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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

Didn’t you get the memo? The Office Space movie festival is back. Plus, the Chocolate Lovers Festival, World Yoga Day and Super Bowl are all happening this weekend. Check out our picks and, please, try to remember the cover sheets!

Looking for Super Bowl good times on Sunday? Check out our extensive list of bar parties and specials. If you’re more of a foodie, we’ve got a roundup of restaurants and bars offering Super Bowl specials as well.

Thursday, January 31: It’s time for the Bi-Annual TPS Report Managers Meeting—or as it’s better known, the Arlington Cinema ’n’ Drafthouse’s Office Space movie festival. An $8 entrance fee gets you a DJ, a movie trivia contest, and, natch, a viewing of the cult-classic film. If you come dressed as a character from the movie, you even get a two-for-one screening pass. 2903 Columbia Pike; 7 PM.

The Modernist Society continues its monthly series of hip, intellectual discussions (including free booze) tonight at Bourbon (2321 18th St., NW) with Anthony Lappé, a journalist and award-winning television producer who’s written a new graphic novel called Shooting War. Free; 8 PM.

Friday, February 1: Didn’t catch punk icon Patti Smith when she played at the 9:30 Club recently? See her in a much more intimate setting tonight at 7:30 in “An Evening of Spoken Word and Song with Patti Smith” at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture (Eighth and F Sts., NW). She’ll be performing songs and reading poems inspired by the papers of artists from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. General admission $50, Archives members $40. Purchase tickets here.

A young man is killed in a car crash—but before dying, he gives his twin sister one last kiss … which appears to give her eerie powers. Then creepy things start happening in this small town. That’s the premise of The K of D, a one-woman “urban legend” being performed at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (641 D St., NW). 8 PM; $18. Buy tickets here.

Feel free to make a “more cowbell” crack. Blue Öyster Cult performs tonight at the State Theatre (220 N. Washington St.) in Falls Church. 7 PM; $25. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, February 2: Up for an evening of hilarity? Head to the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St., NW; 202-408-3100) tonight at 8 for a performance by Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, stars of Comedy Central’s Stella. Purchase tickets ($20) here.

Mesmerizing, tuneful singer-songwriter Aimee Mann heads to the Birchmere in Alexandria tonight for a late show. 10 PM; buy tickets ($45) here.

Chocoholics, rejoice—the annual Chocolate Lovers Festival (taking place today and Sunday) is dedicated to the cocoa bean. Events throughout Fairfax City include the Taste of Chocolate, where local vendors offer samples of cakes, cookies, fudge, ice cream, and more. In the Chocolate Challenge, professional and amateur pastry chefs display cakes and sculptures for a panel of judges, who decide winners in appearance and taste. For directions, pricing, and more, visit the festival’s Web site.

Sunday, February 3: For some amazing dancing, head to the Black Expressions Hip-Hop Festival today at Dance Place. Featuring Culture Shock DC, Arch Dance Company, and hip-hop artists from the Washington area, the festival will make you want to move. 4 PM  (8 PM Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2); buy tickets ($22) here.

If you’re looking for a Super Bowl alternative, try World Yoga Day. Instead of guzzling beer and eating pizza, you can practice your downward-facing dog at a local studio. Georgetown Yoga, Yoga District, and Flow Yoga are all participating. For more information on this yoga marathon, head to World Yoga Day’s site.
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