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Glorious news: It’s a short week. And while it’s bitterly cold out there, we can at least warm up each night with these fabulous holiday events. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, loves!

Tonight, D.C.’s best restaurateurs, chefs, and mixologists come together around one main effort: to raise money to support the Philippine Red Cross relief efforts. For $40, sample food and drink from some of D.C.’s best and they will donate 100 percent of all ticket sales to the Philippine Red Cross on your behalf. Tickets are sold out. Cashion’s Eat Place; 1819 Columbia Road N.W., Washington, D.C.


The Washington Wizards are playing the LA Lakers Tuesday night, and Cori Sue and I will be court-side for the men and booze, errrr, basketball game. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. Get tickets here.

It’s totally acceptable to go a little crazy Wednesday night and celebrate the impending four days off. We’re thinking the W Washington for a night of rooftop burlesque. The renowned Matthew Holtzclaw, Evelyn Vinyl, Hazel Honeysuckle, and Penny Wren will be performing their sultry stripteases. Doors open at 8 p.m., with shows at 9 and 11:30. POV Indoor Lounge; 515 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


In anticipation of the gluttonous feast of turkey and pie that awaits this Thanksgiving, the classic Belgian French bistro Et Voila is hosting a “Stretch Your Belly” party Wednesday evening. Guests will have the opportunity to stuff their faces with unlimited Blue Bay Mussels, Belgian frites, and Blanche de Bruxelles Belgian White for $29.95 per person (tax and gratuity not included). 5-10 p.m. Et Voila, 5120 MacArthur Blvd. N.W., Washington, D.C.

If you’re staying in town and don’t feel like cooking, there are a ton of great restaurants serving up Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. I’ll be dining at 701 in Penn Quarter, which is serving up a Thanksgiving feast with a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This special meal is priced at $48 per person, and $24 for children 12 and under, excluding tax and gratuity. Or if you want that turkey to-go, we suggest you pick up a Cajun-style turkey and a Thanksgiving Dinner for eight at Acadiana.

Or do some good for the community and volunteer to help Lance London and his team at Hyattsville’s Carolina Kitchen serve hundreds of meals to families in need. For the 11th year, London will be serving up the meals on Thursday from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. To make a donation or to volunteer, call Kim Moss at 301-927-2929 or click here. The Carolina Kitchen, 6501 America Blvd. Hyattsville, Md.

The heck with Black Friday, It’s officially my favorite time of year in Washington, as the Holiday Market opens for business on Friday! More than 150 exhibitors and artisans (rotating on a weekly basis) selling a diverse array of high-quality gift items including fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, tasty treats and hot beverages. Head to F Street, NW, between 7th and 9th streets in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

It’s small business Saturday. Carnelian Boutique is hosting a pop-up shop featuring local and woman-owned businesses. Attendees can shop clothing, jewelry, shoes and other great accessories from The Good District, HippGyps, Stella & Dot and more. They will also have access to special discounts and giveaways.10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tabula Rasa. 731 8th St. S.E., Washignton, D.C. (Barracks Row). Click here.

Brunch, of course, before it’s back to the grind. We’d suggest Et Voila, Lavagna, Nopa Bar + Kitchen, or Palena for something special.

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