TOP 5 FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
1. John Mulaney At DC Improv
"S.N.L.'s" funniest person may be behind the scenes. This writer has released two near perfect stand up albums, was a talking head on multiple VH1 shows and is hilarious when performing sketches with Nick Kroll. Able to ride the line between alt comic and mainstream clubs, if Mulaney is the future of comedy, the future is in good hands. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., 18+, $20, also August 4
2. Kingman Island Luau Ride And Party At BicycleSPACE
The Shaw based bicycle shop (they moved to a nice space on 7th St NW) stages regular events to bring together the bike community. This full moon ride will take folks to a Luau party at Kingman Island, a hideaway on the Anacostia River near RFK Stadium. 8 p.m., all ages, donations requested
4. Jerry Seinfeld At Kennedy Center
Because it's Seinfeld. Take your grandmother, mother, son, grandson, anyone breathing. They'll like it. 7 p.m., all ages, sold out, also August 4
5. Ted Nugent At Fillmore Silver Spring
He's nuts and crazy people usually put on a good show. Bonus: Chick-Fil-A is around the corner! 8 p.m., all ages, $30
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.
TOP 5 FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
1. 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. 8 p.m., all ages, $6
2. Rave Camp Pool Party At Capitol Skyline Hotel
Fan of bikinis and dance music? The perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. Insecure about your body and hate loud music? There's a full bar and places to sit in the shade, somewhat away from the DJ booth. 11 a.m., all ages, $15
3. "Canaries In McMansionland" At Corcoran Gallery of Art
How often do you see live birds as part of an art exhibit at the Corcoran? 10 a.m., all ages, $8 to $10
4. The Studio Theater Annual Garage Sale
We really want you to shop on 14th St NW this weekend. If you're looking for furnish an apartment, this isn't a bad place to start. 10 a.m., all ages, no cover
5. Summer Spirit Festival At Merriweather Post Pavilion
Shows like this make people like summer festivals. Sets from Erykah Badu, Common, Chuck Brown’s Band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Estelle and more make any ticket price seem reasonable. This would be our #1 pick if it was in city limits. Anything that requires public transportation on the weekend is a hassle. 3 p.m., all ages, $44 to $125
TOP 5 FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
1. Michael Hall - Yoga Community Donation Class At Meridian Hill Park
Maybe the biggest benefit to date for yoga instructor Michael Hall, this class will be an excellent fundraising event and chance for all levels of yoga enthusiast to take a class in the park. 5 p.m., all ages, donations requested
2. "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. 7 p.m., 21+, $12
3. MidCity Dog Days
A chance to get deals and specials from neat stores and restaurants along 14th? Sure. We were going to stroll through the neighborhood anyway. Also Saturday
4. "Rouge" At Freer Gallery Of Art
Part of the 17th Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival, "Rouge" is the 1988 acclaimed film by iconic Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan. 2 p.m., all ages, no cover
5. "I Spy: Photography And The Theater Of The Street, 1938–2010" At National Gallery Of Art
Final day to check out this exhibit. 11 a.m., all ages, no cover