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The weather continues to confuse us but we’re going to soldier on anyway! Live your week like it’s the weekend with our solid gold picks. This baby is sponsored by INWEGO because they rock. Download their app!

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: Swing by La Pop to hear a lecture on Cinderella and the American Dream hosted by Profs & Pints.

FILM: The Washington Psychotronic Film Society is screening the classic D.C. film D.C. Cab at Smoke & Barrel.

FOOD + DRINK: Kick off your week with some low ABV cocktails at The Royal‘s Damp January night.

FREE: Author Olaf Olafsson talks about his new psychological thriller The Sacrament with the Ambassador of Iceland at Politics & Prose. Fun fact: apparently he also worked at Sony and helped create the PlayStation?

MUSIC: Sip on a cocktail and jam out to the Pinegrove album “Marigold” at Songbyrd five days before it’s released.

STAY IN: Betty White: First Lady of Television is on Netflix and we’re intrigued by the title alone.


CULTURE: Explore themes of sexuality and gender with a ghazal style poetry workshop hosted by Slipform at Loyalty Books.

FILM: This is your last chance to see The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch at the Avalon Theatre.

FOOD + DRINK: Dive headfirst into the world of amaros at Mess Hall! Make your own booze!

FREE: Hit up a National Gallery of Art talk about art and architecture featuring painter Frank Stella and Cornell Tech.

MUSIC: Sadie & The Ladies play with Barking Carnies and Mistress Tigers at The Pocket.

STAGE: Or you could catch Eva B. Ross and Jack Symes at Songbyrd.

STAY IN: Crying and reading In the Dream House with all your lights off and all of your candles lit is an option.


CULTURE: H Street’s Mehari Sequar Gallery is hosting a reception for their exhibition The Heart We Left Behind: Children of the 1944 Estonian Diaspora. The ambassador of Estonia will be there.

FILM: Suns Cinema is screening Death By Hanging, which sounds like a fun movie for the entire family.

FOOD & DRINK: Drink your weight in Cotton & Reed rum (paired with dinner!) at Dacha Navy Yard.

FREE: City Paper is hosting a celebration for their Fiction Issue. Go hear from the winning writers!

MUSIC: Hiss Golden Messenger is at 9:30 Club. Hisssssssssssss.

STAGE: Comet Ping Pong will be slinging pizza (as always) and tunes by Loamlands, The Muslims and Bartees Strange.

STAY IN: I’ve been listening to a lot of Field Medic and staring into the middle distance. Would you like to join me?


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.