Editors' pick

SpeakeasyDC's Top Shelf

Please note: This event has already occurred.
At its best, SpeakeasyDC is a spellbinding night of spoken word: Average people onstage telling true-life stories of love, high school foibles, childhood vacations or restaurant jobs, delivered without notes and without a net. Some provoke knowing laughter; others reduce the room to silence. Your average SpeakeasyDC show is very good, but this week's Top Shelf performance should be a knockout: A panel of judges have selected their favorite stories from a year's worth of Speakeasys and invited their authors back for a greatest-hits show. Tales of haunting, booze and courtship are all on the docket: Truly something for everyone. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., but doors open at 6. Arrive early for the best seats.