Remember last week when it was 70 and sunny? Welcome to the rainy last week of February.
Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are for people that want to do fun things during the first part of the week.
We’re giving you 9 options each day to make sure you don’t have an uneventful night. Unless you want an uneventful night. That’s why we’re giving some staying in picks. Time to start planning your best week yet.
ACTIVE: Hit some people in the lululemon in Georgetown. It’s a boxing class. We’re not recommending violence on unsuspecting yoga pants purchasers.
CULTURE: Learn how to be a better flipper at How To Be A Pinball Wizard at Black Cat. Author of the new book Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball, Adam Ruben will give a history of the game, DC Pinball League’s head and ranked 82nd in the world Kevin Stone will give tips and tricks and then it’s free play on Black Cat’s pinball machines.
FILM: The Olympics are over. One films about the Winter Olympics is still in theaters. Go see I, Tonya. It’s the most fun Oscar nominated film. Yes, I realize there’s a ton of domestic violence and abuse and we are in no way saying violence begets humor. That’s not when it’s funny. But there are funny parts.
FOOD + DRINK: Meet at Pacers and go for a run with the On Running group. The run ends at ChurchKey. On Running is buying the first round. A free beer from one of D.C.’s best beer bars is always a good idea.
FREE: Insomnia Cookies is now open in Georgetown. Bring in this coupon and get a free cookie!
MUSIC: Rhye headlines 9:30 Club. Read our interview with Rhye.
OUTSIDE: Time is running out to fall on your butt on The Washington Harbour ice rink. I ran by it yesterday and I saw a man fall on his butt and it reminded me I have yet to fall on my butt on ice this season.
STAGE: Very successful memoirist J.D. Vance chats with author Amy Chua about tribal politics at Sixth & I.
STAY IN: Have you seen all 8 episodes of the rebooted Queer Eye? It’s no longer Queer Eye for the Straight Guy since the new series also has non-straight people. It’s really great.
ACTIVE: Do some push ups so you’ll one day look like Karamo. Man, the new Queer Eye is inspiring. Certain shows make you want to be a better person. Mad Men made me want to be a better dresser. No Reservations made me want to be a more adventurous eater. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson made me want to be a better listener. The new Queer Eye makes me want to be a better everything. I’m currently writing this while doing sit ups.
That last sentence was a lie. All of the sentiments are true. I don’t think I could type while doing sit ups.
CULTURE: Pick up Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday and learn how professional wrestling and sexual preferences helped determine the outcome of the 2016 election/everything.
FILM: The Washington Jewish Film Festival screens The Boy Downstairs starring Zosia Mamet from Girls.
FOOD + DRINK: It’s National Pancake Day. IHOP is giving away pancakes. In case you don’t want to wait an hour outside the Columbia Heights IHOP for free pancakes, consult our Breakfast Guide and order pancakes at an establishment of your choosing.
FREE: Can I Kick It? presents Drunken Master at Songbyrd. No cover.
MUSIC: Frightened Rabbit plays their first of two sold-out shows at Black Cat. People really enjoy loudish, angry songs about heartbreak and depression. I sure do.
OUTSIDE: Up Top Acres celebrates the launch of their Kickstarter campaign at the We Work at 80 M. We wouldn’t typically recommend any celebration of a Kickstarter campaign and the cult of We Work is extremely off-putting, but Up Top Acres is about rooftop farming and that’s a very interesting topic, especially for people that live in cities. I live in a city.
STAGE: Author BYT writers have been raving about for years, Zadie Smith, speaks at a sold-out Sixth & I.
STAY IN: At least watch the first episode of the Queer Eye reboot. It’s the best episode. Of the 8 subjects, this guy goes through the most major transformation and it’s beautiful.
ACTIVE: Every Wednesday Culture Shock Washington DC hosts an open Beginner Hip Hop and Advanced Classes at Dance Place. Check out our Top 25 DMV Hip-Hop Artists to Watch in 2018 feature to get in the mood.
CULTURE: The National Gallery of Art’s new exhibit, “Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna,” opened over the weekend. Go see art inspired by the stigmata. It is not based on the 1999 film Stigmata. Billy Corgan scored that film.
FILM: Suns Cinema concludes their Black History Month programming with I Called Him Morgan.
FOOD + DRINK: Food Tank’s 4th Annual Washington DC Summit is an all day event at the Jack Morton Auditorium. Get on the wait list to learn about the future of food.
MUSIC: Jenny and the Mexicats are at DC9. Get there early for local band we like Loi Loi.
OUTSIDE: D.C. loves trivia more than any other American city. Prove your intellectual superiority outdoors at Wunder Garten’s trivia night.
STAGE: We’re excited to see the brand new Hold These Truths at Arena Stage.
STAY IN: Thought I was going to recommend Queer Eye? Wrong! I’m recommending a Chopped binge, hosted by original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy cast member Ted Allen! Ted Allen can actually cook! Antony can not cook. He put peas in mac and cheese. That would not fly on Chopped.
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Antony can’t cook and Bobby does all the work. Jonathan is the best.