These days it's easy to find out what's going on from Dubai to Downing Street, but finding out what's happening down your street is a backbreaking endeavor that requires putting on trousers and going places -- only to discover you'd have been happier watching Sky News. Just kidding, Newsbeat. Digitally coming to the rescue, Geomium
Now public after a lengthy private beta, Geo's a Gmap-based web service (and iPhone app, if you're the mobile type) where users fill other users in on exactly what's going on in any given area, and whether or not what's going on is actually worth checking out, from concerts to discounted grub to discounted concerts (Mike Rutherford's still got it).
The juicy lowdown is relayed via "Shouts": location-tagged tweet-style messages which so far have included helpfulness like "One Alfred place, it's non-members night", "At Ronnie Scott's, it's amazing tonight" (presumably not the food), and "At the Pit Bar in the Old Vic...Kevin Spacey just walked in" -- so rush over immediately if you want a cheap copy of K-PAX.
The proximity of displayed shouts can be adjusted, and mini-messages can be restricted to/from "Friends" you've added to your profile; any shouts you'd like -- yours, your friends', all users' -- can be auto-loaded onto Facebook, thus giving Facebook friends even more information to not care at all about
As for your own location, that can either be displayed or kept private, if you don't want it advertised that, despite knowing all of these worthwhile places to go, you'd rather stay at home Newsbeating off.