The holiday tree lightings are not my sort of thing, but it's happening in Copley Square tonight (5pm). There will be music, dance, and refreshments... The Boston Common Tree Lighting happens on Wednesday.
"CQ Presents" Kick Off Party
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+
Feat: Autochrome, DJ Mike the Considerate
If you've looked at the TT's calendar on a regular basis and have been impressed with the number of really good bands, this party may be a goodwill gesture to the patrons and a welcome to people who haven't hung out before.
After 17 years, booker Randi Millman has moved on; and CQ Presents will be booking bands as it does for Great Scott and O'Brien's. They're "having a party with food, drinks, a performance by Autochrome and DJ sets by DJ Mike the Considerate."
I'm guessing Autochrome will play closer to 8pm than 6pm.
6pm to 7:30pm
Life in the Universe, Part 4: "Finding Intelligence"
at MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)
Feat: Richard Wrangham, Paul Horowitz
Even if you missed the first 3 lectures, you'll probably still appreciate the last session in this series where MIT and Harvard profs discuss our place in the universe.
Gregory Maguire, "Out of Oz": Author Talk
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)
The author of "Wicked" has finished his literary journey through Oz with his latest volume.
He's also appearing in Harvard Square on WED 12/7.
"Hope and Change? A Conversation on the Obama Presidency": Panel Discussion
at Conference Auditorium, 2nd Fl, Sherman Union, 775 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
FREE w/ RSVP
Feat: Thomas Fiedler, Robert Zelnick, Anthony Priestas, Tabitha Watson, Dean Kenneth Elmore
BU faculty and students will discuss how the "hopey-changey" President has done so far. From what I've read, there may be an emphasis on the perception of young voters, but that makes sense.
If you don't want to go, it will be live-streamed.
Michael Holley, "War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team": Reading
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
Sports reporter Michael Holley was given a lot of access to Belichick for the writing of this book that apparently is heavy on football and light on personal topics.
"The Way of the Warrior-Bunny": Screening
at Somerville Theatre Microcinema, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
Feat: "The Psynging Psychologist", Unreliable Narrator Podcast Group sketch, Tony Moschetto, Ryan Douglass
There is a lot of peculiar things happening in Somerville. For instance, this will be a sci-fi comedy about an intergalactic warrior-bunny. "WotWB" will be available for viewing on the web, all 'episodes' will be shown tonight along with a variety of live performances from comedians & folks that appear to be involved with the web series.
If the image of a man-bunny isn't enough, maybe this 'theme song' clip may give you an idea of what to expect.
8pm to Midnight
Nat Mugavero, Leo Genovese, Dan Blake, Garth Stevenson
at The Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston (South End)
The Beehive has jazz on many nights. These guys are top-notch players who are getting their free-jazz on tonight.
Ladies Coverband Night: "Country Sparrows"
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
Bitch Trifecta as Dolly Parton
Jean Sullivan as Lucinda Williams
Anna Rae as Emmylou Harris
Anya Rose as Peggy Lee
Hannah Cranton as Loretta Lynn
There was a similar ladies coverband night at Precinct earlier in the year where the performers paid tribute to female rock performers, and tonight it's country night.
Of the 5 artists being covered, there is a lot songs to choose from. My understanding is that Emmylou, Peggy Lee, and Loretta Lynn will be preformed together in the round. Bitch Trifecta is going to have 8 people on stage to do Dolly Parton. Not many people look like Dolly, so I doubt there will be Halloween-style costuming.
Red Heroine, Coyote Kolb
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5-ish / 21+
Whether they're called Red Heroine or Mr Sister, the band makes fantastic music around a beautiful voice. On the last night of their Wednesday residency, they're joined by Coyote Kolb. It's my belief that these are two of the Boston-area bands that would (and should) be loved by people far and wide.