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Transforming the ol' G&D's karaoke night into a competition raises the stakes for amateur warblers and has to be more fun for spectators who previously had to suffer through tone-deaf renditions of hit songs without any recourse. We're delighted just thinking about pub owner and British expatriate David Wimberley chiming in with Simon Cowell-like brutal honesty for the vocal disasters. Crooners who pass muster will get a chance at a final showdown in December where a trip for two to Las Vegas will be on the line.
Karaoke Idol is at the George & Dragon English Pub & Restaurant, 4240 North Central Avenue, and starts at 9 p.m. on Mondays. There is no cover for this 21-and-over event. Visit www.facebook.com/gndpub for more info. Jose Gonzalez
Thanks to Martha Stewart, Pinterest, and every lifestyle blog from here to Preserve, modern holidays are much more than thyme-stuffed turkeys and tinsel-covered Christmas trees. Fortunately, for those of us who like setting the table as well as the mood, there are high-class horticulture classes from Pith + Marrow.
Founded by Katherine Thornhill, Teresa Wilson, and Misha West, Pith + Marrow makes turning your home into a scene from Kinfolk magazine a piece of perfectly staged cake. For the second installment of Pith + Marrow's Fall Floral Series, the trio will lead a how-to on building autumn centerpieces as well as serving up light bites and wine. Part two of Pith + Marrow's Fall Floral Series happens from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, at Camelback Flowershop, 4108 East Indian School Road. Registration for this event is $225. Visit www.pithmarrow.com or call 602-840-4646. Katie Johnson