Idris Goodwin, Kevin Coval, Serengeti
8 p.m. at SPACE; $8-$18
With the line between lyricism and poetry being so fine, it's not uncommon to see MCs express themselves in both hip-hop ciphers and academic arenas alike. Idris Goodwin, Kevin Coval and Serengeti are just those types of artists, and their respective bodies of work have done more than change the landscape of hip-hop. Each one is accomplished in his own right, and it'll be interesting to see all three of them share the stage with their own style of wordplay. Idris Goodwin (an NEA award-winning writer) may be the headliner (the show's a release party for his new album, "Break Beat Poems") but openers Kevin Coval (co-founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Slam Festival) and Serengeti (of Anticon) will make this an all-around solid display of lyrical excellence.
What the Hell Do You Know About Afghanistan?
8 p.m. at Hideout; $10 requested donation
Iraq Veterans Against the War presents this series of shorts, skits, stories and performances will provide some background about the country that the U.S. has occupied for over nine years. It can't hurt to get more informed, can it?
The Magnetic Fields
7:30 p.m. at Harris Theater for Music and Dance; $30-$35
Stephin Merritt's infamous indie-pop quartet submits another pared-down performance at the Millennium Park venue tonight. The band's latest, Realism, concludes its 'no-synth' trilogy -- so expect a folky, organic experience. Multilingual Canadian artist Laura Barrett opens.