While nearly every music venue has something exciting planned for the 20-to-30-something crowd this weekend in and around Washington, D.C., there's also the China National Symphony Orchestra for classical music fans, "Winnie the Pooh" on stage for parents and kids, and a look back in campy horror with Count Gore De Vol at AFI in Silver Spring. Of course, there's also Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, which can be caught at sports bars around the area or at Super Bowl parties, but check out other weekend happenings for February 1-3 below.
Friday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Here's a chance to meet the king -- well, the count -- of D.C. horror himself, Dick Dyszel as Count Gore De Vol. He'll be hosting a presentation of "House of Frankenstein" on stage for the 40-year anniversary of the Count's creation on Channel 20's "Creature Feature." If you're not up on the Count, check out his webpage featuring "14 years and over 675 shows on the Internet."
Friday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane N, Bethesda, MD
$22.50 to $65
Conducted by Li Xincao, Strathmore sees the return of the China National Symphony Orchestra, which last performed to at the Music Center in 2005 to a sold-out audience. Featuring pianist Peng-Peng Gong, the orchestra is preceded by a lecture from the Asia Society's President Emeritus and former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Platt titled "Western Music in a Changing China." Come to the Education Center, Room 402, at 6:30 p.m. to catch the lecture.
The concert program will consist of composer Xia Guan's Earth Requiem, first movement; Chengzong Yin and Zhuang Liu's Yellow River Piano Concerto; and Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven. The concert will run 95 minutes with an intermission.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Adventure Theatre Musical Theatre Center
7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD
Running through February 24, the Hundred Acre Wood comes to life on stage at the Adventure Theatre as Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo appear to entertain kids and adults alike. Directed by Jerry Whiddon, tickets are selling quickly, according to WiredMomma.com, which described the performance as "delightful and sweet." Considering Pooh's penchant for honey, nothing less could be expected.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 p.m.
1940 Ninth St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Buke and Gase defy pigeonholing, but they do define their instrument choices in their name. A buke is a handmade baritone ukulele, and the gase is a guitar-bass hybrid. Touring in support of 2013's "General Dome," the pair (Aron Sanchez and Arone Dyer) has a barebones punk aesthetic and a churning, low-note dominated sound that works well for any mood. Opening for the duo are Ahleuchatistas from Asheville, North Carolina, and local rockers Oh So Peligroso.
Sunday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.
815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.
The 9:30 Club has a night of upbeat indie rock planned starring Kishi Bashi (Kaoru Ishibashi) of Jupiter One. He's also toured with Of Montreal and Regina Spektor. The sounds are lilting, and he's sure to be a heavy draw for his style of psychedelic and exploratory pop.
Opening for him is Plume Giant, who make it clear from the start of Calithump's "B-Side Baby" that their strong suit is three-part harmonization and acoustic instrumentation. Together, they're light and fun, which should contrast nicely against the cold outside this weekend.
Sunday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m.
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
$10 in advance, $20 day of show
This Gemini Club show will not be repeated -- literally. The group remix on the fly, so you'll only get a taste of the sound from listening to last year's album "Here We Sit" or 2009's "Future Tidings." The Chicago trio will be performing with fellow electronic indie retro act YIP Deceiver and Hits.
Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal who lives near Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland.
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