Monday isn't typically the town's most happening night, but it does have the town's most happening karaoke. Ground Control at Jewel's Catch One has a devoted cult following that feels like a family. Everyone's rooting for you, and if you screw up the words or can't carry a tune, often you'll get some good-natured help from the crowd. But what really makes it special is the unique and alterna-heavy playlist: Try finding selections from Groucho Marx, Frank Zappa, My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult or Sham 69 in Koreatown. And if you can't find that special tune you're just dying to croon, MP3J Sark, who put in years deejaying at Goth and industrial clubs, encourages members of the Ground Control family to order karaoke tracks online and bring them to the club. Likely that won't be necessary, though, as there's plenty here to keep you entertained. Aside from the basics — Madonna, Neil Diamond, Radiohead, Van Halen, etc. — you can re-enact Tarantino scenes to Stealers Wheel, romance your sweetie with Tenacious D's “Fuck Her Gently,” or get your goof on with selections from Weird Al, Spamalot or South Park. Chocolate Salty Balls, anyone? 4067 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-City. (323) 734 8849,

—L.J. Williamson

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