Ideas of things to do this week… 10/20-10/26

By popular demand, I’m highlighting the things I’m going to in green.

Tuesday feel cultured and hip at the same time at the String Quartet Showdown, with no cover, which takes place at 10pm this and every Tuesday in October in Jamaica Plain. Drink Alchemist’s delicious beers, making sure you get your pumpkin/oktoberfest seasonals.

Wednesday I’m leading a taco expedition with my co-workers to Green Street which offers a scrumptious taco menu every Wednesday night. Four dollars each is the damage for selections such as braised duck, carnitas, and spicy chicken.

Thursday I look forward to seeing STS9 w/ ESKMO at the House of Blues. The headlining band played my favorite show that I’ve seen yet, when they were called Sound Tribe Sector 9 in 2004 at Berkfest during sundown. Both bands have organic, live electro music based on groove and heavy sampling. $26, doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm.

Friday evening features Bill Maher doing stand-up at the Wilbur Theater. $49, 10pm.

Saturday I’m heading to my friends The Doctors Fox’s album release party. The other band descriptions sound enticing: The Shills, “boulders and butterflies,” Ellis Ashbrook, “fiery eclecticism rooted in solid foundations of funk, soul and blues,” (sounds like my band, actually) and Walri, “genre chameleons, jumping from late ’60’s inspired love-rock to roots country bluegrass to funky dunky to Brazilian Bossa Nova to shoegaze cowpunk to electronic rock candy. They call the result ‘love-rock.'”

Sunday realize that cooking is an important skill, and classes are a good way to learn it. Take one of them with the talented chef JJ Gonson 11am-2pm at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, put on by thingstodoboston.com.

Monday celebrate the peak of fall foliage with a walk around Back Bay. For a Victorian Back Bay Tour, meet your guide from Boston By Foot at Trinity Church facing Copley Square at 5:30pm. The tour is an hour and a half long, and you can buy tickets right there from the tour guide for $12.

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