TOP 5 FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 7
1. Mike Birbiglia At DC Improv
The "This American Life"-approved stand up isn't usually thought of as a stand up. Due to the massive success of his one-man show, book and soon to be movie "Sleepwalk With Me," you may not even realize Birbigia is a fine stand up. These three nights at the DC Improv is in celebration of the club's 20th anniversary. 8 p.m., 18+, sold out, also Aug. 8 and 9
2. 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. 8 p.m., all ages, $67.15
3. Johnny Gill At Howard Theatre
An R&B superstar since he was a very young teen, Gill knows what you want and will give you what you want. Let's dance. 8 p.m., all ages, $40
4. "Rio" At NoMa Summer Screen
It's not supposed to rain tonight. Go see a movie with the kids. Picnics welcome. Dusk, all ages, no cover
5. Let's Talk About Leonardo At Morrison House
A salon-style discussion about one of the art world's more private artists. 6 p.m., all ages, no cover
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Wednesday, August 8
The Shape of Things at The Art League
A new sculpture exhibit opens at this Alexandria gallery.
Thursday, August 9
"The Front Line" at Korean Cultural Center
Korea's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards will screen at the Korean Cultural Center. Use the screening as an excuse to check out a venue you may not have known.
Friday, August 10
The Very Best at Rock and Roll Hotel
This is what happens when a London production duo and Malawi singer get together. Everything has been thrown at the wall and the results will lead to you dancing.
Saturday, August 11
Save the Date at Corcoran Gallery
Part of the Take it to the Bridge performance art series, this event by Kathryn Cornelius will feature the artist exploring marriage and divorce in one day. Seven suitors will be wed and let go on the hour. Wedding cake, champaign, dancing, photos, the whole shebang.
Sunday, August 12
Aerosmith, Cheap Trick at Jiffy Lube Live
Aerosmith is America's Rolling Stones and who cares? Cheap Trick! The most important band not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Pure pop rock bliss! Eight necked guitars for no reason! Their set lists on this current tour will please any fan of the fans first five records, some of the best in the late 70s, early 80s canon.