BALTIMORE SUMMER RESTAURANT WEEK STARTS: Close to 100 restaurants participate in the latest incarnation of this now oft-repeated tradition. Select Baltimore-area restaurants offer three-course lunches for $20.09 and three-course dinners for $30.09. Scour the list on the Web site to spot the best deals, then make your reservations and enjoy a meal at a restaurant you've never ventured to before. Runs through Aug. 16. Go to baltimorerestaurantweek.com. For reservations, go to opentable.com.

OLD MAN BROWN: The Baltimore-based rock group plays original music inspired by such bands as The Allman Brothers and Little Feat. Check it out at The Can Company, 2400 Boston St., from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The event is free. Go to thecancompany.com.

BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP: WEIRD SCIENCE: Nerdcore rap, modern dance and improvised comedy. Why not? B.I.G.'s troupes Gus and The Collective are joined by Chris and Tami from Austin, Texas, for a night of laughs and probable audience participation at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., at 8 p.m. The shy need not apply. Tickets are $10 for members and students, $12 general. Call 410-276-1651.

PRINCE VS. MADONNA VS. MICHAEL JACKSON DANCE PARTY: Prince has his James Brown posturing and strutting. Michael Jackson had his moonwalk and anti-gravity leans. And Madonna has her Vogue-ing. So which pop star is going to reign supreme at the summer edition of this dance party at Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., at 9 p.m.? This is an 18 and over event and there's no cover. Call 410-662-0069 or go to theottobar.com.

DEADMAU5: Knob-fiddlers may be known for their sweat-drenched dance sets, but most offer little for stage-gazing fans. Deadmau5 is the exception. His massive Mau5head garners stares from club-goers who are likely mesmerized by the mask's large ears and strobe light eyes. The reverse Pied Piper of Electronica, this rodent leads kids into unknown depths of dance at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. Go to ramsheadlive.com.

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