TOP 5 PICKS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 22
1. Joel Stein At Sixth And I
Time columnist and sometimes VH1 talking head, Joel Stein's first book was written as a quest to pass on some more manly tasks to his newborn son. "Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity" takes him on a journey of fixing cars, hunting turkeys, putting out fires, basic training with the Marine Corps and other tasks meant to put some hair on the chest. 7 p.m., all ages, $10
2. Sakuramen Opening At 2441 18th St. NW
Started with no particular ramen style or culture in mind, this new restaurant in the heart of Adams Morgan is a welcome addition to the strip of pizza joints and bars. Located in an almost underground storefront, the shop is an all natural ingredients intro to ramen appealing to both foodies and regular folks. Opens at 5 p.m., all ages, prices vary
3. DC Youth Orchestra At Kennedy Center
The Millenium Stage will showcase students from the area performing works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Sibelius. You'll be showing support for the arts and growing your musical mind. 6 p.m., all ages, no cover
4. Shark Week At Black Cat
Besides having one of the best band names, Shark Week is also a very good psychadelic art rock three, sometimes four, piece. For fans of Brian Jonestown Massacre and Pavement, if Pavement had a little more fun. 8 p.m., all ages, $10
5. Timothy Gay Panel At National Press Club
Because you can never learn enough about World War II. This panel discussion with Timothy Gay, author of "Assignment to Hell: The War Against Nazi Germany with Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A.J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle" helps gives another perspective of February 1943 in Nazi Germany. 6:30 p.m., all ages, $5
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Wednesday, May 23
SEE CHANGE: Youth > Cameras > Action! at Hill Center
The 7th annual exhibit from Critical Exposure, this opening will celebrate the new exhibit of photography and writing from D.C. students.
Thursday, May 24
Art After Dark at Art Museum of the Americas
After hours admission to the museum with an open bar? Yep. This is good.
Friday, May 25
Jonny Grave and the Tombstones at the Kennedy Center
D.C.'s finest young bluesman gigs around town and the world, he recently played 10 days of shows throughout the United Kingdom, as much as he can. Whether he's a restaurant's entertainment, a supporting act for a rock and roll show or acting as musical M.C., Grave has the ability to win over most any crowd he encounters. This venue will be a stark contrast to his typical surroundings. It'll be interesting to see the singer in the ornate Kennedy Center.
Saturday, May 26
Growing Gardens Workshop: Let's Compost! Standard and Worm Composting 101 at Common Good City Farm
It's your duty as a good, earth caring, Internet reading individual to compost anything you can. Learn how.
Sunday, May 27
"Patton" at AFI Silver Spring
There may not be a more appropriate film to see this Memorial Day weekend.