by Timmy Semenza
1:28 PM EDT, September 8, 2011
With the weekend on the horizon, Thursday seems like as good as any night to get out there and do something fun. Your weekend is probably swallowed up by previous plans as it is, so here are five things to do tonight that you may have not known about.
Jamey Jasta, frontman of metalcore bands Hatebreed and Kingdom of Sorrow, is at Hartford's Webster Underground, and he is ready to melt faces. He recently released a solo album, modestly entitled, "Jasta," in which he collaborates with a bunch of other metal artists from bands like Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, and Five Finger Death Punch. Although he's headlining, Hate Your Guts, The World We Knew, and Fates Divide join Jasta to bring the rock. Tix are $15 at the doors, which open at 6:30 p.m.
The current production at Hartford's TheaterWorks is Rob Ruggiero's production of Theresa Rebeck's backstage comedy, The Understudy. Good guy Harry is cast as the understudy of Jake, a Hollywood action star who wants the cred that comes along with being on Broadway. Being forced to deal with Jake's ego is the stage manager, Roxanne, whose crew is monumentally unreliable. The Boston Globe calls the show "[f]unny, funny, funny." Hm, sounds pretty serious to me based on this quote. Catch it tonight at 7:30 p.m. for $40.
Feeling brainy? Not too burnt out by the week yet? Drop by the Blue Monday Poets' Society gathering at the Downtown Gallery in New Britain. If you just want to sit and take in the work of other writers, or if you want to put yourself out into the literary scene, this is a great, accepting environment to do so. The best part: it's $Free.99. Drop in at anytime between 5-8 p.m.
In three days, it will have been ten years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, as we all know. The Charter Oak Cultural Center, via the Hartford Public Library, is having a discussion based around how faith has affected the U.S. response to the tragedy. Even if you're not religious or spiritual, it may be enlightening to see this national event from a different perspective. The program begins at 6 p.m.
Mulling over 9/11 may not exactly be your idea of an enjoyable Thursday night, so ditch the bummerfest for some pizza! Hartford's very own Carbone's Ristorante has been around since 1938, with some of the best pasta dishes in town. You may be thinking, "But pizza night is on Friday!" in which case I'd respond, "Why is it not every night?"