The lowdown -- Spice up Tuesday night with a trip to 218 W. Saratoga St. Organic Soul Tuesdays, the acclaimed hip-hop, jazz and spoken-word poetry open mike night, is throwing a Caribbean-themed party. Roots poet Ainsley Burrows, the featured performer, is releasing his new CD, Rockstar. The usual lineup of talented local comedians performs first.
If you go -- Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Basement level, 218 W. Saratoga St. For more information, go to myspace.com/organicsoultuesdays.
Open mike duel
The lowdown -- If you think you've got a decent band and enough loyal friends, sign up for the Sidebar Tavern's open-mike night Monday. The loud, grungy local rock band Perestroika hosts the show, which the Sidebar is billing as a "duel to the death." Regardless of whether someone perishes, it should be a fun night. Perestroika picks the winner based on attendance, and there will be drink specials all night.
If you go -- Doors open at 9 p.m. The Sidebar is at 218 E. Lexington St. Call 410-659-4130 or go to sidebartavern.com.
Big Easy Jam
The lowdown -- This weekend, the 8x10 is hosting the first Big Easy Jam, a benefit show for the New Orleans Musician's Relief Fund. Blues singer/songwriter Anders Osborne headlines tomorrow and Saturday nights. The Batiste/Jacobs Funk Revue, which features guitarist and singer Chris Jacobs of local funksters the Bridge, opens both nights. For $50, you can meet and greet the musicians, enjoy an open beer and wine bar, silent auction and open sound check Saturday.
If you go -- Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. The club is at 8-10 E. Cross St. Call 410-625-2000 or go to the8x10.com.
The lowdown -- The Trans-modern Festival, Baltimore's annual showcase of experimental film, performance and visual art, returns this weekend. During the festival, the groups Temple Crocker, Nao Bustamante and the Lexie Mountain Boys, among others, will perform. A number of venues, including Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Goucher College and the Maryland Institute College of Art, will host performers and art exhibits.
If you go -- The festival starts today and runs through Sunday. Admission varies. For a complete list of performers and venues, go to transmodernage.com.