New club may sit well with stand-up lovers

For those who have missed the Comedy Zone since it closed uptown last year, there's a new way to get your stand-up fix.

Alive, a new restaurant, comedy club and live music venue in NoDa, opens tonight.

The Scene: Alive is in the Highland Mill area, specifically the old dye building. Owners Doug Stuart and Craig Russing worked to preserve the industrial feel of the old mill inside the 12,000-square- foot space. High ceilings expose the club's heating and air systems. Deep blue walls are accented with metallic details – and lots of them. Leftover portions of heating ducts were converted into high-top tables. Roof metal lines the bars, the shelving and the DJ booth. Even the large dance floor has a metallic sheen to it.

The club has two bars: a smaller one that will just be used for shots and a large main bar with a half-dozen bartenders mixing the drinks.

It's also equipped with a full kitchen and will be dishing up the standard bar food you'd expect – burgers and such.

Parking is plentiful, much needed for a club with a capacity of about 900 people.

The Music: In addition to live comedy (mostly regional acts to start) on Fridays and Saturdays, the club will also host live music on the weekends. The lineup is mostly rock bands; Charity Case plays tonight and Ryan Cabrera on Saturday. And if neither live music nor comedy is your thing, the club is aiming to provide something for everyone. Tuesday night will include a DJ spinning dance tunes, Wednesday will be trivia night, and Thursday the club will host a college night for those 18 and up.

The Crowd: With all of the options the club has to offer, I'd expect a pretty diverse following. Larken Egleston, the club's marketing and promotions manager, says he expects an older crowd (early 30s to mid-40s) during the comedy shows, while the live music later in the evening will draw the early 20s partygoers.

The Details: 2909 N. Davidson St., behind Prevue. www.myspace.com/alive noda.