This weekend, you can pair Italian wines on Friday with vegan cooking on Saturday. Then take the kids to celebrate the birthday of airmail in College Park. Sunday’s lineup includes a Three Kings celebration at GALA Hispanic Theatre, a film screening at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and a lantern giveaway to wrap up the “Glow” exhibition in Georgetown. For more January events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Somm Sitdown at Via Umbria
Sommelier Will Moriarity will lead this week’s guided tasting of Italian wines on Friday, Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. at Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Expert instruction on wines, winemaking and pairings will accompany the tasting of four or five unique wines in a casual setting. Admission is $20. For details, visit viaumbria.com or call 202-333-3904.
Opening Reception: ‘Faces’ Art Exhibition
On Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria, Virginia, will host a free opening reception for the “Faces” art exhibition, featuring portraits that focus on the soul of the person portrayed. For details, visit delrayartisans.org or call 703-838-4827.
Vegan Cooking Class: Chili & Cornbread
Part of a series presented by the Vegan Skillet recipe site, this class — on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waterhole, 4004 34th St. in Mount Rainier, Maryland — will include a tour of Glut Food Coop, a food-prep demonstration of a plant-based meal by Danni McGhee and a tasting of the just-created meal. Admission is $25 (includes a smoothie). For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Volunteer at H Street Farms
Area residents are invited to volunteer at H Street Farms, the rooftop garden and education center on top of the W.S. Jenks & Son hardware store, 910 Bladensburg Road NE, on Saturday, Jan. 5, from noon to 4 p.m. (and every Saturday afternoon). A unique rooftop growing area that utilizes D.C.’s unused space, the facility has three greenhouses. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Caroling at Polish Library
The Polish Library in Washington, D.C., will mark the start of carnival season with caroling featuring jazz vocalist Grazyna Auguscik on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Residence of the Ambassador of Poland, 3041 Whitehaven St. NW. The suggested donation is $45 ($25 for students), to be used for the library’s renovation after damage from Hurricane Florence. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Afternoon Aviators: The Mail
In honor of the birthday of airmail, the College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive in College Park, Maryland, will host a program for age 6 and up about the history of mail transportation by air on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. For details, visit collegeparkaviationmuseum.com or call 301-864-6029.
Ghosts of Georgetown Walking Tour
At this walking tour, presented by DC By Foot, participants will hear a historian’s take on the curses, eerie coincidences and hauntings that make up the darker side of days gone by in our pre-Revolutionary town. The tour leaves from the Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW, on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
The Capitol Steps in McLean
Also on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m., political satirists the Capitol Steps will perform their up-to-the-minute musical spoofs and (in)famous Lirty Dies at the Alden at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean, Virginia. Tickets are $50 ($35 for MCC tax district residents). For details, visit mcleancenter.org or call 703-790-9223.
Three Kings Day (Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos)
In partnership with Casa de la Cultura El Salvador, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, invites area families to a free celebration of Three Kings Day on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. The three magi will greet visitors in the lobby and gifts will be distributed. For details, visit galatheatre.org or call 202-234-7174.
‘Woodshock’ at Museum of Women in the Arts
On Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2:15 p.m., the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, will present a free screening of “Woodshock,” the feature film debut of fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founders of Rodarte. Kirsten Dunst stars as a woman torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. The costumes from the film are on view in the exhibition “Rodarte.” For details, visit nmwa.org or call 202-783-5000.
Twelfth Night Concert by the City Choir
Guest conductor Gretchen Kuhrmann will lead a performance by the City Choir of Washington on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. John Rutter’s Gloria will be featured, along with other Twelfth Night-related works and traditional carols. The “Partner in Song” will be the West Springfield High School Madrigals. Tickets are $15 to $59. For details, visit thecitychoirofwashington.org.
Closing Event: ‘Glow’
One of this year’s “Glow” installations in Georgetown, “Twilight Antiques and Thrift,” is a life-scale representation of a store in the form of a glowing lantern. Lining the shelves of this translucent shop are hundreds of hand-assembled lanterns, each a reproduction of an object connected with D.C. On closing night, Sunday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Meigs Park, M Street and Pennsylvania Avenue at 28th Street NW, visitors can select a free lantern to take home. There will also be complimentary refreshments from 5 p.m. on. For details and to RSVP (only the first 400 people will get a lantern), visit georgetownglowdc.com.