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Welcome to April. The best part of April 2018 is April 1 was on a Sunday so we missed the majority of businesses pretending they’re funny on Twitter.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but there’s more options since it’s more socially acceptable to have more fun on the weekend.

ACTIVE: The DC Rollergirls host an open house tonight. Find out if you’ve got what it takes. Do you have skates and good ankles? I have skates but my ankles are iffy.

CULTURE: Anthony Ray Hinton speaks about his book, The Sun Does Shine, at Politics and Prose. Hinton served 30 years in an Alabama prison on two counts of capital murder. He was innocent.

FILM: Later this week the Smithsonian begins their Wes Anderson retrospective. See Isle of Dogs before your tenth viewing of Rushmore.

FOOD + DRINK: Try 9 different out-of-market IPAs from Melvin Brewing at their Melvin 2×4 Day at ChurchKey. For all of April’s best beer events, read our Draft Picks.

FREE: The Lemon Collective hosts Retirement for Millennials. Learn about IRAs. The beer event is about IPAs. This is about IRAs.

MUSIC: Our concert pick of the night is Primitive Man, Spectral Voice, Ilsa, Genocide Pact at Atlas Brew Works. This isn’t about IPAs per se but you can order an IPA and think about your IRA while listening to metal.

OUTSIDE: The cherry blossoms are in their ‘puffy white stage‘. It’s cold today. There should be fewer tourists. If you like looking at puffy white things with as few people as possible, today is your best chance to see the puffy white cherry blossoms.

STAGE: We’re interested in tonight’s Profs & Pints: Ethnic Gangster Cinema event at Bier Baron. Kris Mecholsky, a scholar of crime fiction and films at Louisiana State University, will explore how legitimacy is gained through gangster movies.

STAY IN: Just finished David Chang’s Ugly Delicious. It’s like every Bourdain show without the a-ha moment at the end where the host realizes food can, you know, bring people together. Watch it then go to Momofuku and try what new chef Tae Strain is doing. Come back to BYT later this week for our thoughts.

ACTIVE: Alejandro Inarritu’s Carne Y Arena is now open. Tickets are sold out. We’re writing about it here so you read what BYT founder Svetlana Legetic wrote about the exhibit. Read the piece and you’ll see why it could be included in active.

CULTURE: If you’re looking for something a little lighter than Carne Y Arena, head to Colony Club for Drinking and (nude) Drawing.

FILM: There are three books released today we want to read. One is Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece by Michael Benson. This related to Saturday’s 2001: A Space Party at the Air and Space Museum. Buy tickets now. It’s going to sell out in advance.

FOOD + DRINK: We’re excited for Something Old, Something New: Classic Recipes Revised by Tamar Adler. It’s available beginning today. Make your own food.

FREE: 23andMe seems like a Facebook scam. Users trade their DNA for their history and 23andMe sells your DNA info to third parties. But I understand the desire to know how you got here. Today DAR hosts their Library Genealogy Series – Discover Your Heritage with FamilySearch. FYI, FamilySeach is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints so Jesus may be selling your DNA info to third parties.

MUSIC: Indie rock legends Superchunk are at Black Cat.

OUTSIDE: Six Flags is in the midst of their Mardi Gras Festival. 2018 Mardi Gras was February 13. Think that’s stopping Six Flags? Hell no.

STAGE: Potted Potter begins its run at the Shakespeare Theater. All seven Harry books in seventy minutes.

STAY IN: Our final book pick of the week is The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.

ACTIVE: People really love breaking the day. Daybreaker at Renwick is sold out but you can join the waiting list.

CULTURE: The For Your Freedem and Ours, a photographic exhibit depicting protests against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 within the struggle for freedom in the Communist states of Europe, opens today at the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S.

FILM: The Angelika at Union Market begins their Heeere’s Kubrick series today with Dr. Strangelove. Comedies about war are in vogue.

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FOOD + DRINK: It’s not supposed to be so bad outside so buy some groceries outside. We’re at the start of farmer’s market season. Visit the Georgetown market today at noon.

FREE: One of the films that inspired Kill Bill, Lady Snowbird screens at the Freer.

MUSIC: Black Violin plays their first of two nights at the Kennedy Center.

OUTSIDE: Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Washington DC History and Culture hosts a 50th Anniversary Memorial Walk & Tour.

STAGE: Pod Saves the People records a special episode, Race: What Defines Us?, at National Geographic.

STAY IN: The Nats home opener is tomorrow. Watch Everybody Wants Some on Hulu to get in the mood. It’s a great baseball movie that you can enjoy regardless of your feelings about baseball.

Come back Thursday for our Best Weekend Bets, published every week at noon. Subscribe to our Best Weekend Bets and get them at 9 a.m. Plan your weekend well.

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