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.