TOP 5 FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 14
1. Lyle Lovett At Wolf Trap
Today's outlook is well suited for Lovett's sound. Somewhat cloudy but comfortable, Lovett sings about love lost with hope. The Texan could be classified as country, folk, Americana, pop, blues or swing. He's really just a fine story teller. For fans of John Prine, Elvis Costello and Hank Williams, Lovett is an American music treasure. 8 p.m., all ages, $25 to $42
2. US Navy Concert Band At United States Navy Memorial Foundation And Naval Heritage Center
Enjoy America's band in some slightly more comfortable weather. 8 p.m., all ages, no cover
3. Monica Wood Reading From "When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine" At Politics And Prose
Like JFK Jr., Monica Wood lost her father as a child. These passings coincided in 1963. Wood's mother decided to visit the naton's capital to be closer to another grieving widow. 7 p.m., all ages, $24 for the book
4. Baked: Stories About Summer At Town Danceboutique
Speakeasy presents this evening of true tales about summer. We're almost done with the season so there's ample reason to believe that lurid and hilarious happenings will lead to some audio fun. 8 p.m., 21+, $15
5. Jane's Addiction, Band Of Skulls At Modell Performing Arts Center At The Lyric
The only D.C.-area gig for one of alternative rock's forefathers is a decent reason to recommend a trip to Baltimore. Openers Band of Skulls is the real reason this concert made the list. The three-piece makes highly addicting rock and roll that will get stuck in your skull (get it?). Their contribution to the soundtrack of the second "Twilight" movie is reason enough to appreciate the franchise. 8 p.m., all ages, $64.95
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Wednesday, August 15
The State Department, Imperial China, Typefighter at U Street Music Hall
Each of these bands make the local music scene better. The State Department will make sound for the last time before the monthly MOOMBAHTON MASSIVE takes over. Two events, one venue, both good reasons to spend hump day on U Street.
Thursday, August 16
Happy Hour of DOOM at 1920 DC
It's either a sad state of music affairs when we're excited about a MF DOOM re-issue, or maybe he's just that good. He is just that good. A re-issue is better than nothing.
Friday, August 17
Jenny Walton exhibit at Back Room
One-night only showcase of a D.C. artist's work. A good place to start your collection.
Saturday, August 18
Play Pong 2100: How to Preserve Old Video Games at Smithsonian American Art Museum
It's time to embrace video games as art.
Sunday, August 19
"Killer Clans" at Freer Gallery
Final film screening of the 17th Annual Hong Kong Film Festival.