Totem Carving at Carnegie; Throckmorton at Thunderbird Cafe (CPs Tues., 12/3/13)

1) Many of us have seen a carved Native American totem pole, but few have had the opportunity to see one being carved. Now, Carnegie Museum of Natural History artist Tommy Joseph will carve a traditional 16-foot Tlingit (indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest) totem pole that will mark the entrance to the Carnegie’s Hall of American Indians. How cool is that! Through Dec. 14. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

2)  Thunderbird Café’s Space Exchange series continues tonight with David Throckmorton. The improvisational hip-hop band includes Throckmorton on drums with Akil Esson (MC), Paul Thompson (bass), Chris Parker (guitar), and Ben Opie (sax, FX). 9 p.m. No cover. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

3) At Theater Square, keyboardist Kevin Howard is the featured performer at this week’s Tuesday night jazz series at the Backstage Bar. No cover. 5 – 11 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

4) Get away to the tropics with a trip to Brillobox for Tropical Tuesdays. There you’ll feel the trade winds (ceiling fan) soothe your overdue vacation bones. Here’s a sampling of their specials: $3 select craft cans, $4 frozen drinks, $10 California bubble bath, $10 Eva Peron, $7 Fernet con cola, and $6 Coronita Margaveza. You can also sop up the island drinks with $7 pineapple soy-glazed chicken or tofu skewers served with Caribbean sweet potato salad. Shoes and shirt required. 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.