TOP 5 FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

1. (e)merge Art Fair At Capitol Skyline Hotel
Go early. Go often. The space is massive, the art is quality and some performances are only scheduled for once a day. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., all ages, $10 to $15, also Saturday and Sunday

2. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion At U St Music Hall
The Blues Explosion started delivering high energy white boy blues rock more than a decade before The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Right place, wrong time. 7 p.m., all ages, $22

3. Story League At Black Cat
D.C.'s finest truth teller competition returns to the Black Cat Main Stage after their first sold-out show. Yes, a sold-out story telling show in a super big rock club with no official affiliation to This American Life or The Moth. Story telling may be the future of rock club entertainment. 9 p.m., all ages, $12 to $15

4. James Bond Anniversary Party At Bar Dupont
It's the 50th anniversary of Bond on screen. This Dupont Circle bar is celebrating with specialty cocktails, a red carpet and an white jacket encouraged dress code. 5 p.m., 21+, no cover

EVERYDAY IS HALLOWEEN PICK
5. Screen Vinyl Image, Nervous Curtains, Carni Klirs At SOVA

Familiarize yourself to the sound of local shoegazer. SVI is an great two-piece that sounds like you're being hit by a semi-truck. Their music isn't spooky or scary, but it would make for a great haunted house soundtrack. 9 p.m., all ages, no cover

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  • Alex Podesta

    Self Portrait as Bunnies

  • emerge

  • Claire Shegog

    Busby’s Chandelier

  • Marie Bower

    The Gossips

  • Elisabeth Wedenig

    What Comes Around Goes Around

  • Romas Astrauskas

    Untitled

  • Heather Ravenscroft

    Birthday June 4

  • Micky Hoogendijk

    My ode to Damien

  • Christophe Von Hohenberg

    The Day the Factory Died- Debra Harry & Steve Sprouse

  • Cheryl Pope

    The Games We Play

  • R. Luke DuBois

    Hindsight is Always 20/20

  • Clinton Bowman

    HEAVEN: The Baptism (Annunciation)

  • Patrick McDonough

    121009-Lawnchair

  • Ian McDermott

    Abbott and Costello

  • Lillian Bayley Hoover

    Suleymaniye

  • Conor Backman

    A Home Gallery Doesn’t Need to Be Big, Just Somart

  • Aimé Mpane

    12xKinoct XXI

  • Andrea Tese

    Luggage

  • Omar Velazquez

    Someday...

  • Freespace Collective

    Virtual/Actual: Southwest DC

  • Farah Ahmed

    Worlds Apart

  • Blink Video Art

  • David B. Smith

    Razzle Dazzle

  • Yerin Kim

    Pool Side

  • Melissa Ichiuji

    The Mourners

  • Melissa Ichiuji

    The Mourners

  • Melissa Ichiuji

    The Mourners

  • Becky Slemmons

    Gatherings

  • Becky Slemmons

    Gatherings

  • Prune Nourry

  • Mihaela Savu

    The Rainbow Wheel

  • Leigh Davis

    Secular Columbarium for The Island

  • Daniel Simmons

    My Death Pavilion

  • Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

    Made in China

  • Magnolia Laurie

    Adaptable Objects

  • Jennifer Small

    A Day in the Life: Paintings and Prints

  • Nara Park

    Exit

  • Jonathan Latiano and Ali Miller

    The Relationship

  • Alex Podesta

    Self Portrait as Bunnies

  • Alex Podesta

    Self Portrait as Bunnies

  • Mina Cheon

    Pokeman

  • Michel Modell

    Candida Albicans

  • Adam Void

    McPherson Citation

  • DECOY

    Momento Mori

  • Ryan Carr Johnson and Samuel Scharf

    Kill or be Killed

  • Ryan Carr Johnson and Samuel Scharf

    Kill or be Killed

  • Ryan Carr Johnson and Samuel Scharf

    Kill or be Killed

  • Andrew Schrock

    Large-Hadron-Colossus and the White Snake

  • Andrew Schrock

    Large-Hadron-Colossus and the White Snake

  • Steve Zolin

    Unstraightness 2.0

  • Andrea Tese

    Inheritance

TOP 5 FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

1. Virgin FreeFest At Merriweather Post Pavilion
After last weekend's debacle at Radio City Music Hall, Jack White's headlining appearance has become a lot more exciting. 11 a.m., all ages, $49.50

2. Columbia Heights Day At Harriet Tubman Elementary Field
If it's nice out, enjoy the day in the school yard. If it's rainy, head to the Wonderland, Meridian Pint or the new Coupe. 10 a.m., all ages, no cover

3. Maz Jobrani At Warner Theatre
The American-Iranian comic has enough mainstream appeal to cross cultural boundaries. It's why he's in a large theater. 8 p.m., all ages, $39.50 to $49.50

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4. Halloween Boolesque At State

The first weekend in October was bound to have some spooky burlesque. 9 p.m., 18+, $12 to $15

5. Donovan At Hamilton
"Mellow Yellow!" Come on! That song is awesome! 8:30 p.m., 21+, $64 to $304

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  • Jack White

    Arguably the most important American music figure of the last decade just released his first solo record. This photo shows him with his all-male band. He's also touring with an all-female band. No one else does this. Excellent headliner. If it's good enough for Lollapalooza, it's good enough for a free show.

