Where to go and what to watch this week

Illustration: Wes Gatbonton


Fitz & The Tantrums A white dude from LA singing retro-Stax soul—and doing it well? Believe it. When this six-piece put its modern spin on old-school sounds, your inner boogie won’t be quite so inner anymore. January 13-16, 10 p.m. & midnight, free, Cosmopolitan’s Book & Stage.

Godzilla Day Warner Bros. has commissioned a new ’zilla remake, but the 1954 original’s still the king. See it in original form (no awful dubbing!), plus sequels pitting the giant lizard against King Kong, Anguirus and Mothra, at this daylong ode to Godzilla. January 15, noon, $5, Sci Fi Center.

Lisa Lampanelli You’ve caught Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean giving a merciless, knee-slapping roast to a Hollywood heavy hitter. Now turn off Comedy Central and experience her hilarious insults firsthand. January 15, 8 p.m., $50-$60, the Pearl.

Masterworks III Badass Italian pianist Fabio Bidini performs Khacha-turian with the LV Phil. Also on the program, Mendelssohn’s “Ruy Blas Overture” and Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4.” January 15, 8 p.m., $35-$75, Ham Hall.


American Idol The reality TV juggernaut opens its 10th season. New additions include Steven Tyler, J-Lo and—surprise!—Las Vegas. Tune in for the train-wreck auditions in the early going, stick around to see how many Vegas clichés the show crams in. Premieres January 9, 8 p.m., Fox.

Dhani Tackles the Globe Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones isn’t just insanely likable, he’s also one helluva multisport athlete. See how an NFL powerhouse fares at everything from Senegalese wrestling to Spanish jai alai on this must-see sports travel show. Both seasons now on Netflix Instant.


My Mom is a Fob Funny but full of love, this blog-turned-book by Teresa and Serena Wu focuses on the unintentionally hilarious things said by Asian-American mothers. Reclaim your mother’s cultural awkwardness. $13


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