MONDAY, AUGUST 21
ECLIPSE Everything will stop when Earth’s moon passes in front of the sun to cause a total eclipse—okay, fine, 81 percent in DC. Washingtonian has already rounded up National Park Service locations and rooftop bars offering prime viewing locations. In addition, the National Archives is hosting a viewing through safe solar telescopes provided by the National Air and Space Museum; the Archives will also have records from their holdings about past solar eclipses. Free, 1 to 4 PM.
MUSIC Singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield performs under the band name Waxahatchee. Her recently-released fourth album Out in the Storm showcases her sharp songwriting in a remarkably polished format, abandoning the rough, lo-fi aesthetic of her earlier records. That polish should make her heartfelt songs even more accessible; Waxahatchee performs at the 9:30 Club with Palehound and Outer Spaces. Tickets $20, 7 PM.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22
COOKING Jennifer Jones, the former executive chef at Dupont Circle’s Swann House bed and breakfast, leads a “Dinner on a Dime: Summer in France” cooking class at the Hill Center. The menu features a sweet caramelized onion and brie bread salad, braised chicken in white wine sauce (coq au vin blanc), and a chocolate and lemon mousse trifle. $49, 7 PM.
BEER DC Beer Week continues with a Battle of the Barrel-Aged Beer at Boundary Stone. Local breweries DC Brau, Atlas, 3 Stars, Port City, and Right Proper are each bringing a barrel-aged beer; a ticket to the event includes a four-ounce taster of each brew and a full pint of Solidarity, a collaboration from the members of DC’s Brewer’s Guild. The competition’s winner gets to choose the beer or barrel style for the following year; last year’s winner 3 Stars has selected wine barrels for this year’s contest. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door, 5 PM to 9 PM.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23
MUSIC Strathmore’s annual Uke Fest celebrates the little instrument with an outdoor concert at Strathmore’s Gudelsky Gazebo. The finale of Strathmore’s ninth annual Uke & Guitar Summit features an all-star uke lineup of Benny Chong, Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Sam Marchuk, Maureen Andary, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, and the Strathmore Uke Orchestra. Free, 7 PM.
CELEBRATE Women were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920 with the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is hosting a Women’s Equality Day celebration on Wednesday at the Crimson Diner + Whiskey Bar at POD Hotel; wear something yellow or gold to celebrate women’s equality. Free, 6:30 PM.