Rapper Vince Staples performs at the Anthem in Feb. 2018. (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

A Long, Long Way: Race and Film at Washington National Cathedral, Feb. 1-2

Few filmmakers have translated the fight for racial justice to the screen better than Spike Lee. One of the city’s most solemn spaces will host screenings of two of Lee’s defining works, complemented by discussions about the struggles facing the black community. The two-day event kicks off Friday with Lee’s masterful 1989 film “Do The Right Thing.” Saturday’s programming begins with a discussion about race and policing in the United States, which will prime attendees for the screening of “BlacKkKlansman,” which earned multiple Oscar nominations, including best picture. Panel discussions led by NPR’s Korva Coleman, and including guests such as the Rev. Yolanda Pierce, the dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, follow each film. $10-$15 per event. — Hau Chu

Greensky Bluegrass at the Anthem, Feb. 1-2

Greensky Bluegrass has made annual winter visits here since 2014, often in the form of a multi-night run at the 9:30 Club. This year, the band graduates from the 9:30 to the Anthem for a two-show stand behind the new “All For Money.” The album marks the clearest sign yet that the Michigan-bred jam act has moved beyond the “bluegrass” in its name. Album-opener “Do It Alone,” for example, starts with the deliberate sound of an electric guitar being plugged in, while the title track has an extended instrumental section that recalls Pink Floyd. Still, there’s plenty of bluegrass-style pickin’ at the core of the songs, which are among the best in the jam-band scene, a genre that often values heavily improvised live shows over studio songwriting. 7:30 p.m., $45-$60 (two-day pass: $75). — Rudi Greenberg


Dupont Circle was the setting for a Groundhog Day celebration in 2014: Accordionist Sylvia Eberly played polka tunes next to Potomac Phil, a stuffed groundhog. (John Kelly/The Washington Post)

Groundhog Day in Dupont Circle, Feb. 2

On February 2, a rodent will pop its head out of a hole on a Bill Murray film set somewhere northeast of Pittsburgh and tell us how soon spring will arrive. Washington has its own prognosticating groundhog, who forecasts the political climate as well as the weather. (It’ll be a shocker if he predicts anything more than “six more weeks of political gridlock.”) Join Potomac Phil in Dupont Circle for the capital’s annual Groundhog Day celebration, which features a polka band, a puppet show and coffee, beginning bright and early so you can still (sigh) make it to brunch on time. 8:30 a.m. Free. — Fritz Hahn


Chef Scott Drewno presides over the Kitchen Counter interactive dining experience at ChiKo. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Chinese New Year Celebration at ChiKo, Feb. 4-10

The Chinese zodiac’s Year of the Pig is infinitely more fun for chefs than the years of the rat or the snake. At ChiKo, for example, chef Scott Drewno and team have created daily “Year of the Pig Plates” with spicy boiled pork dumplings, spiced pulled pork, pickles and stir-fried rice cakes. But that’s not the only fun cooking at the Barracks Row fast-casual spot: Himitsu chef Kevin Tien and beverage director Carlie Steiner are making a guest appearance in the kitchen from 9:30 p.m. to midnight on Feb. 8 for the no-reservations-required ChiKo After Dark series. Just expect it to be busy: Brunch reservations filled up more than a month in advance. Food and drink prices vary. — Fritz Hahn

Sharon Van Etten at 9:30 Club, Feb. 6

For a little while, it seemed as if Sharon Van Etten was giving up on her career as a touring musician. After 2014’s “Are We There,” the singer-songwriter took time off to try other things: scoring a movie, acting in a Netflix series, going to school for psychology, becoming a mother. Thankfully, she got back to writing songs, which became the new “Remind Me Tomorrow.” The album ditches the acoustic guitar work of her early records in favor of heavy synthesizer sounds. The effect, like her vocals, is haunting and beguiling. While motherhood plays a role on the album, some of the best songs are about Van Etten’s youth: the confident and danceable “Comeback Kid” and “Seventeen,” her best chance at a hit single. She’ll kick off a massive world tour in support of the record at the 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. (doors). Sold out. — Rudi Greenberg

‘The Music Man’ at the Kennedy Center, Feb. 6-11

The Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage concert series is in its second season now, and in short order it’s turned into a hot-ticket event. Alluring titles and appealing casts will do that, and next up is a fairly starry “Music Man.” Broadway vets Norm Lewis (“Porgy and Bess”) and Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful”) headline as Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian, with Rosie O’Donnell on board as Mrs. Paroo (Marian’s mom). Eight shows only, packed in a six-day span. Various times. $69-$249.— Nelson Pressley

‘Open’ at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Feb. 7-March 31

Last March, passersby on Pennsylvania Avenue witnessed an impromptu spectacle as a projection reading “Crime Scene: Do Not Enter” flashed across the front entrance of Trump International Hotel. The mastermind behind the brazen visual was local artist Robin Bell, who has made headlines for his politically charged displays at the former Old Post Office and the Newseum, above. “Open,” his new installation at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, further explores freedom of speech and censorship through striking lights and projections. The piece also serves as a prelude to a forthcoming exhibition that examines the cancellation of Robert Mapplethorpe’s retrospective at the now-defunct Corcoran Gallery of Art nearly 30 years ago, after the planned exhibit had received negative attention for its sexual imagery and content. Free. — Stephanie Williams

