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Divas and bright trees, it’s the holiday season!

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: Here’s a pretty interesting combo: Dave Eggers in conversation with Jake Tapper and a book signing at Union Stage.

FILM: The European Union Film Showcase at AFI Silver Spring continues through December 22.

FOOD + DRINK: You’ve visited the Christmas Bar but have you visited Chai-vy and Cohen-y Presents Bar Mitzvah?

FREE: The 2019 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is very close to The White House so good luck with that.

HOLIDAY: Take a stroll through Georgetown and look at the pretty GLOW lights.

MUSIC: Hallmark Channel presents Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas If You” at MGM National Harbor tonight and tomorrow. THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS IN FULL SWING, BABY!!!

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STAGE: The feel good event of the evening is Profs and Pints presents: “Trump’s Two-Faced War on Terror,” with Stephen Tankel, associate professor in the School of International Service at American University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security at Bier Baron.

STAY IN: Marriage Story is finally available on Netflix. Happy holidays!

CULTURE: Cher brings her never-ending tour to Capital One Arena. We saw Cher. It ruled. She’s great and you should see Cher.

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FILM: The Embassy Film Series continues at the Embassy of Finland with a screening of Stupid Young Heart.

FOOD + DRINK: Celebrate Right Proper’s birthday at their Right Proper Family-Style Birthday Feast.

FREE: Stroll through ZooLights! Lit up stuff!

HOLIDAY: Prefer homemade holiday gifts? Head to the Renwick for their December Handi-hour.

MUSIC: Sam Amidon shares a bill with Lotion Princess at Songbyrd.

STAGE: Story District returns to Black Cat for their “Dick in a Box” show. It’s about gifts.

STAY IN: Enjoy Cher in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

CULTURE: Stay warm while looking at the Northern Lights at the new Artechouse exhibit.

FILM: Get into the Christmas mood at Suns Cinema with Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.

FOOD & DRINK: ChurchKey hosts the “Vanilla Black Note” release.

FREE: Take the kid to see Santa as the 18th annual DAR Christmas Open House.

HOLIDAY: Prefer D.C. based holiday gifts? Head to Arty Queers, The DC Center’s monthly indoor LGBTQ art market.

MUSIC: Twin Peaks play Black Cat. We interviewed Twin Peaks about Twin Peaks.

STAGE: How about Amadeus at the Folger?

STAY IN: Need more Meryl after enjoying Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again? Enjoy the not at all uplifting The Laundromat on Netflix.

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