The lowdown -- Today, the Homewood House museum hosts its annual Crazy For Gin, a celebration of the liquor's history. Nelson Carey and Chris Attenborough from Grand Cru Wine Bar will discuss gin's past and also offer different kinds of the liquor for tasting. WYPR-FM director Andy Bienstock is the master of ceremonies.
If you go -- The event is 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Homewood House museum, 3400 N. Charles St. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVPs are required. Call 410-516-5589 or go to www.museums.jhu.edu for more information.
Dance party The lowdown -- DJs Matt Walter and Craig Boarman, the minds behind the Ottobar's popular Underground Britpop dance party, are back with a new monthly electro-pop dance party called Automatic. Walter and Boarman will spin, followed by a live set from Brooklyn-based dance punk group Radio 4. There will be $1 mixed drinks, drafts and Natty Bohs until 10:30 p.m.
If you go -- Doors open at 9 p.m. There is no cover until 10 p.m. Radio 4 performs at 10:30 p.m. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Tickets are $7 for ages 18 and older. Call 410- 662-0069 or go to theottobar. com.
The lowdown -- Washington metro pop rock band the Sketches release their new album, Secret Alphabets, at a party at the 8x10 on Saturday. Since it formed in 2005, the band has been compared to the Beatles, Radiohead and U2. Also performing will be electro-rock band Love Whip and pop-rock alternative band Can You Keep a Secret.
If you go -- The party begins at 8 p.m. at the 8x10, 8-10 E. Cross St. Free. Call 410-625-2000 or go to the8x10.com.