Do Some Soul Searching with Mike Doughty.
As a promotional stunt for the upcoming Winter Games, officials in Moscow have created a device that'll dole out free rides on the city's subway system to citizens who first do 30 squats.
One only wonders why we Americans (read: one of the perennially most overweight countries on this planet) haven't yet thought of something like this to curb our own obesity epidemic. We know we'd engage in all kinds of physical activity in exchange for freebies like concert tickets — or, hell, just to get out of parking tickets.
Unfortunately, though, it's just not to be. Well, not yet, at least.
So those looking for free rides to any of tonight's happenings just better be prepared to hoof it.
Mike Doughty at Trees
Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty will be performing at Trees tonight. Fun fact about Doughty: He was once approached to write and record a new song for the hugely popular Twilight franchise. The song, titled “Dive Into the Un,” was eventually rejected due to its subject matter, though. I guess that's just what happens when you write songs about goth kids dropping LSD and stealing porn from train station newsstands. — Erika Lambreton
The Third Man at Magnolia Theater
This Orson Welles vehicle — and the UK's most popular film of 1949 — finds itself on several of American Film Institute's definitive lists, including coming in at No. 57 on its “100 Years, 100 Movies” countdown. Considering it can also lay claim to one of the all-time great soundtracks, it's no wonder so many critics have hailed this noir classic a masterpiece over the years. — Cory Graves
Relient K and Motion City Soundtrack at House of Blues
Though both of these pop-punk stalwarts formed in 1997, both seem to still be doing OK these days, each appearing on recent Warped Tours and each releasing new LPs since last summer. Credit these bands' ability to evolve for these long careers; as their fans have aged Motion City Soundtrack has begun to lean more towards pure pop, while Relient K has begun flirting with adult contemporary territory. — CG
Comedy Open Mic Night at Dallas Comedy House
Somewhere out there, there is a VHS tape of you being caught off guard by the prompt to “Say something funny!” Well, you blew it. You froze. But it's OK. We've all been there before. And, thanks to Dallas Comedy House's Tuesday night open mics, you've now got the perfect venue in which to redeem yourself. Or, y'know, just the chance to watch that one guy who totally thinks he's the funniest guy in the office bomb magnificently. — CG
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