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Scene: clubs, bars, nightlife

October 30, 2003|By Sarah Schaffer

Skalloween night

Get your skank on at the Sidebar's fourth annual Skalloween fest.

This year's Halloween night of ska, rocksteady and punk will feature headliners King Django and the Jammyland Allstars. Other featured acts include the Ready Steady Go and the Smizokes, among others.

This all-ages show is scheduled to begin around 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The Sidebar is at 218 E. Lexington St. For more information, call 410-659-4130 or visit

Last band standing

If metal is on your mind, then head to the Thunderdome tonight for the finals of the club's weeks-long Battle of the Bands competition.

Dozens of bands have been vying for the victory, and competition has been fierce. Get there around 9 p.m. to watch the finale and find out who will reign over Charm City rock.

Thunderdome is at 3612 S. Hanover St. For more information, call 410-354-4700 or visit www.thunderdomeonline .com.

Catch Lake Trout

Baltimore natives Lake Trout will groove Friday at the Ottobar.

The five-piece band mixes everything from hippie-funk to drum n' bass in creating its sound. ULPA will open the 10 p.m. show. Tickets are $10.

The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. For more information, call 410-662-0069 or visit

Cypress Hill in D.C.

Rap-rock act Cypress Hill will smoke the 9:30 Club in Washington.

The Los Angeles group, which debuted its dope-soaked lyrics and Latin-infused sound in 1991, has kept a fairly low profile since the 1993 hit single "Insane in the Brain" made the charts. But the outfit is still touring and will perform a midnight set Saturday after BROCK warms up the crowd.

Tickets are $25.

The 9:30 Club is at 815 V St. N.W., Washington. For more information, call 202-393-0930 or visit

See the Springfields

Punk rockers the Springfields will tear it up at Hal Daddy's.

The Baltimore-based trio has been touring up and down the East Coast for months and will soon embark on another tour. Catch the act's melodic punk set Saturday before they hit the road again.

Saving Face, Stillborn and Phoenix Memo will also play at this 9 p.m. show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call the club for cover charge information.

Hal Daddy's is at 4119 E. Lombard St. For more information, call 410-342-3239 or visit

Eric Idle

Great jokes never die. In fact, they never get old, either.

Eric Idle knows this, and the talented comedian-actor-songwriter, one of the original members of the world-famous British comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus, is again bringing back some classic Python bits for his Greedy Bastard tour.

Tuesday's performance at the Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall will include several numbers from his latest CD, The Rutland Isles, plus a few classics from his early days, when MP had a successful five-year run on the BBC and the troupe was making classic films such as The Life of Brian.

Tickets are $33.Johns Hopkins University at 3400 N. Charles St. For more information, call 410-516-2224 or visit

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