The jam sessions at Petie's Place in Tarzana are noncompetitive, so don't be scared. Held on Wednesdays, they're hosted by Amy Licence and Rob Sisino, with house drummer Jim Xavier providing assistance. The venue provides drums, amps and PA; all you need bring is your instrument or drumsticks. (And, of course, your vocal cords, should you be inclined to sing.) Other than that, come as you are. Many in attendance are musicians who are there just to jam, while others arrive in groups to showcase their work. It can feel a bit like karaoke, only more inspired. One recent night a local belted out some Blondie, followed by a blonde in thigh-high white boots and hot pants doing ZZ Top, backed by a bass player and a guitarist. Because, why not? 6025 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana. (818) 708-7773, —Norm Jenssen

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