The lowdown -- Diehard beer lovers and milder fans interested in sampling new suds will come together this weekend at the Belgian Beer Festival. Held at Max's Taphouse, the event includes more than 50 drafts and 100 bottled beers. Drafts range from $3 to $9, and bottles are $5-$50. You can also indulge in authentic Belgian food.
If you go -- The festival is 11 a.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at Max's Taphouse, 737 S. Broadway. For more information, call 410-675-6297 or go to maxs.com.
Lemonheads in concert
The lowdown -- With a new, self-titled album in stores, the Lemonheads are back on tour. They bring a blend of catchy accessible punk, pop and rock to the Ottobar on Wednesday. Front man Evan Dando was a hit with alt-rock fans in the early '90s, and the group still has a dedicated fan base. This is the band's first new studio effort in about a decade. Renowned local indie rockers the Oranges Band and Philadelphia-based straight-up rock outfit Vietnam open.
If you go -- Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Call 410-662-0069 or go to the ottobar.com.
Fells Point Mardi Gras
The lowdown -- Head to Fells Point on Fat Tuesday next week for the neighborhood's annual Mardi Gras celebration. Come decked out in Mardi Gras gear, and you can enter the Saints and Sinners costume contest. The King and Queen of the contest each get $500 in cash and seats in a convertible Mercedes at the front of the local Mardi Gras parade.
About 15 local bars and restaurants will compete in a gumbo-tasting contest, and other local businesses will make floats for the parade.
If you go -- The gumbo and costume contests start at 5 p.m. at Broadway Square, and the parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Free. For more information, go to mardi grasnorth.com.
The lowdown -- Tomorrow, a number of sidekicks from The Howard Stern Show come to Rams Head Live for a live comedy show: The Rev. Bob Levy, Jim Florentine, Yucko the Clown, Beetlejuice and Shuli. Levy (not actually a reverend, as you might have guessed) helps put together roasts of other Stern staffers, and Florentine is known for voicing a puppet on the Comedy Central TV show Crank Yankers (his catchphrase is "I've got mail! YAAAY!").
If you go -- Performances are at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35. The venue is at 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.
The lowdown -- Looking for some comic relief? Check out Lisa Lampanelli, a regular on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Howard Stern's Sirius Satellite Radio show. Lampanelli, who performs Saturday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, is known for her no-holds-barred style of comedy.
If you go -- The show is at 8 p.m. at the Meyerhoff, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $31.75. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.