06/11/2012 10:35 am ET

Joan Rivers At Sixth And I: HuffPost DC Top 5 For June 11


1. Joan Rivers At Sixth And I
One of the funniest, ballsiest comic for the last 50 years is celebrating the release of her new book, "I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me." TIME columnist Joel Stein will interview Rivers in front of a packed house. While this is billed as an Q&A, any fan of Rivers knows that she'll talk about whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Stand up without prepared jokes. 7:30 p.m., all ages, sold out

2. Battles At Black Cat
The members of Battles have been playing in post-rock bands for nearly 20 years, together for 10, yet sound fresher than ever. 8 p.m., all ages, $15

3. Happy Hour With Kal Penn At Cafe Asia
This Young Americans for Obama Event features the guy that killed himself on "House," got high in "Harold and Kumar" and drinks with some folks on "How I Met Your Mother." Meet the actor/activist and former White House staff member, grab a drink and say something you'll regret when you post photos to Facebook. 6 p.m., 21+, no cover

4. The 9 Songwriter Series At Gibson Guitar Showroom
An opportunity to familiarize yourself with the singer-songwriter D.C. scene. Nine acts in short doses. 7 p.m., all ages, $12

5. Shaw'Nuff Trivia At Shaw's Tavern
D.C. may be the only American city that can't get enough trivia events. A town full of young and old know-it-alls, trivia in D.C. is like how karaoke is mandatory for tourists. 7:30 p.m., 21+, no cover


Tuesday, June 12
Virtuoso Society: Musical Mixer
at Recording Industry Association of America
It doesn't matter if you're the next big thing if no one knows who you are. Musicians take note: get good at mingling.

Wednesday, June 13
Longhorne Slim, Ha Ha Tonka
at Rock N Roll Hotel
Very good Americana rock and roll in a place with rock and roll in the title.

Thursday, June 14
And I Am Not Lying
at Black Cat
Story telling from performers that have appeared on "The Moth" and "This American Life." Burlesque tributes to David Lynch. Adult entertainment for the literati.

Friday, June 15
Ali Wong
At Riot Act
An up-and-coming stand-up that would have performed at the Drafthouse a year ago. A great get for Riot Act.

Saturday, June 16
Frau Eva
at Black Cat
The creators of one of D.C.'s finest websites celebrate the release of their newest LP.