Grand Reopening of the Black Cat Red Room , Feb. 8

The Black Cat’s decision to close its first-floor Red Room bar and intimate Backstage performance space sent ripples through Washington music lovers of a certain age. But after a month of remodeling, the new upstairs bar, complete with jukebox and pinball, is ready for the world — and the cynical old punks who worry about how different it will be than the old space. The new hours are slightly later, with doors opening at 9 p.m., which might help provide that old night-owl atmosphere. 9 p.m. Free. — Fritz Hahn


Dragon dancers with the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute join as the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) rings in the Year of the Dog with a parade through Chinatown in 2018. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Lunar New Year Celebration , Feb. 10

It might make sense to celebrate the Lunar New Year by pigging out on food, but for those looking for a classic celebration, head to Chinatown for the annual parade. The city will ring in the Year of the Pig starting off at Sixth and I streets NW, with a traditional lion dance, martial arts display and firecrackers to cap off the festivities. 2 p.m. Free. — Hau Chu

Carolina Mayorga: Pink Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes at Art Museum of the Americas, Feb. 14-May 19

Sure, Carolina Mayorga’s exhibition happens to open on Valentine’s Day, but the subject matter is anything but romantic. The Colombian artist tackles displacement and exile through sculptures, projections and installations that incorporate a color that’s normally associated with much less serious subjects: pink. The opening reception on Feb. 14 features “Cambuche Party: A Pink Musical,” which is comprised of three musical pieces inspired by life in transient, short-term housing. Free. — Stephanie Williams

Big Apple Circus at National Harbor, Feb. 14-March 24

There’s a lot of girlpower at the Big Apple Circus, starting with ringmaster Stephanie Monseu. Then there’s animal trainer Jenny Vibel, who works only with rescued horses and dogs, and acrobat Virginia Tuells, who’s earned the nickname “strongest mom in the world.” The circus offers shows for audience members with special needs, including a Circus of the Senses for ticket-holders who are hearing- or vision-impaired, along with sensory-friendly performances. Various times. $15-$95. — Adele Chapin

‘2018: A Second Look’ at AFI Silver Theatre, Feb. 16-March 21

The Oscars are Feb. 24, but this smartly curated retrospective of last years’s best films isn’t just a chance to catch up on the nominees you missed. To be sure, the AFI Silver’s 22-film lineup does boast 11 nominees: “Roma” heads up a list that also includes documentaries “Free Solo” and “Minding the Gap,” along with entries from Japan in the category of animation (“Mirai”) and foreign-language film (“Shoplifters”). You’ll also find such criminally overlooked films as ““Leave No Trace” and, yes, “Paddington 2,” as well some — ahem — more questionable choices. I’m looking at you, “Vox Lux” and “Suspiria.” Various times. $8-$13. — Michael O’Sullivan

Atlas Intersections Festival, Feb. 21-March 3

A climate-change-inspired ballet, an interactive puppet show based on Shakespeare and a jazzy guide to Duke Ellington’s D.C. neighborhoods — these are just a few of the many performances in this year’s Atlas Intersections Festival. The 10th annual event, held at the H Street Corridor performing arts venue, crosses genres by featuring visual artists, poets, actors, musicians, dancers and more. There are two Family Fun Days, a youth summit headed up by creative young Washingtonians and free performances that are part of The Washington Post-sponsored Cafe Concert Series. (The Post is a founding media sponsor of the festival.) Various times. Free-$35. — Adele Chapin

Vince Staples at 9:30 Club, Feb. 22-23

Panic ensued among Vince Staples’s die-hard fans last year when the Compton, Calif., rapper erected a crowdfunding campaign seeking $2 million toward his retirement from music. The whole thing was officially debunked with the release of his third studio album “FM!” in November. Did the album really need the brash PR stunt? No, as “FM!” turned out to be Staples’s most fully-realized effort to date. Buoyant beats are super-served with a wealth of lyrical depth that laser in on Staples’s musings on the criminal justice system, life in poverty, gang life and other deep-seated reflections. Fri., 6 p.m. (doors), sold out; Sat., 8 p.m. (doors), $35. — Stephanie Williams


John (left) and T.J. Osborne of the Brothers Osborne are coming to the District in late February. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Brothers Osborne at the Anthem, Feb. 23

Over two albums, Deale, Md.-bred duo Brothers Osborne have put their own stamp on country music, fusing Southern rock with outlaw country. It’s been a winning formula: Last year’s “Port Saint Joe” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard country albums chart and the duo has racked up a number of CMA awards. Like Chris Stapleton, brothers T.J. and John Osborne have helped popularize a “new” kind of country music that feels out of step with the more poppy, bro-y styles of recent years and more at home with the past. The brothers have also been outspoken about gun violence, proving yet again that this band isn’t afraid to go against the Nashville grain. 8 p.m., $40-$75. — Rudi Greenberg