The cherry blossoms have bloomed! Your allergies are blooming and it’s cold! April is great!
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: Our goal to inform you of every place to stretch in and around D.C. continues with today’s pick of SIP + SAVOR Yoga Social Mondays at Wunder Garten.
CULTURE: Kirstin Chen speaks with fellow author Nicole Chung at Kramerbooks about Chen’s new novel, Bury What We Cannot Take.
FILM: The Washington Psychotronic Film Society continues to present films I’ve never heard of and am definitely interested in seeing. Tonight they present the 1967 Brazilian film This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse at Smoke & Barrel. Some fourth wave emo band used this name, right? It’s too good not to use.
FOOD + DRINK: The National Building Museum hosts the area’s top chefs and mixologists for No Kid Hungry. The annual fundraiser is an excellent way to eat some of the best small bites and spend money on a worthy cause. Come back later this week for coverage.
FREE: Didn’t see The Barmecide Feast by Simon Birch at National Air and Space Museum at our party? See it today. There tend to be fewer tourists at the museum on Mondays.
OUTSIDE: Go on the LGBT History Walking Tour of Capitol Hill. Begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Market station.
STAGE: Funny man in book form (writer) David Sedaris happens to be a funny man IRL! He’s at the Kennedy Center tonight. He will read stories you’ve already read and read stories that are unpublished.
STAY IN: This is the first time I’m recommending watching The Tonight Show. Cardi B is co-hosting. It’s the first time in the show’s history there’ll be a co-host. I guess Andy Richter and Ed McMahon were considered announcers and not co-hosts? Whatever. Watch for Cardi B.
ACTIVE: Learn how to tap dance! Or at least take a free CityDance open house tap dance class. This is a great skill to acquire if you don’t have downstairs neighbors.
CULTURE: Pete Souza, photographer for President Obama, does a signing only event of his book at Politics & Prose. This would be the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list. It’s a pleasant gift for Obama supporters and an infuriating reminder to non-Obama supporters that Barack Hussein Obama was President of the United States of America.
FILM: The National Geographic Museum does a fine job presenting explorers with envious careers on paper and horrifying careers in reality. Ocean engineer Grace Young will speak and show footage at Extreme Ocean: Exploring the Deep. Why is her job so frightening? From the description: “Ocean engineer Grace Young, National Geographic Explorer, has lived underwater in her quest to better understand and protect the sea.” You live underwater. I’ll take the land.
FOOD + DRINK: Hang out with us at our Heineken AfterWork: April Fools Party at 801 Restaurant & Bar. First 50 people in the door get a free Heineken then $5 Heinekens all party long.
FREE: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. I’m one of those people that enjoy ice cream on cold days. Today will have a high of 55 and low of 38. That’s good ice cream weather.
MUSIC: I might be Bloodshot Records target demo. I enjoy most everything they release and Ruby Boots is no exception. She’s at Songbyrd tonight.
OUTSIDE: Learn what to do with those seeds (plant them) at Gardening in the City – Herbs at District Hardware and Bike.
STAGE: I Was Told There’d Be Cake‘s Sloane Crosley reads from her new book, Look Alive Out There, at Sixth & I.
STAY IN: The final season of New Girl begins tonight. I went from dismissing this show to loving this show. I was wrong. People can change.
ACTIVE: Tune up the bike for DC Bike Party’s Cherry Blossom Chase.
CULTURE: New used bookstore Carpe Librum has a pop-up in Union Station. All books are under $5 and all proceeds benefit Turning the Page, an education-based non profit.
FILM: The Heeere’s Kubrick series at the Angelika pop-up at Union Market continues with The Shining. How many people realize the reference is a reference to Carson’s Tonight Show?
FOOD + DRINK: Hope you like gin! I really like gin. Anyway, this week is GinWorld! Happy hours and gin specials throughout the district.
MUSIC: Franz Ferdinand plays a sold-out 9:30 Club. Come back to BYT later this week for coverage.
OUTSIDE: The Nats started our really strong and are now doing really poorly. So tickets to a midweek 1:05 p.m. game in the first half of April should be very, very affordable.
STAGE: Mortified has their final show at Town. Bet it’s busier than usual since they now have a Netflix show too.
STAY IN: If you’d prefer to enjoy Mortified the TV show, stay home at watch it on Netflix.
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