5 Things To Do Today: Teach Me Equals, Knowledge Night, improv comedy, reggae ...

By Volcano Staff on September 3, 2014

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3 2014 >>>

1. Teach Me Equals is a two-piece based out of Sarasota, Florida. Made up of Erin Murphy and Greg Bortnichak, Teach Me Equals do not fall under the lazy umbrella of a duet. Rather, they embody the unique relationship that develops between two people that actually collaborate. Watching them perform means seeing two people that understand the conversation that occurs, not just between artists, but between their instruments, and the give and take of the songwriting process. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on Teach Me Equals in the Music & Culture section, then catch the band with RedRumsey, Hamartia and Sounjaneer at 8 p.m. in the all-ages club Northern in downtown Olympia.

2. If you're looking for more helpful back-to-school tips, Harlequin Productions' improv troupe Something Wicked hosts Something Wicked Goes Back to School, an Improv Comedy Show at 8 p.m. They will present the joys (and tragedies) of going back to school, with the help of your suggestions. Something Wicked knows to approach everything with a sense of humor. When your roommate makes a grumpy quip about the noise keeping her awake, quip back.

3. Every Wednesday Doyle's Public House hosts Knowledge Night, its version of a pub quiz, at 8 and 9 p.m. It is free to play. Speaking of free, bar co-owner Russ Heaton is free to roam the room and look over your shoulder, crack wise and punch you in the arm. Tonight, for the second week in a row, Doyle's is giving away a pair of tickets to the Seattle Sounders versus Real Salt Lake game along with two seats on the Designated Driver Express, aka Doyle's Sounders Party Bus. Each member of the winning quiz team gets a Jameson token, with a maximum of six people.

4. One Drop based in San Diego, California, embraces the spirit of classic roots reggae and dub music with a calculated blend of R&B, pop and rock subtleties. Inspired by artists such as Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs and The Police, One Drop's music is infectious and well received by a wide range of age and cultural demographics. Catch the band with Barry Black and The Hookys at 8 p.m. in Jazzbones.

5. The Phoenix, Arizona, band Electrisad make music that's perfect for swooning young lovers. Simple synths and gentle melodies weave in and around the cooing vocals. When things rise above a tender whisper, the energy is offset by a lingering sense of melancholy. Even with the overarching sadness inherent in Electrisad's oeuvre, there's still that pining bit of hope around the edges, of the thought that there's sunshine around the corner. Chill with Electrisad and Anna Gordon at 10 p.m. in Le Voyeur.

LINK: Wednesday, Sept. 3 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area