06/15/2012 09:30 am ET

The Beach Boys, Great Gatsby Ball, DC Record Fair: HuffPost DC Top 5 For June 15, 16, 17


1. The Beach Boys At Merriweather Post Pavilion
Who thought Brian Wilson would be touring? In 2012? Wow. We're not saying this will be a transcending performance, but it will be something to check off your bucket list. 6:30 p.m., all ages, $45 to $125

2. 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. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., 18+, $17 to $20

3. EDH, Glitterlust At Comet Ping Pong
Electro house funk from France and queer dance glam from D.C. A beautiful marriage on dance floor heaven. 10 p.m., all ages, $10

4. JEFF The Brotherhood At The Red Palace
Regardless of what the future brings, this band will have a place in the heart of every kid that picks up guitar thanks to their super cool riff friendly "Heavy Days." 9 p.m., all ages, $10

5. The 16th Annual DC Summer Masquerade Ball At Warehouse Loft
Costumes, performance art troupes, steampunk, DJs, body paint, masks and more. The safest way to overload your senses. 9 p.m., 18+, $30


1. The Great Gatsby Ball At The National Museum Of Women In The Arts
If last weekend's Seersucker Social taught us anything, it's that people in D.C. know how to dress for the occasion. That event was about dressing the 1920's part in the afternoon. This one takes us well into the evening. Dancing the Charleston on a marble floor in era appropriate threads? This is one wonderful photo op. 9 p.m., 21+, $90

2. Tour De Fat At Yards Park
The good people behind New Belgium Brewing present this festival of biking, beer and bands throughout the country. The D.C. event features a performance from recent Kennedy Center veterans Mucca Pazza. Their punk rock marching band makes everything better. 10 a.m., all ages, no cover

3. Teen Battle Of The Bands 2012 At Artisphere
This all-ages event is being recommended because of the sheer enthusiasm kids in high school have for music. We'd rather see four teens stumble and try to nail a Black Sabbath cover than see four elderly musicians that are Black Sabbath. 6 p.m., all ages, $5

4. Frau Eva At Black Cat
The creators of one of D.C.'s finest websites celebrate the release of their newest LP. 9 p.m., 18+, $10

5. The Capital City Showcase At DCAC
This monthly variety show gives an opportunity to stand ups, poets, musicians and more. While it's impossible to vouch for every performer, we can guarantee a solid set from Baltimore transplant Jenn Tisdale. 10 p.m., all ages, $15


1. DC Record Fair At Fillmore Silver Spring
The Father's Day edition of the record fair will be special because you can buy vinyl from various vendors without having to travel store to store. Is there a better way to celebrate dad than to buy records? 11 a.m., all ages, $2 to $5

2. The Black Belles At Montserrat House
One of Jack White's favorite bands is coming to D.C. These four women stay true to the girl group tradition of reverb drenched vocals about love and lust, sound like they've emerged from a garage in 1973 after hanging out all day with T. Rex and dress like they're in the last good Tim Burton film. 8 p.m., all ages, $10

3. "Spark of Being" At National Gallery of Art
This 2010 film reinterprets the text of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in an avant-garde style. For the father who loves avant-garde cinema. 4 p.m., all ages, no cover

4. In Your Ear At DCAC
Similar to the Capital City Showcase, it's difficult to vouch for a variety of performers. The pick for this poetry reading is Mark Cugini. Once again, Baltimore-grown talent thrives in D.C. 3 p.m., all ages, $5

5. 24th Annual National Caribbeana Comedy Festival At Cramton Auditorium
Story telling and stand up combine to bring Caribbean and American cultures together. 7 p.m., all ages, $40