3 Things To Do Today

Ellen Allien

9 p.m. at Smartbar; $10-$15

German-English hybrid DJ, Ellen “Allien” Fraatz, made her name in Berlin on the crest of the IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) wave. The movement swept underground club nation with new sequencer tricks featuring sonic landscapes only a computer could dream up, yet with the right human touch, it could feel as organic as watching a plant grow, especially with the addition of Fraatz’s airy coo. Her crowning achievement came in 2006 on a split with producer Apparat, dubbed “Orchestration of Bubbles,” which visualized the new electronica frontier. It felt like a shotgun blast of marshmallows with its blips and swooshes, and even with two follow-up flops, we’re still excited to see what she’s got up her sleeve. This will be great way to follow up LCD Soundsystem’s show at Metro earlier in the evening. Get in for $10 before 11 p.m. by signing up with Smartbar’s text message service.

Tour of Puglia

6:30-9:30 p.m. at Macello; $6-$12

Get a taste of Italy’s Puglia region with this interactive event at the West Loop ristorante. Diners can purchase a $12 “passport” which allows access to red or white wine flights and a sampling of deli meats, cheeses, olives and salads in the butcher shop-themed space. Or just go for the $6 individual pizzas, topped with your favorites.

BYOP (Bring Your Own People)

8:30 p.m. at California Clipper; free

The Guild Complex’s semi-quarterly “literary cocktail party” returns tonight with plenty of noteworthy offerings. Expect readings from The Encyclopedia Show, The Reconstruction Room and Rhino Reads.

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