At least two concerts of note are happening here in Columbus tonight. More folks know about The Fratellis (pictured), who'll play Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. (You know, they did the iPod song with all the "ba-da-ba.") In case you want to see that one, doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $18. But I give my recommendation to Ra Ra Riot, the Syracuse sextet that classes up their peppy pop rock with some melancholy violin-cello action. They'll be at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave., with The Pomegranates. 7 p.m. doors, $10 cover.
On TV, the big premiere of the night is Fringe (8 p.m., Fox), the intriguing new X-Files knockoff from producer J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Felicity). I wrote about the show as part of our fall TV preview.
Lastly, I'm fascinated by author A.J. Jacobs' shtick. The journalist is fond of taking on personalized yearlong projects. First he read the entire Encyclopedia Brittannica, resulting in his popular Know It All. Tonight he'll read from The Year of Living Biblically, for which he spent 12 months following the Bible as literally as possible. Thurber House hosts the event at Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $18. Don't forget, Shelley Mann talked to Jacobs for the most recent issue of Alive.