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Pre- and post-Thanksgiving Day events to round out your holiday season.

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Artfete (Courtesy photo)

Artfete (Courtesy photo)

Artfete Holiday Open House and Sales
Friday, Nov. 22 through Sun. Nov. 24
The Art League’s Madison Annex
305 Madison Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-2323
Free admission Open House

The Art League’s holiday open house kicks off the holiday season with much fanfare, including a live steamroller printing demonstration and a fashion show. Stick around through the weekend and get your holiday shopping done in one fell swoop to boot.

Strip the District: A Night of Burlesque
Wednesday, Nov. 27
9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8 p.m.)
W Hotel
515 15th St. NW
202-661-2400

W Hotel offers a titillating way to shake off holiday stress with cocktails and the art of burlesque with New York’s Hazel Honeysuckle, Penny Wren and with host Matthew Holtzclaw. As if that weren’t enough, $8 cocktail specials will also be on hand.

Meet a Spy: Melissa Mahle
Saturday, Nov. 30
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
202-393-7798
Free

Kids antsy after turkey day? Inject a little intrigue into post-Thanksgiving doldrums with an afternoon chatting with former CIA intelligence officer-turned-author . Find out what it’s really like to be an international woman of mystery and learn more about Mahle’s books.

Agnieska Holland (Photo courtesy Embassy of Poland)

(Photo courtesy Embassy of Poland)

Polish Embassy’s Agnieszka Holland Lecture and Screening
Sunday, Dec. 1
2 p.m. lecture/3:30 p.m. screening
National Gallery of Art East Building Concourse Auditorium
National Mall between 3rd and 4th streets at Constitution Ave. NW
202-737-4215
Free

Engage in a little film talk with famed Polish director Agnieszka Holland (“Europa, Europa” “Angry Harvest”), who discusses her new film “In Darkness” and HBO miniseries “Burning Bush.” Full screening of “In Darkness” follows the lecture.

Ugly Sweater Shop (Photo by TheUglySweaterShop via Flickr)

Ugly Sweater Shop (Photo by TheUglySweaterShop via Flickr)

Merry Madison Ugly Sweater Party
Monday, Dec. 2
4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Loews Madison Hotel
Postscript Lounge
1177 15th St. NW
202-862-1600

Get into the holiday spirit and help raise funds for a good cause at Loews Madison’s “ugly” sweater party, benefiting Capital Area Food Bank. Participating guests have two chances to win a free night’s stay at the swanky historic hotel. Bring two non-perishable food items and enter a raffle for a free night’s stay, or enter the hotel’s ugliest sweater Instagram contest. From now until Dec. 2, follow LoewsHotels on Instagram, then post a picture of yourself in your ugliest sweater with the hashtag #MerryMadison and tag @LoewsHotels. Every photo earns a dollar towards Capital Area Food Bank. The winner of the contest gets a free night at the hotel.

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