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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Getting Up Guide: PWYC for Second City; D.C. history lesson

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:

How do you make it to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. How do you make it to the Kennedy Center? Just bring your tuba, sousaphone or euphonium to the 37th annual TubaChristmas, a mass tooting of the brass instruments; it's open to anyone with the necessary gear. Rehearse at 3 p.m. and play Christmas music at 6 p.m.

'A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics'
Chicago's legendary Second City comedy theater returns to Washington for a third time in two years with "A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics," a withering satire of the members of the fairer sex who pull the strings in this town. Expect rapid-fire, improvised bawdiness and plenty of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi jokes. Tonight's pay-what-you-can performance is at 8 p.m., but the line for tickets usually begins forming at 5 p.m.

Howard Theatre: We Were There
Anyone who has walked past the shuttered theater at Florida Avenue and T Street has probably wondered about the place's glory days. At the Watha T. Daniel library, historian Bernard Demczuk presides over an evening sharing the history of the theater, which hosted performances by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Holly and scores of others until it was closed in 1970. A screening of the documentary "Howard Theatre: A Century In Song" and footage of a 1964 James Brown performance begins at 7 p.m.

By Alex Baldinger  | December 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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