X Factor Bingo
Are you a fan of X Factor, the TV show that gives unknowns a shot at making it big in the entertainment industry? Well, British website “METRO” has created a way for you to get in on the fun with a downloadable Bingo card that lets you play along. The cards are filled with “judges’cliches”—comments and actions the judges are often heard/seen repeating—which players tick off as they see them on the TV screen. The person who marks off the most squares wins. You can find and print-off the Bingo cards at http://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/metro-x-factor-bingo-2013_1.pdf.
Texas Chickens**t Bingo Lives
Austinist.com has reported that famed Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin, Texas—the tiny, windowless barnhouse-shaped bar and dancehall home to cheap domestic beers, fantastic country music, and legendary rounds of chickens**t Bingo—has been having some money troubles recently. The iconic Austin dive shut its doors in early August because of renovations amidst those money troubles, and finally longtime owner Ginny Kalmbach, 78, decided to retire. That’s where local country music legend Dale Watson stepped in. Watson, who started playing at Ginny’s in 1993, has been a mainstay at the venue ever since. Watson also helped introduce the bar’s legendary traditional Sunday games of chickens**t Bingo—where a caged chicken walks around a numbered board while patrons wager on which number the chicken will relieve itself—back in 2000.Watson has now bought the saloon, and intends to keep its Texas charm alive. Ginny’s will keep its name, and the spirit of its owner: Ginny will return each week to host rounds of chickens**t Bingo. A few things have changed, though: Watson has invested $20,000 in refurbishment, including new electrical and sound systems, new picnic tables, a pool table, TVs and a renovated ladies bathroom.
Bingo Gets a Heavy Metal Twist
Louis’ Pub in Saskatoon, , Canada, gives people the chance to play Bingo to a different beat—one that hammers away as fast as humanly possible. According to News Talk-650 CKOM Radio, Black Metal Bingo is the brainchild of Leif Carlson, who goes by the name Svartblood Krakenskull when it comes time to don the black garb and face paint (referred to as “corpse paint” by purists) and take his place as the demonic number caller, alongside partner-in-grimness Morgue Anna. Carlson explained that the extreme metal subgenre isn’t necessarily easy on the ears. “Pretty much characterized by…really evil sounding chord progressions and high-pitched screaming,” he said. The idea for Black Metal Bingo came when Carlson was talking to Louis’ manager and found out they had an old Bingo machine kicking around. “He dropped it on me one day: ‘why don’t we just combine these two things and have a really evil Bingo night?’” Carlson said they’ve run several of the Bingo nights so far, and hope to continue.
Bingo Takes Center Stage
Vicki Quade, co-creator of the hit comedy, Late Nite Catechism, brought to life a new comedy, Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity…In Two Acts at the Royal George Theatre, Chicago, followed by a new holiday show, Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Bible Bingo is a comedy about the Catholic culture of fundraising and Bingo, featuring a new character, Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien, a former nun who now heads a fictitious archdiocese fundraising department. In this interactive comedy, the parish needs money and Mrs. O’Brien is ready to help! Audience members actually play Bingo, win prizes, and learn funny stories based on the Bible and the impact of religion on society. Quade created the show in 2011 and has been touring across the country performing at various venues.
By Jeffrey Charboneau
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