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Top Stops: August 22


In his talk “James Bond, All-American Hero,” historian Jonathan Nashel asserts that 007 inspired bravery in Cold War-era Americans. Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW; Thu., 6:30 p.m., $10; 202-393-7798. (Gallery Place)


In the darkly comedic play “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” mom Mag terrorizes daughter Maureen, who desperately wants a man. Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda; through Sept. 15, $35-$50; 240-644-1100. (Bethesda)


Take an epic 18th-century-style rich-person’s vaycay at the “European Grand Tour” exhibit. National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; through Aug. 30, free; 202-737-4215. (Archives)


If it seems too early for a biography of Redskins player Robert Griffin III, then you aren’t Washington Post writer Dave Sheinin, whose “RG3: The Promise” traces the quarterback’s life from kid-hood through his first year in D.C. Discuss the book and the ’Skins’ future with the sportswriter Friday. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW; Fri., 7 p.m., free; 202-364-1919. (Van Ness)


We all remember Sisqo for “The Thong Song.” But he made his name with the Baltimore-bred R&B group Dru Hill, known for the slow jams “Tell Me” and “In My Bed.” Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., $36.50-$42; 202-803-2899. (Shaw-Howard U)


Like all great James Cameron films,“Aliens” had multiple endings (It’s dead! Wait, no.) and enduring catchphrases (“Game over, man, GAME OVER!”). Plus: Sigourney Weaver in her best role involving a flamethrower. Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Fri. & Sat., 11:45 p.m., $7; 571-512-3301.


Stand-up comedian Brian Posehn is 47, but he’s a kid at heart who’s living a nerd’s dream: co-writing a Marvel comic book. LivingSocial’s 918 F Street, 918 F St. NW; Fri. & Sat., 6 & 9 p.m., $25-$35; 202-695-8938. (Gallery Place)


Two acts who are keeping the ’60s and ’70s alive unite as Gladys Knight and The O’Jays share a stage at DAR Constitution Hall. The Empress of Soul and her fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees — who are best known for the earworm that is “Love Train” — will take turns proving that, even after all these years, they’ve all still got what it takes. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW; Sat., 8 p.m., $65-$100; 202-628-4780. (Farragut West)


Before a song with a certain four-letter word made him ubiquitous, Cee Lo Green was in the Southern hip-hop collective Goodie Mob, who reunited for the album “Age Against the Machine,” out next week. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Sat., 7 p.m., $40; 202-265-0930. (U Street)


PitchBlak Brass Band bridges the gap between big-band music and hip-hop. The 10-person Brooklyn group has all the hallmarks of a brass band, with heady rhymes mixed in. PitchBlak’s debut album, “You See Us,” is out next month. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW; Sat., 6 p.m., free; 202-467-4600. (Foggy Bottom)


Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi co-host “Throwing Shade,” a weekly comedy podcast about pop culture. The Upright Citizens Brigade vets are bringing their effortless chemistry to the stage this weekend. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Sun., 8 p.m., $15; 202-667-7960. (U Street)

Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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