Tinariwen Formed some 30 years ago in the refugee camps of Libya, this band of Tuareg musicians rose to fame after the release of "Aman Iman" in 2007. The band is set to release its fifth studio album, "Tassili," at the end of August. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $26-$30. Sold out. http://www.troubadour.com.
InkSlam The annual spoken-word poetry festival returns for four days of writing and performing workshops and nightly slams. The fest kicks off with Ink'd Out, a showcase of work by LGBT poets, and Storytellers, featuring Brian Finkelstein, Jenna Brister, Ron Babcock and others. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7 and 9 p.m. $10 per program. http://www.inkslam.org.
Jesse Ball and Daniel Orozco The two writers each read from recent works. Ball's novels include his latest, "The Curfew," and "Samedi the Deafness" (a finalist for the Believer book award). Orozco's stories have been widely anthologized in major journals; he'll read from his first collection, "Orientation: And Other Stories." Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. hammer.ucla.edu.
Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City Celebrate cutting-edge design and technology emerging from Japan, and see the ways it's merging with trends in Los Angeles. The showcase bursts with entertaining and enlightening exhibitions, symposiums, films and installations. Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. 1st St., L.A. Daily through July 20. Schedule varies. http://www.ltdesignweek.com.