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January is a weird month! Do some weird things!

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: Finally understand everything about Ukraine at Profs & Pints lecture at Bier Baron.

FILM: Watch Monstrosity and Transylvania Television with the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at Smoke & Barrel.

FOOD + DRINK: Celebrate the opposite of Christmas in July (summer solstice in January?) at China Chilcano‘s Chilcano Festival.

FREE: Author Erika Lee talks about her book on xenophobia, America for Americans, at Politics and Prose.

MUSIC: Bebop your way over to Songbyrd to see Frozen Soul, Steel Bearing Hand, Path to War and Acquisition.

STAGE: Or you can check out Malibu, Tentaclaus, Archie & The Bird Brains and Badview at MilkBoy ArtHouse.

STAY IN: Make a quick trip to the bookstore and then learn how to cook with TikTok.

CULTURE: Learn about Hillyer‘s January artists, Tessa Click and Noel Kassewitz, at this sweet talk.

FILM: Learn all about the pop art of James Rosenquist at NGA‘s screening of James Rosenquist Up Close.

FOOD + DRINK: Enjoy a spirited (or should I say beerited?) evening Deciduous Brewing at ChurchKey.

FREE: Logan Hardware celebrates their second annual Ladies’ Night with DIY activities, free food and drinks.

MUSIC: Zack Mexico, allthebestkids and Donovan Duvall are at the Pie Shop.

STAGE: On the other hand, Twin Aperture, Caleb Flood and Dais Queue are at Rhizome.

STAY IN: The final season of Schitt’s Creek is here.

CULTURE: Swing by Drafthouse Comedy for the fifth annual 50 First Jokes show.

FILM: Suns Cinema is screening Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a movie with a truly excellent title.

FOOD & DRINK: Spend your evening getting wild on Veuve Cliquot on the rooftop of the Graham.

FREE: If you like thrillers, author Liz Moore is talking about her book Long Bright River at East City Bookshop.

MUSIC: NSO Pops are playing some cool video game songs for their Game On! show at the Kennedy Center.

STAGE: You could also hit up Texicana Mamas at the Millennium Stage.

STAY IN: When was the last time you finished a puzzle?

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.