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Posted at 6:10 AM ET, 08/13/2010

Getting Up Guide: Free dance and Jellybean Benitez

By Stephanie Merry

Metro DC Dances and Culture Shock East Coast Dance Concert
Modern dance takes the stage at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, when Capitol Movement Inc., Contradiction Dance, New School of Dance & Arts, Next Reflex Dance Collective and other special guests perform in the annual Metro DC Dances showcase Friday at 7:30 p.m. The action continues Saturday at 7:30 at Carter Barron with the "Culture Shock East Coast Dance Concert," featuring professional and amateur hip-hop dance troupes from as far away as Germany.

Jellybean Benitez
Resident DJ at Studio 54 and the Funhouse. Producer of Madonna's early hits "Borderline," "Holiday" and "Lucky Star." Genius remixer of "Like a Virgin," "Flashdance," "Always Something There to Remind Me" and hundreds of other '80s pop tunes, from Pat Benetar to Huey Lewis and the News to Shalamar and even Gang of Four. If you love to dance and you pass this up, you are wrong in the head.

Bethesda Art Walk
The second Friday of every month, Bethesda galleries and studios stay open late and offer gratis refreshments to visiting art-lovers. See what's new in the local scene while strolling around the neighborhood between 6 and 9 p.m.

Memoryhouse and Twin Sister
Dreamy music is hip in a major way these days. There are plenty of bands making chill waves with mellow jams, but part of the appeal is that there's an entire package that goes with the tunes. Specifically the band names - Washed Out, Beach House, Wild Nothing, Teen Daze, which all evoke a relaxing, somewhat retro vision of simple, sedate times. They say nothing, but there's nothing really to say. Add Memoryhouse and Twin Sister to that list. Both bands keep things plenty fluffy and floaty, and there's no agenda except to shimmer, occasionally shake and keep things pulsing along ever so gently. If only Iota could be filled with rocking chairs for an evening.

-- Fritz Hahn, David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Fiona Zublin

By Stephanie Merry  | August 13, 2010; 6:10 AM ET
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