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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 09/ 3/2010

Getting Up Guide: Story/Stereo, Jazz in the Garden

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 Friday:

The return of Story/Stereo, the Writer's Center event that pairs local authors and musicians for an evening of readings and songs, should be one to remember. Local novelist Aryn Kyle and local poet Allison Benis White will read from their latest works, and John Davis will perform a selection of songs from his deep catalog. Over the past decade Davis has pretty much always been a member of one of the city's best bands, starting with punk faves Q and Not U, then with sugary pop group Georgie James and now with power pop trio Title Tracks. He'll perform songs by each band with members of each band joining him. And that includes our Post colleague and former QANU singer/guitarist Chris Richards. As always with Story/Stereo, the event is free.

Jazz in the Garden

Few pleasures are more profound in the summertime than laying out a blanket in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, sipping sangria, listening to jazz and chatting the night away. Tonight, lay back and kick off the long Labor Day weekend with the sounds of jazz guitarist Josh Bayer. If you really want to amp up the romance, be sure to pack a picnic full of treats. There are only a couple of Fridays left.

Rudy Gonzalez Y Su Locura
Salsa options abound in the District, and for those over its western border, some of the best dancing can be had at the Salsa Room on Columbia Pike. But if you're right in the middle of Clarendon's residential and nightlife mix, you're within walking distance of Gua-Rapo's Friday night latin dance session with Rudy Gonzalez Y Su Locura. Rudy Gonzalez is a home-trained talent, moving on from Duke Ellington School of the Arts to seasoning in the D.C. and international jazz scene. It's quite a coup to mambo with his combo for free in an intimate environment when his session resume includes such names as Celia Cruz and Ozomatli.

-- David Malitz, Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson

By Alex Baldinger  | September 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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