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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Getting Up Guide: Pete Rock and an Edward Steichen doc

By Rhome Anderson and Anne Kenderdine

Looking for something to do? See a screening of a documentary on photographer Edward Steichen, hear Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth at a reunion at the Black Cat or catch the last day of the Folger's exhibition on Henry VIII. Here's what's happening:

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Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth
The east coast was still enamored with James Brown samples and the west coast was still mining P-Funk records when Pete Rock emerged to put his stamp on hip-hop with his unique production talents. He blended the fast tempos and big drums of early '90s New York hip-hop with filtered and warped jazz sounds and echoing horns, creating classic remixes for other artists before uniting with C.L. Smooth to form one of the best producer/rapper duos in history. C.L.'s complex wordplay and smooth voice seemed tailor-made for Rock's layered compositions, and the formula was brilliant over the course of three projects. Like many golden age acts, the duo has patched up the differences that ended their work together in order to meet massive fan demand. The Chocolate Boy Wonder and the Mecca Don reunite at the Black Cat for a trip through timeless hip-hop classics like "T.R.O.Y.", "I Got A Love" and "The Creator."

'Vivat Rex!' at Folger Shakespeare Library
Washington Post critic Philip Kennicott says the Folger's exhibition, which closes today, is "loaded with greatest hits." Because Henry VIII ruled during the first great age of the printing press, the paper trail on him is excellent, he says, and the exhibit shows how his fame was at least as vital when he was alive in the early 1500s as it is today, in the age of the Showtime drama "The Tudors." You'll find one of his first schoolbooks and a letter from his first wife Katherine of Aragon, whom Henry divorced in his hope for a male heir. From his library, there's also an extraordinary 1,000-year-old book, still in prime condition, hand-lettered with gold print and its pages dyed purple from berries.

'Masters of Photography: Edward Steichen'
As part of the Phillips Collection's exhibition, "TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art," the museum is screening a documentary from 1964 on the photographer's work. The 30-minute film is free when you buy a ticket to the special exhibition. Screenings are at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

By Rhome Anderson and Anne Kenderdine  | December 30, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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