Getting Up Guide: Musical kayaking, SEC tailgating
What are your plans tonight?
Every weekday in the Getting Up Guide, we'll offer our picks for the day's best happenings to help you answer that question before you've even finished your morning coffee. From concerts and plays with good seats still available to gallery openings, happy hours and restaurant deals, check back here each morning. Here's what's happening on Thursday:
Dance performances are generally punctuated by amazing displays of athletic ability; this particular presentation involves an outdoorsy brand of it. Local troupe Karen Reedy Dance will be joined by glass sculptor and kayaker Alison Sigethy for an outdoor performance. The fun begins at 6 p.m. on the water behind the Torpedo Factory, where Sigethy will kayak to the accompaniment of live music, courtesy of Jeff Franca. After that, the Reedy dancers will present their portion of the program, which begins outside but soon winds its way into the Torpedo Factory. The evening includes the water-themed "Undertow" as well as work inspired by the Target Gallery exhibition "Art in Balance," which includes abstract paintings by Marsha Staiger and sculpture by the multi-talented Sigethy.
Don't look now, but college football season is just over a month away. The Southeastern Conference, home to last year's BCS champion, Alabama, and third-ranked Florida, has undergone a number of changes this offseason but looks as strong as ever on paper. Fans and alumni looking to get in the spirit (or possibly do a little trash-talking) should head for the SEC Tailgate at George, a Georgetown bar that usually requires its preppy crowd to be on a guest list to get in but is opening its doors to football-loving hoi polloi. Expect Southern rock tunes on the sound system, SEC football highlights on the TVs and plenty of drink specials when the event begins at 7:30, including $4 beers and $6 Jeremiah Weed sweet tea vodka cocktails. Jerseys and T-shirts are welcome; face paint might be overdoing it. For more events like this all weekend, check out Nightlife Agenda.
Eric Hilton (Thievery Corporation) steps away from the DJ booth and moves behind the camera to direct a drama rife with geopolitical intrigue. In "Babylon Central," an ordinary scooter-riding courier (who happens to be a DJ by night) stumbles upon a discovery that implicates the United States in a scandal that involves the Saudi government, the strength of the U.S. dollar and lots and lots of oil. Where it goes from there remains to be seen, but the foundation of the American empire is likely at stake. Or something like that. But if this run of screenings at the Fridge, which all begin at 8 p.m. and run through Aug. 5, turns out to be anything like one of Thievery's regular runs at the 9:30 Club, expect to see lots of "Sold Out" signs in the near future.
-- Stephanie Merry, Fritz Hahn and Alex Baldinger
| July 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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