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Thai author Chartvut Bunyarak wasn't telling the world anything it didn't already know when he explained in 2008 why his new book was called Karaoke. "It is a symbol of emotional therapy," he said. "Indeed, this form of entertainment is the best method of therapy ever invented in modern society. It gives you a sense of accomplishment, an acceptance among peers; karaoke always makes people happy."

Open mics serve a similar purpose, for those not content to mimic the greatness of others. However you want it, getting in front of others and taking a little of your inside and putting it on the outside can do wonders for everybody involved. (Plus, unleashing your inner Axl is a hell of a way to blow off steam.)

Below is a roundup of karaoke and open-mic nights locally. They do tend to change fairly frequently, so be sure to check in on the web or in person from time to time. Also, consider calling other places to see about their offerings, as we can't claim that what's below is comprehensive.

One last note: In general, it's best to show up about an hour early, especially for open mics, as there's a list being created and you want your name on it.

DAILY

Dublin House

1850 Dominion Way, 265-8820, sites.google.com/site/thedublinhouseco

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

MONDAY

Nawlins BarBQ and Seafood

3317 Cinema Point, 571-9777

Karaoke: 8 p.m.

Zodiac

230 Pueblo Ave., 632-5059, zodiacvenue.com

Open mic: 8 p.m.

TUESDAY

The Blue Moose Tavern

10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 418-3384

Karaoke: 7 p.m.

Rudiments Café

5863 Palmer Park Blvd., 434-5999, rudimentscafe.com

Open mic: 6 p.m.

The Script Bar & Grill

2510 E. Bijou St., 473-5718, thescriptbarandgrill.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

The Townhouse Lounge

907 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1085, thetownhouselounge.com

Open mic: 9 p.m.

The Underground

110 N. Nevada Ave., 578-7771, undergroundbars.com

Karaoke: 10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Benny's Restaurant & Lounge

517 W. Colorado Ave., 634-9309

Karaoke: 8 p.m.

Bricks Sports Bar & Grill

1840 N. Academy Blvd., 638-2022

Karaoke: 8:30 p.m.

Club Q

3430 N. Academy Blvd., 570-1429, clubqonline.com

Open mic: 10 p.m.

Good Company Bar and Restaurant

7625 N. Union Blvd., 528-8877, goodcompanybar.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

Jives Coffee Lounge

16 Colbrunn Court, 210-7650, jivescoffeelounge.com

Open mic: 7:30 p.m.

Kinfolks Mountain Shop

950 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4433, kinfolksmanitou.com

Open mic: 7 p.m.

Nawlins BarBQ and Seafood

3317 Cinema Point, 571-9777

Open mic: 8 p.m.

The Script Bar & Grill

2510 E. Bijou St., 473-5718, thescriptbarandgrill.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

Thunder & Buttons II

2415 W. Colorado Ave., 447-9888, thunderandbuttons.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

The Ute Inn

204 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-1465, uteinn.com

Open mic: 7 p.m.

Wyatt's Pub & Grill

806 Village Center Drive, 598-4100

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

THURSDAY

Benny's Restaurant & Lounge

517 W. Colorado Ave., 634-9309

Open mic: 8 p.m.

Bricks Sports Bar & Grill

1840 N. Academy Blvd., 638-2022

Karaoke: 8:30 p.m.

Club Q

3430 N. Academy Blvd., 570-1429, clubqonline.com

Karaoke: 8 p.m.

Good Company Bar and Restaurant

7625 N. Union Blvd., 528-8877, goodcompanybar.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

Nawlins BarBQ and Seafood

3317 Cinema Point, 571-9777

Karaoke: 8 p.m.

The Script Bar & Grill

2510 E. Bijou St., 473-5718, thescriptbarandgrill.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

The Townhouse Lounge

907 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1085, thetownhouselounge.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

Thunder & Buttons II

2415 W. Colorado Ave., 447-9888, thunderandbuttons.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

Zodiac

230 Pueblo Ave., 632-5059, zodiacvenue.com

Karaoke: 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Thunder & Buttons II

2415 W. Colorado Ave., 447-9888, thunderandbuttons.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

Bricks Sports Bar & Grill

1840 N. Academy Blvd., 638-2022

Karaoke: 8:30 p.m.

Good Company Bar and Restaurant

7625 N. Union Blvd., 528-8877, goodcompanybar.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

Thunder & Buttons II

2415 W. Colorado Ave., 447-9888, thunderandbuttons.com

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

The Underground

110 N. Nevada Ave., 578-7771, undergroundbars.com

Karaoke: 10 p.m.

Wyatt's Pub & Grill

806 Village Center Drive, 598-4100

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

SUNDAY

The Blue Moose Tavern

10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 418-3384

Open mic: 3 p.m.

Dublin House

1850 Dominion Way, 265-8820, sites.google.com/site/thedublinhouseco

Karaoke: 9 p.m.

Nawlins BarBQ and Seafood

3317 Cinema Point, 571-9777

Karaoke: 8 p.m.

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