On a beautiful day like this, I can be satisfied by a walk along the river. For others, I suggest the diversions below.
FYI: There is more than a week's worth of cheapness on the calendar.
5:30pm to 7pm
Kevin Bleyer, "A New and Improved Constitution": Discussion
at JFK Presidential Library & Museum, Columbia Point, Boston
FREE w/ Registration
The critic from NPR was not impressed with Kevin Bleyer's lighthearted revision of the Constitution "Me the People", however it shouldn't stop the crowd from enjoying a sardonic discussion about our government's foundation.
The writer from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is joined by WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti.
Spaghetti Dinner (6pm), The Weisstronauts (7:30pm)
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
Give Johnny D's credit for enticing fans (and fence-sitters) of instrumental music with dinner included with the music. Summer Tuesdays have been dubbed "The Good, The Bad, & The Local" as a tip of the hat to spaghetti westerns and their twangy soundtracks.
The 'local' refers to the locally-sourced pasta dish, and the 'good' must be the music and food combo. Until I go myself, sometime needs to tell me if there's a 'bad'.
It seems uncertain whether the Concrete Rivals are on the bill. The Weisstronauts continue to perform instrumental rock that goes beyond surf and still sounds interesting, but Concrete Rivals sound like a hard-rock/surf mini-riot.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
"Homeopathy for Everyday Ailments"
at Faneuil Branch Public Library, 419 Faneuil St, Brighton
For those interested in more natural remedies to common ailments than can be found at CVS, Liz Breadon will share a few tips about homeopathic healing as she does in her local practice.
Abbie Barrett & Last Date, Brendan Boogie & The Broken Gates
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
You can find Abbie Barrett and her band at Radio on most Tuesdays this month. It was a coffee shop where I first heard her doing a Joni-inspired singer-songwriter thing, while her band sounds more uptempo and playful.
Who knows what Brendan Boogie's new band will sound like. If the teaser video is an accurate indication, fiddle and saxophone are involved in some way. We do know that BB knows his way around a catchy tune.
Gary War, Bent Shapes, Bozmo
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$9 / 18+
Since I have no previous impression of the psychedelic popster Gary War, I raise my thumbs up for Bent Shapes and Bozmo.
The change to Bent Shapes (from Girlfriends) with an additional guitarist is relatively new, so it should be okay that the previous incarnation was perfect to my ears. The new line-up still kicks garage-pop ass. About a year ago, members of Wonderful Spells, Pretty & Nice and The Toothaches got together to bozo an album's worth of sharp/snappy/colorful indie-rock. Good stuff!
Peter Mulvey, Suitcase Junket
at Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge (near Inman & Kendall Sq)
$7 / 21+
There's a low, rich, weathered timbre to Peter Mulvey's voice that spent quite a few years getting seasoned at clubs and T stops around Boston.
He even recorded a CD of cover songs at the Davis Sq station a few years ago. You might not have tipped him, so it's not too bad to pay up for a night of thoughtful songs over fine guitar work.