Alexander may be having a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” this weekend, at performances of Adventure Theatre MTC’s version of the children’s classic, but you can have several very good days — tasting chocolate, cooking Indian food, learning about bridal etiquette and attending classical, jazz and choral concerts. Visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar for more February events.
Chocolate Tasting at the National Archives
On Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW, hosts a pre-Valentine’s Day chocolate tasting and chocolate history presentation, with facsimiles of presidential love letters on view. There will also be a hot chocolate station. Tickets are $35. For details, visit archivesfoundation.org or call 202-357-5000.
Serbian Orthodox Church Fundraiser
This semi-formal event on Friday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. is a fundraiser for the St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church, 10660 River Road in Potomac, Maryland. After a doxology by Bishop Irinej, there will be a cocktail reception, a sit-down dinner and a program. Tickets are $100. For details, visit serbianchurch.org or call 301-299-2704.
Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet
Also on Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m., the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet will return to Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW, for the first time since 2007. On the program are Franz Schubert’s “Adagio e Rondo Concertante,” Josef Suk’s “Piano Quartet in A Minor,” the world premiere of Danny Elfman’s “Piano Quartet” and Johannes Brahms’s “Quartet in G Minor.” Tickets are $42 ($39 for seniors). For details, visit dumbartonconcerts.org or call 202-965-2000.
Diversity Dialogue Conference
On Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Georgetown Aspiring Minority Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs, a minority student business organization at Georgetown University, hosts its annual Diversity Dialogue Conference in the McDonough School of Business’s Rafik B. Hariri Building, 3700 O St. NW. Tickets are $5. For details, visit gamblediversitydialogue.strikingly.com.
Judith Viorst Book Signing
Judith Viorst, author of the Alexander children’s books, will be at Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland, on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 12:30 p.m. for a book signing. The event is limited to audience members at one of the Feb. 10 performances of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” who purchase a copy of the book or one of its sequels at the box office. Tickets to the show are $19.50. For details, visit my.adventuretheatre-mtc.org or call 301-634-2267.
NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston
Pianist and composer Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Octet will salute ragtime bandleader James Reese Europe (1880-1919) with shows at 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $30. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
New Orchestra of Washington
New Orchestra of Washington presents Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” arranged for two pianos and five percussionists and selections from “American Song Books” by George Crumb on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW, and on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. at Westmoreland United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle in Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets are $30 ($15 for students and ages 12-18, under 12 free). For details, visit neworchestraofwashington.org or call 240-235-5088.
Cooking Class at Heritage India
At this International Club event on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m., the chef at Heritage India, 3238 Wisconsin Ave. NW, one of the most celebrated Indian restaurants in D.C., will demonstrate how easy it is to prepare a complete Indian meal with dessert at home. The demonstration will be followed by lunch. Tickets are $55. For details, visit internationalclubdc.com.
Bridal Etiquette at the Watergate
The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, hosts a “Wedding Etiquette for the Modern Bride” class, part of a new series taught by modern etiquette coach Maggie Oldham, on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. Engaged couples, family members and wedding planners will learn about proper etiquette from the first engagement announcement to the honeymoon departure. Tickets are $50. For details, visit thewatergatehotel.com or call 844-617-1972.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic will perform two works by American composers: William Grant Still’s “Symphony No. 1” — which incorporates blues progressions and rhythms characteristic of jazz and gospel — and Mark Edwards Wilson’s “Piano Concerto,” with soloist Thomas Pandolfi. The program also includes a piece by this year’s composition competition winner. Tickets to the concert, at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW, are $20 (free for age 18 and younger). For details, visit wmpamusic.org.
‘Living the Dream … Singing the Dream’
Also on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., the Choral Arts Chorus and the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs will come together in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for their 30th annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During this performance, the 2018 Choral Arts Humanitarian Award will be presented to Lonnie G. Bunch III. Tickets are $25. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Voxare String Quartet at Dumbarton Oaks
On Sunday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m., Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1703 32nd St. NW, presents the Voxare String Quartet, four young Juilliard grads who will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Mohammed Fairouz and Aleksandra Vrebalov. Tickets are $54. For details, visit doaks.org or call 202-339-6436.