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Posted at 6:45 AM ET, 09/ 2/2010

Getting Up Guide: ACC happy hour; Labor Day warm-up

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:

All-ACC Happy Hour
Two college football games in the area Monday feature a pair of local ACC teams: Maryland, which takes on Navy in Baltimore, and Virginia Tech, which plays Boise State at FedEx Field. As if the two fan bases needed a pep rally for the upcoming season, the All-ACC Happy Hour at Public Bar should do the trick. Alumni groups from every university in the conference have been invited, so wear your colors and get ready to talk some trash. (Unless, of course, you're Wake Forest. Zing!) Doors open at 6 p.m., and happy hour specials include $3 domestic beers, $4 imports and $5 rail drinks.

Art After Dark
All aboard the after-hours art party train. In the tradition of the Phillips Collection, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Sackler Gallery, the Art Museum of the Americas is hosting its own get-together this week. The museum's inaugural event -- a fundraiser for programs and exhibitions -- includes live music, performance art and a cash bar. Visitors can hang out on the lovely outdoor terrace or wander inside to take a look at images of buildings designed by Paul Philippe Cret, the subject of the museum's most recent special exhibit. On the music scene, local band Exactly and DJ Smudge will be on hand, while Carolina Mayorga presents performance art and percussionist Marcelo Woloski performs. For those who want to keep the revelry going, there will be an after-party at George, and all event attendees will automatically be put on the guest list.

Haymarket Riot Labor Day Social
Get Labor Day off to a fantastic start Thursday night at the Gibson, with the Haymarket Riot Labor Day Social's all-you-can-eat-and-drink bacchanal. There will be pulled pork sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs from the barbecue on the patio. Bartenders will be whipping up a half-dozen drinks, such as martinis and champagne-and-gelato cocktails, which are included in the $75 ticket. DJ Sam Vasfi of Marvin provides the tunes to get the party going. Tickets probably won't be sold at the door; call the lounge in advance to reserve yours.

-- Alex Baldinger, Stephanie Merry and Fritz Hahn

By Alex Baldinger  | September 2, 2010; 6:45 AM ET
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