My nascent trivia career is about to be snuffed out before it even has a chance to blossom into a proper Facebook status update.
My team at the Record Bar's regular Trivia Clash on
Tuesday Thursday nights has been "clashed," and must name the River Phoenix film where he plays a character nicknamed Birdlace that is headed to Vietnam. The category is "Movie Animals" -- films with animals in the title. But after nearly a minute, we're no closer to an answer and the host's gentle prodding has move toward insistence.
We are stumped. The answer, of course, is Dogfight -- that 1991 classic starring Holly Near and Brian Gotta. It is a portent of things to come. My team limps home to a fourth-place finish only after successfully answering the final question to leapfrog a number of teams determined to bet it all for a chance to place in the top two.
The Vibe: Trivia Clash can attract from 20 to 75 people who hope to hear a "Sha-Na-Na-Na" from host Forester (a slimmer David Berman look-alike and, full disclosure, Pitch freelance photographer) greet their right answers.
The Hours: The contest kicks off every
Tuesday Thursday at 7 p.m. and lasts until around 9:30 p.m. Get there by 6:50 p.m. to get a seat and fork over your $5 entry fee. The top two teams -- primarily made up of 20 and 30-something couples and singles -- take home the money.
The Food: Record Bar's pizzas are underrated. The Appetite for Destruction (Canadian bacon, sliced tomatoes, fresh spinach over al fredo with gorgonzola and mozzarella) is one of the more unusual combinations, but it works; vegetarians will love the Ian Mackay (roasted garlic, spinach, tomatoes, kalamata olives and roasted red peppers on hummus). You can also build your own pizza, sandwich or pasta.
The Drinks: Knock back $2 cans of PBR all night. Drink the regular-sized cans, though -- 24-ounce cans are $5. The waitress explained that there is no price break because the bigger cans are in demand when lines are long at the bar during concerts. If you see longtime bartender Janelle Mead behind the bar, ask here for an Edelweiss.
The Plan: You'll need pop culture, current events, music, and movie experts. An ideal team size seems to be somewhere between four and six people. And this trivia clash attracts regulars, so be prepared to be picked on if your team looks like easy pickings.
Your best bet for victory may be the occasional drawing for a free pizza. There usually is only a single waitress working the floor, so order drinks and food at the same time.