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Happy Presidents Day?

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.

ACTIVE: Walk around the Lincoln Memorial and listen to The Washington Post’s Presidential podcast.

CULTURE: Visit the presidential portraits and see the casts of Lincoln’s hands in the National Portrait Gallery.

FILM: Smithsonian Channel’s Blondie’s New York screens for free at the Busboys and Poets in Takoma Park.

FOOD + DRINK: Happy Presidents Day. Eat some brunch.

FREE: Mount Vernon is celebrating Washington’s birthday with free admission today and Friday.

MUSIC: We recommend MadeinTYO at U Street Music Hall.

OUTSIDE: Learn how to garden indoors and outdoors at Urban Gardening in the Winter – House Plants, Succulents, and Terrariums at District Hardware and Bike.

STAGE: Today is George Washington’s birthday, which is celebrated as part of President’s Day, so attending Profs & Pints: George Washington, Inventor of the Presidency at Bier Baron is an appropriate activity.

STAY IN: Watch The American President on Hulu.

CULTURE: If you think this country isn’t so good any more and are looking for more ammunition for your argument, you might enjoy Bernard-Henri Lévy in conversation with Robert Kagan at Sixth & I.

FILM: The 23rd Annual Iranian Film Festival at AFI Silver Spring continues with Mostafa Sayari’s The Graveless, inspired by Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

FREE: Play some West Wing trivia at Pinstripes.

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MUSIC: LP is at Lincoln Theatre. El-P is not LP.

STAGE: In observance of the Day of Remembrance, marking FDRs 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066 and subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans, the American History Museum hosts a performance from Kishi Bashi and a guest lecture by scholar Duncan Ryuken Williams.

STAY IN: Watch West Wing at home rather than going out to play West Wing trivia.

CULTURE: Time for the monthly Art Noights! at Hole in the Sky.

FILM: See What a Wonderful Family! at the Embassy of Japan.

FOOD + DRINK: Celebrate six years of Mari Vanna! Поздравляю, Mari Vanna! I really hope Google Translate didn’t trick me into posting something inappropriate.

FREE: Leaning French is easier than leaning Russian. Speak some conversational French at Colony Club.

MUSIC: We’ll be at MGM National Harbor for Anderson .Paak.

STAGE: Tap Dogs continues to do their tap thing at the Kennedy Center.

STAY IN: If you want to feel good about America and are tired of all the presidential stuff, watch the 7 Days Out about NASA’s Cassini Mission. It’s so well done and inspiring.

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