TOP 5 PICKS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 3
1.) Dan Rather At Sixth & I
Legendary television news anchor Dan Rather will read from his new autobiography "Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News" and sign copies of the book. The man is still railing against former employer CBS, which is commendable for many reasons and makes the show a possible news-making event. 7 p.m., all ages, $12 or purchase the book for $27.99 and receive two tickets
2.) Maryland Film Fest at multiple locations
Today is the first of four bringing films from across the world to Baltimore. The Maryland Film Fest will showcasing over 40 feature lengths, 70 short films, a John Waters' pick and more. Todd Solondz new film "Dark Horse" closes the long running film celebration. The Maryland Film Fest is a providing an excellent reason to head to Baltimore. Through May 6.
3.) Ugly Purple Sweater At Rock N Roll Hotel
D.C. sometimes 5-piece indie band, sometimes folkish duo Ugly Purple Sweater are headlining the Rock N Roll Hotel with supporting acts Southwork and Presto Bando. UPS is a highlight of the D.C. scene, always energetic and appealing, something not too common with indie rock. They want to be there and it translates to the audience. 8:30 p.m., all ages, $10
4.) Portfolio In Motion Fashion Show At Marymount University
Fashion shows aren't that common in the D.C. area and a chance to see some up and coming college students showcase their wares isn't a bad way to spend a Thursday evening. This special event includes a cocktail reception with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a presentation of the Designer of the Year Award to Eileen Fisher. 7 p.m., all ages, $100
5.) "Two Years at Sea" At Hirshhorn Museum
An almost silent film shot in black and white about a modern day hermit. The opposite of every other recommended event for this evening. 8 p.m., all ages, no cover
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Friday, May 4
Star Wars Day
Nerds and non-nerds the world over will say, "May the fourth be with you!" and most people will say, "Heh, yeah. It's May 4," and other will say, "Huh?" It's cute and fun and harmless. Celebrate by viewing on demand the new Morgan Spurlock documentary "Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope."
Saturday, May 5
Wine Riot at DAR Constitution Hall
Have you ever wanted to attend a wine tasting but wanted more than 4 or 5 different types of wine? Did you really want to sample 250 wines? Well, for some amazing reason, your dream is becoming a reality this Saturday at DAR. Wine Riot gives curious palates the opportunity to sample vino from around the globe, 250 different tastes with a guide.
Sunday, May 6
Mucca Pazza at Kennedy Center
America's favorite 40-piece (give or take depending on work schedules) punk rock marching band is heading to the nation's capital. No stage is too small or big for this rambunctious troupe of good times. The music is secondary to the experience. Think Polyphonic Spree with marching bands costumes instead of robes and a ton of high school band instruments instead of voices.
Monday, May 7
We Are Serenades at Black Cat
This Swedish supergroup comes from an indie rock background (Shout Out Louds, Laakso) but sound more electro clash meets a stadium. Good for fans of M83 that don't want to see M83 in a giant space.
Tuesday, May 8
Trailer Park Boys at Lisner Auditorium
This Canadian comedy phenomenon was doing "Eastbound and Down" nearly ten years before "Eastbound and Down." Alternative comedy fans have been following the somewhat underground phenomenon for over a decade. Seven seasons of a television show, multiple specials and two films later, the group is returning to D.C. for 'community service.'