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December. Happy Hanukkah! Google happy hanukkah.

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. It will still be Hanukkah this Thursday! Happy Hanukkah!

ACTIVE: Visit Ho-Ho-Ho Santa’s Twerk shop.

CULTURE: Stormy Daniels’ book tour continues at Politics and Prose. She’s also at Cloakroom later in the evening. See Stormy in a bookstore and/or in a gentlemen’s club. She is most likely the first successful author and adult entertainer playing both rooms in the same evening.

FILM: The Washington Psychotronic Film Society screens Skatetown, U.S.A. at Smoke & Barrel. Patrick Swayze is in it! Skatetown!

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FOOD + DRINK: Happy National Apple Pie Day! Celebrate it at Blue Duck Tavern.

FREE: Temple Grandon speaks with at the USPTO.

MUSIC: The show of the night is The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz presents International Piano Competition & All-Star Gala Concert Hosted by Blair Underwood at The Kennedy Center.

OUTSIDE: Look at the GLOW lights in Georgetown.

STAGE: Learn all about Krampus at Profs & Pints: Nightmares Before Christmas at Bier Baron.

STAY IN: If you’re one of the few with cable (Hulu is not cable), tune in to Comedy Central for the premiere of Big Questions, Huge Answers with Jon Dore.

ACTIVE: The Urban Athletic Club meets in from of The Line at 6:30 p.m. and goes on a run through ZooLights.

CULTURE: Now that baseball season is over and I’ve read all my baseball books it’s time to read hockey books! Author Andrew Holman discuss his new book, Hockey A Global History, at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

FILM: The Films Across Borders series continues with Summer 1993 at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain.

FOOD + DRINK: Yes, Miracle on Seventh Street is open but so is Chai-vy and Cohen-y, a Hanukkah Bar in Ivy and Coney, which happens to be down 7th St NW from Miracle on Seventh Street.

FREE: Plattenbau (Belin) and Natural Velvet (Baltimore) play a free show at Songbyrd.

MUSIC: Miss The Internet at Fillmore Silver Spring last night? See them tonight at Fillmore Silver Spring!

OUTSIDE: Be part of the team that produces Funk Parade. Attend the Funk Parade 2019 Community Meeting, Brainstorming and Planning Session.

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STAGE: Recode hosts a live recording of their podcast at Studio Theatre with guests Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson. That’s a good guest lineup.

STAY IN: Watch The Lobster on Netflix before you see The Favourite in theaters.

ACTIVE: We’ve recommended goat yoga but have not yet recommended puppy yoga. That changes right now! Puppy yoga!

CULTURE: Repeal Day is a very important cultural holiday. Honor America’s horrible past at Jack Rose’s 7th Annual Repeal Day Celebration.

FILM: We’ll be at the D.C. premiere of hillbilly at The Line.

FOOD + DRINK: Celebrate the holidays at Mad Fox’s 5th Annual Holiday Beer Tasting.

FREE: Spend your lunch hour with winner of the 2018 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award John Krasinski at SAAM. Krasinski will discuss his film A Quiet Place and you’ll go home later and watch The Office on Netflix.

MUSIC: J. Mascis plays City Winery. If you prefer your J. Mascis and ear splitting levels, consider Ministry at Fillmore Silver Spring.

OUTSIDE: Be the person that wears a bathing suit and does activities in very cold temperatues at Arctic Dash.

STAGE: Cirque du Soleil’s ice show begins its short run at the Capital One Arena. This might be the most satisfying holiday related show of the season. Or at least the most ice skating related show of the season.

STAY IN: The Cutting Edge is available on Starz. Watch two people with obvious chemistry and hatred figure skate their way into your heart.

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