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Monumental music

Local indie pop heartthrobs Splitsville and alt-country powerhouse Chester Stacey are today's featured acts at the second to last show in the city's Concerts in the Park series.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the bands will rock Mount Vernon Place.

This is a free show.

Mount Vernon Place is at Monument Street between Cathedral and St. Paul streets. For more information, call 410-244-1030 or visit www.go

Funk for a cause

Get the funk out, for a cause, Saturday at the Creative Alliance.

Zeala, an all-girl funk outfit from Washington, will headline a benefit show for the Homeless Persons Representation Project, a Baltimore-based nonprofit.

Brian McQuade and the Dharma Bums will also put down a set during the show, which will begin shortly after the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

The Creative Alliance is at 3134 Eastern Ave. For more information, call 410-276-1651 or visit www.creativeallian

Music from the edge

Experimental and improvisational music moves from the margins to the spotlight this weekend at the fifth annual High Zero Festival.

The three-day event will play host to more than 25 musicians from around the globe as these men and women perpetrate their quirky, underground sounds in the city.

Continuing sound installations, outdoor collaborations and workshops will round out the performances, which are scheduled to take place at the Theatre Project.

Admission is $12 per concert or $45 for a festival pass.

The Theatre Project is at 45 W. Preston St. For more information, call 410-889-5854 or visit

- Sarah Schaffer

Good eye for darts

If you have keen eyes and a steady hand, stop by the 13th annual "Believe in Tomorrow" Dart Tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Maryland State Champions will be present, and top competitors are expected to make the event interesting.

Proceeds will go to the "Believe in Tomorrow Charity," formerly named the "Grant a Wish Foundation."

The tournament will take place at the S.E.A. Union Hall, 7627 Watts Ave., Hanover. For more information call 410-993-5405 or visit

Caribbean at the Can

Start the weekend off right as you groove to the Caribbean rhythms of Mambo Combo. Head down to the Can Company tomorrow for happy-hour deals and unmatched live entertainment. Admission is free for this event, which begins at 6 p.m.

The Can Company is at 2400 Boston St. For more information, call 410-558-CANC or visit

-- Brian Meltzer

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