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Duffy’s whets appetite for alcohol
with occasional Bladder Buster
I lost people get a little leery
BJULp when offered free beer.
That’s because there is usually a catch.
Like standing around at a really
boring party, drinking cheap and dis
gusting beer and talking to people you
don’t really care to talk to.
Just imagine how nice it would be
if one of your favorite local taverns
was to offer free beer.
Yes, a down
town bar that
beer one Tues
day a month.
All you have to
do is show up
— you can even bring your friends,
people you like to talk to.
Just don’t talk about waterfalls or
the Midwest’s heavy flooding this
Yep, that’s the catch. During the
course of the Bladder Busters event,
nobody can use the bathroom. No
Kinda makes you have to go right
now, doesn’t it?
Patrons also can't leave the bar or
talk to the outside world via the phone.
They have to say please and thank
you to the bartenders, too.
Reynold “Reg” McMeen, owner
of Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 O St., said
Bladder Busters has been going on for
about a year and a half.
Crowd reaction to the event varies,
“It took awhile for it to catch on,”
“The people who don’t want to
play get land of pissed off about it, but
some of the people really get into it”
Some of the people REALLY get
“We’ve had people pee their pants,”
Now that’s a person who enjoys
McMeen said the idea for Bladder
Busters came from one ofhis partner’s
visits to a bar in Missouri that was
running a similar promotion. McMeen
decided to give it a try to liven up
weeks at the bar when fewer shows
The record amount of free beer
consumed was two and a half kegs,
McMeen said. That’s a lot of money,
but it’s not any more expensive than
other promotions, he said.
The longest running time on record
was one hour and 23 minu1-*
McMeen said. That was in the
“Early on we would draw a
small but determined crowd,”
he said. “Now that we draw a
crowd of 50 to 60 bodies, it
doesn’t last as long.”
Especially when you have bar
tenders on the microphone talking
about water, water and more water. . ^
Last Tuesday one woman was so
desperate the bartenders decided to
let her go to the bathroom — if the
crowd raised enough money in tips to
help send Hank to Hawaii.
She didn’t have to wait long,
though, some jerk left, and it all came
crashing down around our happily
boozing heads. It was nice while it
McMeen said the next Bladder
Buster would probably be the first
Tuesday in December.
So watch for the fliers, then grab
a bunch of fiiends. And remember
to go before you go.
— MaiacIH b ■ aralor newt-editorial ma
jor aad the Daily Ntbraikaa Arts A i
Opera blends love,
sorrow and song
By Anne Steyer
schemes and suicide fill the Kimball
Hall stage this weekend as the UNL
School of Music presents “Dido &
The 17th century baroque opera,
written by Henry Purcell, is a
collaborative effort between the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
School of Music and the theatre arts
and dance department.
coordinator for the
School of Music,
said “Dido &
Aeneas” is consid
erea by many to be
the first English opera piece. It’s
also one of the shorter operas, he
said, lasting only about an hour.
“Its considered a tragic love
story,” Whiteman said.
The story is one filled with pain
and sorrow. It opens in 1870 as
Dido, the queen of the
ancient city of
Carthage, haunts her
tomb a few
n thousand years
after the fall of
mind of a young
Dido tells the
story of her
Aeneas, the pnnce of fallen Troy.
The time flashes back to 814 B.C.
to the halls of her royal palace.
With her husband dead and a
handsome, valiant Aeneas ship
wrecked on her shore, Dido must
choose between her loyalty for one
man and her new love for another.
But Dido’s fate is not to be
determined by a simple choice.
Instead there is a Sorceress plotting
her downfall while witches plan the
destruction of Dido’s city.
The young lovers experience the
momentary triumphs of passion, but
the sorceress’ dastardly plan sends
Dido and Aeneas into a cyclone of
confusion and desperation. The
climax is noble and tragic at the
UNL Symphony Orchestra
conductor Emil Aluas serves as
music director for “Dido &
Aeneas,” and many other members
of the university community are
involved as well. Students, both
graduate and undergraduate, have
featured roles in the production.
Performances are tonight and
Sunday at 8 p.m. Doors open at
Tickets are available at the Lied
Center Box Office, 12th and R
David Bad dors/DN
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