TOP 5 FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
1. "A Capital Fourth" At National Mall
There's no shame in participating in a Public Broadcasting taping. 8 p.m., all ages, no cover
2. Fat Camp At Capitol Skyline Hotel
D.C.'s finest party people present the future of America, if America were a really cool party. Fatback DJs, pool games, pie-eating contests, water balloons, inflatables, plushy costumes and more. If you're cool with bikini bods, look no further. 11 a.m., all ages, $15
3. Jonny Grave And The Tombstones At The Hamilton
Though he's only 24 years of age, Mr. Grave plays the kind of music you'd expect to hear from a man 40 years his senior. Heartfelt blues songs about heartbreak, whiskey and more heartbreak. An all-American soundtrack. If you're already headed to the Mall, consider a pre-explosion set from the Millenium Stage vet. He's only a few blocks away and there's no cover. No risk, high reward. 5 p.m., all ages, no cover
4. Head Roc At Folklife Festival
Celebrate the holiday at the most appropriate place possible with Huffington Post blogger and D.C. hip-hop institution Head Roc. 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., all ages, no cover
5. 43rd Annual Medical Marijuana Smoke-in At Lafayette Park
Smoke 'em if you got 'em. In front of the White House. Proceed at your own risk.12 p.m., all ages, no cover
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Thursday, July 5
Mini Golf at National Building Museum
Beginning today, the National Building Museum will let all ages of museum visitors a chance to play some mini golf on an in-door course designed by architects. Cool. $5, all ages, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, July 6
Mariachi Aztlán and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano at Folklife Festival
If Mariachi music is something you consider as a soundtrack for dining experiences, maybe performances by some Grammy winners and Smithsonian Folkways artists will change your mind.
Saturday, July 7
"La Boheme" at Hylton Center for the Performing Arts
Puccini’s most popular opera and the second performance of the Castleton Festival.
Sunday, July 8
Comics in the District: A Discussion with Local Creators at DC Jewish Community Center
Six local comic book creators, both of the spandex and adult kind, will participate in this round table discussion. The event coincides with the new play “The History of Invulnerability.”