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A short week due to the holiday. Unfortunately, another week of the shutdown. It will get better. Soon.

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. Maybe the government will be open by the weekend? We can hope.

CULTURE: The Kennedy Center hosts the NSO Pops live scoring Star Wars: Return of the Jedi tonight, Wednesday and Thursday. Star Wars is classier with an orchestra.

FILM: The Embassy of France hosts a free screening of The Murderer Lives at Number 21.

FOOD + DRINK: Restaurant Week has been extended another week. Here are our picks for the best vegetarian options.

FREE: Unfortunately, the shutdown continues. Our Shutdown Guide has all of the D.C. region specials we could find. We’re updating it as more specials roll in.

MUSIC: We like Mick Jenkins at Sixth & I.

STAGE: See the just opened Twelve Angry Men at Ford’s Theatre.

STAY IN: Oscar nominations come out today. Watch the film that should have won Best Picture 2017 and was nominated only for Best Supporting Actor: The Florida Project. It’s available to stream free on Amazon Prime.

CULTURE: Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian talks about his new book, Prisoner, at GW Betts Theatre.

FILM: Dumbarton Oaks hosts a free screening of The Young Juggler starring Tony Curtis.

FOOD + DRINK: Baseball season is almost here! That’s not true but when it’s very cold it’s nice to think about baesball! We’re recommending Bourbon in the Ballpark at Nats Park, specifically in that Nats Clubhouse, a four-course dinner with Buffalo Trace Bourbon pairings.


FREE: Nick’s Riverside Grill hosts a Parks and Rec trivia night. We threw a Parks and Rec party.

MUSIC: Philadelphia’s Lem plays a free show at Songbyrd.

STAGE: Hamilton tickets are very expensive but Profs & Pints: Hamilton’s History Remix at Bier Baron tickets are very reasonable.

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.

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