Screenings this weekend: “Amadeus” — with the score performed live by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra — at Strathmore and Iranian films at the National Gallery and the Freer. Saturday is ArchaeoCon and Sunday is the Fiesta de los Reyes Magos. Other options include a winter tree walk, a cheese tasting and a magic show by the Great Zucchini. For more January events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Three Sheets Lecture Series
On Friday, Jan. 3, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., intoxicated presenters will lecture on “New Hampshire: the Florida Man of the North,” “The Dyatlov Pass Mystery” and other topics at the Dew Drop Inn, 2801 8th St. NE. All proceeds will support the Coalition for the Homeless, which operates the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center, D.C.’s central intake office for families with children seeking emergency shelter and housing assistance. This is a pay-what-you-can event with suggested donation of $5. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
The Archaeological Institute of America’s ArchaeoCon 2020 will take place on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The daylong event will feature archaeology-related exhibits and activities and speakers including TV personality Josh Gates, local historical archaeologist and educator Alexandra Jones and underwater archaeologist James Delgado. Tickets are $10. For details, visit archaeological.org.
Winter Tree Walk and Workshop
In the first half of this class — on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW — participants will learn about the characteristics useful for winter tree identification using samples and photographs. Then the class will move outdoors to apply these skills to wild and cultivated trees. Admission is on a sliding scale from free to $60. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Short Films by Abbas Kiarostami
On Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m., six early short films by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami will be screened in the National Gallery of Art’s West Building Lecture Hall, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. “The Bread and Alley” (1970) choreographs a boy’s encounter with a dog to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”; “Breaktime” (1972) explores the aftermath of shattering a window during school recess; “So Can I” (1975) experimentally combines live action and animation; “Two Solutions for One Problem” (1975) presents two schoolboys’ differing views of a dilemma; “The Colors” (1976) is a whimsical tutorial for children discovering the spectrum; and “How to Make Use of Leisure Time” (1977) is a witty instructional guide to restoring old doors. Admission is free. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.
Mentalist Brian Curry, ‘The Good Liar’
Mind reader, human behavior expert and liar Brian Curry will read attendees’ thoughts, predict their futures and blow their minds on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St. NW. He will then pull back the curtain to reveal some of the techniques he uses to be a good liar. Tickets are $50. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
‘Amadeus’ With Live Score
Also on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m., Nicholas Hersh will conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the BSO Symphonic Chorale and pianist Lura Johnson in a performance of the score of “Amadeus” as the 1984 film is shown on a giant HD screen at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets are $35 to $90. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.
The Great Zucchini at Capitol Cider House
The Great Zucchini, who has been entertaining young children as a magician and preschool teacher for over 20 years, will perform a hands-on, interactive magic show geared to ages 2 to 7 at Capitol Cider House, 3930 Georgia Ave. NW, on Sunday, Jan. 5, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. with a full food menu and a happy hour for adults until noon. Tickets are $5. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 206-397-3564.
Fiesta de los Reyes Magos
This traditional Three Kings Day celebration at GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., will feature the Magi, live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood and gifts for every child. Admission is free. For details, visit en.galatheatre.org or call 202-234-7174.
Great Bridal Expo in Alexandria
On Sunday, Jan. 5, from noon to 4 p.m., those planning weddings and honeymoons can meet face-to-face with wedding professionals and take in a bridal fashion show at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road in Alexandria, Virginia. There will also be catering samples, giveaways, prizes, a live orchestra and DJsan. Admission is $10. For details, visit eventbrite.com.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-bridal-expo-washington-dc-tickets-74496911267?aff=ebdssbdestsearch#tickets
Cheese Club at Cheesemonster Studio
Cheesemonster Studio, 713 Kennedy St. NW, will host a tasting of Boxcarr Handmade Cheese led by head cheesemaker Sam Genke on Sunday, Jan. 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Based in Cedar Grove, North Carolina, Boxcarr is particularly known for its robiola-style cheeses. Tickets are $40 ($50 for premium tickets, which include a quarter-pound of a highlighted cheese to take home). Paired accompaniments will be provided and beer and wine available for purchase. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Film: ‘When the Moon Was Full’
Also on Sunday, January 5, at 2 p.m., as part of the 24th annual Iranian Film Festival, there will be a free screening of the award-winning 2019 film “When the Moon Was Full” in Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. Directed by Narges Abyar, this spellbinding and harrowing drama is based on the true story of a woman who unwittingly married into a family of terrorists. For details, visit asia.si.edu or call 202-633-1000.