Before you settle on the new Die Hard flick (which we hear is shitty) or congregating at the usual characterless suburban video-poker bar because they have $1 Miller Lites, consider these alternatives for tonight and tomorrow night.
First: We owe Clay Heximer. Specifically, we owe him a drink for botching his name in print a couple of years back. But apparently we go to different bars. So while we await that day where we rub elbows at the same dive, we'll pay him back another way: by imploring you to go to his benefit show. Heximer, an active drummer, photographer and historical preservationist, was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. He had the diseased kidney removed a week and a half ago, but the financial repercussions have hit his household hard, and the local music community aims to help out with a concert at Motor City Cafe. Bands such as Thee Swank Bastards, Fredward and Civic Minded Five, among others, will bring the entertainment. You, good and generous person, just need to bring some cash to donate at the door, all of which goes to Heximer's medical expenses. Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.; Motor City Cafe, 4080 Paradise Road, www.nosaleradio.org/CashforClay.html.
Second: About those $1 Miller Lites: You can do better, beer drinker. In fact, not only can you easily improve the quality of the suds you're guzzling, but you can get a hell of a lot drunker. Now that I have your attention: You know how bands have CD release parties? Well, Celebrator magazine is throwing a Sierra Nevada-themed beer release party at Aces and Ales, featuring its 25th Anniversary beer Camp: a "double pale ale" with 9.2 percent alcohol by volume. That brew and seven other premium Sierra blends, all blessed with impressively high ABVs, will be available at $5 a serving. Now, you may want to get your drink on earlier than usual. Quantities are limited and begin pouring at 7 p.m. In fact, you might as well have dinner there, too -- and why not, with offerings such as, ahem, Deep Fried Oreos and Arrogant Bastard-flavored steaks. Just remember to bring cab fare. Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.; Aces and Ales, 3740 S. Nellis Blvd., www.acesandales.com.