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Welcome to the first full week of August. We hope it doesn’t feel like 100 every day but it’ll probably feel like 100 every day.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but they’re longer.

ACTIVE: Preseason NFL games have begun. The debate about the downfall, or future downfall, about the NFL rages on. If you’re interested in this debate, you’ll want to head to Politics and Prose to hear research scientist in the Center on Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research at Duke who once played professionally Robert W. Turner II speak about his book, Not for Long.

CULTURE: The Geek Seeking Geek meetup/speed dating thing is at Penn Social. As of this writing, male general admission is sold-out. Female general admission is still available. We hope everyone finds love and agrees on the new Doctor.

FILM: AFI Silver is in the midst of their The Producers new 4K resolution run.

FOOD + DRINK: We recommend most every Cinema Hearts show but we don’t usually recommend free hot dog Monday at Dew Drop Inn. We like this event for two obvious reasons.

FREE: The Tango Jazz Quartet plays a free show in the Embassy of Argentina. Take advantage of living in D.C. Go to stuff in embassies.

MUSIC: We’re always telling you to support local music. Tonight we’re telling you to support hardcore from Mexico City. Rina plays Slash Run.

OUTSIDE: Fingers crossed for no rain, it’s Movie Night in Ward 5: Black Panther at Union Market.

STAGE: Didn’t learn enough about Fred Rogers in Won’t You Be My Neighbor? You may want to attend Fred Rogers: America’s Favorite Neighbor at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.

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STAY IN: Season 4 of Better Call Saul premieres tonight on AMC. Watch it or The Bachelorette finale. We truly are living in a golden age of television.


ACTIVE: Do some Glow Yoga on the Mall with DC Fray.

CULTURE: Learn about the art of Burning Man at The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Related, get tickets to Leave It All Behind: A Renwick at Night Experience.

FILM: Suns Cinema screens two Sun Ra films: The Cry of Jazz and Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise.

FOOD + DRINK: Take a walk on the Tiki Trail.

FREE: Are you a podcaster? Interested in podcasting? Just like free beer? You’re in luck! Make Offices at The Wharf are hosting a new maker membership and podcast space launch party.

MUSIC: Enjoy Lydia at U Hall.

OUTSIDE: Spend the evening at Wolf Trap enjoying Angelique Kidjo’s interpretation of The Talking Heads’ Remain in Light.

STAGE: Remember when Matisyahu had a giant beard? He doesn’t have a giant beard now. See his clean shaven face at City Winery.

STAY IN: Mother! is now on Hulu.


ACTIVE: We usually recommend yoga or spin classes. Today we’re recommending a pole vaulting class. Do you know how to use a pole? I do not know how to use a pole. I would like to learn. More pole vaulting classes, please.

CULTURE: The Library of Congress: Anime for All celebration kicks off and runs through Friday.

FILM: Outdoor movie season is winding down. D.C.’s outdoor movie season should run as long as baseball, from April to early October with occasional screenings in March and late October if weather permits. Anyway, Moana screens at Storey Park.

FOOD + DRINK: We enjoyed Slate’s summer of paella.

FREE: Underground Comedy produces some of D.C.’s best stand up. Save some $$$ on their free Wednesday night showcase at The Big Hunt.

MUSIC: This is the first time we’re ever recommending a show at Lucky Strike. Rare Essence plays Lucky Strike.

OUTSIDE: Counting Crows and Live play Jiffy Lube Live. Live has a hit song about childbirth.

STAGE: Host of Crooked Media’s Majority 54 podcast Jason Kander speaks about his new book at Sixth & I.

STAY IN: The Chicago Cubs played their first night game at Wrigley Field on 8/8/88. It got rained out. Watch the pre-game on YouTube. It’s everything great about baseball without baseball.


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