Lecture: Most people celebrate getting over their hump day by drinking and partying. But a select few people might prefer to celebrate it by, say, listening to lectures about philosophy or the medical profession. That’s the ideal crowd for Nerd Nite at Veritas Wine Bar (217 Alexander St., veritaswinebar.com), part of the nationwide Nerd Nite monthly series. This Nerd Nite will feature “The Most Important Doctor You’ll Ever Meet,” a lecture from Dr. David Hicks, director of surgical pathology at Strong Memorial Hospital, and “Molyneux’s Problem,” a lecture by University of Rochester philosophy professor Alison Peterman. The lectures start at 7 p.m. and are free, with suggested donations benefiting the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
Music: Do you or do you not want to see a band called Diarrhea Planet? Decide soon, because the six-piece Nashville garage-punk group headlines tonight at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com), with Rochester garage acts Big Brain and the Drug Cartel, Chika and the Wolves, and The Tabs opening. Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $7 for 21 and over and $9 for under 21.
Workshop: You’ve already missed Thali of India’s Monday night buffet, but it’s not too late to learn how to make an Indian buffet of your own. Makhan Singh, owner and chef of Thali of India, will teach a class in cooking Indian Cuisine at Rosario Pino’s Artisan Foods (349 W. Commercial St., Suite 1620). The class runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and costs $60 per person. To register and to see on other upcoming classes, go to rosariopinos.com.
Music: Want some Coffey with your dinner tonight? Local band Nate Coffey and the New Brew will play a free show at Temple Bar and Grille (109 East Ave.) at 10 p.m. Go to templebarandgrille.com for other upcoming performances.
Music: OK, so here’s the deal. You like classical, as in Bach? JACK. You lean toward the wild side with Cage? JACK. You dig string musicians with a top-button-open attitude and some ridiculous technical skills? JACK. And I’m not talking cheese. This is the quartet that proves new music soars to a new level when you have the proper classical training to execute what modern composers create out of our complex, modern world. The JACK Quartet is playing in the intimate Hatch Recital Hall, which means both superior acoustics and a sell-out show. Get your tickets as quickly as you can spell…you got it: JACK. The JACK Quartet performs tonight, 8 p.m. at Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St. $10-$20, discounts to UR ID holders. 274-1000, esm.rochester.edu.