TOP 5 FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
1. Toxie, Big Mouth, Big Hush At Comet Ping Pong
Toxie is a post-punk band from Memphis. They play the type of music that girls and boys, indie kids and punk rockers, dance fanatics and wallflowers can enjoy. They are good. Very good. If you can't make it to Comet, at least check out their Bandcamp page. Openers Big Hush are from D.C. and aren't too shabby either. A more sloppy beach punk thing. If Best Coast liked Mudhoney a little more. We've been listening to Toxie and Big Hush on repeat for hours and are still enjoying it. Very solid bill. 9 p.m., all ages, $10
2. "Diamonds Are Forever" At AFI Silver Spring
The AFI is in the midst of a Bond series. Enjoy Sean Connery's return to 007. 7 p.m., all ages, $7 to $11.50
3. Razzle Dazzle Estate Sale At Mansion On O Street
The annual fundraiser began Monday and runs for nine days. Pick up some antiques, art, knick-knacks and more. Opening days are always crowded. Today should have ample quality goods and a little more breathing room. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., all ages, no cover
4. "Dirty Dancing" At Bethesda Lane
We're running out of outdoor films. Go see Baby not have to dance in a corner. 8:45 p.m., all ages, no cover
5. Beltway Poetry Slam At The Fridge
Immerse yourself in the spoken word scene. Go to witness or to participate. 8 p.m., all ages. $5
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Wednesday, August 29
Speedy Ortiz at Black Cat
Math rock is usually fronted by very nice, very mediocre boys. Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis fronts this four-piece. Think The Breeders with more focus.
Thursday, August 30
Rodriguez at Sixth and I
Rodriguez may be the biggest and best famous folk singer who took 40 years to break through in America. The documentary "Searching For Sugar Man," currently playing at West End, is bringing the artist into his well-deserved spotlight.
Friday, August 31
Saul Williams at Howard Theatre
One of the only American poets that non-poetry folks enjoy. A captivating figure, whether solo, with a band or reading his work.
Saturday, September 1
Patton Oswalt at Arlington Drafthouse
We're not sure why Oswalt will be in Virginia for one night but we are happy Oswalt will be in Virginia for one night. This gig isn't on his site and doesn't appear to be attached to a tour. Maybe the comic will be workshopping material for his next album. Whatever the reason is, yay! Patton!
Sunday, September 2
[In] Cage: A Discussion and Performance of John Cage's Works at American University
John Cage has changed music. If you don't know who John Cage is, consider this an intro course.