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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 09/30/2010

Getting Up Guide: North Coast brews; Blitz the Ambassador

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:

North Coast Brewing Company Night
California's North Coast Brewing Company has made great inroads in Washington-area beer bars, thanks to Red Seal Ale, Scrimshaw Pilsner and Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. The brewery's selection is much deeper, though, and it's being shown off at several events this week. First up is North Coast Night at ChurchKey, which is turning over seven taps to North Coast. Check out the Belgian-style Pranqster, Blue Star wheat beer or Le Merle farmhouse ale, and arrive early to pick up free glassware. The party runs from 6 to 9 p.m. -- or whenever the kegs kick.

Desert Flower
A true story based on a best-selling book, this film, screened as part of the All Roads Film Festival, tells the story of Waris Dirie, a Somalian woman who traveled across the African desert to get to London to avoid a forced marriage. She was discovered by a photographer while working at a fast food restaurant, became a model and is now a human rights activist.

Blitz the Ambassador
Step outside of an American-centric perspective, and it's a fact that on the global stage, African hip-hoppers are winning the race to the top. Blitz the Ambassador is one of the most exciting artists to emerge from this ascending group. His sound combines a commanding bilingual flow (English and his native Twi) with live funk instrumentation and the distinctive horns of West African dance music. Hear it for yourself at Liv.

-- Fritz Hahn, Kristen Boghosian and Rhome Anderson

By Alex Baldinger  | September 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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