Just follow the dancing highlighter

Last night’s outing is today’s hoarse throat. Was it due to the issue du jour, a smoky bar? Well, yes and no. I did go to a bar where people were smoking, but they were also singing, and after a few pints to celebrate my husband’s birthday, so was I…

The flyer for “Twisted Karaoke Tuesdays – the Best of 80’s, Punk, and Glam,” could hardly be resisted. So it was back to The Reef for an evening of fun. I remembered reading that Wayan had visited the event back in the summer and found it lacking, but at that point it was billed as a strictly metal event, and since then they’ve expanded the genres. So we decided to give it another shot. What better way to celebrate a birthday than good-humored humiliation in front of your dearest friends?

At first we panicked when the DJ/Emcee started off with 80’s of the Paula Abdul variety instead of say, The Clash variety. But after a brave couple did a duet to David Bowie, we relaxed. There would be some glam after all, and though we never did get any punk, someone did do a head-banging Slayer rendition that even included some dead-on air guitar.

The crowd was great – from the self-deprecating howlers bravely giving it their all to some truly brilliant divas with the moves. It was a really good mixture – no haters, everyone applauding and having fun. By the end of the night I’d been talked into a duet with my birthday boy, yodeling to the B-52’s. Crazy. No wonder my throat hurts today. But it was worth it.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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