Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Those weekend picks go live on this site at noon. You kind people use it to plan your weekend. You also use it to know what to avoid. This of your Best Weekday Bets.
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.
ACTIVE: Mint hosts a RuPaul’s Drag Race themed ride. Anyone that’s been to any spin class in the last decade knows most every spin class is already Drag Race themed.
CULTURE: Comics are culture and Fantom Comics now has a tavern license so their Comics & Cocktails event is our Culture pick for this evening. I’m way more inclined to buy comics when I’m not sober so this is a fantastic marketing idea.
FILM: Humor Me, inspired by the web series Old Jews Telling Jokes, plays at the Washington Jewish Film Festival.
FOOD + DRINK: Head to Espita Mezcaleria and soak up their Restaurant Week deals. They’re serving a three course dinner menu for $35 and a three course lunch / brunch menu for $22. Don’t skip the cocktails.
FREE: International Women’s Voices Day was Sunday but in partnership with Roundabout Theatre, Woolly Mammoth will livestream Women in Theatre: Resetting the Stage, a panel addressing inequities in the theatre industry and inclusive pathways to creative leadership roles for next-generation artists.
OUTSIDE: It’s not very friendly weather but it’s fine weather to watch outdoorsy stuff at the DC Backcountry Film Festival at Penn Social.
STAGE: La Ti Do celebrates 6 years of cabaret with their Homecoming show at Bistro Bistro.
STAY IN: We did a twitter poll a couple weeks ago where we asked everyone for their dramatic historical TV show recommendations. Maybe you should catch up on Vikings?
ACTIVE: Is today the day you learn how to swing dance? Probably not, but you never know.
CULTURE: If you need some inspiration, we recommending heading to Politics & Prose for the Together We Rise: The Women’s March – Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Round the World book signing.
FILM: Shaolin Jazz (they’re local) presents Can I Kick It?, their movie meets live mixing evening, at Songbyrd. Tonight they’re showing Kickboxer. They’re billing it as Kick Boxer which really bothers me because that’s not the name of the film. One word. Kickboxer.
FOOD + DRINK: Ghibellina, BYT’s favorite happy hour spot, is getting in on the Restaurant Week action. We’re personally using it as an excuse to order something other than there pizza… but we still might get a pizza to go.
FREE: The organizers behind the Women’s March are at Politics & Prose talking about the book Together We Rise.
MUSIC: In our Your Best January feature we said this about Majid Jordan at Lincoln Theatre: Majid Jordan’s music is so much more than moody, sulking R&B delivered on a razor’s edge of romanticized dance music. Their music is a feeling—a feeling of confidence shrouded by doubt, of “I told you so” undercut by “You were right.”
Feel those feelings.
OUTSIDE: Go explore Bartholdi Park.
STAGE: The greatest performers, professional wrestling, will be at Capital One Arena for Smackdown Live. If you work for WWE or Capital One Arena, may I have please have some tickets?
STAY IN: The season premiere of Baskets is tonight on FX. Remember when FX had the movies? That jingle seeped into my DNA.
ACTIVE: If you’d rather learn and explore Dupont Underground rather than attend an event in the space, consider going on the Atlas Obscura Discovering Dupont Undergound tour.
CULTURE: D.C. drag queen/singer/performer Pussy Noir begins NIGHT CAP, a one man cabaret, at the Living Room. We recommend most everything Pussy touches.
FILM: BYT Murder Club meets tomorrow evening. To get in the mood, have some drinks at our favorite movie house Suns Cinema. They’re hosting a Murder Mystery Cocktail Caper.
FOOD + DRINK: Want to have a steakhouse meal at not steakhouse prices? Hit up Rare Tavern’s RW menu. We liked them so much more than we thought we would.
FREE: Opera on Tap returns to The Wonderland Ballroom. If you’re not uncomfortable with close eye contact, this is a great way to get into opera. Performers literally walk the room while they sing. No cover.
MUSIC: Dance at the Tori y Moi DJ set at Flash. Or just stand around while Tori y Moi DJ. Your body, your life.
OUTSIDE: Have you been taking advantage of the Beach Drive closures?
STAGE: See The Way of the World at the Folger. Tonight’s show features a pre-show talk with Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore. Before you go, read our interview with writer/director Theresa Rebeck.
STAY IN: We’re reading Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana. It’s great. We recommend you pick it up from DCPL / your local bookstore and spend the night hanging out with the ghost of Kurt Cobain.
We’re not going to give you 9 picks for today since we publish our Best Weekend Bets every Thursday at noon. Subscribe to our Best Weekend Bets and get them at 9 a.m. Plan your weekend well.
The final BYT Murder Club of January meets at Suns Cinema for a screening of Clue. Buy tickets in advance. These tend to sell out.
That’s it. No more picks until Thursday. Have a good week. Clue has a great cast.