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Flea market

The lowdown -- As an American, you can never have too much random stuff. Sunday, the Ottobar throws its annual flea market -- where you can buy even more random, cool stuff (records, clothes, various knick-knacks, etc.). If the weather holds, boutiques and hipsters will set up tables in the alley next door. Otherwise, the market will be held inside.

If you go -- Admission is free. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Visit theottobar. com or e-mail ottobarwinter

Sounds of Zappam The lowdown -- Frank Zappa, prolific musician-composer, lives on in Ed Palermo. Composer, saxophonist and leader of a 15-plus-piece band, Palermo has concentrated on Zappa's music for more than 40 years, arranging more than 150 Zappa tunes. Palermo's arrangements bring a unique taste to the music, while covering songs verbatim, reproducing the music note by note. You can catch the Ed Palermo Big Band for its only show in the area at Sonar tonight.

If you go -- Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are $20 for the all-ages show and can be purchased at, the Sonar box office or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.


The lowdown -- If you don't have a hundred bucks to drop on the Virgin Festival, but you still want to see some good live music in the next few days, check out Snowden at the Talking Head Club on Wednesday. The quartet comes out of the gate with some highly danceable, hook-filled indie rock on its debut album. The guitarist uses a good deal of reverb and some distortion for a larger sound than you might expect.

If you go -- Tickets are $8, and the music starts at 10 p.m. The club is at 203 Davis St. Call 410-962-5588 or visit talk

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