Back to work for the full week this week, but that’s not a terrible thing because there are some cool things to do once work is done. If startups, stories, or famous storytellers are your thing, there are reasons for you to be psyched. If not, everybody loves music and there’s plenty of that to go around. You can even take that special someone to hear Rod Stewart sing, “Have I Told You Lately.”

Dec. 2 – TechSandBox Pitch fest

Ever watch “Shark Tank”? This is kind of like that, but no Cubes, and a lot less money involved. Head out to TechSandBox in Hopkington to see local startups get three minutes to make a pitch for a chance to get some money from angel investor judges (6 p.m., $10-25, all ages).

Dec. 2 – massmouth Story Slam

Radio in Somerville along with massmouth host another round of a huge story telling competition. Tellers each get five minutes to recount a tale in the utmost professional fashion for a chance to move on to the final story slam in April (6:30 p.m., $5-10, 21+).

Dec. 2 – Cass McCombs

San Francisco alt-folk artist Cass McCombs pays a visit to The Sinclair to support his latest, “Big Wheel and Others” (8 p.m., $15, 18+).

Dec. 2 – Mellowhigh

The Los Angeles Odd Future affiliates bring buzz rap to Brighton Music Hall (7 p.m., $15, all ages).

Dec. 3 – Garrison Keillor Book Talk

Bestselling author Garrison Keillor stops by the First Parish Church to discuss his first poetry collection, “O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound” (7 p.m., $5, all ages).

Dec. 3 – Boston Girl Geek Dinner Holiday Happy Hour

Hubspot and Boston Girl Geek Dinners host a holiday themed gathering at The Brahim for a women-only night of networking and all things girl geekdom (5:30 p.m., $5, 21+).

Dec. 3 – Ramming Speed

Former locals return to Boston to play the Cambridge Elk’s Lodge as part of a massive metal bill (with In Defence, Disaster Strikes, Opposition Rising, Terminal Crisis, and Meth Valley; 6:30 p.m., donation based, all ages).

Dec. 4 – Ron Burgundy at Emerson

Everyone’s favorite fictional news anchor stops by Emerson’s School of Communication for a day of lectures and activities. Even if you can’t get in on the real thing, all of the Burgundy festivities will be streaming online at Emerson’s website (11 a.m., free, all ages).


Celebrate 3 years of local label pRIMORDIAL sOUNDS as they welcome Guerilla Toss, Vermont’s Blanche Blanche Blanche, and Fat Creeps to Middlesex Lounge (10 p.m., $3, 21+).

Dec. 4 – Rod Stewart

Legendary rocker struts his stuff on the big stage at the TD Garden (7:30 p.m., $90-150, all ages).