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This will be the most ‘normal’ week of 2019 thus far. It’s the last week of January.

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. There will be so many more options of things to do this weekend.

ACTIVE: Do some curling and drink some cocktails at Curling and Cocktails on The Wharf.

CULTURE: The Smithsonians open tomorrow. It’s a good day to check out the newest Artechouse exhibit.

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FILM: The BackCountry Film Festival (and Social) is at Penn Social.

FOOD + DRINK: Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day. So eat some blueberry pancakes.

MUSIC: Excellently named Rainbow Kitten Surprise plays with Mt. Joy at 9:30 Club.

STAGE: La Ti Do DC celebrates their 7th anniversary.

STAY IN: Try to get a tingly feeling on your scalp. Read our ASMR Guide.

ACTIVE: Learn about block printing at Shop Made in DC. Making stuff is an activity.

CULTURE: The National Gallery of Art is open! Walk around the NGA!

FILM: It’s home movie day at Suns. Watch some home movies provided by the DC Public Library vault. You can submit your home movie for future screenings.

FREE: The Smithsonian museums on the Mall are open! Walk around all of the museums!

MUSIC: We like Young Dolph at Fillmore Silver Spring.

OUTSIDE: The Smithsonian National Zoo is open! Walk around the zoo!

STAGE: Profs and Pints presents “Trophy Hunting and Science,” with Kendra Chritz, paleoecologist and postdoctoral fellow at the National Museum of Natural History, at La Pop.

ACTIVE: It’s Handi-Hour at the Renwick. We told you making stuff is an activity.

CULTURE: Learn about the state of space at The State of Space talk at the National Press Club.

FOOD + DRINK: Exiles Bar hosts Cocktological Evenings, a themed cocktail nights for small groups.

FREE: Shark Tank viewer? Entrepreneur? You may be interested in Life After Shark Tank: It’s Not Just About the Money at GW.

MUSIC: Wolf Trap hosts the aptly named International Guitar Night with Italy’s Luca Stricagnoli, France’s Antoine Boyer and Samuelito and Turkish fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan.

STAGE: Admissions at Studio Theatre is worth your time.

STAY IN: Are you watching Conversations with a Killer on Netflix? We have some thoughts.

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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