Smash Putt! A Miniature Golf Apocalypse: Now! Or never...

What is Smash Putt? Oh lord, what is it not? To begin with, it's a wicked art installation: a gigantic pinball machine, a Rube Goldberg-esque robotic creation on a major scale, Mad Max at the Putt Putt, with cocktail swilling included in the fun. And lucky you: Smash Putt!, a 21+ phenomenon from the great Northwest, will drop balls and buzz and ping and glow (and turn the tables on your opponent should you choose, to boot), is turning a building at 2762 Walnut Street (aka the Vintage Moto Museum) into, well, into something you can only experience to truly believe. But there's a catch: It's only here for six weekends of self-proclaimed "mechanized madness," beginning on New Year's Eve.

Here's how they roll, more or less:

Hours are mostly evenings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through February 6, although two family matinees are scheduled for January 29 and February 5 (the evening of February 3 is also designated for all ages); admission for players is $10 to $12, and spectating is free. Go to the Smash Putt! website for reservations in advance, which open up weekly for the coming weekend's dates.

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