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Harbor party

The lowdown -- Saturday, musicians, artists and craft vendors will head downtown for the Harbor East Fine Arts and Music Festival. The festival, in its second year, features paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography and other works by more than 70 local, regional and national artists. Indie pop rocker Gran Bel Fisher will perform, as well as local acts June Star and Laura Brino. Street painter Michael William Kirby will create a piece at Aliceanna and Exeter streets.

If you go -- The free festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Laura Brino performs at 11:30 a.m., June Star goes on at 1:30 p.m. and Gran Bel Fisher plays at 3:30 p.m. The rain date is Sunday. For more information, go to /play.htm.

Nepali pop

The lowdown -- Nepali musician Prem Raja Mahat brings his unique brand of folk pop to the Ottobar on Saturday. Opening act the Real Geniuses will dish out guilty pleasure songs from the '80s.

If you go -- Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. Open to ages 18 and older. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Tickets are $5. Call 410- 662-0069 or go to theotto


The lowdown -- Summer is carnival season, and the Sidebar Tavern is throwing its own sideshow bash Monday night. The activities include thumb wrestling, Natty Boh can tossing, face painting, balloon breaking and more. There will also be a number of drink specials.

If you go -- Doors open at 9 p.m. Free. The Sidebar is at 218 E. Lexington St. For more information, call 410-659-4130 or go to

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