TOP 5 FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

1. Folklife Festival Opening Day At National Mall
The giant, excellent, free and appropriate for the music-loving family Folklife Festival begins today. Our pick from the 30+ scheduled events goes to George Clinton headlining the "Bring Back The Funk" concert. 6 p.m., all ages, no cover

2. Dance For The Dying At Kennedy Center
Fans of D.C. tunes Listen Local First stage a monthly, free concert at the Kennedy Center. Tonight brings the synth friendly dance pop band Dance for the Dying to the Millenium Stage. 6 p.m., all ages, no cover

3. "Intimatta" At Hirshhorn
This new documentary explores the life of artist Roberto Matta. Directed by his son, he'll be at the film and participating in a question-and-answer session following the screening. 6:30 p.m., all ages, no cover

4. America Hearts Singles Club At Black Cat
The very good D.C. band's singles series ends with "Country," an E.P. about drinking, dogs and the road. Openers The Mean Season are a can't miss and between band DJ sets from We Fought The Big One make this a well rounded conclusion to the series. 8 p.m., 18+, $8

5. Watch "When Harry Met Sally"
Because it's a proper tribute.

TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS

Thursday, June 28
"Louis" Season 3 premier

The best working stand-up has one of the best television shows. "Today" doesn't understand him and we hope it stays that way. The teaser trailer for season 3 gives nothing away and it's beautiful. There's no shame in staying in, at least for a half hour.

Friday, June 29
Poutine Party
at Rhino Bar
Poutine is that delicious-and-worst-thing-for-your-heart Canadian treat. Fries, gravy, cheese and happiness clog artiries and put smiles on faces before helping heart attacks rise up and destroy. It's sort of an official Canadian dish. To celebrate the upcoming Canada Day, July 1, the Canadian Embassy, the Eat Wonky food truck and Rhino Bar have teamed up for this all you can eat/drink poutine party. Canada is the best at fries and beer.

Saturday, June 30
Better Said Than Done
at Epicure Café
The beauty of storytelling shows is that they always make the crowd feel better about their life and they're able to cover any topic. This event's theme is, "Independence Day -- stories of freedom, declarations, and fireworks!" This broad topic allows the story tellers to talk about pretty much whatever they want, making sure that entertainment comes first.

Sunday, July 1
Serenade! Festival Celebration Concert
at Strathmore
Choirs from around the world will showcase their talents. From Canada to South Africa, Australia to the Czech Republic, the day will definitely have an international feel. The concert will conclude with all 325 singers performing two songs, one of which is a world premiere.

Monday, July 2
Scissor Sisters
at 9:30 Club
Because they're fun! And whenever we can link to this video, we will.

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  • AIDS Quilt

    Part of the AIDS Quilt will be showcased for the duration of the Festival.

  • George Clinton

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Panorama Room, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. National Museum of African American History and Culture presents Bring Back the Funk featuring George Clinton, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, and Meshell Ndegeocello

  • Meshell Ndegeocello

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Panorama Room, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. National Museum of African American History and Culture presents Bring Back the Funk featuring George Clinton, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, and Meshell Ndegeocello

  • West Virginia University's Steel Band Drum Ensemble

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Justin S. Morrill Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. West Virginia University's Steel Band Drum Ensemble featuring Ellie Mannette

  • Imamyar Hasanov

    Thursday, June 28, 2012 Justin S. Morrill Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Azerbaijani Music with Imamyar Hasanov and Pezhham Akhavass

  • Quetzal

    Friday, June 29, 2012 Justin S. Morrill Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings presents Quetzal and La Sardina de Naiguatá

  • The Ebony Hillbillies

    Friday, June 29, 2012 Panorama Room, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Music of Monticello and the Blue Ridge

  • AIDS Quilt

    Saturday, June 30, 2012 Red Hot, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. An Evening of Song with In Process... and the Rock Creek Singers

  • Sweet Heaven Kings

    Saturday, June 30, 2012 Panorama Room, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert: Celebrating Worth Long's Legacy

  • Kálmán Balogh

    Sunday, July 1, 2012 Justin S. Morrill Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Hungarian Roma Music with Kálmán Balogh

  • Pezhham Akhavass

    Thursday, July 5, 2012 Justin S. Morrill Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Azerbaijani Music with Imamyar Hasanov and Pezhham Akhavass

  • Mariachi Aztlán

    Friday, July 6, 2012 Justin S. Morrill Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings presents University of Texas-Pan American's Mariachi Aztlán and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

  • University of the District of Columbia Jazz Ensemble

    Saturday, July 7, 2012 Justin S. Morrill Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. University of the District of Columbia Jazz Ensemble

  • AIDS Quilt

    Saturday, July 7, 2012 Red Hot, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Evening Cabaret