If you didn’t like the way your new year began you get another shot this week.
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.
CULTURE: Happy early Chinese New Year! Celebrate at The Royal with special guest chefs Kevin Tien of Himitsu and Tim Ma of American Son at Eaton DC.
FILM: The 23rd Annual Iranian Film Festival continues with a screening of A Man of Integrity at AFI Silver Spring.
FOOD + DRINK: Happy 5th anniversary, Roofers Union! They’re celebrating all week with vintage beers and specials.
FREE: Slash Run hosts a tribute night to Lux Interior of The Cramps.
MUSIC: Head to Rams Head Live in Baltimore for Walk The Moon.
STAGE: Bier Baron hosts Profs and Pints presents: Spies Everywhere! about Washington’s World War I spy panic.
STAY IN: I’m two episodes into Russian Doll on Netflix and can’t decide if it’s good or just OK. Watch it and let me know.
ACTIVE: Get your heart rate up and try some curling on The Wharf.
CULTURE: Happy Chinese New Year! If you’re going to celebrate at one restaurant, we recommend The Source.
FILM: Voices of Fear screens with a Q&A of the subject of the film, big mountain extreme skier Kristen Ulmer, at the REI flagship store.
FOOD + DRINK: ChurchKey continues to host some of the best beer events in D.C. Tonight is The Rare Barrel & Bruery Terreux Showcase.
FREE: Bohemian Rhapsody is not a good film but it’s a very enjoyable film due to the music of Queen. Rather than watch the Best Picture nominee, just watch their Live Aid performance. It screens for free at DC9.
MUSIC: If you want to get involved with Funk Parade, this is how you get involved with Funk Parade.
OUTSIDE: It’s supposed to hit 60 today. Get a drink outside.
STAGE: Richard the Third opens at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
STAY IN: The rescheduled State of the Union is tonight. Remember when Dikembe Mutombo showed up at the 2007 SOTU?
ACTIVE: Women Seeking Women hosts a speed dating event at Pitchers.
CULTURE: The Congressional Hockey Challenge is at the Capital One Arena. Watch Congresspeople and staffers play against each other for charity and live your best Vice (the TV show, not the film) life.
FILM: The Freer screens the classic Japanese film Pale Flower.
FOOD + DRINK: Take someone you like-like to Iron Gate’s Tunnel of Love.
FREE: The Kenner-Herter Auditorium hosts The Mouse is Mightier than the Sword: NYT Columnist Kara Swisher on How Tech Dominates World Order.
MUSIC: Sharon Van Etten has released the best album of 2019. We know it’s early in the year. See her tonight at 9:30 Club.
OUTSIDE: Checking out the new Celebrating New American Gardens exhibit at the US Botanical Garden.
STAGE: Synectic Theater‘s Cyrano de Bergerac opens.
STAY IN: Did you like the ending of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?
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