Prepare to raise your forks: Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is Jan. 14 to 20. But first, please note this weekend’s art openings and musical choices, including three 20-minute operas at the Kennedy Center and piano duo ZOFO at Dumbarton Oaks. On Saturday, get an early start and you can watch birds, stand up for trees and take sides in “The Magic Duel.” For more January events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Washington Winter Show
Tonight, Thursday, Jan. 10, is preview night at the Washington Winter Show, the second-oldest charitable antiques show in the United States. Regular show hours are: Friday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Run-of-show admission is $25. For details, visit washingtonwintershow.org. Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Final Performances: ‘Kings’
In this lacerating comedy about money, power and what democracy actually looks like by Alexandria native Sarah Burgess, two women — a lobbyist and a representative who rode a blue wave into the House — cross paths in D.C. Final performances at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, are: Thursday, Jan 10, Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $45. For details, visit studiotheatre.org or call 202-332-3300.
Opening Reception at Gallery Clarendon
Gallery Clarendon, 2800 Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, will host a free opening reception on Friday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. for Arlington Artists Alliance’s national juried exhibition “Signs of the Times.” The works on view interpret the signs of our times in ways that address, question, protest and celebrate our changing and diverse world. For details, visit galleryclarendon.org.
Opening Reception at Korean Cultural Center
Also on Friday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m., the Korean Cultural Center DC, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, invites area residents to an opening reception for “Tradition Transformed: Bojagi,” featuring vibrant fiber works by artists Kumjoo Ahn, Julia Kwon and Wonju Seo that capture the artistry and originality of the traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit koreanculturedc.org or call 202-939-5688.
Bird Walk at Hains Point
DC Audubon will kick off the new year on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. with a free bird walk at Hains Point, at the southern tip of East Potomac Park. The spot is a great location for viewing mergansers, grebes, buffleheads and other waterfowl. Other possible sightings: chickadees, kinglets and woodpeckers. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Firsthand Experience: Fashion Illustration
In conjunction with its “Rodarte” exhibition, an overview of the first 13 years of Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s fashion label, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, will offer a fashion illustration workshop led by D.C.-area illustrator Delphine Lee on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets (advance reservation required) are $25. For details, visit nmwa.org or call 202-783-5000.
Stand Up for Trees
D.C. residents looking to increase tree canopy in their neighborhoods and across the District can attend a workshop on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. By the end of this Citizen Forester-qualifying class, future Certified Tree Advocates will be on their way to reviewing development plans, writing persuasive public comments and delivering testimony at hearings. Lunch is provided. Admission is free for D.C. residents and $5 for Maryland and Virginia residents. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Opening Receptions at Glen Echo Park
Free opening receptions for art exhibitions at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. The shows and locations are: “Ingrained: Sculpture and Furniture in Wood” in the Popcorn Gallery; “Depths of Strength: Klaudia Levin and Cherie M. Redlinger” in the Stone Tower Gallery; and “Somewhere Over the Sea: Pottery by Eunkyung Han” in the Park View Gallery. For details, visit glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2222.
‘The Magic Duel’
Magic isn’t for kids anymore, according to first-rate snarkists Mark Phillips and Brian Curry, who will battle for the title of D.C.’s Best Magician and the coveted golden wand in “The Magic Duel” on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the District Ballroom at the Mayflower, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. The show is for age 15 and older and cocktail attire is suggested. Tickets are $50. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Trio of 20-Minute Operas
Also on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7 and 9 p.m., as part of the American Opera Initiative Festival, Washington National Opera will present the world premieres of three short operas — “75 Miles,” “Relapse” and “Pepito” — staged in a concert performance in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A with the artists and creative team. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Contemporary Viewpoints Festival
This new two-day festival at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, is a curated mixed-bill showcase of boundary-pushing modern dance. Works by Britta Joy Peterson, darlingdance, Tariq Darrell + The Unum Dance Collective and PrioreDance will be performed. Shows are Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 ($25 for seniors and artists, $15 for college students and 17 and under). For details, visit danceplace.org or call 202-269-1600.
Music at Dumbarton Oaks: ZOFO
On Sunday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., the piano-four-hands duo of Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi — known as ZOFO — will perform pieces by Franz Schubert, 1958 and 1963 Pulitzer Prize-winner Samuel Barber, minimalist Terry Riley and astronomy-inspired Estonian composer Urmas Sisask at Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. Tickets are $54. For details, visit doaks.org or call 202-339-6400, ext. 6436.