We know, we know: it’s guys night on American Idol and you’ve developed a bewildering crush on Jason Castro, dreads and all, and you’re seriously considering just staying home and ordering a pizza. Pizza is great and we’re feeling your Castro love (he just seems so happy!), but really, it’s relatively warm out (albeit a bit rainy), so shouldn’t you get out while you can? Boston is full of good shows tonight, so why not get a nice meal before checking one out?
•The Boston Symphony Orchestra hosts German violinist Isabelle Faust for a night of Mozart, Berg, and Brahms at 8pm. Prepare for this evening of high culture by getting your fix of rowdiness at Betty’s. A big bowl of Shanghai wheat noodles will hold you through every last concerto.
•If you’re in the mood for something a little more countrified, head to The Cantab Lounge for their 8pm Bluegrass Pickin’ Party, but not before stopping into Rendezvous for a luxurious dinner. Grilled sardines with fennel and cherry tomato vinaigrette pair surprisingly well with pickin’.
•Get your indie rock fix at Harper’s Ferry, which hosts New York band the French Kicks at 8pm. Beforehand, stop by New Trend Eatery for stellar Cantonese fare: don’t miss the BBQ roast duck.
•We are a giant theatre nerd, but frequently, the over-intellectualized productions at the American Repertory Theatre leave us cold. We do, however, very much want to see their current production of Julius Caesar for one reason: Jim True-Frost, also known as Roland Pryzbylewski on the best television show of all time, The Wire, plays Brutus. Before you feast on his awesomeness, dine on a frisee salad and crispy seared duckling at UpStairs on the Square. Mmm…artsy.