Not much on the live music schedule has me very excited tonight, so allow me to suggest an alternative: Open Mic with Whiles mastermind Joe Peppercorn at The Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd. Peppercorn, who just welcomed his first child into the world, is back from paternity leave and has resumed running the kooky, communal Wednesday music get-togethers. You may recall this weekly institution winning our 2008 Best of Columbus poll. Although it was dethroned this year, it still makes for a fine Wednesday out. Music begins at 8:15. Prospective players can ensure a time slot by sending a message to the open mic's MySpace page.