After being a shut-in the past few days, you’re probably looking for any reason to get out of the house this week. Whether it’s sledding at Fenway with us, testing your hip-hop knowledge at Good Life, or catching some awesome local bands at Middlesex, we have a few ideas for both leaving the house and making it worth it.
|1.||Jan. 6 – BDCwire sledding party|
Join us boneheads from BDCwire at friendly Fenway as we hit the sledding hill in centerfield. Just follow BDCwire and tweet/Facebook #FrozenFenwayBDC to be entered to win a spot on the guestlist! If you can win, you can join us after for some beverages at Landsdowne Pub. See here for the complete list of rules (8 p.m., free, 21 +).
|2.||Jan. 6 – Brown Bird cover night at Passim|
Head to Club Passim as a huge crew of local artists, including The Low Anthem, Dan Blakeslee, Audrey Ryan, and more perform the songs of Brown Bird. You may or may not know that Dave Lamb of the very talented Rhode Island folk duo Brown Bird is currently battling leukemia. All proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise will go directly to helping Lamb and the band (8 p.m., $15, 21+).
|3.||Jan. 6 – Coolidge Corner Stage & Screen|
Fan of theater? Fan of film? Head to Coolidge Corner Theatre and soak in the best of both. The theater will host a screening of the 2002 film “Secretary,” featuring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal, with a post-screening discussion among cast members of The Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Venus in Fur” concerning shared themes between the two pieces (7 p.m., $10.25, all ages).
|4.||Jan 6. – Steep Leans at Zuzu|
Portland, Maine’s Teenarena Records takes over ZuZu for a night, bringing down indie poppers Foam Castles, joined by locals Steep Leans and Soft Pyramids. If you’re concerned with the weather outside, please note that Zuzu is perhaps the coziest place to catch a show in all of Boston (9:30 p.m., free, 21+).
|5.||Jan. 7 – RED Artist Talk|
There is almost nothing going on on Tuesday in Boston, so if you’re thinking of throwing a weeknight party or something, that might be a good choice. If you’re really looking to leave the house and maybe gain a little knowledge, too, head to the Cambridge Art Association, as winners of last fall’s RED-themed art competition will present and discuss their work and creative process (6 p.m., free, all ages).
|6.||Jan. 8 – Bent Shapes at Middlesex|
Cambridge-based psych-rock label pRIMORDIAL sOUNDS continues its residency at the Middlesex Lounge, this time featuring Bent Shapes, which released an excellent LP, “Feels Weird,” this past summer, and joined by fellow locals Half Sour and Steep Leans (10 p.m., $3, 21+).
|7.||Jan. 8 – Hip Hop Trivia|
Think you know everything about the old school, the new school, and everything in between? Wu-Tang Wednesdays at Good Life hosts a round of hip-hop trivia that will test both your cred and your knowledge. Spend the next few days re-listening to Method Man’s entire discography and you should be set to compete (7:30 p.m., free, 21+).
|8.||Jan. 8 – Elastic Waste Band at Atwoods|
Elastic Waste Band, featuring members of Boston legends Morphine and Jeremy Lyons, continues its Wednesday night residency at Atwood’s. Once again, it may be cold, but Atwood’s is a particularly comfortable spot to escape the windchill (10 p.m., free, all ages).