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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 07/27/2010

Getting Up Guide: VOLT Night, Seu Jorge, 'Pelada'

By Alex Baldinger

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.

Frederick Keys Volt Night

Heirloom tomato gazpacho Dippin' Dots? Locally-raised lamb hot dogs? It can only happen when Bryan Voltaggio, head chef of trendy Frederick eatery VOLT, takes over a concession at a minor league baseball game. The former "Top Chef" finalist will also be throwing out the first pitch, so come for the food and stay for the game as the Frederick Keys face the Lynchburg Hillcats. As an added incentive head up I-270 on the early side, the first 1,000 fans inside Harry Grove Stadium receive a Voltaggio bobblehead, so make sure you're there when the gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5-$9 while food items run from $2-$10.

Seu Jorge and Almaz

Starting his journey as a voice of Rio de Janeiro's impoverished favelas, Seu Jorge is now a cultural ambassador, thespian and international music star. A self-taught vocalist and guitarist, Jorge emerged with a new spin on the sounds of samba in the early '90s as part of the band Farofa Carioca. His palette has continued to expand, with forays into folk, pop and even an album of David Bowie covers in Portuguese that was used in the movie "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou." Catch Jorge's current project, Almaz, at an early show (6 p.m. doors) at the 9:30 Club. $25.


Soccer may already be the world's game, but filmmaker Ryan White wanted to look beyond World Cup montages and treacly U2 songs about global unity. White followed former college players Luke Boughen and Gwendolyn Oxenham as they played pelada, the Portuguese word for pick-up soccer that also literally means 'naked' -- as the played the beautiful game at its most bare in 25 countries around the world. These weren't necessarily tourist havens, either; Boughen and Oxenham took them pitch in Bolivian prison yards, Kenyan moonshine camps and the streets of Tehran, all in the name of exploring the depth of the game's unifying essence. Former D.C. United captain Ben Olsen will be at the Avalon Theatre at 8 p.m. to introduce the film. Tickets are $15 with 20 percent of the tickets benefitting D.C. United charities.

-- Alex Baldinger and Rhome Anderson

By Alex Baldinger  | July 27, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Events  | Tags:  VOLT, bryan voltaggio, dc united, frederick keys, pelada, seu jorge  
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Here is comment made elsewhere that might be of interest:

In scrapping its battery powered forklifts for hydrogen ones, Coke said it will free-up room in its warehouses that was used for parking the lifts while they were being charged.

Coke thought it made more sense to have fewer forklifts that could be refilled quickly with hydrogen, than to have another fleet of battery lifts for use while the spent ones got charged.

The point here is that if charging forklifts is a hassle in the sheltered and orderly environment of a warehouse, why do we expect it to be a cinch for road cars where disparate charging facilities, weather, and the vicissitudes of life are compounding variables?

Yet, it is undeniable that battery cars are cheaper to operate than either hydrogen or gasoline cars for short trips. For the longer trips they can use small internal combustion engine, as is the case of the GM Volt. Under the same thinking, however, why not use a tankful of hydrogen ...

Indeed, our search for long range batteries for electrics may need to go no further than a cylinder of hydrogen. That hydrogen can pass through a small fuel cell onboard an electric car and recharge its batteries while we drive it, and even while we park it...

While the hydrogen folks and the battery folks are busy extolling their positives and amplifying the others' negatives, they overlook that they have much in common. Aside from a shared goal to use clean energy, the cars themselves are similar. For example, both hydrogen and battery cars are propelled by electric motors, both use super capacitors for acceleration, both use high performance batteries for short term storage, both use power regeneration from braking, and both use computer programmed controllers for power management, switching and system housekeeping. The difference is that battery cars use an array of batteries for electricity, while hydrogen cars use fuel cells.

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