Tuesday nights at the Balcony, a devoted group of gamers gathers for a friendly and free game of bingo. It's quite the scene: Infamous drag queen Minerva Jayne calls the numbers while huddles of players gingerly mark their cards and suck on Tootsie Roll pops they won as prizes in prior games. Sometimes, you'll spot a state senator in the crowd or a gaggle of Minerva fans in homemade "Team Minerva" T-shirts. Sit a few minutes among the crowd and it's obvious this ain't a kids' game. Minerva, the ever-gracious and hilarious host, is just not content simply calling out numbers. At a traditional bingo hall, number calling is like a sacred rite. Minerva's style is decidedly more irreverent. Nearly every number has its own joke, song or crowd call. Like B-8. "B-8," she calls. The crowd quickly follows with "master!" And then Minerva: "bate, that's B-8." The crowd: "master!" Minerva: "bate." Want to know what happens on O-69? Tuesday. The Balcony.
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