Tonight’s Pocket Lab Reading Series features an especially exciting lineup of presenters, so for all of you nice poetry-reading-and-writing folk, this may be your ideal Thursday night for inspiration. Make yourself comfortable at the Rogue Buddha and listen to the works of Emily August, who’s currently writing a dissertation on the relationship between some interesting topics: nineteenth-century medical textbooks, surgical practices, mortuary and funerary aesthetics, anatomical exhibitions, and fairy tales. Dan Boehl, author of Kings of the F**king Sea, and Chris Tonelli, author of four chapbooks, will share some of their writing as well. Molly Sutton Kiefer, who recently won the Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press poetry prize for her chapbook, The Recent History of Middle Sand Lake, will be reading too. 7 p.m. Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., pocketlab.blogspot.com. —SB
You don’t need another reason to go to a Saints game—the cheap tickets, special events, ushertainers, and other regular shenanigans are reason enough to visit at least once per season—but we’ll give you one. Midway stadium becomes Zombieland tonight at the Saints vs. Railcats game, so awaken your inner zombie and head to St. Paul. There’ll be a Zombie of the Night costume competition (so dress to impress!), a zombie parade through the Grandstand, a Zombie Baseball Crawl (wander your way around five of the nine beer shacks to fill up your punch card and get a free Zombie Land t-shirt), and other Zombie-themed activities. Pay just $13 for your outfield reserved ticket, a hot dog and soda voucher, and a (brand new for 2011) Saints hat. Get your coveted Zombie Land tickets at the box office (they’re sold out online). For more information call 651-644-6659. —SB
Have you ever been to a dance night or heard a DJ’s set and thought that you just had to have the album that was being played? Tonight at Hymie’s Record Roadshow at the Turf Club, the tunes that make your booty move are also a part of the Hymie’s inventory and available for you to purchase right then and there. (Records sold at the Turf also have a 10 percent discount on new records, 20 percent for used during the show.) After Dave and Laura from Hymie’s DJ their own sets, they’ll hand the decks off to guest DJ Shannon Blowtorch who’s well known for moving crowds at dance nights like Lush at the Spring Street and Bomp! Pabst Tall Boys are only $3, if you need a little bit of assistance getting out on the dance floor. Music starts at 8 p.m., for more info visit the Hymies website.
Harry and the Potters scream “Who here feels like a wizard!?” at the opening of the live version of their track “Harry Potter”, a blitzkrieg of power chords and lyrics that are just names like Voldemort, Dumbledore, Ron, and yes, Harry Potter. Frontmen Joe and Paul DeGeorge both perform as Harry and, along with their backing band The Potters, they rip through fast-paced songs about the boy wizard and the rest of J.K. Rowling’s creations, turning their shows into equal parts cosplay and jubilant party. If jamming out to wizard rock wasn’t fun enough for you, some of the best and infectiously upbeat party bands in the Twin Cities, Best Friends Forever and Dance Band will also be performing. The show is appropriately all ages and doors are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information on the show and to hear a bunch of free music from Harry and the Potters, visit HarryandthePotters.com.
Here’s your last chance to catch Chelsea Boys before they and their super sexy synth-tastic sound head out on tour through the upper midwest to the east coast. The band, if you couldn’t tell from the name, mixes just the right combination of heteroflexible innuendo with danceable drum beats. MC Spyder Baybie Raw Dog and 2% Muck will warm up the crowd with their freaky and funky beats. Tickle Torture and Grave Danger (Preston from Buffalo Moon) also open. Follow the stream of kids in wayfarers and tank-tops behind the old Bedlam space to XXXUSA/Club Med on the West Bank. $5 at the door, space opens at 10 p.m.