Take a Hawaiian vacation without leaving the mainland when the Hula Honeys host an introductory hula-dancing workshop. Part of the Uke Fest, the class is at the decidedly untropical (though Georgian stately homes are gorgeous, too!) Mansion at Strathmore. $10. Thursday at 6.
Washington Improv Theater is hosting Cagematch, a new weekly competition among improv groups, starting this Thursday at 8. Tickets ($10) get you a seat in the ring and a chance to crown DC’s reigning comedy champs.
It’s not hard to feel really, really good about your childhood after watching Mommie Dearest, playing Thursday at 8 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Click here for tickets ($6). And remember, no wire hangers allowed.
Michael Jackson lives on at U Street Music Hall this week, where there’s a Motown Happy Hour Friday at 5 to celebrate the late King of Pop’s birthday. No cover.
And speaking of complicated family situations (though these are more lighthearted), the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival continues with The Birdcage, Friday at 7. Catch the 1996 comedy at the Gateway Park. Free.
As it starts to feel a bit more like fall, enjoy the Bard under the stars at the Olney Theatre Center’s free production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play starts Friday at 8; reservations are recommended.
The newly formed band the Cascade brings its pop-classical fusion to the Rock & Roll Hotel Saturday at 8. The self-described musical collective performs with the fellow local outfits Radioviolet and Daddy Lion. Click here to purchase tickets ($10).
Who’s the real father of soul—James Brown or Stevie Wonder? For $5, you be the judge at Black Cat’s Soul-Off Saturday at 9:30, featuring DJ Soul Call Paul.