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Weekend entertainment guide: Top picks around town

Friday - 1/27/2012, 3:17pm  ET

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Warm-blooded thrill seekers should head to the Chesapeake Bay and dive into the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Maryland. (Photo Courtesy of the Polar Bear Plunge)

Alicia Lozano, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - The great thing about this January is that winter never really hit. This means that loading up on outdoor activities is not only acceptable, but advisable. So let's start with the home of a vintage carousel.

Glen Echo Park is hosting an opening reception Friday for its new exhibit "Mirror to the World: Documentary Photography 2012." Curated by documentary photographer Frank Van Riper, the show celebrates storytelling through words and photos from international artists. The reception is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., but the show is open every Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 27 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Harry Potter fans of all ages get a special treat Saturday when the IBIS Chamber Music Society performs music from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third installment of the magical series. "Mischief Managed" starts at 11:15 a.m. at Artisphere, and will be followed by an arrangement of Maurice Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite", complete with narration and projected images. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. Purchase online or call 703-875-1100

Warm-blooded thrill seekers should head to the Chesapeake Bay and dive into the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The goal is to raise at least $50 per participant to be donated to the Maryland Special Olympics. The beer garden opens at 8 a.m. (must fortify yourself for the chilly swim, after all). There will also be a free performance by rock band Fuel. Congregate at Sandy Point State Park for the all-day event. Call 410-974-2149 for more information.

Dragons, bands and street performers descend on D.C.'s Chinatown for the annual Chinese New Year Parade Sunday at 2 p.m. With tons of food, booze and even shopping nearby, the festival transforms the heart of downtown into a giant party. Don't miss the firecrackers at 3:45 p.m. This event, located on H. Street between 6th and 8th streets, is free. Call 202-727-1000.

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