  • Skrillex

    Love him or hate him, Skrillex is important. He won a bunch of Grammys, was recently profiled in the <em>New York Times</em> and just collaborated with Kanye West. Weird hair aside, he's making his mark on the cultural landscape.

  • M83

    It's been a weird year for this French band. Do they sound like Coldplay or does Coldplay sound like them?

  • Nas

    We highly doubt he'll perform "Ether," but that's OK. The NYC MC has been going strong for 20 years, releasing one classic LP, one almost-classic and multiple good records.

  • ZZ Top

    ZZ Top was supposed to open for Jack White at this Merriweather gig. Once Mr. White agreed to headline, he got the Texas three-piece a slot on this very young festival. It makes sense. The 42-year running blues rock act's influence can be heard in a lot of White's catalogue. To make things slightly more familiar, White plays drums in the band The Dead Weather, which features Dean Fertita on guitar. Dean Fertita also plays guitar in Queens of the Stone Age. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top played guitar on a tract on the QOTSA 2005 album "Lullabies to Paralyze."

  • Santigold

    Sure, she sounds a lot like M.I.A., but it's still fun to dance.

  • Alabama Shakes

    Alabama Shakes received a ton of blog love before they released their first full-length. The critical acclaim was justified. "Boys & Girls" is twelve tracks of quality jangly indie rock.

  • Ben Folds Five

    If you missed out on their first go-round, here's your chance to see everyone's dorm room favorite. Also, singing along to "Brick" is super weird.

  • The Dismemberment Plan

    Local favorites. After reuniting last year, the four-piece is still playing all the hits from "Emergency & I" to adoring crowds.

  • Allen Stone

    Pseudo-soul, the first not good-pick of the fest. This is when you'll go to the restroom and maybe take a nap on the lawn.

  • Trampled By Turtles

    Bluegrass on a big stage. The band will find new fans at this fest. Good booking.

  • Portugal. The Man

    There's nothing inherently wrong with or special about this 5-piece indie rock act. They've been around since 2004, playing a safe mix of psychedelic and classic rock.

  • Das Racist

    Fun, stupid and important hip-hop. Think Beastie Boys circa "License to Ill."

  • Future Islands

    If you like the synth sounds of the 1980s, here's your band.

  • Justin Jones

    Alt-country act done right. Justin Jones is a nice, somewhat local addition to the bill.

  • Above & Beyond

    Dance! Euro-style dance!

  • Porter Robinson

    This 20-year old DJ (it's OK to feel old) plays the kind of music that would be appropriate for the score of "Run, Lola, Run." By the way, Porter was 6 when that film was released. We're all so old.

  • Zedd

    Zedd is 22, way older than Porter, and plays similar dance music. Able to segue between house, dubstep and other, he'll get people moving.

  • Thomas Gold

    It'll be interesting to see if this dramatic electro goes over well in the middle of the day.

  • Nervo

    This DJ duo specializes in over-the-top beats and horribly simplistic lyrics. Laugh or dance, either way it's fun.

  • Alvin Risk

    Local boy done good, Risk is able to play stadium sized anthems in stadium sized venues. Don't be surprised if he's a few notches higher in the bill in upcoming years.

  • Penguin Prison

    Funky, early 80's dance pop. A good template for the rest of the fest.

TOP 5 FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

1. Artisphere 2nd Anniversary Weekend
The mixed-use space is celebrating their second year with more eclectic programming. Sound art installations throughout Rosslyn and music from around the world are on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is the free, family day open house. Let the kids run wild in the massive space. There's cool stuff for adults too. 12:30 p.m., all ages, no cover

2. Holly Golightly At IOTA
Speaking of Jack White, this British songstress helped close The White Stripes' "Elephant" with the duet "It's True That We Love One Another." 8:30 p.m., 21+, $15

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3. Ghost Tour At National Building Museum

Wander the possibly haunted museum with a lantern-light tour led by the ghost of Mary Surratt. 8 p.m., all ages, $12 to $20

4. Takoma Park Street Festival
Rain or shine, this fest is happening. Take advantage of the pleasant weather. 10 a.m., all ages, no cover, $33 to 153.50

5. TOTEM At The Plateau At National Harbor
Sunday is your final chance to see Cirque du Soleil's view of evolution at The Plateau at National Harbor. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., all ages, $33 to $159

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