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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 09/15/2010

Getting Up Guide: Afghanistan, Mexico and the Whale

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 Wednesday:

The Great Game: Afghanistan
You need not be a history wonk to know that the history of Afghanistan is a complicated series of conflicts, so much so that Tricycle Theatre's history play is actually three plays, each focusing on a different tumultuous era. "Invasions and Independence" begins the three-play series tonight at 7:30, followed by "Communism, the Mujahideen & the Taliban" and "Enduring Freedom." There are five performances of each installment through Sept. 25, and you can see them in any sequence. Limited seats remain for opening night.

Fiesta Mexicana
Every Sept. 15, Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16) commences with El Grito, a public recitation of the battle cry that began the 1810 Mexican War of Independence. At Fiesta Mexicana, join the celebration tonight at a live concert headlined by Ozomatli from 6 to 10 p.m. It's part of Celebrate Mexico 2010, a showcase of Mexican musicians, chamber singers, vocalists and even circus performers that lasts from Saturday through Oct. 3. Check with the Kennedy Center for a complete schedule of free and ticketed events.

The Whale
We love the Whale, the monthly cosmic disco night hosted by local DJ duo Beautiful Swimmers. We love it even more when they bring in guest DJs who help them create a spacey and funky vibe. But we love it most when a live act takes the stage between some of the DJ sets, and that's what we have this week. Steve Summers will deliver a set of crisp, hard-hitting techno in between retro-future funk at U Street Music Hall around 10 p.m. For more events like this, check out Nightlife Agenda.

-- Alex Baldinger and David Malitz

By Alex Baldinger  | September 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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