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Thursday, January 29: I Love a Piano, a tribute to Irving Berlin, the composer and lyricist who wrote 1,500 songs—including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “God Bless America”—runs today through February 15 at the Lincoln Theater.
Lance Bass, Toni Braxton, and other cast members of the ABC hit show Dancing With the Stars will perform at the Verizon Center. Tickets ($52.50 to $225) can be purchased here.
The Clarendon branch of Whole Foods (2700 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) is hosting a Winter Warmers cheese class, where guests will learn about and taste fondue, toasted raclette, and smothered haloumi. The class, which begins at 7, costs $25 per person. Call 703-527-6596 for reservations.
Friday, January 30: The photography exhibit “The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise”—presented with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to be built on the Mall—opens today at the National Museum of American History. Addison Scurlock moved his photography studio to 900 U Street, Northwest, in 1911; his sons followed him into the business, which closed in 1994. Their portraits of African-American bourgeoisie, schoolchildren, sports teams, debutante balls, celebrities, and the 1968 riots were seen nationwide. It’s a remarkable exhibit—a related book will be published in February—as well as a history lesson.
Saturday, January 31: Head to the Dulles Expo Center for the Sugarloaf Craft Festival, a juried fine-art and crafts show. More than 300 artists and crafters will be selling everything from blown glass to designer clothing. Tickets are $8; children under 13 free. Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 9 to 6, Sunday 10 to 5.
Miss out on all the inaugural balls? You can still check out one of Abraham Lincoln’s famous bashes thanks to the Victorian Dance Ensemble. Dressed in period costumes, the group will take viewers back in time to the scene at the President’s second inaugural ball. Performances start at noon, 2, and 4 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The AFI celebrates Valentine’s Day with a monthlong run of romantic (and heartbreaking) films, including It Happened One Night, Casablanca, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as the more recent Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Moulin Rouge. Cinema siren Carole Lombard’s centennial is marked with some of her most popular movies, including the screwball comedy My Man Godfrey and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith; the series runs through March 4.
TasteDC presents A Day of Chocolate: Chocolate Making 101 at the Wanders Chocolates warehouse (11486 Robertson Dr., Manassas). Chocolatiers Wilhelm and Melanie Wanders will help you create chocolate confections and learn chocolate-making techniques as well as let you sample chocolates. Participants will take home recipes. The class runs from 9 to 4 and costs $105 per person; call 202-244-3700 for reservations.
Sunday, February 1: It’s Super Bowl time! Here’s our guide to bars that are hosting food and drink specials while you watch the game.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, head to the festive Chinese Lunar New Year Parade. Firecrackers, dancing, and a large parade will take place along H Street between Sixth and Eighth streets, Northwest; 2 to 5 PM.
The National Gallery of Art screens the documentary Innisfree at 4:30 in the East Building’s auditorium. In it, director José Luis Guerín travels to County Clare, Ireland, to examine the making of the John Ford classic The Quiet Man. Guerín connects Ford’s movie to County Clare’s residents, local history, and culture.