The Star Tribune reports that dozens of bars in the Twin Cities are holding "theater nights" and declaring everyone in the bar to be an actor. By law, performers are allowed to smoke during theatrical performances. (The law in California is similar. I once saw Art Spiegelman give his presentation about the history of comic books and he chained-smoked his way through it.)
Lisa Anderson, owner of Mike's Uptown bar in Hill City, said that last Saturday she staged a "theater night" and packed in four times the usual crowd that has come in since the smoking ban took effect.
Anderson said she has been helping other bar owners who want to put on their own tobacco productions.
"I'm going to continue to do this,'' she said. "It increased my business.''
So will Brian Bauman, owner of The Rock nightclub in Maplewood, which staged a theater night Tuesday and nearly doubled the usual crowd.
At least 10 other bar owners wandered through his bar that night, taking stock of the event's success.
Link (Via Reason Hit & Run)
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