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6 things to do in D.C. from Sept. 6-13

September 6, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Drake teams with Migos for two shows in D.C. next week. (AARON M. SPRECHER/)

Sept. 6: Mutual Inspirations Festival 2018 launch

Mutual Inspirations, the Embassy of the Czech Republic’s three-month cultural festival, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Czech independence and the Czech people’s close relationship with the U.S. The event kicks off with a party Thursday pegged to the opening of “The Good 100,” a multimedia art exhibition profiling triumphant moments in Czech history over the past century. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW; opening party: Thu., 6-8 p.m., free (RSVP required); exhibit open through Dec. 21, festival runs at various locations through Nov. 20.

Sept. 6: Mattson 2

When you first see Mattson 2 live, you’d be excused for thinking you’re seeing double: The band is made up of identical twin brothers Jared (guitar) and Jonathan Mattson (drums). Together, they create a jazzy surf rock fusion. After spots opening for — or collaborations with — acts like Khruangbin, Toro y Moi and GoGo Penguin, the band is headlining its own show behind a new tribute album, a full cover of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW; Thu., 8 p.m., $13-$15.

Sept. 7: Music and the Mind: The Concert

The Kennedy Center’s Sound Health initiative seeks to explore the connection between music and wellness. For this concert, part of a weekend of events, neuroscientists will team with such musicians as tabla player Zakir Hussain, jazz pianist Jason Moran and world-renowned soprano Renee Fleming for an evening hosted by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta that will explore and show the links between music, rhythm and brain development. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., $25-$75.

Sept. 8: Nerd Nite

The nerdiest show in town is back from a summer hiatus. At this monthly event, experts share PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics, including string theory and Aztec mythology. Saturday’s return features talks on deadly bookbindings and Mexican stingless honeybees. The first 100 people to show up get a free drink and a door prize. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW; Sat., 6:30 p.m., free.

Sept. 8: John Kerry, ‘Every Day Is Extra’

In his new memoir, “Every Day Is Extra,” John Kerry reveals memorable moments from his seasoned political career as a senator, presidential nominee and secretary of state. In conversation with The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Kerry will offer a behind-the-scenes look into key historical events and candid thoughts on diplomacy, and he’ll stick around to sign books after the talk. Sixth and I, 600 I St. NW; Sat., 7:30 p.m., $45 (includes book).

Sept. 12 & 13: Drake and Migos

Drake and Migos’ joint “Aubrey & the Three Migos” tour seemed plagued from the start. The kickoff date was postponed twice for vague reasons, and a Toronto appearance that was scheduled for Aug. 20 was also rescheduled. Despite those setbacks, the concerts — featuring two of hip-hop’s hottest acts — began last month in Kansas City, Mo., and all indications are that the two D.C. arena shows next week should go off without a hitch. Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW; Wed. & Sept. 13, 7 p.m., $59-$200.

Rudi Greenberg is the features managing editor at Express and writes about comedy, music, beer and D.C. life.

Stephanie is the features editor for Express. Prior to joining Express, she was the founder and managing editor for D.C. Music Download.

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