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"It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish." So proclaimed Charles Baudelaire and so begins Drinking & Writing, an evening of musings, quotes, and trivia built around the drinking habits of the world's greatest authors and performed by Chicago's Neo-Futurists (best known for their long-running 30-plays-in-60-minutes marathon, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind). If you're going to spend the evening contemplating the link between creativity and intoxication, there should be booze, which makes the Boiler Room, the bar in the basement of the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre complex in Arlington Heights, a fitting location. Every Wednesday evening for the next month aspiring literati and others can plop in an overstuffed chair or perch on a tall metal stool in the underground lounge, sip a Hawaiian Hooker Martini (blue curacao, pineapple juice, vodka, Sprite, and a hint of coconut rum), and listen to what F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Jack Kerouac, and others had to say about their addictions. They can also play "quarters" with performer Steven Mosqueda and place bets on whether he'll forget his lines. The cast members--Mosqueda, Sean Benjamin, and either Diana Slickman or Noelle Krimm (depending on the night)--also share the pains and quirks of their own writing and drinking processes. This is an extremely casual affair, with actors mingling with the audience and bursting with the raucous energy of relatively new drinkers who need to talk about it a lot (you remember those Monday morning conversations: "Dude, I had 8--no, 10. No--14 beers, man!"). Generally amusing--probably fascinating after a few stiff belts. Audience members who present a writing implement at the door get their first drink for half price. Drinking & Writing runs through July 23 at the Boiler Room, 111 W. Campbell in Arlington Heights. Tickets are $15; call 847-577-2121 for more information.

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