Hey, I didn't make a post about it (yet), but please consider buying gifts -- if you're going to that stuff -- from independent, local businesses.
Sunday cheapness on the calendar.
The Americana Snow Ball
at Arts at the Armory Performance Hall, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
$8 / $10 premium entry
Feat: Dirty River String Band, Tall Enough, The Pennies, The Wednesdays
The advance tickets are gone, but there may still be a few available at the door for winter fun (games, photo booth?) and rootsy, folky music.
With the Red Line being too much like a bus on the weekends, there's always the #90 from the Orange Line or the #88 from the Green Line..
You might "win a prize" if you bring some non-perishable food items.
The Shakespeare Project: "What a Rash and Bloody Deed Is This!"
at TheatreLab@855, CFA Bldg, 855 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
As part of a year-long initiative to examine the nature of violence, scenes/excerpts of "murder, mayhem, war, and cruelty" have been selected out of the many examples in the Bard's catalog.
(In case you're wondering, the title is a line from Hamlet.)
8pm to 2am
"Frozen In Time: A ’90s Party"
at Brighton Beer Garden, 386 Market St, Brighton
Feat: The Idle Kind (9pm), The Life Electric (11pm), DJ S'wara
If you're going to have nostalgia for an era, I guess grunge '90s isn't that bad. If you remember when "Nevermind" came out, you might feel old at this thing. Get drunk, listen to the live bands, and pretend Bill Clinton is in the White House.
The do suggest getting dressed in period attire (flannel and jeans would do the trick).
"Holiday Heck House: Sleep Noël More"
at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain
Without knowing more than the humorous hipster-types Union Square Round Table are hosted a holiday haunted house parody of "Sleep No More", the experimental, non-linear version of "Macbeth" where you walked around an old school building in Brookline.
If you thought the holiday season was scary, you might as well laugh about it. After you get there, you will be led into different rooms of multi-media Xmas horrors before a stage show upstairs. (Beer should be available.)
Thick Shakes, Lead Stones, No Fun, The Jitters
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / $8 w/ food donation / 21+
If there is a gig at PA's on this list, then it means there are a lot of good bands to offset the lousy venue. It's going to be a good night of garage and punk with a little bit of psych-rock anchored by the awesome Thick Shakes.
If you bring a canned good or other non-perishable food item, you get in for $2 less. You might already have something like that in your cupboard and it's worth $2 tonight. It's going to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$5 / 21+
Feat: Jaggery, "Pour Somerville Sugar on Me", "Bright Lights, Big Rod", Brendan Burns Instrumental Quartet, Brian King, more
It's been a while since I've noticed one of these Mixtape shows. Past editions have gathered musicians to pay tribute to the years of '67, '78, '84, '93, and '97.
They say you should expect golden oldies from the likes of "Poison, INXS, George Michael, Paula Abdul, GNR, Neneh Cherry, Bon Jovi, U2, Living Colour, The Bangles, Def Leppard, and more".
Some bands are doing sets and others have been recruited for this rock mission like: "Pour Somerville Sugar on Me" and "Bright Lights, Big Rod".
Dan Blake & Jason Palmer
at Wally's Cafe, 427 Mass Ave, Boston (South End)
FREE / 21+
Every now and then, I feel like reminding people that Wally's has free jazz all the time. Trumpeter Jason Palmer plays at Wally's almost every weekend when he's not on the road. If you're in the mood for modern bebop, it doesn't get much better than this. Maybe you saw Palmer starring in that indie movie "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench" a couple years ago?
Saxophonist Dan Blake is joining in since they recorded an album together recently which JazzTimes said has a “Mingus meets Monk” quality.