Steve Martin once said, “You can’t be sad when you’re playing the banjo.” And when it comes to the ukulele, you can’t not be cute when you’re strumming the Hawaiian interpretation of the small Portuguese guitar called a cavaquinho (thank you, Mr. Internet). Kate Micucci writes these sweet songs and plays a mean uke in Playing With Micucci. Might we have a new Nellie McKay in the making? Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry–West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Mon., July 28,8 p.m.; $10. (323) 666-4268.

Third Monday of every month, 8 p.m., 2008

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