Arcades were always the best place to hang out, until you got old enough to learn the real meaning of "high score"...by practicing Bonk's Adventure six hours a day at home. Bringing back that special place in all our hearts, Hargrave Arcade, debuting Saturday
Put on in a rickety, century-old east-side bungalow by the self-proclaimed "philanthro-punk" behind Chicken Wire Ranch and House of Selena, Hargrove's a once-a-month rager centered around video games, movies, and music, with 100% of the door going to fund right-wing rebels in Nicaragua. Just kidding, it goes straight to charity. 10 bones at the door gets you unlimited liver killers (keg beer, mimosas), animal-savers (vegan snacks), foosball, and all-you-can-play access to 15 TVs rigged to classic consoles and officially licensed emulators, including classics like Rampage, Primal Rage, Donkey Kong, and other titles that ruthlessly capitalized on the Cold War fear of giant animals. The backyard also boasts a small projection screen for tournament play, as well as a gigantic 20x30ft scrap-vinyl wall for screening the 20th anniversary edition of Tron and the notoriously awful E.T. rip-off Mac and Me, starring a "Mysterious Alien Creature" that only consumes Coke and Skittles -- clearly due to endorsement deals, since real aliens eat Mars Bars. And Moon Pies.
Live music will be supplied by folkcorists Peace Phoenix, lady rapper Poizen Ivy, and drudgy rockers Power Squid, referencing an outlet multiplier, though it sounds like a euphemism for another, far more tender Adventure.