Take 5 for Feb. 22: Iceland Airwaves showcase, rapper Raekwon and more

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Sunday: Iceland Airwaves showcase at the Kennedy Center

The Icelandic music scene is more than just the atmospheric complexities of Sigur Ros and pop quirkiness of Bjork.

Need proof? Check out the Iceland Airwaves showcase at the Kennedy Center on Sunday. The free event is part of the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool 2013 programming.

Iceland Airwaves is Reykjavik's annual fall music festival. A few thousand locals and visitors attend the five-day festival each year, making it a smaller, colder version of Coachella or Bonnaroo.

Take 5 for Feb. 22: Iceland Airwaves showcase, rapper Raekwon, 'Our Town' and more

"We don't want to grow," said Grimur Atlason, one of the event organizers, speaking by phone from Reykjavik. "We want to stay special."

Atlason said the festival welcomes about 220 acts each year, more than two-thirds of them from Iceland.

Atlason added that the point of Iceland Airwaves is threefold: Throw an internationally recognized festival, promote off-season tourism, and export the nation's wide variety of music.

Sunday's showcase helps to promote the festival and its mission. "That's why we're coming to D.C.," Atlason said, adding that the showcase will also make an appearance next month at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. "We can fulfill all of our goals."

Performing Sunday on Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage are Afropop group Retro Stefson, electronic singer soley and electropop band FM Belfast.

Info: Free, kennedy-center.org

When: 6 p.m.

Friday: Raekwon at Howard Theatre

Wu-Tang Clan's own Raekwon performs solo at the Howard Theatre.

Info: $23 in advance, $27 day of show; thehowardtheatre.com

When: Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Friday: Chicago City Limits at Wolf Trap

Popular comedy troupe makes a return visit to the Barns at Wolf Trap.

Info: $24; wolftrap.org

When: 8 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Barleywine Festival at Madfox Brewing Company

This is the third annual Barleywine Festival at Madfox Brewing Company in Falls Church. Enjoy barleywines created in house as well as some favorites brought in from other producers. Four-ounce pours.

Info: No cost for admission, price per serving varies; madfoxbrewing.com

When: 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

Through Sunday: 'Our Town' at Ford's Theatre

Don't miss the final weekend of this 75th anniversary production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Our Town" at Ford's Theatre.

Info: $25 to $62; fords.org

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

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Robert Fulton

Examiner Correspondent
The Washington Examiner