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Happy last real work week of 2018!

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: Be a child again. Learn how to do a handstand.

CULTURE: Get a jump start on your career as an international fossil smuggler at Paige Williams (author of The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy) discussion with The Atlantic’s Ed Yong at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.

FILM: Catch a screening of Wigstock at Suns Cinema.

FOOD + DRINK: Stop by the first night of DC9‘s Garbage pop up (and come by later to check out our first look).

FREE: Warm up with some free hot chocolate at the Hamilton Hotel.

MUSIC: Live your best holiday life and go enjoy some carols at The Willard.

OUTSIDE: Go look at trains at the U.S. Botanic Garden! Who doesn’t love a good train?

STAGE: If you’re not a fan of Krampus, why are you even on this site? Learn more about the better version of Santa (we know, he pre-dates Santa, but you know what we mean), at Profs & Pints: Nightmares Before Christmas at Bier Baron.

STAY IN: I like reading things that will make me sad this time of the year. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs is a perfect fit.


ACTIVE: Run through the Zoolights with the AdMo Run Club.

CULTURE: Learn the art of street photography at Big Bear.

FILM: Can I Kick It? takes over Songbyrd to screen The Big Boss with Bruce Lee.

FOOD + DRINK: Hit up the new happy hour (and the s’mores flatbread) at the Moxy Hotel.


FREE: Enjoy a crackling fire at Suns Cinema‘s Yule Log happy hour.

MUSIC: Do you ever wish The Nutcracker was more current? You’re in luck! The Hip Hop Nutcracker with special guest MC Kurtis Blow is at Strathmore.

OUTSIDE: Act like a character in a Hallmark made for TV movie and skate on some ice.

STAGE: The National Portrait Gallery is hosting a performance of We Choose To Go To the Moon, if that’s up your alley.

STAY IN: Settle in with The Indifferent Stars Abovea casual book about the Donner Party.

ACTIVE: Do some caroling (and drink some whiskey) with Pacers Running.

CULTURE: Pretend to know something about poetry at Professors & Pints’ Robert Frost talk.

FILM: The Embassy of Japan screens Let’s Go, JETS! From Small Town Girls to U.S. Champions?!

FOOD + DRINK: Get in the holiday spirit at The Royal‘s mezcal party. Mezcal is good for your soul.

FREE: The best worst part of the Star Wars universe, The Star Wars Holiday Special, screens for free at Suns.

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MUSIC: Hammered Hulls, Bad Moves and Clear Channel are at Black Cat. Damn we love Bad Moves.

OUTSIDE: Take a drive up to Baltimore and walk down 34th Street.

STAGE: Swing by Arena Stage to see Indecent.

STAY IN: Finish your three day misery book club with Blood, Sweat and Pixels by Jason Schreier. Working in the video game industry sounds like a nightmare.

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.

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