Having stuffed turkeys and ourselves, we move on to … eat and drink some more? Stock up on holiday wine at Cork & Fork on Friday and at Via Umbria’s Pastapalooza! on Saturday. Along with magic at the Mayflower and vocal music in Georgetown and Arlington, there are two shows to catch at the Kennedy Center: a Harry Potter film with live orchestral accompaniment and 2017’s last performances of “Shear Madness.”
Affordable Wines for the Holidays
Most people, when they think of pairing wine with food, they usually have the main course in mind. But you can actually pair desserts — more specifically, cookies — with wine as well. You want a wine that matches the weight and complexity of your cookies, and enough acidity to balance the sugar. And what’s better than cookies right out of the oven and a bottle of wine? This gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers will take place on Friday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m. at Cork & Fork DC, 1522 14th St. NW. Admission is $5. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Etherea Vocal Ensemble
On Saturday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Church, 3240 O St. NW, Derek Greten-Harrison will lead Etherea Vocal Ensemble in a candlelight Christmas performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and John Rutter’s “Dancing Day,” with harpist Grace Cloutier, plus traditional carols. A holiday reception will follow. For details, visit stjohnsgeorgetown.org or call 202-338-1796.
Pastapalooza! at Via Umbria
Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW, invites area residents to bring their families to Pastapalooza! on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. At this kid-friendly event, a family-style dinner with antipasti, three pastas and dessert will be served at the Chef’s Table. Tickets are $55 (does not include D.C. meals tax or optional gratuity). For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-333-3904.
Post-Thanksgiving Family Magic Show
Once a year, the Comedy and Magic Society hosts top entertainers from across the country for this exclusive event. Mark Phillips brings the polished magic he has featured on cruise ships all around the world. Barry Wood is a top family entertainer. This show is Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $40 ($50 for seats in the front two rows). For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Portrait Story Days
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW, presents free Portrait Story Days on Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. Visitors can listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection. The subject this weekend will be Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, a tribe that lived in what is now Oregon. For details, visit npg.si.edu or call 202-633-8300.
‘Dreams of Speed’ Art Talk
At this free Artful Sunday on Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. at Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, in Bethesda, Maryland, artist Tom Kenyon will talk about his work, on view in the exhibition “Dreams of Speed.” Inspired by cars, car magazines, car culture and family history, Kenyon combines models, painting, drawing, collage and linoleum block prints to inform us about the imaginary racing exploits of the Kenyon Motor Co. For details, visit waverlystreetgallery.com or call 301-951-9441.
Opera Nova Holiday Concert
On Sunday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m., at the Woman’s Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St. in Arlington, Virginia, Serbian soprano Biljana Soldo and baritone José Sacin will headline an Opera Nova holiday concert. Guests will hear opera arias, art songs and numbers from popular American musicals. Two young singers will participate as part of the new Young Artists Program. Tickets are $10, free for children. For details, visit operanova.org or call 703-536-7557.
Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could
AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda, Maryland, presents a festive Pajama Jam with what “All Things Considered” has called “the best-sounding band in children’s music.” Three-time Grammy nominees Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could will shake, dance and groove their way through classic holiday favorites on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.
‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ in Concert
Attendees will relive the magic of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO Pops perform John Williams’s unforgettable score. This performance is for children age 5 and older. Performances are Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $99. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Set in a Georgetown hair salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington’s hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. After this weekend, the show takes a break until Jan. 30. Performances are Friday, Nov. 24, at 5 and 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 25, at 6 and 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $54. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.