Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor offers songs of hope on “Hallelujah Anyhow.” (Merge Records)

Dec. 9 & 10: MetroCooking DC
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW; Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $21.50.
The city’s annual cooking show returns, offering the chance to meet big-name food stars like local chefs Jose Andres and Carla Hall and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” host Guy Fieri. That’s on top of countless cooking demonstrations, food samples, seminars and vendors to shop at. A ticket grants you admission to the event but some book signings, classes and demos cost extra, so check metrocookingdc.com before you plot your course.

Dec. 11: Hiss Golden Messenger
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Mon., 7 p.m., $20.
Hiss Golden Messenger leader M.C. Taylor sees new album “Hallelujah Anyhow” as a collection of songs about hope rather than a protest album, even though it was mostly written and recorded in the wake of last year’s election. No matter how you view it, there’s an urgency to the folk rock songs, which draw influences from Tom Petty, Van Morrison and more. For Hiss Golden Messenger’s tour behind the set, the band is mixing things up every night and digging deep into Taylor’s growing catalog of songs.

Dec. 11: Hot 99.5’s Jingle Ball
Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW; Mon., 7:30 p.m. $40-$200.
Kesha is among the headliners at D.C. radio station Hot 99.5’s annual star-studded holiday show Monday at Capital One Arena. Other established (and rising) pop stars on the bill include emo rockers Fall Out Boy, Maryland-bred rapper Logic, EDM producer Zedd, and Camila Cabello and Liam Payne, a pair of singers who, respectively, used to be in Fifth Harmony and One Direction.

Dec. 13: Mike Solomonov and Steven Cook, ‘Federal Donuts’
Sixth and I, 600 I St. NW; Wed., 7 p.m., $15.
Mediterranean-spiced doughnuts may sound odd on paper, but not in the hands of restaurateurs Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook. The pair behind Philadelphia’s acclaimed modern Israeli restaurant Zahav have turned their Federal Donuts into another Philly dining destination. Now, they want to show you how to re-create their fried dough goodies at home with “Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story.” They’ll discuss the book — and their business — at Sixth and I with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg.