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Posted at 6:54 AM ET, 08/19/2010

Getting Up Guide: Billy Dee Williams and Erin McKeown

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 Thursday:

Shakespeare Free for All
In case you somehow missed our plethora of reminders, the annual Shakespeare Free for All kicks off tonight. No more waiting in long lines in the heat or rain, though. Just head to the Shakespeare Theatre Company Web site before 1 p.m. and enter the lottery (then cross your fingers, rub your lucky rabbit's foot, etc.) for the chance to snag tickets to the opening performance of "Twelfth Night."

$1 Beer Day
We don't know how this is viable in the current economic climate, but who cares: DuClaw Brewing Company is offering $1 beers all day at its pubs in Maryland. The closest one to Washington is in Bowie, where you can sip a malty Venom Pale Ale or the hoppy Serum Double IPA for just a buck. (All bottles of wine are $10 off all day, but let's not get distracted. The beer is what matters here.)

A Smooth Music Tribute to Billy Dee Williams
If you believe those old Colt 45 commercials, Billy Dee Williams was a smooth gentleman with the ladies. (Even smoother than Lando Calrissian, it would seem.) Truly a man to look up to. That's why the Bandanas DJ night is hosting "A Smooth Music Tribute to Billy Dee Williams" at Little Miss Whiskey's. Expect Yacht rock, "Solid Gold" hits and light 80s funk. Wash down the Steely Dan and James Ingram with $3 Colt 45 malt liquor tallboys. Mmmm -- loaded with dynamite taste!

Erin McKeown
Not only is this concert worth going to, but it's free, too. The eclectic and likable singer-songwriter whose material includes jazzy standards, introspective folk and sturdy rockers, comes to Millennium Stage.

-- Fritz Hahn, David Malitz and Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | August 19, 2010; 6:54 AM ET
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