TOP 5 FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 2
1. Old Crow Medicine Show At 9:30 Club
Every year that passes the Old Crow Medicine Show slowly increases their fan base. Two nights of sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club means that a large theater is next. It may be time to give in to the scalpers. 7 p.m., all ages, sold out, also August 3
2. Tracy Morgan At Howard Theatre
This will be a train-wreck or transcendent. Or just another show. Go for the entertainment or potential story. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., all ages, $60 (whoa)
3. Phillips After 5: Food Truck Fiesta At The Phillips Collection
Visit the American Sign Language exhibit and feast from food trucks Carnivore BBQ, DC Empanadas, Fojol Bros, Rolling Ficelle, Sinplicity Ice Cream and Takorean. 5 p.m., all ages, $10 to $12
4. National Ice Cream Sandwich Day: Buy One Get One Free! At Sugar Magnolia
Since it's August and conversations about the hot and humid weather will become a daily annoyance, you might as well enjoy some ice cream.
5. "Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" At Portrait Gallery
If you're tired of our outdoor film picks, head to the basement of the Portrait Gallery for an Academy Award winning film in a underutilized screening room. 6:30 p.m., all ages, no cover
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Friday, August 3
The Half Century Collection at Parish Gallery
We're really impressed by these miniatures. Check out the slideshow below.
Saturday, August 4
Panda Head End of Summer Bummer at The Fridge
An evening of short films from a wide swath of D.C. artists. A nice way to kick off The Fridge's month of six art collectives coming together.
Sunday, August 5
"Blind Dates" At Iota
Not the usual Iota event, this "Blind Date" includes four mini-operas and a few segments of audience directed opera improv. We're intrigued.
Monday, August 6
Rise + Rhyme at Busboys and Poets
Good writers use their life experience to flesh out stories. It takes distance to understand the complexities of important landmarks in life. But these story tellers don't have that kind of time. They're all 5 and under. This is so cute.
Tuesday, August 7
System of a Down, Deftones at Verizon Center
SOAD is hit or miss, preachy stuff that's a little more prog than RATM. Deftones have aged remarkably well considering they're Southern Californian peers of Korn. "White Pony" holds up and the bands slow progression to shoegazer guitar sounds has put them in a weird position. They're too smart for most metal bills but too aggressive to earn the critical respect they deserve.
Among Wigan's pieces on display at the Parish Gallery will be an Olympic torch and rings, on the head of a pin, in honor of Wigan's home country's chance to host the 2012 Games.
A native of Birmingham, England, Wigan has been honored by King Charles for his creativity.
Wigan's past work has included a miniature Betty Boop, which is dwarfed by curious insects and humans alike.
Ripley's recently purchased 97 of Wigan's pieces, like this portrait of the Obama family.
Wigan has even crafted a tiny model of the Titanic.