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The last work week of 2019! Happy New Year’s!

Every Thursday at 9 a.m (sometimes sooner) 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.


CULTURE: Let Profs & Prints take you through the magic of Robert Frost’s winter at Bier Baron.

FILM: The Washington Psychotronic Film Society screens Sita Sings the Blues and Aryaman: Warrior of the Universe at Smoke & Barrel.

FOOD + DRINK: The Mirror is celebrating their first anniversary. It’s a secret bar.

FREE: Get your fill of poetry and comedy at The Line Hotel‘s Queering Up for the Holidays open mic.

HOLIDAY: Get Monday drunk at The Royal‘s holiday party.

MUSIC: Catch The Slaps at Songbyrd! I bet they slap. I’m so sorry.

STAGE: Let Second City decimate your favorite modern Christmas movie with their show Love, Factually at the Kennedy Center.

STAY IN: It’s the perfect night to light a few candles and pop in a holiday horror favorite, Black Christmas.

CULTURE: The National Gallery of Art takes you through the history of the Christmas story… with art! It’s their annual holiday lecture.

FILM: Go eat a burger and watch the family friendly holiday hit Eyes Wide Shut at Slash Run. It’s Tom Cruise’s best role.

FOOD + DRINK: We’re written extensively about ChurchKey so it’s not a shock we’re recommending ChurchKey’s 10th Anniversary Celebration: Vol. 5, Perennial!

FREE: Pitchers hosts their holiday party. Open bar from 7 to 8 p.m.

HOLIDAY: The Hip Hop Nutcracker with guest MC Kurtis Blow begins a three night run at Strathmore.

MUSIC: Samantha Fish plays 9:30 Club.

STAGE: Jersey Boys begins their holiday run at The National Theatre.

STAY IN: Throw some booze in your hot coco and pop on the fun n’ gory holiday film Better Watch Out.

CULTURE: The Wizards play the Bulls at home. Anyone want to give me tickets to this extremely competitive game?

FILM: Now that you’ve seen a parody of Love Actually see the real Love Actually at the National Museum of American History.

FOOD & DRINK: Ocelot Brewing has their “Sun Hands” release.

FREE: Suns Cinema is hosting a free screening of The Star Wars Holiday Special because why not.

HOLIDAY: Get wild at TRADE’s holiday cookie disco! They have cookies and play disco music!

MUSIC: We like Roc Marciano at Howard Theatre.

STAGE: If you’re the kind of person that likes to see podcasts being recorded live, you might enjoy The Weeds – Live at Sixth & I.

STAY IN: Put on your coziest pajamas and settle in for a screening of Silent Night, Deadly Night.

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.