Why did Sweet Caroline's open after the baseball season last year when their biggest draw is the proximity to Fenway Park? Nonetheless they survived through winter until the Sox return. If you're drinking near the Fens, they're having and 'opening party' tonight with some free appetizers around 9pm.
PS: Thanks, aek!
Sons of Liberty: Improv Comedy
at Room B50, College of Arts & Sciences Bldg, 725 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
A trio of BU students will perform 2 60-miute sets of longform improv comedy. If you like the first performance, maybe you should sit through the second one to make sure it's really improvised.
The only major difference between this and Improv Asylum is that no one will bring you a bucket of beer.
8pm to 10pm
Token Creek Chamber Music: "Mozart Marathon Concert"
at Kresge Auditorium, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge (MIT campus)
"Divertimento in Bb major for Horns and Strings, K.287"As a composer that's been revered for centuries, it's interesting to consider that Mozart left more than a hundred unfinished pieces. Harvard music professor Robert Lewin has picked up the baton and has completed 3 of those pieces.
"Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, K. 442"
"Concerto in D Major, K. 537"
Along with their performances, Lewin will discuss the project with MIT music professor John Harbison. I think both might also perform.
8pm to 10pm
at Student Theater at Agganis Arena, 925 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
Some must be interested in hearing what the BU On Broadway kids can do in bursts of 20 minutes.
In most cases musicals get tedious around the 15-minute mark, so this could be just right...
The Gentlemen (11:30pm), Watts (10:30pm), The Rationales (9:30pm)
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+
Although I've narrowed down the night's music gigs to my top three, this gets the *Rock Lock* pick. If I actually did that sort of thing, The Gentlemen wholeheartedly deserve it as they will likely play their "Blondes Prefer Gentlemen" album in its entirety to celebrate the release's 10th anniversary. Ballsy powerpop doesn't get much better than this (except for chief Gentleman Mike Gent's other band The Figgs).
The good times keep on rollin' and rocking with the fantastic Watts and Rationales.
Wheat, Camden, Ashpark
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+
Around 10 years ago when I first heard Wheat, I couldn't get enough of them. The singer called me out at TT's once for having a big smile on my face, but I felt like I was listening to a bar-band Beach Boys. They were a band that might've already seen some changes and seem to keep morphing.
Wheat are in the midst of releasing new songs, and it's still awesome. Camden and Ashpark fall into a similar vein of pop-rock with an edge.
Lovewhip presents "Fire & Desire"
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$10 / 21+
Feat: The Hornitz, Vice V'ersatile, Miss Madison West
As someone who lives much closer to the other end of the Orange Line, a night in JP often feels like an minor adventure that regularly rewards the effort. Although they play on the other side of the Charles, why not get down 'n funky with Lovewhip on their turf?
The delightfully wacky horn & beats of The Hornitz have been out and about lately, so here's another chance to get on the wagon early. There is a promise of "burlesque and comedy" as well, and that's what to expect from Vice V'ersatile and Madison West.
11:30pm to 12:30am
Jackie and Harry Birthday Show Blowout & Gang Initiation
at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge (Central Sq)
Featuring: Jackie Arko, Harry Gordon
Two funny people share a birthday today. I would try make an astro-icthyological joke, but I'm confused by the new system.
If you've had a few drinks in Central Square by 11:30, you might like to take a break and party with Jackie & Harry and their guests.