TOP 5 FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
1. Lewis Black At Warner Theater
The angry "Daily Show" correspondent is a thirty year angry stand-up veteran. He's also one of the best. Scores of stand ups have been influenced by the truth teller for good reasons. He's aged remarkably well, never resting on his laurels and still filling theaters. 8 p.m., all ages, $62.50 to $89.75
2. Molly Hagen At IOTA
The local singer-songwriter stands out in a sea of acoustic boredom. This full band show at a beautiful venue will make adults playing adult contemporary rock and roll sound like a good thing. 8:30 p.m., all ages, $10
3. Spill At Black Fox Lounge
More story telling, more chances to feel good about your life. 8 p.m., 21+, $8
4. Beth Orton At Sixth and I
Beautiful and difficult music from this singer-songwriter from England. If you're willing to approach the music with an open mind, her rewards are much greater. Think Florence and the Machine with a much harder edge. 8 p.m., all ages, $35
5. The 48 Hour Film Music Video Project At AFI Silver Spring
The 48 Film Project is a neat, worldwide series of events that brings filmmakers of all levels together. Groups make shorts up to 15-minutes in length in two days. This screening is for the 48 Hour Music Video competition. Shorter projects tend to yield higher quality results. 7:15 p.m., 9 p.m., all ages, $10
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Friday, September 28
Asia After Dark at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
This sampling of music from across Asia sounds diverse and fun. DJs, black and white art films, percussionists, mixed media artists and more types of performers will make up this regular event.
Saturday, September 29
Dance for the Dying at Red Palace
The local four-piece celebrates the release of their newest record alongside very fine local act Ugly Purple Sweater.
Sunday, September 30
Redskins vs. Buccaneers
The referee debacle is over. Enjoy the game.
Monday, October 1
Blondie at State Theatre
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. CBGB legends. Punk rock royalty. However you want to describe them, Debbie Harry is still in the band so they get a recommendation.
Tuesday, October 2
Do the Write Thing at The Westin
This 826 fundraiser features Dr. Jill Biden and Dave Eggers. Feel good and meet interesting people.