As an animator you may feel alone in your art. Your art school friends don’t get it, and your other friends couldn’t be bothered to try. All you’re left with is watching the 1977 Hobbit over and over again in solitude. Until now. Come and gather with your fellow animators and local industry leaders, like the creators of Youtube’s “Baman Piderman,” for a night of inspiration and education. Golem will still be waiting for you when it’s over.
The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 7pm/FREE. artsatthearmory.org
PEM/PM Evening Party: I’m a Lumberjack
ax and chest hair not included
To be a lumberjack was to embrace a life of long johns, lice, and near-death situations. Now it’s just trendy. This is your prime opportunity to join all the other flannel enthusiasts with music, chainsaw art, a wood-turning demo, and lots of hard cider thanks to Salem’s Far From the Tree Cider. So take a day to live out your woodsy fantasy and give the deodorant a break.
Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 6pm/21+/FREE-$10. pem.org/pempm
Singles Ping Pong Tournament
the paddle to win them all
The only way to play ping pong is to play competitively. Take this opportunity to pit yourself against real competitors and not your dear Granny, who honestly wanted to give up on your table tennis battles 10 years ago. Prizes like a membership to Brooklyn Boulders and something secret from Blazing Paddles are up for grabs if you have the skills. Beer and pizza, merely a bonus.
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville, 12A Tyler St., Somerville. 7pm/18+/$10. brooklynboulders.com
Enchantment Under the Sea Prom Night at The Sinclair
marty mcfly for prom king
If you graduated from an American high school, there’s a great chance that your prom was less a magical night full of excitement and sexual tension, and more a giant suckfest. If you still haven’t gotten over the disappointment, The Sinclair is hosting its own Back to the Future-inspired prom party (complete with a Marty McFly impersonation contest). If Carrie’s prom is more your style … keep waiting.
The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 8pm/21+/$15. sinclaircambridge.com
New England Ninja Warrior
your childhood fantasy
If there’s one thing New England is swarming with, it’s ninjas. They’re everywhere. And now there’s a competition to see who among them is truly the Ninja Warrior. The famed fitness competition consists of feats of strength involving a 14-foot warped wall, quad steps, and whatever a salmon ladder is. If the ninja isn’t in you, you can still just go to watch. Someone is bound to fall on their face.
TA Fitness, 54 Mathewson Dr., Weymouth. 1pm/kids’ competition 5-13, adults’ 14+/$25. teamawesomefit.com
Stand Up Sit Down February Edition
grill a comedian
Every comedy fan has been to a stand-up act or two. You sit, you watch, and you laugh. But there’s also that moment when you swear you’ve made eye contact with the comedian, and you just want to whisper, “Tell me all your secrets.” Most of the time you’re stuck with disappointing silence, but for one night you can pick the brains of comedians Bethany Van Delft, Mike Mulloy, and a mystery guest. Probably better if you don’t whisper though…
East Meets West Bookstore, 934 Mass Ave., Cambridge. 8pm//suggested donation $5. emwbookstore.com