TOP 5 FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
1. Kyle Kinane At DC Improv
He's opened for Patton Oswalt for multiple years. He destroyed Anthony Jeselnik on Doug Benson's podcast. Originally from Chicago, the current L.A. comedian is setting the template for the type of comedian other comics want to be. Featuring Nate Craig and hosted by the local and very funny Tyler Richardson. 8 p.m., 18+, $15, through August 26
2. Beyond the Vote: Post-Suffrage Strategies To Gain Access To Power At National Archives
Celebrate Women's Equality Day with a discussion about the 92 years women have been allowed to vote. 7 p.m., all ages, no cover
3. Words Liive At Atlas
Spend the evening with Grammy nominated Carolyn Malachi at this regular series that features spoken word artists, discussions, mini lectures, DJs, a philanthropy network happy hour and live band. 6 p.m., 21+, $12
4. Qi Xi: Valentine’s Day In August At Ping Pong Dim Sum
Speed dating on Chinese Valentine's Day. If you're single and willing to quickly meet and greet potential suitors, you might as well do it on a holiday, surrounded by summer cocktails. 7 p.m., 21+, $30
5. A Solo Exhibition By Sarˈdär At L2 Lounge
There's art exhibit openings and closing almost daily in D.C. It's great. What makes this one a little more interesting is the belly dancing and body-painting that will also be happening. More art openings need belly dancing and body-painting. 7 p.m., 21+, no cover
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Friday, August 24
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.
Saturday, August 25
TNT! at Haydee's
D.C.'s best dance party happens to be in a Latin American restaurant. Dance, drink, drink more until you're hungry, eat a meal and dance some more.
Sunday, August 26
Coup Savage and the Snips at Black Cat
The six-piece soul band headlines a benefit show for Right Rides DC.
Monday, August 27
Susan Naimark at Busboys and Poets
The author of "The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools" will read from her new book. Just in time for the new school year.
Tuesday, August 28
"Diamonds Are Forever" at AFI Silver Spring
The AFI is in the midst of a Bond series. Enjoy Sean Connery's return to 007.