The Patriots play their first preseason game Thursday night, and I’ll be planted in front of the TV watching every second of undrafted rookies who will probably never make an NFL team, because football. But there’s plenty of not-sports activities on tap for this week, so see some live jazz, author talks or comedy so you won’t feel as bad about cheering for debilitating brain injuries.

Monday, August 4 – Berklee at the Regattabar
Who doesn’t love dive bars? You can get a ‘Gansett tallboy for less than you usually pay for an iced coffee, and you don’t need to worry about wearing a shirt that has a collar or even covers your armpits. But it’s also nice to class it up a little at a venue like Harvard Square’s jazzy Regattabar, which is obviously expensive, I mean it’s named after a boat race. So take advantage of the rare free show like tonight’s Berklee at the Regattabar courtyard concert series featuring the Song Yi Jeon Quartet. (6 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Monday, August 4 – Matthew Gilbert
Sitting around watching television all day is pretty fun, especially if there’s a “Bar Rescue” marathon on and you can pretend Jon Taffer is your dad — he’d give you the tough love you need, and you’d really want to make him proud. But imagine you got paid to watch TV all day — you’d probably never leave the house. That’s the situation that Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert found himself in until his yellow lab Toby turned out to be a play-obsessed social butterfly. “Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park” chronicles Gilbert’s experience ditching the digital leash for the dog park and its cast of canines and characters. He’ll talk about the book tonight at Brookline Booksmith. (7 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Tuesday, August 5 – Rooftop Kickboxing
If you don’t have a cute puppy to chase around at the dog park, I guess the next best thing is exercising with other humans. So you might as well do it somewhere with a sweet view of the Boston skyline. Eliza Shirazi’s Kick It! Cardio Kickboxing class takes to a Fort Point rooftop so you can work up a sweat while staring at buildings and forgetting you’re even working out. After the class, reward yourself by watching this video taken by a dog wearing a GoPro to the dog park, because puppies are the best motivation. (6:30 p.m., $9, all ages)

Tuesday, August 5 – Trash Night Video: “Cyber Ninja”
You couldn’t pick a better title for Trash Night Video’s monthly F-grade cinema series than ”Cyber Ninja.” These two were made for each other, especially as the finale for Trash Night’s Cyber Summer series at the Brattle Theatre. It’ll have lasers, transforming houses, and Power Rangers-level combat, and because the movie is something like 62 minutes long, the festivities will start with a special mystery short film. The ticket price also includes a commemorative pin, so you can show strangers you have the disposable income to see really bad movies on purpose. (7:30 p.m., $7, all ages)

Wednesday, August 6 – River & A Movie
You probably have at least one weird friend who’s never seen “The Princess Bride,” or maybe you are that weird friend, in which case I’m sorry for calling you weird, and anyways I’ve never seen “The Goonies” so who am I to talk? The movie has pretty much everything: romance, comedy, adventure, fantasy, Fred Savage, sword fighting, and lots more, so it’s the perfect debut screening for this year’s Education First River & A Movie series at North Point Park in Cambridge. The night kicks off with free kayak rides from Community Boating, complimentary lawn games, and specials at Lingo Bar and Restaurant before the screening begins. (6 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Wednesday, August 6 – Monty Python Live (Mostly)
ArtsEmerson’s summer series of live performance captured for the screen presents Monty Python Live (Mostly) broadcast from London’s O2 Arena. For the first time in more than three decades, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists. With a combined age of 358, this might be your last chance to see them all together before they become ex-Pythons. (7 p.m., $18, all ages)

Thursday, August 7 – Bard at the Bar
Shakespeare? More like Shakes…beer, amirite? OK, so I’m not as clever as old Billy Shakes, but drinking makes everyone more clever, so head down to Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Bard at the Bar event at Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale for drinks before Thursday’s performance of “Twelfth Night” on the Common. Because standing is hard when you’re drunk, they’ll give you a complimentary rental chair for the show, or you can reserve a spot in the front for the discounted price of $35 (usually $50). (5:30 p.m., FREE, 21+)

Thursday, August 7 – Edwardian Garden Party
Party like it’s 1916 as Cambridge Historical Tours and the Cambridge Historical Society team up to throw the classiest/only Edwardian Garden Party of the season. Costumed characters, croquet and party games, era-specific tunes from The Longy School of Music, and an open bar sponsored by Hendricks Gin. If you want to drum up some sympathy from the bartender and score a little more gin in your G&T, just say you lost your whole family on the Titanic and you’re still getting over it. (6 p.m., $50, all ages)

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