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Do you have your Friday plans in order? Your Friday plans are more important than your Monday plans. I mean, that’s usually true, but it’s especially true this week. I’m sorry, that’s just how it is.

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: Marvel at the gothic architecture of the Washington National Cathedral in lights at the Seeing Deeper: Light Show.

FILM: Pop-Up Magazine brings its captivating combination of film, music, comedy, advice and top notch storytelling to The Lincoln Theatre. We never miss this when it’s in town.

FOOD + DRINK: Our favorite Monday night cocktail series is celebrating the art of a broken heart. Head to The Royal for break up themed drinks.

FREE: Catch a talk with authors Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown about their book We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation at the REACH.

MUSIC: Get a chance to hear the new Beach Bunny album Honeymoon five days before release day at Songbyrd!

STAGE: Studio Theatre is hosting a Celebration of Jeanine Tesori- composer of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek the Musical, and Fun Home

STAY IN: Check out a film you haven’t seen!  We recommend The Assistant.

CULTURE: Slipform’s excellent poetry workshop is back at Loyalty Books! Swing by to learn how to write a pantoum and to share your thoughts on gender and sexuality.

FILM: Meet five women fighting the patriarchy at a viewing of Female Pleasure at Landmark’s E Street Cinema.

FOOD + DRINK: Head over to Red Bear Brewing for Valentine’s Drag Bingo!  Who could ask for more?

FREE: Treat yourself to a late night dance party with DJ Damn Kham (a forever BYT friend). Kham will be spinning all your favorite Kaytranada jams at The Velvet Lounge, so you know it’s going to be a good one.

MUSIC: Saint Motel is on a world tour.. Need we say more?  Listen at the 9:30 Club

STAGE: See a tale of heartbreaking loss, unrequited love and forgiveness at the Kennedy Center with the American ballet, Giselle

STAY IN: Using a pressure cooker for cocktails? Figure it out!


CULTURE: DJ Pharoah Haqq is taking over Suns Cinema and transforming it into Le Blochauss Salon Africain. Expect some hot beats from West Africa and some cool cocktails.

FILM: Hybrid live concert and documentary on the Doors?  Count us in at Landmark’s E Street Cinema.

FOOD & DRINK: Sip on some drinks by the amazing Gina Chersevani and learn how to watercolor with the master Marcella Kriebel at Union Market.

FREE: Ever wanted to be a DJ?  Attend a mixing master class at the REACH.  

MUSIC: Get your leather pants out: it’s time for garage rock at Slash Run, featuring LUNCH, Babbling April, and Louder Messy.

STAGE: Spend your Wednesday night immersed in the 70s with Folger Theatre‘s groovy production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.

STAY IN: Do some Valentine’s Day shopping!  We know a great gift guide.

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.