El Perro del Mar performs at Lincoln Hall tonight.
El Perro del Mar, Taken By Trees
8 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $15
Otherwise known as the female tease on Peter, Bjorn and John's whistle-smash, "Young Folks," fellow Swede Victoria Bergman shows her spacious side on her solo project, Taken By Trees. Bergman's Chan Marshall-esque voice shares tracks with bare-bones glockenspiel and piano pokes, evoking a creaky Nordic forest. She likes to warm it up with some strings, though. Another Swede, El Perro Del Mar, goes about her business much more digitally – think The Cure when happy. Her new album, "Love Is Not Pop," should get more cred than it does.
7:30 p.m. at Studio Theater (Chicago Cultural Center); $15-$20
The politics of Chicago's racial divide and neighborhood hierarchies burst onto the stage with James Anthony Zoccoli's engaging performance of "Wiggerlover [white boy + black dad = grey areas]" in association with DCA Theater. A hilarious myriad of music, comedy, history and memoir, the hour-long retrospective delves into touchy topics with wit and heart.
Louder Than A Bomb: Preliminary Bouts
10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 623 S. Wabash and 1104 S. Wabash; $3-$6
Young slam poets kick off the 10th annual competition with this initial round of action (which runs through Sunday). We can't think of a more inspiring way to spend your lunch break.