It hasn't taken new Centerstage artistic director Kwame Kweh-Armah long to make good on promises to A) partner with other theater groups and B) make theater more available to the community at large. For evidence of all this, check out Sunday night's pub reading at Liam Flynn's Ale House in Station North. It features actors from Single Carrot and Everyman reading Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane. It starts at 8 pm, and it's free. And there will be another free reading of a McDonagh play at the pub next Sunday.
Local metal/hardcore label A389 celebrates its eighth anniversary with a huge show at Sonar on Saturday night. Featuring 16 bands on two stages, the night will be a blitz of punk, thrash, death metal, and doom from a label that has released more than 100 albums—as in vinyl records!—since 2004. I'm partial to a shoegaze band, Anne, that records for A389. They won't be playing tomorrow night, but look for a review of their new disc in our February issue. Doors open tomorrow at 4 pm, and the first group goes on at 4:15 pm.
The brilliant and prolific (and onetime Baltimorean) Cass McCombs returns for a show at the Ottobar tomorrow night. McCombs put out not one, but two, of last year's finest discs, so catch him while you can. It's an all ages show with Walker and Jay also on the bill.