UkeFest At Strathmore: HuffPost DC Top 5 For August 15

Ukulele players celebrate after setting a new Guinness world record for the largest ensemble by the Hawaiian guitar in Yokoha
Ukulele players celebrate after setting a new Guinness world record for the largest ensemble by the Hawaiian guitar in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo on July 28, 2012. A total of 2,134 players strummed on ukuleles, playing Aloha Mahalo A Hui Ho, a song written by Hawaiian-born former sumo wrestler Konishiki. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GettyImages)


1. UkeFest At Strathmore
Cute tunes overload. This yearly tradition includes a pre-show, audience participation strum-along. 7 p.m., all ages, no cover

2. The State Department, Imperial China, Typefighter At U Street Music Hall
Each of these bands make the local music scene better. The State Departmet will make sound for the last time before the monthly MOOMBAHTON MASSIVE takes over. Two events, one venue, both good reasons to spend hump day on U Street. 7:30 p.m., all ages, $10

3. Story Tournament 2: "Excuse Me!" At Busboys And Poets
The second best-of tournament, past winners will return for an even bigger prize, the title of Story League Champion. 9 p.m., all ages, $15

4. John Prine And Emmylou Harris At Wolf Trap
Two of folk music's finest singer-songwriters share headlining duties on this double-bill. Another great day to head out to Wolf Trap. 7:30 p.m., all ages, $25 to $45

5. DC Variety Presents…You! At Red Palace
We don't recommend comedy, music or poetry open mics due to the varying degrees of quality. We're recommending this open mic because even if the quality isn't very high, the entertainment value will be. Watch amateaurs attempt to juggle, clown, dance and nail things into their faces. 9 p.m., 21+, $8


Thursday, August 16
OFF THE WALL: Street Art
at Contemporary Wing
The second installment of the OFF THE WALL series, this program will feature works from cutting-edge artists Shepard Fairey, Blek le Rat, James Marshall (Dalek), Faile, Gary Baseman, Gaia, Tim Conlon and WK Interact.

Friday, August 17
"Dr. Who" Happy Hour
at Black Cat
A chance to enjoy a cocktail and watch the Doctor fix everything ever.

Saturday, August 18
Bat Fest Arlington
at Gulf Branch Nature Center
We're going batty for bats! We're really just going to enjoy nature and take a walk while learning about bats.

Sunday, August 19
Serene Sunday
at Hillwood Museum and Gardens
Stroll through the regal Hillwood estate. Check out the gardens, mansion and exhibit while sipping on tea.

Monday, August 20
Dave Hill
at The Capital Lounge
Author of "Tasteful Nudes" returns to town for a book signing sponsored by Politics & Prose.