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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 10/ 1/2010

Getting Up Guide: Portraits After 5; the Dance Party

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:

Portraits After 5
It seems that every museum in D.C. is trying to lure a hip young(er) crowd with DJ-fueled "after dark" events. But unlike some, the National Portrait Gallery isn't playing the price-gouging game. Portaits After 5, held in the museum's covered Kogod Courtyard, features music from DJ Todd Threat, projected art by Claire Sconville, a photo booth created by artist Rob Northway, a bar in the middle of the courtyard, and extended hours for the museum's "Americans Now" exhibit. The Portrait Gallery is allowing you to come hang out for free. Sounds like a great way to start the weekend. For more events like this, check out Nightlife Agenda.

Chesapeake Beer Madness
Sixteen breweries are set up in a March Madness-style bracket, ranging from big guns (Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Starr Hill) down to small craft outfits (Evolution Ales, 16 Mile, Williamsburg Ale Werks). Try samples from each, and then vote for your favorites, while enjoying complimentary snacks.

The Dance Party
After making it out to Los Angeles to record its full-length debut, D.C.'s the Dance Party returns with "Touch," a straightforward synth-pop album with huge choruses, guitar solos and lyrics that are meant to incite, well, dance parties -- like the one that will envelope the Rock and Roll Hotel after 8 p.m. With Middle Distance Runner, the State Department and Atomic Tom.

-- Fritz Hahn and Brandon Weigel

By Alex Baldinger  | October 1, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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