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Weekend Report: 12 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, February 1

Union Market Talks - Chocolate: Bean, Bar & Beyond: On Thursday, February 1 at 9 am, a panel of local, national and international chocolate makers will come together at Union Market to talk about chocolate production and the development of the fair trade of cacao in Latin America. Renowned health policy expert and artisan chocolate bar producer Zeke Emanuel will lead the discussion entitled “Chocolate: Bean, Bar and Beyond.”

Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theatre Company: In the wake of his father’s abrupt death, Hamlet returns home from university to find his personal and political world changed as he never imagined it could—his mother remarried, his uncle on the throne and a world seemingly gone insane. When his father’s ghost appears and demands vengeance, the increasingly desperate Danish prince must decide: submit or resist. Accept or avenge. Live or die. Show starts at 8 p.m.

The Washington Auto Show: Designated one of the nation’s top five auto shows by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, The Washington Auto Show, a world class event, continues to wow audiences with its cutting-edge exhibits, latest model cars and displays of historic vehicles. Along with the engineering prowess on display among the more than 600 new models from over 35 manufacturers, the 2018 show will feature VIP tours led by award-winning automotive writers and a special exhibit area for live painting of “art” cars. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center)

Parallel Universe at ARTECHOUSE: Immerse in a psychedelic, eye-of-the-storm experience of whirling fractals and light beams as ARTECHOUSE presents Parallel Universe by Ouchhh! Visually and aurally mesmerizing, Parallel Universe is the first solo retrospective exhibit for an internationally acclaimed Turkish art studio Ouchhh. Comprised of four installations, three world traveled and one created in collaboration with ARTECHOUSE specially for this show, it is a hypnotic and immersive multi-sensory experience unlike anything.

Friday, February 2

Riverdance at the Warner Theatre: The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand with Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, Riverdance will perform in over 60 US cities during the 2017 season. Marking the eagerly awaited return of the show to North America, the anniversary production features new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an acapella hard-shoe number. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Chocolate Lovers Festival: The Chocolate Lovers Festival, an annual two-day festival held on the first full weekend of February in the city of Fairfax, features activities for all to enjoy. In 2018, the festival will be held Friday, February 2 for Liquid Chocolate only from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, February 3 from 10 a.m. to 7p.m. and Sunday, February 4 from noon to 4 p.m.. Join for the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Challenge, the ever-popular Kiwanis Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast, open houses at historic buildings and much more.

Master Cocktail Class at the St. Regis, Washington, D.C.: Throughout February, guests and locals can hone their craft cocktail skills with classes highlighting champagne cocktails. Classes will be held at the main bar and will include light bites and a parting gift. Classes are $85 per person and can be booked by calling 202-638-2626.

BLK + GRN DC Launch Party: BLK + GRN, is a new platform for natural products by black, female artisans and entrepreneurs. They curate natural products that use high-quality, ethically sourced and toxic free ingredients. Join the BLK + GRN team for the launch party at WeWork White House from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 3

Alexandria Boutique Warehouse Sale: The longest running annual designer warehouse sale today announced the date for its once a year winter event. Deemed in the region as the “Super Bowl of Shopping Event” (always occurring the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend), the 13th Annual Alexandria Warehouse Sale is set for Saturday, February 3rd in Alexandria. The sale will take place at the Westin Hotel located in the Carlyle District of Old Town Alexandria. The fun, yet casual, free to enter event will include a variety of new boutiques and retailers not only located in Alexandria, but throughout the Metro region.

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day: With 2018 seeing a record number of women running for office, it’s clear the good work of organizations like She Should Run is directly moving this needle. It’s the very reason Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is supporting the amazing nonprofit by donating 50% of sales from Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (February 3rd) to help She Should Run get 250,000 women running for elected office by 2030. All 32 Jeni’s scoop shops will open their doors 3 hours early on Saturday, February 3 so each community can come together for a good cause.

First Annual Brunch Fest: The DC Brunch Festival is making its first annual appearance in Washington! This year the Festival is bringing together lots of brunch staples paired with classic brunch drinks like Bloody Mary’s and mimosas. The DC Brunch Festival will be held on February 3 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Dock 5 at Union Market. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation and other worthy causes. Attendees receive a souvenir glass at the door and can sample unlimited drinks as well as food samples throughout the festival.

Rosé After Hours: Wear your Pink Chic outfit and head to DC's first festival exclusively dedicated to rosé. Rosé After Hours is a blend of the best rosé wines from all over the world served in merry terrior full of food delights and music. Be inspired by the world wide range of wines. Over 60+ different rosés, champagnes, sparklings and Sauternes from the best producers. The DC After Hours Rose Festival will be held on February 3 from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at Dock 5 at Union Market.

Sunday, February 4

Jack Rose Dining Saloon Hosts Super “Chili” Bowl Cook-Off: Two teams. Five chilis. Five canned beers, 10 draft brews. Four large flat-screen TVs. As the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots face off for the title of NFL Super Bowl Champion this Sunday, February 4, Jack Rose Dining Saloon will host their annual Super “Chili” Bowl Cook-Off: an all-you-can-eat-and-drink rooftop party featuring unlimited homemade chilis and craft brews from 6-10 p.m.