TOP 5 PICKS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 30
1.) Nick Lowe & His Band At Birchmere
How is this show not sold out? Is it because it's on a Monday? Have people forgotten that Lowe ushered in the angry young man era of singer-songwriters from the UK? Are music fans afraid of admitting his new material is as good, if not better, than his hey-day? Even recent headliners Wilco knew their roles should have been reversed. Whatever it is, take advantage of seeing Lowe and his band headline in a venue small enough to make the experience intimate. 7:30 p.m., all ages, $54.25
2.) RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 4 Finale And Reunion Show Viewing Party At Duplex Diner
The fates of Sharon Needles, Phi Phi O'Hara and Chad Michaels will finally be decided. This reality show/lip synching competition/fashion class/inspirational programming has filled the hole left post-NFL season, pre-NBA playoffs and it's hopefully happy conclusion (Team Sharon Needles!) will be better experienced in a crowd of "Drag Race" devotees. 9 p.m., all ages, no cover
3.) Little Spoons Comedy Show At Blind Dog Cafe
This event should be pretty much the opposite reality of most people's perception of stand up comedy. It's on a Monday night, the bill consists entirely of female comedians, there's no cover, no drink minimum, pastries will be sold and the room looks and feels like an European salon from early last century. 7 p.m., all ages, no cover
4. Death Cab for Cutie at Music Center at Strathmore
Now that Death Cab is single again and Cutie is off the market (this only makes sense if you click on the link), Ben Gibbard and Co. are once again focused on their music. The once stuck in dingy clubs, driving around the country in a van indie rock darlings have graduated to stadium status. This evening they'll be accompanied by the The Magik*Magik Orchestra, ensuring that this event is for audiophiles rather than adoring teens. 8 p.m., all ages, sold out (tickets found on Craigslist for $55)
5. "Curse of the Queer Wolf" At McFadden's
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society returns with their weekly screening of overlooked, undervalues, usually low budget, independent film appreciation series. The title of tonight's schlock pretty much tells you everything you need to know. 8 p.m., 21+, $5 suggested donation
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Tuesday, May 1
Marilyn Manson At Fillmore Silver Spring
Remember when parents were scared of Marilyn? That was so cute. This nostalgia fest shouldn't scare anyone. It's kind of cute, like when your kids goth friend finally gets a girlfriend and they're so in love and they're going to stay together forever and they forget the candle they bought together at Hot Topic. So there will be a lot of kids like that. Regardless of the crowd, Manson is still a showman and any appearance is worth anyone's attention.
Thursday, May 3
Dan Rather At Sixth & I
If Mr. Krugman didn't brighten your spirits, maybe legendary television news anchor Dan Rather can. He'll read from his new autobiography "Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News" and sign copies of the book.
Friday, May 4
Loretta Lynn At Ocean City Inlet
See Loretta Lynn now. She's had to cancel some shows in the last few years due to health reasons. She delivers an excellent show, traversing through her large catalogue, always with a smile on her face.
Saturday, May 5
Around The World Embassy Tour, Embassy Row And Other Locations
More than 40 embassies will be open to the masses. Each embassy offers something for all ages, whether its food, drinks, tours, coloring books and more. Don't plan accordingly. Wander about. Trust us, there's no way to hit all forty mansions and compounds in only 6 hours.