TOP 5 FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 14
1. And I Am Not Lying At Black Cat
Storytelling from performers that have appeared on "The Moth" and "This American Life." Burlesque tributes to David Lynch. Adult entertainment for the literati. A second late show was added when the first show sold out. Yes, it requires a second show. It will be that good. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., 18+, $12
2. Second Annual DC Flag Day Celebration At Dupont Circle, Eighteenth Street Lounge
Celebrate the irony of Flag Fay in DC with a rally in Dupont followed by a party at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Residents are encouraged to show off their three-star tattoos and paraphernalia in the circle before heading to the party with performances from Bluebrain, Jonny Grave and more. Rally at 5 p.m., all ages, no cover; Party at 8 p.m., 21+, no cover
3. How to Host Your Own Event At Artomatic
D.C. is still a D.I.Y. town. The return of Fort Reno proves it. Whether you're a promoter, in a band or just there to have a good time, it's a good idea to get to know exactly why you're standing in a church, watching a black metal band, surrounded by teenagers. 6:30 p.m., all ages, no cover
4. Get A Tan, The Torches At Rock N Roll Hotel
Get A Tan plays summer-friendly surf rock. They're called Get A Tan for a good reason. The Torches are a Americana indie folk act whose members will perform while walking through the crowd. Fun, lack of sun, in the almost summertime. 8 p.m., all ages, $10
5. Marissa Nadler, Marian McLaughlin At DC9
This Marissa Nadler show has an excellent opening act in Marian McLaughlin. Her laid back and interesting local sounds have the potential for a major breakthrough in 2012. 8 p.m., 18+, $10
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Friday, June 15
EDH, Glitterlust at Comet Ping Pong
Electro house funk from France and queer dance glam from D.C. A beautiful marriage on dance floor heaven.
Saturday, June 16
The Great Gatsby Ball at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
If last weekend's Seersucker Social taught us anything, it's that people in D.C. know how to dress for the occasion. That event was about dressing the 1920's part in the afternoon. This one takes us well into the P.M. Dancing the Charleston on a marble floor in era-appropriate threads? This is one wonderful photo op.
Sunday, June 17
"Spark of Being" at National Gallery of Art
This 2010 film reinterprets the text of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in an avant-garde style. For the Father who loves avant-garde cinema.
Tuesday, June 19
The Hives at 930
The music and style of this Swedish punk band hasn't changed since their incarnation in the mid '90s. Well dressed, perfectly manic, quick and to the point. The Hives think they're the biggest and best and that makes them the biggest and best.