Here’s what to do in Philly this weekend
‘Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move’
Friday, Jan. 31 to Saturday, Feb. 8
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
$10 to $16
Bring the kids to this family-friendly musical adaptation of Judith Virost’s book from the popular “Alexander” series. You do not not not not not not want to miss this one!
‘Water by the Spoonful’
Through March 16
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St.
$36 to $48
Philly playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes wrote this intense drama based in and around Philadelphia, the second in a trilogy of plays about one family. The first was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; this middle installment won the Pulitzer in 2012.
Annual Orchid Extravaganza
Through March 30
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square
More than 5,000 colorful orchids are on display, hanging from baskets, draped along walls and arranged in artful ways. Bring the young’uns to one of Longwood’s OrKID Days for a scavenger hunt in the conservatory, storytelling and hands-on activities.
FOOD + DRINK
Chocolate and Beer Pairings
Thursday, Jan. 30, 630 to 830 p.m.
Rick Nichols Room, Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th Street
Fair Food Farmstand had us at chocolate — and at beer. John Doyle of John & Kira’s Chocolates will spill the cocoa beans about artisanal chocolate making and sourcing local ingredients while attendees taste the chocolate treats alongside a selection of craft beers from Yards.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Chinatown Midnight Celebration
Thursday, Jan. 30, 11:30 p.m.
10th and Race streets
The Year of the Horse comes galloping in this weekend. Follow the celebratory parade through Chinatown and take in the iconic lion dances performed by the Philadelphia Suns.
Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet
Friday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m.
Rising Tide Restaurant
937 Race St.
In 4712, break your New Year’s diet for a night and indulge in a 10-course traditional Chinese banquet, complete with ginger and scallion double lobster to give you power and energy, braised oysters to usher in prosperity in business and wealth, and fried dough for a happy family life.
The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon
Thursday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W. Montgomery Ave.
Did you know at one time the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America? Joel Greenburg’s new book, “A Feathered River Across the Sky” chronicles the strange journey of the now-extinct bird, which disappeared 100 years ago. Greenberg will share some of his vast knowledge about natural resources in an illustrated presentation and sign copies of the book.
Thursday, Jan. 30, 10 p.m.
435 Spring Garden Street
$5 after 11 p.m.
DJs Luke Goodman and Sylo provide the eclectic beats. Party late into the night and remember: There’s an attached diner where you can take a break and fuel up for the next round of dancing.
Back to the ’80s
Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Squeeze into your neon spandex, spray up your hair and head to World Cafe Live, where revered ’80s cover band Jessie’s Girl will play hits by Madonna, Michael Jackson and more. But it’s not just a band on a stage — expect props, costumes, confetti and audience participation.
Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, 8:30 p.m.
421 N. 7th St.
$27.55 to $38.35
Philly’s own Dr. Dog is playing two shows at Electric Factory this weekend, so show these local boys some brotherly love! They’re here in support of their seventh full-length album, “B-Room.”