08/24/2012 12:25 pm ET

FreeFest, Back To School, D'Angelo: HuffPost DC Top 5 For August 24, 25, 26

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1. VirginFest Tickets Go On Sale
Hurry! Is it already sold out? Don't worry, you can still secure tickets to one of the finest curated outdoor fests by volunteering some time. 12 p.m., all ages, no cover

2. "No Shade. . .No Tea" At DC Arts Center
"My D.C."-profiled Sampson returns to Adams Morgan with his newest one-man show. 7 p.m., all ages, $10

3. Dance DC Festival At Multiple Venues
Beginning on Friday with an event at the Atlas and continuing Saturday with another Atlas event, Kennedy Center performance and Twelve Lounge party, the Dance DC Festival is a chance to show off your moves and witness how people get down around the globe.

4. Gato Barbieri At Howard Theater
World music from Buenos Aires. Jazzy, dancey, saxy (it's got sax) and more. Expect a diverse crowd ready to dance. 8 p.m., all ages, $35

5. Al Green At Wolf Trap
In a love-making mood? Want to be in a love-making mood? 8 p.m., all ages, $25 to $45


1. 826DC's Back To School Supply Drive
Feel good and spend your Saturday giving some students new pencils, notebooks, markers and more materials that make the first day back to school a little more exciting. 10 a.m., all ages, no cover

2. TNT! At Haydee's
D.C.'s best dance party happens to be in an Ecuadorian restaurant. Dance, drink, drink more until you're hungry, eat a meal and dance some more. 10 p.m., all ages, no cover

3. Bike Carnival At St Elizabeths East
A celebration of all things bike. Games, decorate your wheels, win a set of wheels and more. 10 a.m., all ages, no cover

4. National Professional Paintball League DC Challenge At Pev’s Paintball
Paintball is either a really fun way to shoot at friends and future friends or a training ground for insane people to prepare for a dystopian future. Either way, it's colorful! Also Friday and Sunday, multiple events

5. "How To Marry A Millionaire" At AFI Silver Spring
Sexist or not, 50s films about beautiful women trying to marry rich men are wonderful. Enjoy this Monroe vehicle in its Technicolor glory. 10:55 a.m., all ages, $7 to $11.50


1. Mary J Blige, D’Angelo At Verizon Center
Who thought this would happen? Sure, Mary J Blige has been selling out stadiums for over a decade, but D’Angelo? Along with Jeff Mangum, has there been a bigger musical recluse? His performance at the BET awards in June showed a confident, no-longer-reclusive entertainer. 7 p.m., all ages, $89.75 to $150.75

2. Coup Savage And The Snips At Black Cat
The six-piece soul band headlines a benefit show for Right Rides DC. 8 p.m., 21+, $10

3. Beyond the Parking Lot At Artisphere
Portraits of cement and nature colliding in urban areas. Nine artists explore the intersection between a paved past and an uncertain future. Opens Friday, August 24 and runs through Sunday, November 4

4. Creating The Legacy Of George Bellows: The Artist And His Critics At National Gallery Of Art
A Sunday afternoon lecture on one of America's most important artists from the early 20th Century. Part of the Bellows exhibit running until October 8. 2 p.m., all ages, no cover

5. Kyle Kinane At DC Improv
The death of the party has one more evening at the Improv. See him while tickets are still cheap. 8 p.m., 18+, $15

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