Truly the best thing to do tonight is to go somewhere with the NFL Network and watch the Cowboys-Packers showdown. But assuming you aren't a sports fan, there are still plenty of good options for this evening.
Let's start with live shows. A trio of pop bands that draw from different retro rock traditions is set to play Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. TV Eye reminds me of late-80s British stuff like the Stone Roses and Spacemen 3 and especially 60s' psychedelic stuff the Byrds. The Black Canary draws from that '60s tradition too, but in a less grimey, more groovey Yo La Tengo/Stereolab way. The Proper Nouns pop back into the 70s with jangly, nervous nuggets.
Over at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St., New York's Semi Precious Weapons return to town with a varied supporting cast. The Weapons recently won the Village Voice readers' poll as the best band in New York, and while I have my doubts about that distinction, it sounds like they put on a fun show. I don't hear much about opener Lollipop Factory these days, but it seems they've been putting in a lot of road time on the weekends. I couldn't tell you a thing about the new local group Help Is On The Way, but I imagine they are inspired by the street hustler of the same name. And Akron's Houseguest, who kick things off around 9:45 p.m., are the best of the bunch, though their jittery pop-punk is plenty polarizing, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt.
And now for TV:
As the networks start to run out of new episodes of shows, 30 Rock (8:30 p.m., NBC) is still on the air, and thank God for that. Among tonight's plot lines: Tracy coaches a little league team. Yesssss.
If you are a Kathy Griffin fan (I'm not), her sixth comedy special for Bravo airs at 9 p.m.
OK, that's all I've got for tonight. I guess the title of this post implies that there will be more good TV than I have highlighted so far. Watch the rerun of The Office, I guess. Anyway, I'm burning one of my vacation days tomorrow, so I'll see you back here Monday.