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Is one year long enough to make an impact? Definitely. What about one hour? Er, maybe. Celebrating one year online, Huffington Post D.C.—the local branch of Arianna Huffington’s news and pop-culture amoeba—is getting behind a variety show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage tonight. Like the aggregation-happy Huffington Post itself, the show cannibalizes from other sources: Host Brandon Wetherbee (shown), an assistant editor at the website (and a former City Paper contributor) has long hosted his own variety show, “You, Me, Them, Everybody!” at various bars and spaces around town. The format is borrowed, too: Wetherbee writes a regular “Top 5” arts and entertainment feature for his employer. But besides that, this show’s lineup is all original, and (mostly) hyperlocal to boot. Supreme storyteller S.M. Shrake is on the bill, alongside Baltimore comedian Jenn Tisdale, indie-folk duo Janel and Anthony, “house band” Ian Walters, and bestselling D.C. author Jodi Lynn Anderson. The real challenge here isn’t extracting talent from this gifted bunch, but cramming it all into the one-hour time slot.
Huffington Post D.C.’s Top 5 begins at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. kennedy-center.org. (202) 467-4600.