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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 02/11/2009

Going Out Guide Happy Hour: Just the FAQ

By Fritz Hahn

The Going Out Guide's Kostume Karoke Happy Hour is tomorrow at Solly's U Street Tavern, and we thought we'd take a moment to put together a little FAQ so you know what you're in for.

Q: Solly's? Didn't a cab smash into that place last weekend?
A: Yes, a wayward taxi took out the front door and one of the large picture windows that faces 11th Street. However, the building was inspected and there was no major damage to the structure itself. Solly's is open for business as usual, though you have to use the "side door" on 11th to get in.

Q: What time should I get there?
A: We'll be starting at 6, and if you want to get in on karaoke, we'd suggest arriving early. There will be free food from Guru favorite Oohhs and Aahhs and a number of drink specials, including $5 Jack Daniels cocktails and $3 Bud Light, Miller Light, PBR and rail drinks.

Q: Last month, you gave away Thievery Corporation tickets and an iPod Shuffle. What about this time?
A: Door prizes include another iPod Shuffle and a pair of tickets to see "Avenue Q" at the Warner Theatre on Sunday.

Q: What the heck is Kostume Karaoke, anyway?
A: It's an interesting twist on karaoke, especially if you have stage fright. (Read a story Fritz wrote about it.) The hosts have a large wardrobe of costumes, hats and props you can wear while you perform -- everything from sparkly sequined dresses to monster masks to an Uncle Sam costume to inflatable guitars. You can also bring your own costume. The point is to put on a show, rather than just get up and rock out in your office clothes.

Q: Wait, so I have to wear a costume?
A: Not at all. The choice is yours.

Q: What can I sing?
A: The Kostume Karaoke hosts have provide lists of songs for us to peruse, and we love the selection -- '80s, Britpop, country, classic rock, hip-hop, soul, you name it. Around 9,000 choices in all. Browse the list by artist or by song title. (Note: These are large PDFs.)

Q: So what are the Gurus singing?
A: Glad you asked. We've all picked a couple of songs that we're considering, although we're not going to say anything we perform will definitely be from this list. Without further ado:

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
The Jackson Five - I Want You Back
Marvin Gaye - Heard it Through the Grapevine

Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys - The Wild Side of Life
Merle Haggard - Swinging Doors
Waylon Jennings - The Wurlitzer Prize

Pulp - Common People
Kanye West - Gold Digger (With vocal assistance from Julia)
Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again

Loretta Lynn - Don't Come Home A Drinkin (With Lovin' On Your Mind)
Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
Janis Joplin - Me & Bobby McGee

Guns N' Roses - Patience
Doobie Brothers - What A Fool Believes
Digital Underground - Humpty Dance

By Fritz Hahn  | February 11, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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