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WEDNESDAY

It’s so nice that the rock club and record store Phantasmagoria is now offering Pachinko night. Alt.rockers are sure to enjoy a relaxing evening of gaming as much as their slower-moving elders, so I will be at Phantas tonight, enjoying the pastime that has Japan hypnotized, watching its steel balls bounce against expertly placed pegs, rocking in nervous anticipation to see if I hit a target and win the jackpot. The game is a mixture of skill and chance, requiring…What? It’s not like bingo night? Pachinko is an Alternative Tentacles band that favors extremely saturated guitars and growling guttural gushes, like the rust-belt rockers of the late ’80s? Well….With 5 O’Clock World at 9 p.m. at Phantasmagoria, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. $6. (301) 949-8886. (CP)