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Peak bloom, baby!

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but longer because we pretend Thursday is a weekday.

ACTIVE: Find out if you have what it takes to make it in roller derby at the DC Rollergirls open house.

CULTURE: The final Monday Night Raw before WrestleMania 35 is at Capital One Arena. Go home shows usually aren’t great in terms of in ring action but there’ll most likely be a surprise appearance or two so it’s still worth your time. Most of you have no idea what I’m writing about. I guess you just don’t care about politics.

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FILM: Jawbreaker screens at Suns Cinema. Could Jawbreaker be made in 2019?

FOOD + DRINK: If you’d rather watch Monday Night Raw with friends and drink more affordable beers, DC9 has a watch party and meet and greet with NoVa Pro wrestlers.

FREE: It’s April 1 which means it’s April Fools Day. Don’t believe everything you read or hear or see. This is good to keep in mind regardless of the date. Consider it a free tip.

MUSIC: The concert of the night is Let’s Eat Grandma at 9:30 Club. Remember Sports at DC9 is a close second.

OUTSIDE: Peak bloom is here! High of 51 and a low of 33! Wear a jacket!

STAGE: Really looking forward to the final season of Game of Thrones? If so, you’ll be interested in “Creating the Visual World of Game of Thrones with Production Designer Deborah Riley” at the American Indian Museum. It includes a beer tasting.

STAY IN: Watch the first episode of the final season of HBO’s most influential show of the 2010’s: VEEP.

CULTURE: Prefer Smackdown to Raw? Of course you do, you’re not an idiot. Head to Royal Farms Arena for the final Smackdown before Mania 35.

FILM: Enjoy some Italian cinema at the Embassy of Italy as they screen Paolo Genovese’s The Place.

FOOD + DRINK: We absolutely recommend the Embassy Chef Challenge. The annual event is the best way to sample the most cuisines under one roof. It’s the kind of event that only happens in D.C. and the kind of event that’ll make you want to book a ticket out of D.C. as soon as possible. It’s great and we’re giving away a pair of tickets.

FREE: Bonnaroo is doing a bunch of ‘fun’ programming across the country to convince people to head to Manchester, Tennessee. Tonight’s event at SPIN features free swag, complimentary drinks and ping pong tournament. SPIN is a ping pong place.

MUSIC: Today would have been Marvin Gaye’s 80th birthday. Celebrate the life of one of D.C.’s finest artists at, appropriately, Marvin. They’re hosting Then & Now: Rare Grooves with DC Vinyl Heads and guest bartender Terrance Blowe.

STAGE: Nat Geo’s excellent programming continues with Into the Archive: Secrets of Egypt.

STAY IN: Did you see Us? See Us.


CULTURE: We’re looking forward to The Washington Ballet: Three World Premieres at Harman Center for the Arts. They begin tonight and run through April 7.

FILM: Learn about Cuban innovators at E Street Cinema as they screen short films about Cuban visionaries.

FREE: Are you a woman seeking a woman? You might enjoy the Women Seeking Women Speed Dating event at Nellie’s.

MUSIC: Blaqk Audio is at U Hall.

STAGE: Live your Broadway best life at The Kennedy Center Gala with Idina Menzel.

STAY IN: Now that you’ve seen Us, consider adding on another subscription service, CBS All Access, to watch the new The Twilight Zone.


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