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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 10/20/2010

Getting Up Guide: Beer and Ballet, Edwidge Danticat

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:

Beer and Ballet
What beer is to football, wine-and-cheese are to the ballet, right? Wrong. The Washington Ballet's young members group, the Jete Society, hosts its periodic Beer and Ballet event, which pairs an open rehearsal at the ballet's studio with a microbrew-sipping session. Get a preview of the upcoming "Romeo and Juliet," beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by suds and snacks.

Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat, one of the most famous members of Haiti's notorious diaspora, writes essays. And like all writers caught between two cultures, she runs into criticism for being too much of an outsider, or an insider, for writing too much about Haiti, or not enough, or the wrong way. But her work, which won her a MacArthur "genius grant" in 2009, is complex and powerful, evocative of immigrant literature of the 1920s and yet rife with modern worldliness and modern guilt. She'll read from her latest collection, "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work," at Busboys and Poets on 14th Street at 6:30 p.m.

The Extra LensTwo of indie rock's finest storytellers -- John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and Franklin Bruno -- team up for their on-again, off-again side project. Catch them at the Rock and Roll Hotel at 8 p.m.

-- Alex Baldinger, Fiona Zublin and David Malitz

By Alex Baldinger  | October 20, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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