TOP 5 FOR THURSDAY, MAY 31
1. Jon Langford at Iota
The Mekon, Waco Brother and more, Langford has been fine tuning his style of punk folk with a Scottish tinge for over 30 years. Whether solo or with a full band, the singer-songwriter knows how to tell a story during and between songs. 8:30 p.m., 21+, $15
2. St. Coletta's Annual Art Show and Sale at Microsoft
This is the sixth annual show and sale of art made by students at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, a non-profit, non-sectarian public charter school serving over 400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 5:30 p.m., all ages, prices vary
3. 14th Biennial Ikebana Show At Art League Gallery
Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, has over 300 schools of thought. This art show will not showcase all of those schools, but a small sample size will still be enjoyable. 6 p.m., all ages, no cover
4. Ugly Purple Sweater, Typefighter At Black Cat
Two of D.C.'s finest indie pop bands, this show doubles as a release party. Making it super ambitious, the bands are covering each other's material. 8 p.m., all ages, $8
5. "Let's Stay Together..." Live-Band Karaoke At Public Bar
Real life band Northeast Corridor will back up not-really singers at this Barack Obama fundraiser. Not the first and far from the last fundraising event for the 2012 Obama campaign, this one includes alcohol and singing. Maybe someone will decide to protest something. 7 p.m., 21+, $25
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Friday, June 1
Jerry Butler at Howard Theatre
Any member of the Impressions is a national treasure. Honor "The Iceman."
Saturday, June 2
Sound Scene at Goethe-Institut
This year's ambitious Sound Scene interactive audio installation, "Cycles Circuits Revolutions," brings together live music (Buildings, Trumpet Grrl, more), listening stations and interactive displays.
Sunday, June 3
2nd Annual Drag Ball Game at Stead Park
Two teams in full drag face off in a game of kickball. This is the most fun.
Monday, June 4
PAUL opening at 1000 Connecticut Ave. NW
The first 1,000 to make a purchase at this bakery's new location will receive a free baguette or large macaroon. Free sugar and bread at the start of the month.
Tuesday, June 5
Transit of Venus at National Air and Space Museum
Venus is about to pass between the Earth and the Sun. This viewing will allow non-astronmy nerds the opportunity to learn about and witness this once-in-a-lifetime event.