Check back a little later, because there will be a ticket giveaway for the Matt and Kim / MuteMath concert at House of Blues on Friday 12/9.
I'm thinking of a good question to ask instead of simply giving it to the first response.
6pm to 7:30pm
WorldBoston Great Decisions Series: "The Caucasus"
at Boston Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)
Feat: Monica Toft, Ph.D.
This area is so far out of the general public's awareness that Borat's country is on the other side of the Caspian Sea...
Professor Toft has written books with titles such as "The Geography of Ethnic Conflict" and "The Fog of Peace: Strategic and Military Planning under Uncertainty". It sounds like she will have some interesting things to say about the region ringed around by Russia, Turkey, and Iran.
6pm to 7:30pm
Barnet Schecter, "George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps": Author Talk
at Abbey Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)
Yeah, two lectures at the same location -- but talking about George Washington and maps is so different than international relations. The book includes many map images, so maybe there will be a few slides involved in the presentation...
7pm & 9pm
"Aurora Borealis 10: A Festival of Light and Dance"
at BU Dance Theater, 915 Comm Ave, Boston (enter on Buick St)
The strange light in the sky rarely reaches our latitude. For 10 years, the theatre and dance groups at BU have coordinated choreography and lighting for a special program. I'm not a dance critic, but I watched a clip from a couple years ago, and it looks entertaining.
Ryan Fitzsimmons & Friends (7:30pm), Hayley Jane & The Primates (10pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
Show up early for fantastic folkiness led by singer-songwriter Ryan Fitzsimmons. Or show up late for fantastic folk-rockiness by Hayley Jane & The Primates. Or stay all night; it's free almost every night of the year.
Air Traffic Controller (11pm), The Honors (10pm), Rob / Minky Starshine (9:15pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
If I had made a Top-10 song list for last year, Air Traffic Controller's "The One" would have definitely been on it. Maybe not on top, but this is a superb example of his acoustic-flavored powerpop. I'm also a fan of The Honors' ridiculously catchy indie-rock. I assume the dude from Minky Starshine will open with a solo set.