09/21/2012 11:15 am ET

Parking Day, National Library Book Festival, Madonna: HuffPost DC Top 5 For September 21-23



1. Park(ing) Day 2012 At Corner Of Wilson Blvd And Lynn St
Presented by Artisphere, this 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. event will occur worldwide. Arts organizations will transform parking spaces into temporary public spaces. People are encouraged to donate gently used professional attire to the Arlington Street People's Assistance Network homeless job placement programs in a jumbo shopping cart created by artist J.P. Flick. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., all ages, no cover

2. Outdoor Movie Night At Lamont Park
We're rich with outdoor summer screenings, but it's difficult to find a fall movie. Head to Mount Pleasant for an 80s classic. 7:15 p.m., all ages, no cover

3. Dave Foley At Arlington Drafthouse
The kid in the hall that went on to manage a news radio station began performing stand up a few years ago to pay alimony. He's been open about this on multiple podcasts and it's great. The very funny sketch performer and comedic actor is now letting it all out alone on stage. 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., 21+, $25, also Saturday

4. Metric At Music Center At Strathmore
They may need stadium love but theater love will have to do. 8 p.m., all ages, sold out

5. Doo Wop Beauty Shop At Urban Style Lab
DJs, snacks, a photobooth, beauty and more with most proceeds going to benefit the not-for-profit organization Dress for Success. Start the weekend getting pretty. 6 p.m., all ages, prices vary based on service


1. National Library Book Festival At National Mall
Two days of celebration of the written word on the Mall. More than 100 authors will participate, a book sales pavilion and an exploration of the Library of Congress should make your first Saturday of fall a pleasant one. 10 a.m., all ages, no cover, also Sunday

2. Popped Up Videos Live At Artisphere
The reason we know random facts about Alanis Morrisette, No Doubt, Jewel and more early to mid 90s pop stars is due to VH1's "Pop Up Video." It needs to return. Until it does, here's a live show that understands the importance of knowing exactly what to talk about at parties: music video trivia. 8 p.m., all ages, $10

3. Heavy Breathing At Comet Ping Pong
The record release show for one of D.C.'s funnest bands. Sasha Lord presents this show. She books great stuff. Whenever you're bored and in a "I-NEED-TO-ROCK-OUT!" mood, just go to one of her shows. Consistent quality. 10 p.m., all ages, $10

4. 5th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival
Over 50 artists will be selling their goods at this outdoor street fest. 11 a.m., all ages, no cover

5. School Of Rock Local Mini-Tour
If you're ever fed up with adults playing music, see kids rocking and rolling. It's good for the soul. Various times, locations


1. Madonna At Verizon Center
Because it's Madonna. 8 p.m., all ages, $52 and up

2. DC Food Swap At Above the Bike Shop
Meet some like-minded individuals that understand the importance of a connection to what you eat. 2 p.m., all ages, sold out

3. Georgia Ave Window Walk
Explore a few different neighborhoods along Georgia, check out temporary window installations by local artists and end the afternoon with cocktails at DC Reynolds. 4 p.m., all ages, no cover

4. "The Master" At Angelika Mosaic
Paul Thomas Anderson's newest film opens this weekend at the newest Angelika. Various times, opens Friday

5. Cate Le Bon At Red Palace
An exciting and different newer voice in indie rock. 8:30 p.m., 18+, $8 to $10

Angelika Film Center