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Sgt. Pepper's Dueling Piano Cafe

Perhaps the greatest cinematic portrayal of the nearly lost art of dueling pianos comes in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? as Daffy and Donald Duck duet on Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” while hurling insults at each other. Long Beach’s new Sgt. Pepper’s Dueling Piano Cafe offers similar entertainment, though with slightly less quacking. Nightly, house pianists Ron, Ryan and Patty take your requests (please, somebody suggest “Bohemian Rhapsody”) and rib the audience while you drink, sing and chow down. Being roasted by a pianist is a singular experience—176 keys, hundreds of possible songs and a full bar spells plenty of controlled mayhem.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 4 p.m., 2008

 
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