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June 23, 2005|By Erica Kritt

Live at Sonar

Having worked with major musical acts such as Public Enemy, Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie, Meat Beat Manifesto is on its first American tour in seven years. Made up mostly of one man - Jack Danger - Meat Beat Manifesto plays Sonar Wednesday. The show will feature a video production on a large screen to supplement the music. The group plans to play a majority of its catalog, some of which has been featured in The Matrix and sampled by artists including Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers.

Meat Beat Manifesto plays Wednesday at Sonar, at 407 E. Saratoga St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 410-327-8333 or visit www.sonarbaltimore.com.

Backseat Film Festival

Get ready to be rocked or, more appropriately, shocked at the Creative Alliance's Backseat Film Festival. The festival, which has its roots in rock 'n' roll, will be showing shorts and a feature film tomorrow. The festival's price includes Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and other things along with the shorts and feature film.

The shorts cover a multitude of unconventional themes and subjects. The featured film, Pleasures of the Damned, is a 2004 movie filmed in Baltimore and Westminster. The movie mocks '70s Italian horror movies and focuses on a group of Satan-worshipping bikers.

The Backseat Film Festival is tomorrow at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Screenings are priced separately. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers; $10 and 14 to see both the shorts and the feature. The shorts will begin at 8 p.m., and the feature follows at 9:30 p.m. Call 410-276-1654 or visit www.creativealliance.org.

`The Moon Comes Alive'

Lunatics and moon lovers unite at Lulu's Off Broadway and El Suprimo! Vintage Records' "The Moon Comes Alive." The monthly "Moon Rock," which occurs each full moon, will have music, dancing and fun till the early hours of the morning. DJ El Suprimo will be spinning vinyl with a moon theme. To complement the music, there will be five hours of live recordings from various concerts and performances to watch.

"The Moon Comes Alive" is tomorrow from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Lulu's Off Broadway at 1703 Aliceanna St. There is no cover; all attendees must be 21 or over. Visit www.lulusoffbroadway.com.

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