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Snow would have been nice.

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. Maybe it’ll snow this weekend? It’s not supposed to snow this weekend.

ACTIVE: Shovel.

CULTURE: The White House Historical Association hosts their holiday book fair from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is also a reminder that The White House Historical Association is, “a private non-profit educational organization with a mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the Executive Mansion.” It was established by First Lady Jackie Kennedy in 1961. It’s about The White House but not a part of The White House.

FILM: Enjoy a free screening of Wild Nights with Emily at the Folger Theatre.

FOOD + DRINK: Drink some champagne and learn about campaign at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.

FREE: The annual Merry TubaChristmas on Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center is tonight.

MUSIC: Re-live your high school days at HOT 99.5’s Jingle Ball 2018 with Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, NF, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter at the Capital One Arena.

OUTSIDE: Have you strolled through Impulse at Crystal City yet?

STAGE: Ghost plays the Hippodrome in Baltimore. Yes, this is a concert, but it’s almost a musical.

STAY IN: There’s a new holiday themed season of Nailed It! on Netflix. Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres are a great combination.

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ACTIVE: Make a wreath with the flowery experts at the Smithsonian Gardens.

CULTURE: The Museum of Science Fiction hosts a More Than Human Holiday party at Comet Ping Pong.

FILM: Rhizome hosts two visiting poets, Samantha Giles and Anna Moschovakis, and a screening of international experimental films curated by Montreal-based filmmaker Jean-Jacques Martinod.

FOOD + DRINK: The food event of the week is Iron Gate’s 5th Anniversary Party. The party serves as a reunion, it’ll feature former Iron Gater’s Brent Kroll, Chef de Cuisine Seth Wells (Rose’s Luxury), Chef Christos Miltiadou (Little Pearl), Pastry Chef Zam Manning (A Rake’s Progress) and more.

FREE: Drink some free Heineken at Cantina Bambina.

MUSIC: We saw Jorja Smith earlier this year at the Howard and raved about her. See her tonight at Fillmore Silver Spring.

OUTSIDE: Have you strolled through Light Yards yet?

STAGE: Miss Saigon begins its run at The Kennedy Center.

STAY IN: Another quality food viewing option on Netflix is Million Dollar Menu. It sounds like it’s a competition show about making dishes like caviar served with caviar and gold. It’s not. It’s like Top Chef’s Restaurant Wars meets Shark Tank. Great background viewing.

ACTIVE: Daybreaker continues their early morning dominance at FLASH.

CULTURE: Do some holiday shopping and enjoy some holiday performances at the 2nd Annual Around the World Holiday Bazaar in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building.

FILM: Watch Cowboy Bebop: The Movie at the Embassy of Japan.

FOOD + DRINK: Beer aficionados will head to Ocelot Brewing for the release of Peace Train.

FREE: Holiday-ish 5 records on the Millennium Stage. This year’s guests include Washington Post religion reporter Julie Zauzmer, Sweat DC’s Gerard “Coach G” Burley, Shivonne Odom, LCPC and Cinema Hearts’ Caroline Weinroth. The person writing this is the host. Hello.

MUSIC: The Ingrid Michelson Trio plays Lincoln Theatre.

OUTSIDE: Have you strolled through Georgetown GLOW yet?

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STAGE: The National Symphony Orchestra tends to perform in nice, old theaters. Tonight they’re in the nice, new Anthem.

STAY IN: Let’s stick with food on Netflix. If you miss Iron Chef, you’ll enjoy The Final Table. The producers did a good job casting the chefs and a horrible job choosing the host. Everything that makes Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres a delightful combo is missing from Andrew Knowlton. Get past him and you’ll enjoy the show.

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