Tonight's your chance to see the painfully honest Bill Callahan of (smog). He'll be joined by The Pacific Ocean and Saturday Looks Good to Me. 9 p.m.-ish. Go! Room 4, 100-F Brewer Lane, Carrboro. 969-1400. $8-$10.
Would you like some banana peppers with your art? Feed your soul while you devour your calzone: Laura Marks' prints and Adam Rudolph's photography are on display at Pepper's Pizza through Aug. 6. 127 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 967-7766. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun 4-10 p.m.
If you're a lover of Afro-Cuban rhythm, be witness to the special collaboration of Latin band Solazo and the Triangle's own Beverly Botsford, percussionist with Nneena Freelon, among others. Salsa/Merengue dance lessons at 8 p.m., dancing starts at 9 p.m. The Barn at Fearrington, U.S. 15-501 between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. 542-0394. $17. There's an abundance of amazing events happening tonight, so ask your clone to show up at Hip-Hop Against Racist War, so you can settle the score with some of the social, political, sexual, and racial injustices happening in the world today. Join forces with featured performers Cesar Comanche (of the Justus League), Shirlette Ammons (of stumP), and many more. An open mic makes the possibilities endless--come rap, spin, participate in a dope MC Battle, and leave your prejudice at the door. 9 p.m., Berkeley Cafe, 217 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 821-0777, www.berkeleycafe.com. $5. All ages.
Mosey on over to the Herbert C. Young Community Center for SWING! a dance benefit for the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Look for classic cars and custom motorcycles, prepare to enter the "Best Elvis" contest, but most importantly come with your dancin' shoes on since Georgia-based band Cigar Store Indians and local musicians The Straight 8s will provide the tunes. 5-9 p.m. 404 N. Academy St., Cary. 431-0995 (ext. 10), www.nccasa.org. $15, $5 children.
Two local authors of African American literature and poetry, N.C. State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Gerald Barrax and author Schandra K. Thompkinsel Alston will be the featured artists at the N.C. Museum of Art's Celebrating African American Poetry. 2 p.m. 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. 839-6262. www.ncartmuseum.org. Free.
Time to oil up your mitts, kids! Tell your folks that it's time to sign up for fall Girls' Fast Pitch Softball for grades 5-7. Registration begins today for Orange County residents and Tuesday, Aug. 12 for others. Registration for fall Co-ed Baseball participants born between Aug. 1, 1988 and July 31, 1995 begins today for Orange County residents and Monday, Aug. 11 for others. Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 918-7364. $69, $39 residents.
PaperHand Puppet Intervention, The Long Armed Lady and Lavender Diamond bring a larger than life experience to the ArtsCenter with two shows, Birdsong of the Bauharoque and The Crawdads Conundrum. 7 p.m. 300 E. Main St. 929-2787 or www.artscenterlive.org. $7.