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December 08, 2005|By NICK BROWN

Help the A-rabs

The lowdown -- A-rabs, the men and women who have sold fruits and vegetables out of horse-drawn carriages since the 19th century, struggle to survive as the city grows. On Saturday, you can help their cause by joining the Arabber Preservation Society and local bands Celebration and LowModa at the Charles Theatre. Proceeds benefit the APS. Meet a-rabs, watch a documentary or slideshow and hear the music.

If you go -- The event takes place Saturday at midnight at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Admission is $10. For more information, call the theater at 410-727-3456. To learn more about the APS, visit


The lowdown -- Trio Porterdavis plays the Mojo Room and Lounge tomorrow. Guitarist Dan Barrett, singer/percussionist Mike Meadows and harmonica player Simon Wallace perform acoustic and soft electric music.

If you go -- Porterdavis performs at the Mojo Room and Lounge at 8 p.m. tomorrrow. Tickets are $8. The Mojo Bar and Lounge is at 4825 Belair Road. Call 410-325-7427 or visit

A slide show

The lowdown -- The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players shed light on the state of Christmas tonight at the Eight by Ten Club. Performing in front of slides they collect at flea markets, garage sales and antique stores, their lyrics, based on the slides, serve both as entertainment and contemporary political commentary.

If you go -- The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players perform tonight at the Eight by Ten, 10 E. Cross St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of. Call Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or the Eight by Ten box office at 410-625-2000. Ages 18 and over welcome ($3 cover charge if under 21). For more on the Trachtenburgs, visit slideshowplay

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