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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Getting Up Guide: Dog Days, Chris Botti and Stereo Faith benefit

By Alex Baldinger

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

Dog Days at Bourbon Steak

When was the last time you dined at Bourbon Steak and only spent $7? It's possible, but only until the end of the month. Visit the restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel any time during August and ask the bartender in the lounge for a Dog Days special. That will get you a Red Apron Butchery hot dog and a draft beer; and yes, in the spirit of the month, that includes pints of Dogfish Head.

Chris Botti

With his romantic bent and beautifully honed technique, this chart-topping trumpeter never has a problem wooing audiences with a classic pop melody. But Chris Botti has a lot more to offer. His concerts -- like tonight's 8 p.m. show at Wolf Trap -- are enlivened by a first-rate jazz ensemble, prominently featuring guitarist Mark Whitfield and peppered with both revealing and amusing anecdotes about, for example, the lasting influence of Miles Davis's early recordings or working with Frank Sinatra in concert. In fact, Ol' Blue Eyes will probably inspire a saloon song or two before the inevitable calls for an encore.

Keepin' the Faith

DJ Stereo Faith's various parties -- including Sorted, Feedback and Sneakers in the Club -- have been a mainstay on D.C.'s alternative DJ scene for years. Stereo Faith was diagnosed with a tumor that will require brain surgery. That's an expensive operation, to put it mildly. To help pay for some of the hospital bills, his fellow DJs are hosting a special fundraiser at U Street Music Hall, with sets by Baltimore Club maven Scottie B, Will Eastman of Bliss, rising local hip-hop star Tabi Bonney, Tittsworth and Dave Nada. There's no set cover charge, guests are asked to give at least $5, and if you can dig a little deeper into your pockets, it will be appreciated.

-- Alex Baldinger, Mike Joyce and Fritz Hahn

By Alex Baldinger  | August 4, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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