Esperanza Will Take Your Breath Away

Esperanza, Burning Bright: She might have gained the majority of her fame by beating out a certain mop-topped tween heartthrob for Best New Artist at this year's Grammy Awards, but trust us, Esperanza Spalding deserved every bit of that award. The 26-year-old jazz musician and singer is nothing short of entrancing. She plays tonight at the Merriam Theater. From $55. 8 p.m.

Cinema Sensibility: Today marks day three of the estimable First Glance Film Festival taking place at the Franklin Institute. Each of the three separate screenings today includes an assortment of original shorts by independent filmmakers—a grab bag of up-and-coming artists whose work you might be watching years from now. $8-$10 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8 p.m.

American Psychos: We've perhaps covered some of this ground before, but, if for no other reason than to watch a bunch of teens and young adults standing in line, dressed in stage make-up and drinking Faygo by the quart, you might be interested to know that the good ol' boys of the Insane Clown Posse will be patrolling the stage at the Electric Factory tonight. WHOOP! $32.95. 8 p.m.

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