The No. 1 thing on everybody's to-do list tonight should be to tune in—or set your DVR—for the season premiere of The Office (9 p.m., NBC). In this first of four hour-long episodes to start the season (entitled "Fun Run"), we'll find out what the folks at Dunder-Mifflin have been up to all summer. In particular, we'll discover what's up with Jim and Pam (you know you're wondering) and see what transitions upward (Ryan) and downward (Jan) have wrought. John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer previewed the episode in a video segment for EW.
Also on are the premieres of My Name Is Earl (8 p.m., NBC) and Ugly Betty (8 p.m., ABC) and Smallville (8 p.m., CW) three shows that I hear are quite good but haven't become a part of my universe just yet. And then there's the one I abandoned, Grey's Anatomy, clocking in at 9 p.m. on ABC.
What about out and about?
One cool event is at Chop Chop Gallery, 78 Parsons Ave., where Pennsylvania-based experimental filmmaker Brent Green will present and narrate his movies with a live soundtrack by Chicago's Sin Ropas. Here's the deal:
"Brent Green's films have been shown at such high art locations as the Whitney Museum in NYC and the Getty Museum in LA, screened at Sundance in 2006 and 2007, he was the recipient of a 2006 Creative Capital grant, and has toured with folks like Califone, members of Fugazi, and more."
He opened for Califone at the Wexner Center last fall, and it was quite an experience. Not sure how to describe what went down. It's definitely intense, though. Sin Ropas will be doing their own set as well. Moviola starts the thang off at 8:30 p.m. sharp.
One more thing: Big metal show happening at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. Local cats 1.3 will be joined by Atlanta's Zoroaster and Withered. (Wow, Georgia is quite the metal hotbed.) 10 p.m. start. Rock the eff out.