The Underground Is a Dying Breed
If you’re anything like us, seeing late nineties bands like Hot Rod Circuit call it quits doesn’t just mean the loss of a favored band… it means we’re getting old. It may also mean that punk is dead too. Gonna have to double check on that one. The fiercely passionate New Haven band who unwittingly played a part in laying down the blueprint for most of the commercial pop emo bands you hate right now with albums like If It's Cool with You It's Cool with Me, hits Boston for the last time tonight. 18+. 7:30p.m. $12. Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278. mideastclub.com
For fans of pro wrestling in Boston, consider tonight your Superbowl double-header when two of the most popular sports entertainment programs on TV come to town. Perhaps the only wholesome venue left for young men to ogle muscle bound superheroes in tiny underwear, the melodrama of the WWE’s Smackdown and Extreme Championship Wrestling make your mother’s day time soaps look like Chekhov. And that’s why we love it. 6:30p.m. $22.50-72.50. TD Bank North Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 617-931-2000. ticketmaster.com. [Luke O’Neil]
Charity on Ice
Back in our day we didn’t have Disney stars on ice, or great animated films like Finding Nemo. We didn’t even have ice. We had to skate on dirt. Wasn’t pretty. But good news for all the kids out there because Disney is teaming up with Toys for Tots for a feel good, charity fun time happy event that’s just like in the movies! Although probably fewer wise-cracking animals. Everyone gets to skate with some of their favorite Disney characters today, but the first 100 kids to donate a toy get two tickets to Disney on Ice presents Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo at the TD Bank North Garden. 3p.m. Free. Frog Pond, Boston Common. toysfortots.org
There are two things that basically everyone wants to be able to do: cook, and work for themselves. Tonight’s your chance to combine those two with a class from the Boston Center for Adult Education called Catering as a Small Business. Learn what it takes to get your own catering business off the ground, including hiring help, managing the local laws and raising capital from instructor Madonna Berry, a chef/instructor at Newbury College who’s worked at a number of great restaurants, including Maison Robert in Boston. Easy as pie. 6p.m. $48 members, $52, non-members. Boston Center for Adult Education, 5 Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-267-4430. bcae.org.
Anyone can learn to play the guitar or the piano. That’s boring. Original thinkers like you want something a little more exotic, like the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo for example. Often used in ceremonial rituals in northern Australia, the didgeridoo is thought to be one of the oldest known wind instruments. But more importantly it makes a really awesome droning sound. New School of Music faculty member and didgeridoo veteran Daniel Orlansky shows you how its done tonight. Beginners welcome, and no, you don’t need to have your own didgeridoo to come. 6:30p.m. $30. New School of Music, 25 Lowell St., Cambridge. 617-492-8105
When it was published ten years ago, author Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent was widely praised for giving a voice to Dinah, a previously unheard from character in Genesis. Diamant’s imaginative depiction of Dinah’s life, particularly surrounding the practices of the titular tent and its relation to female sexuality, is regarded as something of a feminist retelling of a generally male dominated story. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of her bestseller Diamant will be interviewed by author Judy Bolton-Fasman of the Jewish Advocate. 7p.m. Free. Reservations required. Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newton. 617-244-6619. newtonvillebooks.com
Boston journo and big time felinophile, Clea Simon reads at the Brookline Booksmith tonight. Author of the books Cattery Row and Mew is for Murder, Simon’s latest Cries and Whiskers continues in her tradition of the feline mystery novel. What is that? We’re not exactly sure, but we’re guessing it’s a lot like a regular mystery, only more fur balls. Sounds scary (we’re allergic). Joining her is Karen Olson, author of the Annie Seymour mystery series, who reads from her latest, Dead of the Day.7p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St. Brookline. 617-566-6660. brooklinebooksmith.com
Cheeses have been leaving us a bit cold lately. Especially mushy cheeses and goat and sheep cheeses. No thanks. But we may have to rethink all that. Perhaps we just weren’t tasting them in the right context. Cheese Night at L’Espalier, an event curated by Fromager and mâitre d’ Louis Risoli, gives diners a chance to learn more about something we all eat, but often take for granted. Eat a great meal constructed around the cheeses of the week at a communal table designed for maximum cheesy socializing. 7p.m. $68. Reservations recommended. L’Espalier, 30 Gloucester Street, Boston. 617-262-3023. lespalier.com
Originally published in the Boston Globe.