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March 12, 2007

12AngryMenTour068.jpg It's almost too perfect. Guy walks into my favorite neighborhood bar and - guess what? - turns out to be Norm from "Cheers."

The only thing that makes this less-than-amazing is the fact that I was not there to witness George Wendt - a.k.a. Norm from the long-running sitcom "Cheers" - rock out to live music Sunday night at Old Ironsides.

Club manager Kim Kanelos tells me it was really as awesome as it sounds. Wendt (pictured here, at left, with fellow TV alum and current co-star Richard Thomas) is in town, appearing as the foreman in the Broadway Series production of "Twelve Angry Men."

When he's not busy being all actor-like, Wendt says he relaxes by taking in local clubs, bars and restaurants. He especially loves indie rock (who knew?!), he told Kanelos, who adds he was "totally into" the show, which included Cuesta Drive and San Diego band Transfer.

Best of all Wendt, who ordered a Red Horse Ale, was friendly and more than approachable - although wisely, Kanelos says she put the kibosh on the doorman's plans to prompt a club-wide cheer of "Norm!!!"

"As if he's never heard that one before!," she says.

So true.

And yes, Wendt sat at the end of the bar - could it be any other way?

Oh, and "Twelve Angry Men" plays at the Community Center Theater (1301 L St.) through Sunday. For more info: (916) 264-5181. And to read the four-star review by The Bee's very own Bruce Dancis, go here.

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