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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 08/10/2010

Getting Up Guide: Crabs, 'Chess' and an open mike

By Stephanie Merry

What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening on Tuesday:

Speakeasy DC Open Mike
After yet another wildly popular Fringe Festival show, Speakeasy is back to its monthly format of amateur storytelling at Town. This installment is entitled "Curiosity Killed the Cat: Stories about snooping and meddling," which promises stories about internet stalkers, tapped phones and many possibilities for awkward humor.

Crabs: They're what's for dinner
As a Maryland boy, I can tell you that nothing goes together like crabs and beer. While I'm partial to old-school crab houses like Mike's, it's hard to get out to Annapolis in the middle of the week. Then I discovered Bar Pilar's Tuesday night crab feasts: $60 for ten crabs and enough sides to feed two hungry people. I went for the first time back in July, and I was hooked. The crabs were only mediums or medium-larges, but they were cooked in vinegar and Old Bay and came with drawn butter and yet more Old Bay in plastic cups, a pair of mallets, two big ears of corn, a large bowl of potato salad and then marscapone ice cream and seasonal berries for dessert. The sides change up every week, but the demand for crabs does not: Doors open at 5, and last week, the restaurant sold the full allotment by 7:30. You've been warned.

Take the Bethesdians bowling
You've tried your hand at kickball. You've joined a bocce team on Capitol Hill. You even let a friend convince you to sign up for eight weeks of competitive skeeball. So what's the next sports league for young professionals looking to get social after work? Bowling -- just like your grandpa used to do. The new Lindy Lanes League, sponsored by bar crawl organizers Lindy Promotions, starts Sept. 15 at Strike Bethesda, and continues for the next eight Wednesdays. Registration is $400 per team, which can have up to 10 players of any sex. The fee includes a guaranteed two hours of games each week, shoe rental and drink specials. See Lindy's Web site for rule and more information.

"Chess" at Signature Theatre
With all the Russian spies in the news lately, now may be the perfect time for Signature Theatre to kick off its season with the Cold War-themed "Chess," about a Russian and an American who are rivals in both the game and love. The production, which features music by Abba alums Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, stars a trio of accomplished actors: Jill Paice from Broadway's "The 39 Steps"; Euan Morton, the Tony-nominated star of "Taboo"; and Jeremy Kushnier, who garnered a Helen Hayes nomination for "The Rhythm Club."

-- Fritz Hahn and Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | August 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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