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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

Chinese New Year, a public wedding, early Valentine’s Day romance at the Phillips, and more will help you have fun this weekend—even if it’s Snowpocalypse version 4.0.

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**NOTE** Many events have been canceled this weekend due to the forecasted snow. Please call ahead to venues to confirm the events are still happening. 

Thursday, February 4: Musical genius Stephin Merritt and his band the Magnetic Fields perform at Lisner Auditorium in support of their latest record, Realism. Tickets ($35) can be purchased here. 8 PM.

Crystal City may not seem like a fashion mecca, but it’s putting on a fun fashion event: Crystal Couture. Throughout this weekend, there are DJs, events, runway shows, and more. For details and a full schedule of the festivities, go here.

It’s not Valentine’s Day yet, but you can set the mood early at Art & Romance at Phillips After 5, the Phillips Collection’s monthly event. At 5, the poet Shani Jamila reads love letters written by Georgia O’Keeffe, and violinist Lucan Klyne and DJ Adrian Loving provide background music. At 6 and 7, there are gallery talks about the love life of the collection’s founders, Duncan and Marjorie Phillips. Champagne and Brazilian tapas will be available.

Drink for a cause at Gordon Biersch’s free Brewer’s Select Tapping Party on Thursday from 6 to 8. The DC microbrewery will tap a wooden keg of its winter Helles Bock pale lager (pints cost $5.50) and pass around free appetizers. Proceeds go to Save the Children Haitian-relief fund.

Friday, February 5: Calling all wedding crashers: Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow are not only having an art opening but also exchanging vows—and everyone is invited. Their joint exhibit, “Till Death Do Us Part,” is a collection of quirky paintings that shows the couple’s interpretation of the meaning of marriage. The opening reception starts at 6:30, and the official ceremony begins at 7:30 at the Long View Gallery (1234 Ninth St., NW; 202-232-4788). As with any wedding, you have to RSVP, so e-mail to reserve a spot. The exhibit will be up through March 1.

Get your groove on at 9:30 Club’s Prince vs. Madonna vs. Michael Jackson dance party with DJ Dredd. 11 PM. Click here for tickets ($15).
Saturday, February 6: Happy Chinese New Year! The National Geographic Museum and P.F. Chang’s are hosting a family festival with table tennis, martial-arts demonstrations, and raffles. Starting at 11, 150 free tickets to the exhibit “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor” will be distributed at the at museum’s M Street entrance. Noon to 3.

Remember the Lemonheads? If you listened to the radio at all in the ’90s, you probably remember such tunes as “It’s a Shame About Ray” and “Into Your Arms.” Well, Evan Dando, the former lead singer, has been doing the solo thing for a while now, and tonight he stops by Iota Club & Café. 9 PM; $20.

The sixth annual Alexandria Boutique District Warehouse Sale takes place today. Several local stores are participating, including Hysteria, Treat, the Shoe Hive, and Apple Seed. Get details here.

The Black Cat hosts an all-local Haiti-benefit concert this evening. Check out great local bands such as the State Department and Tennis System at 9. Proceeds from the $10 entry fee will go to Doctors Without Borders.

The Washington Ballet’s Jeté Society Dance Party is one of the most fun events of the year, where young professionals who love ballet gather to mingle and dance. Head to this year’s party at the House of Sweden at 9. Tickets ($75) can be purchased here.

DC Coast
is prepping men for Valentine’s Day with a special class on making a romantic dinner. Executive chef Brendan Cox and pastry chef JJ Minneola will teach participants how to make risotto with salt-roasted shrimp, lemon, and parsley; slow-cooked Scottish salmon with sweet-onion soubise, petite carrots, and caviar; and a layered chocolate mousse Parisienne with chocolate tuile and raspberry. The class, which includes lunch and wine pairings, is $75 and runs from 11 to 1. Call Jillian Zins at 202-408-0201 for reservations.

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Get a sugar rush at Fairfax’s Chocolate Lovers Festival, featuring chocolate tastings, a chocolate art exhibit, children’s activities, a craft show, and more. Some of the events have a fee. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Independence Day Celebration Committee, which plans Fairfax City’s July 4 festivities. The event takes place Saturday and today; get the full schedule here.

Head to the Dance Place on H Street, Northeast, for WAM!, a look at the early, more whimsical part of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musical career. The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company and In Series opera singers will perform together to recreate and explore the musician’s childhood and young adulthood. The final performance is today at 2. Get tickets ($19 to $38) here.