Too often, dance is overlooked as a valid and impressively progressive art form filled with emotion and social messages. Luckily, we here at UCSB have a cutting edge dance program filled with talented dancers eager to spread the word of dance. Tonight is the start of their Spring concert entitled “Enter/A Dance Concert” and should not be missed, especially because to the graceful and emotive dancing of assistant professor Stephanie Nugent. The show takes place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Hatlen Theatre on campus. Tickets are $13. One doesn’t have to go far to have a good time tonight as Arts & Lectures shows the touching coming of age tale of an interracial friendship “A Little Bit of Freedom.” Directed by UCSB Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies regents’ lecturer Yuksel Yavuz, the film will be shown at Campbell Hall at 7:30 p.m., with tickets at $5.

Latin music kings Ozomatli were recently arrested for refusing to take their outdoor audience-fueled conga line back indoors. For obvious reasons, then, their Santa Barbara show is not to be missed. The boogie-woogie-ing will commence at 8 p.m. at SB’s Coach House located at 110 South Santa Barbara St. Tickets are a pricey $25 bucks a pop. Call 965-0789 for info. Also tonight, Santa Barbara Film Society will attempt to revive the days of the double feature with a back-to-back showing of the recent Brazilian gang flick “City of God” and seminal gangster film “Scarface.” At a mere $4, the show will be far more entertaining than the gin and tonic you would’ve spent the money on. “City of God” starts at 8:30, followed by “Scarface” at 11 at I.V. Theater. Tickets available at the I.V. Theater ticket booth.

Believe that all of the music to come out of Santa Barbara is filled with frat guy riffs and insinuations of drug use and drinking? You may be right, but check out local third wave ska darlings the Mad Caddies as they try to prove the stereotype wrong. They will be taking up the Coach House stage with Pulley, Code 415 and Sicker than Others at 8 on Saturday night. Tickets are $12 at . A little venture down the 101 will lead you to a land of bondage gear and black nail polish, a place where the Darkest Hour and Curl Up & Die will take the stage in all of their “aggressive and nihilistic” glory. They’ll be playing Sunday night at the Troubadour, located at 9081 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles. Visit for more info.

Think National Geographic is only useful for squelching the youthful urge for boobies, no matter how indigenous? Well, contraire mon frere! It’s also good for cool pics of elephants and other such wild creatures. Michael ‘Nick’ Nicholas will be taking up the Campbell Hall stage at 8 p.m. to relive his 2,000-mile mile walking tour of Africa and show off the photos of this historic journey. Tickets are $10. This quarter’s “Race Matters” series sponsored by the MCC is well underway with tonight’s discussion of “The Latino Races” with moderator Ian Haney Lopez, where he will be addressing why such a large percentage of those of Latino descent consider themselves white. This no doubt heated discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the MCC Lounge.

If you ask Artsweek, there’s something a little bit more alluring about an underground rap artist than say… Jay-Z. That’s why were looking forward to Murs, the highly regarded underground rapper extrordinaire who will be performing with the Perceptionists tonight at the Troubadour. Be part of those kids “in the know” and check this guy out. Tickets are a justifiable $20. For more information call (310)276-6168. Also tonight, the Women’s Center will be co-sponsoring the informative and thought-provoking lecture “Prison and Political Prisoners: Crime and Punishment or Suppression and Greed?” by MOVE member and sole survivor to the bombings of MOVE headquarters in the 1980s Ramona Africa. This free lecture will take place in the MCC Theater at 7 p.m.

It’s the happeningest house in I.V. and tonight it’ll be filled to the brim with hipster indie kids wearing tight pants and great coifs eager to see one of the greatest shows to hit I.V. in quite awhile. Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky and Iron Lung are on the bill and will be enforcing the “no drugs, no drinking, no assholes” policy. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Biko House at 6612 Sueno Rd. There is a suggested donation of $5. Be part of a groundbreaking event tonight the first annual Santa Barbara Latino CineMedia Festival kicks off. Filled with premieres, classic films and free events, this is sure to be the talk of the town. Tonight’s screening will be “Queen of the Night” in I.V. Theater for free! For more info call 596-5078.