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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 09/16/2010

Getting Up Guide: A barman of mystery; BBC's Annie Mac

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 Thursday:

The Suffering Bastard: Joe Scialom, International Barman of Mystery
The career of Joe "Joe the Bartender" Scialom sounds like rich material for a 1960s novel: A man who speaks eight languages fluently, works in famed hotels around the world, invents tiki-bar staples like the Suffering Bastard and numerous other cocktails and is frequently suspected of espionage because his regulars include diplomats and journalists. Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, who wrote a book about Scialom, will talk about Joe the Bartender's life and offer samples of some of his most famous concoctions, paired with food from the Occidental. The event starts at 7. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

Dead Prez
Dead Prez's emergence 10 years ago seemed to come at an odd time, as the hip-hop duo's hyper-left political stance and back-to-basics musical style landed it somewhere between N.W.A. and Public Enemy - a good eight years after conscious, Afro-centric rap crested. A decade later, the hip-hop landscape is again drastically different, but Dead Prez has remained doggedly consistent over six subsequent releases, only one of which was on a major label. The "Let's Get Free" auteurs perform at Club Liv at 8 p.m.

Annie Mac
Irish DJ Annie Mac is a champion of fresh, forward-thinking dance music on her BBC Radio 1 show, whether a grooving electro tune by the Swedish House Mafia, bass-rattling dubstep with vocals by Dizzee Rascal or the latest remixes of Jay-Z or Chromeo. She's briefly on this side of the Atlantic, spinning at U Street Music Hall with Cullen Stalin and Scottie B at 10 p.m.

-- Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson

By Alex Baldinger  | September 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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