This unusually musical Super Bowl weekend features contemporary music at the Mexican Cultural Institute, classical guitarists at Wolf Trap, the songs of Jerome Kern at the Atlas, the hymns of Hildegard at the National Cathedral, the Kreisler Collection at the Library of Congress and the Whiffenpoofs in Alexandria. For more February events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Lecture-Recital at Mexican Cultural Institute
As part of its free La Música de México series, the Mexican Cultural Institute presents Francisco Castillo Trigueros, a Mexico City-based composer, who will give a lecture about and share his recent work on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6:45 p.m. at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. The presentation will include his “Canciones desde Xilitla,” a film/audio reflection on the surreal sculpture gardens built in the Mexican Huasteca by Edward James. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
International Guitar Night at Wolf Trap
This concert on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m., is the second of two at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia. On the bill for this year’s international guitar event are Germany’s gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, Canadian contemporary sensation Calum Graham, Poland’s innovative classical composer/performer Marek Pasieczny and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine. Tickets are $30. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.
In Series: ‘All The Things You Are’
Through Sunday, Feb. 4, the In Series presents a cabaret of Jerome Kern’s stage and screen hits — including “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Ol’ Man River” and “The Last Time I Saw Paris” — at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Performances are Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 4, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 ($38 for seniors, $25 for young professionals and $20 for students). For details, visit inseries.org or call 202-204-7763.
Folger Consort: ‘A Branch of Freshest Green’
On Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., vocal ensemble Trio Eos will join the Folger Consort to perform the soaring and ecstatic music of 12th-century visionary and composer Hildegard Von Bingen in the nave of Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $30 to $60. For details, visit folger.edu or call
Exploring the Fritz Kreisler Collection
At this free-with-RSVP event at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m., attendees will look at selected compositions and transcriptions by celebrated violinist Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), perhaps taking a peek at the beautiful Guarneri violin he donated to the library. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-707-5000.
Yale Whiffenpoofs in Alexandria
On Sunday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m., the 2018 Whiffenpoofs of Yale University, the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group, will present a joint concert with the Alexandria Harmonizers at the George Washington Masonic Temple, 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria, Virginia. Tickets are $30. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
On Friday, the opening of a cross-cultural art exhibition and an author appearance by actress Rose McGowan …
Opening Reception: ‘Crossover: East and West Works’
The opening reception for this exhibition by four Korean American artists — Victoria Jang, Christina Ko, Jang Soon Im and and Eun Kyung Suh — will take place Friday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Korean Cultural Center DC, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The ceramics, installations, paintings and video art on display question and inform the Asian immigrant experience in America. Admission is free. For details, visit koreaculturedc.org or call 202-939-5688.
Rose McGowan Book Talk at GW
Also on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., actress Rose McGowan will talk about her book “Brave” with PBS Public Editor Madhulika Sikka at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW. “Brave” is McGowan’s no-holds-barred account of her efforts to expose the truth about the entertainment industry and shine a light on systemic misogyny. Tickets are $12 ($35 including a copy of the book). For details, visit politics-prose.com.
Need somewhere to go for the Big Game?
Super Bowl LII at the Ritz-Carlton
Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, the Ritz-Carlton’s Degrees Bistro, 3100 South St. NW, is offering game-day snacks inspired by American bistro fare: beef sliders with chipotle aioli, fried buffalo wings with homemade garlic ranch dressing and chilled beers for the table. For details, visit ritzcarlton.com or call 202-912-4146.
Finally, a comic yet haunting play that closes Sunday …
‘Everything Is Illuminated’ at Theater J
Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW, presents the final performances of “Everything Is Illuminated,” based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer and directed by Aaron Posner. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog and a young Ukrainian translator, “Jonathan Safran Foer” sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather. Performances are Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $69. For details, visit theaterj.org or call 202-777-3210.