TOP 5 PICKS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
1. JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound At Black Cat
This Chicago group has shared the stage with Wilco and Rahm Emanuel, which means they're the most well connected band in the Windy City. They also happen to be a tight five piece post-punk, soul revival act. Dirty, smooth and able to make anyone move. This show is at the Back Stage. Don't be surprised if they're in the bigger room this time next year. 8 p.m., all ages, $10 to $12
2. North Country At Velvet Lounge
Frontman Andrew Grossman has the potential to be the next generation's Ted Leo. He's able to write personal and political rock pop songs with conviction. This is the last time to see the band before they head into the recording studio. An excellent chance to become a fan of the up and coming band. 8 p.m., 18+, $8 to $10
3. Using The Kinect At Fab Lab
Kinect is a computer program that allows scanners to detect 3D images. We're one step closer to being able to scan and print whatever we want. This workshop is a 101 on how this technology can be used in artistic ways. 7 p.m., all ages, $50 to $80
4. Gil Evans At 100 At Atlas
Atlas will celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of jazz composer Gil Evans with performances from local ensembles including nonet, tentet, big band, and jazz orchestras. Evans worked with Miles Davis to shape some of his classic albums including “Porgy and Bess” and “Sketches of Spain.” 8 p.m., all ages, $15 to $25
5. Drawing Lines At Smith Commons
We're going artistic for day 3 of America Craft Beer Week. This event from the good folks at the Pink Line Project will have Earnes Armstong leading a participatory performance game that sounds complicated but can't possibly be that complicated since it's in a bar and involves improv. 7 p.m., 21+, no cover
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Thursday, May 17
Nick Waterhouse at Sixth and I
For fans of Motown era R & B that don't want a revival act. Waterhouse is in the same vein as Mayer Hawthorne, a fan that became an ambassador for the past.
Friday, May 18
Artomatic in Crystal City
This years' Artomatic will take place in a Crystal City office building ready for demolition. Ten floors of art from more than 1,000 artists, all free of charge, make this month-long event mandatory for every art fan.
Saturday, May 19
H Street Crab Boil at Red Palace
An all you can eat crab boil on H Street for only $15? Yes, an all you can eat crab boil on H Street for only $15.
Sunday, May 20
Fireside Cocktail - Truth, Honesty and the Pursuit of Writing from Life at The Coterie
This lecture/cocktail event is being staged in part with 826DC, a literary after school style tutoring program. Author Jessica Anya Blau will be talking about how honest one has to become when writing personal tales.
Monday, May 21
Reggie Watts at 9:30 Club
The comedian just released his newest album/DVD, recorded live in Central Park. The performer doesn't go up with a set list so this performance, in addition to all the other ones on his tour supporting "Reggie Watts: A Live At Central Park" are guaranteed to be different. An ambitious performer with a hectic schedule, this tour precedes some high profile Bonnaroo appearances and heavy involvement on the upcoming "Comedy Bang-Bang" television show. Perfect for the person that wishes Weird Al were a little more Brian Eno and Brian Eno a little more fun.