TOP 5 FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
1. A Night With David Sedaris At Strathmore
Everyone's favorite "This American Life" author will read from a book. It will be good. 8 p.m., all ages, $48 to $58
2. DC Science Cafe At Busboys And Poets
Learn about synthetic biology in a comfortable environment with like-minded individuals. We're fans of this speaking series, now in its 13th episode. 6:30 p.m., all ages, donations appreciated
3. Sam Sifton Book Signing At Room & Board
The New York Times National Editor will sign copies of his new book, "Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well," and lead a discussion on Thanksgiving and how to cook it well. 6 p.m., all ages, no cover but advance registration is preferred
4. Silo Halo, The Cell Phones At Sova
Two solid bands, one local, one from the Midwest, will turn the H St. coffee house into a rock club for a few hours. Wear earplugs. 8 p.m., all ages, no cover
5. Struggles Of The Local Independent Music Community: A Conversation About Your Needs At The Dunes
Musician? Think success is about who you know? Meet more people. 6 p.m., all ages, no cover
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Wednesday, October 24
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at Birchmere
Full band set from Mann, solo set from Leo, both indie rock, indie comedy, indie punk approved lifer-musicians. I don't think Mann's or Leo's fans would mind if this became an annual tour.
Thursday, October 25
Dinosaur Jr at Black Cat
We're glad the reunion tour is still going. We're glad they have a new record, "I Bet On Sky." We're glad loud guitars, bass and drums bring people who used to hate each other back together.
Friday, October 26
Tilted Torch’s Spook-O-Rama at Red Palace
A burlesque show that encourages people to dress up and win raffle prizes. This is what you should do the weekend before Halloween.
Saturday, October 27
Bettye LaVette at The Howard Theatre
After being overlooked for a few decades, LaVette's 2005 release "I've Got My Own Hell to Raise" finally put her into the spotlight she should have entered in mid-70's. Better late than never.
Sunday, October 28
Coffee Tasting and Lecture with Qualia Coffee at Livingsocial's 918 F Street
Qualia Coffee in Petworth makes some of our favorite beans. Learn how to brew a perfect cup of coffee from Qualia Coffee. Even if you don't take home any knowledge, at least you'll drink good coffee (and take home five ounces of beans).