TOP 5 FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
1. Comedy Bang Bang At Howard Theatre
Tonight will be D.C.'s comedy nerd prom. Favorites from the podcast and television show Comedy Bang Bang come to the Howard to perform some stand up before a taping of the podcast. While it will be really neat to see Scott Auckerman, Tim Heidecker and Kurt Braunohler in person, the highlight will be James Adomian. The stand up and impressionist will segue-way in and out of characters in his own act before committing to one figure in the podcast. Whether he's an amped up, conspiracy obsessed Jesse "The Mind" Ventura, champaign adman Orson Welles, American Apparel CEO and fan of the flesh Dov Charney or stranger to the world Huell Howser, Adomian will go for absurdist laughs. 8 p.m., all ages, $25
3. Summer Used Book Sale At Washington DCJCC
Tired of the Kindle? Miss Borders? There's still good reason to pick up a book made out of trees. 4 p.m., all ages, $3 to $5 per book
4. The Sweater Set, Luray, Ms. Fridrich At Velvet Lounge
A nice, well-rounded, gentle bill. The Sweater Set may be D.C.'s most lovely acoustic instrument duo, harmonizing love songs over guitar and ukelele. Luray will play the banjo and Ms. Fridrich will play the piano. This type of bill usually isn't seen at the Velvet Lounge. 9 p.m., 18+, $8 to $10
5. Julia Child’s "Bon Appetit" For Life At National Museum Of Natural History
The woman that helped usher in a good food revolution would have turned 100 this month. Celebrate her legacy with a lecture from biographer Bob Spitz. 7 p.m., all ages, $13 to $25
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Thursday, August 9
"Lolita" at AFI Silver Spring
Kubrick's classic film based on the classic novel turns 50 this year. See it on the big screen.
Friday, August 10
Chicks-For-Gays lunch and happy hour at Science Club
Since the Chick-Fil-A debate doesn't appear to be going away any time soon, it's time to have some drinks. If buying offests to alleviate guilt doesn't sound fun, head to Science Club for a special menu with a portion of all sales donated to the DC Center for the LGBT Community. If you want to show more support, a series of limited edition T-shirts and underwear featuring cute baby chicks and slogans supporting gay equality will be for sale.
Saturday, August 11
Wyatt Cenac at Arlington Drafthouse
"The Daily Show" correspondent with the driest sense of humor, Cenac released his first stand-up album to critical acclaim. Scene stealing appearances on "This American Life" and "W.T.F." help illustrate the comic's quick wit and well-thought-out act.
Sunday, August 12
English Country Dance at Glen Echo Park
This appears to be more "Hee-Haw" than "Downton Abbey." Casual dress, casual dancing, family-friendly fun, no partner required. Make some friends in a wholesome way.