“What was the name of the foreign exchange student in Sixteen Candles?” ask guest quiz masters Muke at the inaugural Trivia Night at Villard Street Pub on Monday, March 3. If you don’t know the answer — Long Duck Dong — that’s OK; each round contains ten questions, meaning there are more points to accumulate, more chances to win.
Trivia Night at Villard Street joins Eugene’s trivia circuit, which includes Max’s (Tuesdays) and Eugene City Brewery (Fridays). Though this night is brand new and they’re still working out the kinks, Villard Street has an edge: live entertainment. Two sets of three rounds make up the two hour event. At the break, guest quiz masters perform short musical sets. Local pop duo Muke performed a four song set and squeezed in a song while scores were tabulated each round.
Each round has a theme. Themes might include movies, the ’80s, general knowledge and, amusingly, things host and organizer Leona Laurie knows. Based on the first night’s feedback, the latter will be a staple of the event. Everyone wanted to know why Laurie knows the name of Wonder Woman’s boss on the ’70s TV show.
The highest scoring teams can win a $40 gift certificate to the pub for first place or $20 for second place. Prizes awarded each round vary; this time they ranged from pub gift certificates to sample makeup donated by Macy’s to a set of Notorious B.I.G. buttons. Laurie said she bought the prizes because they were funny — or brought from her apartment because she wanted to get rid of them.
Villard Street has some of the coziest booths in Eugene and an open layout perfect for a night of fun, good beer and trivia with friends. Amazing food, too, whether you get appetizers or a full meal. (I recommend steak fingers with fries.) Bring your random knowledge (and an appetite) to Villard Street Pub (1417 Villard St.; 393-0960) at 8 pm Mondays. The first hour of trivia is open to all ages. — Anne Pick