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December 11, 2003

`Happenin' Hanukkah'

Latkes, gelt and dreidls won't be the only features of the Creative Alliance's "Happenin' Hanukkah" on Saturday. Charm City Klezmer and the Avira dance troupe perform, and afterward, the troupe leads the crowd in dances while the band plays on.

"Happenin' Hanukkah" is Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. For more information, visit www.creativealliance.org. For tickets, visit www.mission tix.com.

- Sarah Kickler Kelber

The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes will show Baltimore how it's done Saturday at Fletcher's. The Danish duo's sound is an edgy and wild mix of '60s-style rock 'n' roll, old-school boy-meets-girl tunes and modern indie-pop. IMA ROBOT and Val Yumm will open the all-ages show.

Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.

Fletcher's is at 701 S. Bond St. For more information, call 410-558-1889 or visit www. fletchersbar.com.

Rockin' gifts

Find cool holiday gifts for all of your hipster friends at the Black Cat's annual Rock 'n' Shop event. The free flea-market-style evening, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, will have a wide variety of salable items, from 12-inch records to retro clothing.

The Black Cat is at 1811 14th St. N.W., Washington. For more information, call 202-667-7960 or visit www.blackcatdc.com.

Reggae at Funk Box

Eek-A-Mouse first crept onto the Jamaican music scene in the early 1980s, and he's been storming the world's best reggae clubs ever since. The towering 6-foot-6 singer, who goes by Eek, Mouse or his birth name, Ripton Hylton, will drop knowledge and beats Wednesday at the Funk Box.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

The Funk Box is at 10 E. Cross St. For more information, call 410-625-2000 or visit www.thefunkbox.com.

Splitsville CD release

Local favorites Splitsville will hold a CD release party tomorrow at Cardwell's Tavern. In addition to a live performance by the four-piece rock outfit, the event will feature drink specials, contests and a screening of footage from the band's European and American television appearances.

The shakin' begins around 9 p.m.

Cardwell's Tavern is at 2239 Essex St. For more information, call 410-327-0260 or visit www.cardwellstavern.com.

Songwriters' open mike

The Baltimore Songwriters Association will hold an open mike night Monday at the Kiss Cafe in Canton. The group meets there on the third Monday of every month to hear original songs and a few classic covers, too.

The music starts around 7:30 p.m.

Kiss Cafe is at 2400 Boston St. For more information, call 410-813-4039 or visit www .baltimoresongwriters.org.

Royal bluegrass show

Special Ed and the Shortbus Bluegrass Band will pick and fiddle Saturday at the Royal. The Richmond, Va., group, which hopes to release another recording early next year, headlines the show.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.

The Royal Baltimore is at 1542 Light St. For more information, call 410-783-7776 or visit www.theroyalbalti more.com.

Saints find Roots

The Junkyard Saints will grace the stage Saturday at the Roots Cafe. The Baltimore-based band, which combines brassy and jazzy horns with folk-infused percussion, will play around 8 p.m.

There is an $8 cover for this all-ages show.

The Roots Cafe is inside the St. John's United Methodist Church, 27th and St. Paul streets. For more information, call 410-880-3883 or visit www.rootscafe.org.

- Sarah Schaffer

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