Did you know Gordon Lightfoot was playing Palace Theatre tonight? Because I certainly didn't. $40-50 seems a pretty steep price to see this folkie, but I guess most of the folks in his target audience can afford it. (As for the rest of you hardcore Lightfoot fans out there, maybe you can pay for a ticket by skimping on your groceries this week or quitting smoking or something.) This one starts at 8 p.m. By the way, I'm delighted to live in a world where Gordon Lightfoot has an official MySpace page.
Meanwhile, the homies at Funkdefy are bringing Eli "Paperboy" Reed to Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. The soul strutter from Allston, Massachusetts, will play all night from 10 p.m. on. Admission is $8. (Seems like the better deal.)
Staying home? My Name Is Earl (8 p.m., NBC) and CSI (9 p.m., CBS) return tonight. That Rock the Cradle show I mentioned in Lunch Break Links premieres at 10 p.m. on MTV. The makers of Project Runway and Top Chef are unveiling a new dance competition show called Step It Up and Dance (10 p.m., Bravo). And Jimmy Kimmel's 1,000th episode airs at midnight on ABC.