WELL WELL WELL—Let's have deep thoughts and drink absinthe. The members of Blouse and Houndstooth that make up WL (or Well) are ready to show off their shoegaze. I can't get enough of either of those bands or the fact that Valentine's is heated like a little, experimental volcano all winter long. SS
w/Tom Blood, Jordan Dykstra, Bird Costumes; Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny, 9 pm

—The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means: menorah lighting! Yep, all the dancing and free latkes you could dream of are in Director Park this evening for the first night of Hanukkah. And remember, there are eight days, so if you miss the first one... MJ
Director Park, 815 SW Park, 5:30 pm, through Dec 28, FREE