Here’s what to do in Philly this weekend

THEATER

‘Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move’

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Friday, Jan. 31 to Saturday, Feb. 8
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
$10 to $16
215-574-3550
www.walnutstreettheatre.org

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’

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Through March 16
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St.
$36 to $48
215-922-1122
www.ardentheatre.org

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.

GARDENS

Annual Orchid Extravaganza

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Through March 30
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square
$18
610-388-1000
www.longwoodgardens.org

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
$35
215-386-5211
www.fairfoodphilly.org

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
Free
www.chinatown-pcdc.org

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.
$65
215-925-0266
www.chinatown-pcdc.org

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.

MUSEUM

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.
Free
215-763-6529
www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org

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.

MUSIC

Stuntloco

Thursday, Jan. 30, 10 p.m.
Silk City
435 Spring Garden Street
$5 after 11 p.m.
215-592-8838
www.silkcityphilly.com

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
$18
215-222-1400
www.worldcafelive.com

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.

Dr. Dog

Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, 8:30 p.m.
Electric Factory
421 N. 7th St.
$27.55 to $38.35
215-627-1332
www.electricfactory.info

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.”


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