NE Alberta
BIG D

Tuesday @ 7:00
111 SW Ash
FACTS MACHINE

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/ShanRock … & cash prizes!)
4901 SE Hawthorne
VICTORY OR DISHES: NOW WITH EXOTIC IMPORTS

Tuesday @ 8:00
609 & 1/2 SE Taylor
DRUNKEN REGRET #28: TEXTING WHILE INTOXICATED
Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan
THE SLUGZZZ

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
CAPTAIN COOL AND TEAM AWESOME

Wednesday @ 8:30 *Debut!
3416 N. Lombard
ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNINGS

Wednesday @ 8:30
2524 SE Clinton
SONS OF NICHOLAS CAGE

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
POOPY-n-SIPPO

Thursday @ 9:00
301 SE Morrision

Thanks for playing the quizzery with me!

Your trivia jockey,

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


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