Okay, now this is a diverse set of options for those who want to do something tonight!
FYI: Wednesday cheapness is on the calendar (with more to come later).
"Game Over": A Night by Gamers for Gamers
at Good Life, 28 Kingston St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
FREE / 18+
Although I haven't gone yet, the photos must be a good indicator that plenty of people are showing up. "Game Over" begins its run as a weekly night.
It should be quite a crowd tonight due to their write-up in the Metro yesterday. Whatever your game may be (board, cards, electronic), you'll probably find it and some people to play with you. You'd probably find some takers for something you bring from home
6pm to 7pm
Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition
at Boston Beer Garden, 734 East Broadway, Boston (Southie)
You may think you can hold a stein up for 10 minutes with no problem, but that was near the top times when I last looked at the leaderboard.
Someone will win a trip to next year's Oktoberfest in Munich, and I'd like to think you have a chance at some tix to the local event this weekend.
(There are a few more contests in the upcoming days.)
6:30pm to 8pm
"Life After Prison: A Different Kind of Sentence?": Dialogue
at Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)
Panel: Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral, Daniel Cordon, Janet Rodriguez, Lyn Levy
In tandem with the current production of "The Motherfucker with the Hat" whose main character is an ex-convict, The Suffolk County Sheriff and panel that assist similar, real-life characters will examine what it's like when prisoners are released in today's America.
Registration is recommended.
7pm to 9pm
"American Autumn: an Occudoc": Screening
at Bright Screening Room, Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
The Occupy Wall Streeters moved into Zuccotti Park one year ago yesterday. That encampment lasted about 2 months, but it sparked a wave of similar movements including Occupy Boston that's still active today.
After the screening of the documentary that might satisfy the curious more than the diehard, director Dennis Trainor Jr will be joined by Emerson professor Yasser Munif and Boston Phoenix's Chris Faraone (who wrote "99 Nights with the 99 Percent") for a discussion.
Sam Baltrusis, "Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub": Book Launch Celebration
at Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
Special guests: Jim Luletta, Dan Blakeslee, Adam Berry, Mike Baker & Scott Trainito, Wendy Reardon
No offense to all of the 'ghost hunters' out there, but I'm so skeptical about ghosts that I don't care to waste hours waiting to hear a noise or record a change in temperature.
Some of these guys as well as comedian Jim Luletta and musician Dan Blakeslee join author Sam Baltrusis as they celebrate what is most likely the definitive book on local spirits of the non-liquid kind.
Mike Baker & Scott Trainito of Para-Boston will even give a report on the Old South Meeting House's haunting horse...
The Bass, Placci, Rider Trio: "Live from Japan!"
at Seully Hall, 4th Fl, Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway, Boston (The Fens)
Haydn, "Gypsy Trio"In case you couldn't make it to the Chichibu International Music Festival, the trio of Conservatory faculty on piano, cello, and violin will perform the same program from last month.
Brahms, "Piano Trio in B Major"
Shostakovich, "Piano Trio No. 2"
Scale The Summit (10:45pm), Trioscapes (9:45pm), Protean Collective (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+
This is one of those cases when I read an email before the concert date and find something I wouldn't normally post -- progessive metal and metallic jazz-fusion. While I don't regularly listen to bands like Dream Theater, I respect the musicianship.
When I saw that Scale The Summit didn't have a singer, I wanted to say they make up for it with 7- & 8-string guitars and 6-string bass. Then you have Trioscapes with a sax/flute over a crazy rhythm section. Local prog-metal dudes Protean Collective hold up their end of the deal and goes one better with a singer!
Tall Heights, Aunt Martha
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$9 advance / $10 door
Now for something completely different: Tall Heights consist of two guys who share delicate harmonies over guitar and cello. It's really lovely stuff, and they've been at Lizard Lounge every Tuesday this month with different guests.
I'm pretty sure that Aunt Martha lived in New Hampshire at some point. The rootsy racket should be a nice complement. And they played Bonnaroo last year, which is pretty cool.
The Young Leaves, The Fake Boys, Mercy Case, The BF's, Billy Raygun
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$7 / 18+
Now for something completely different again: With 5 bands there might even be a chance that the punky good time will start at 9pm, but I doubt it. I really dig The Fake Boys and power-poppish The BF's. The Young Leaves hark back to loud, noisy '90s indie-rock for a little variety.