Do you possess a surplus of useless knowledge about obscure summer-camp traditions and the classic Oregon Trail computer game? Seize the opportunity to show off your affinity for random factoids at Aeronaut’s weekly “Indie Trivia” nights. The Somerville taproom taps the fiercest trivia competitors in town to create and host ultra-competitive Tuesday-night quizzes complemented by the ultimate brain food: Aeronaut’s signature hoppy brews. 14 Tyler St. , Somerville, MA aeronautbrewing.com.
In a town saturated with the same old prepackaged bar trivia, Aeronaut has perfected the art of the artisanal quiz. Every Tuesday night at this zany brew hall, local hosts read handcrafted questions on everything from famous drummers to authors who use pen names. Bring your own snacks or enjoy delivery pizza accompanied by an ice-cold glass of "Dr. Nandu," Aeronaut's oh-so-good IPA. And be sure to show up early—trivia night here fills up fast. 14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA 02143, aeronautbrewing.com.
Not content to simply make and serve suds, Aeronaut is attracting more than just craft-beer fans with lively events in its cavernous space nearly every night of the week. Ever played board games inside a brewery? Seen live music or flamenco? Now you can. If you can’t find something that sounds appealing on this extensive roster, you’re probably just not looking hard enough. 14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA 02143, aeronautbrewing.com.
A visit to chef Peter Ungár’s culinary theater is transformative from start to finish. Take your seat, gaze upon the team of busy chefs, and let the show begin: an island of lobster custard and seaweed in a briny pool of uni broth; tangy sour-cream dumplings with crispy pancetta; and bite-size chocolate ganache cake with preserved strawberries, all personally plated with just enough time between courses. Who could have guessed such luxury lurked behind Aeronaut Brewing? 14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA 02143, tastingcounter.com.
New Hampshire composer Jeff Rapsis is a man on the move: At least once a week, you can find him traveling throughout the region, performing improvised scores to pre-talkie classics. He’s a regular at the “Silents Please” film series at the Somerville Theatre, where he plays along to both romantic travails and madcap adventures, as well as Arlington’s Regent Theatre and Aeronaut in Somerville. Wild and whimsical, Rapsis’s performances give voice to the days of yore. silentfilmlivemusic.blogspot.com.