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The first full week of 2019. Everyone is back to work. Except there’s a government shutdown so not everyone is back to work. And cultural institutions we write about on a daily basis are closed. Welcome to 2019.

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 Thursday and things will be less trashy?

ACTIVE: Help clean The Mall. If they could help, you could help.

CULTURE: Explore the sound at Experiments in Sound Meditation at Rhizome.

FILM: This week’s Screen Queens film at Suns Cinema is Sebastiane.

FOOD + DRINK: Furloughed? Check out our Shutdown Guide.

FREE: Play some bingo at Kingfisher. They have free popcorn too.

MUSIC: The Kennedy Center is still open. See John “Papa” Gros on the Millennium Stage.

OUTSIDE: The US Botanic Garden is still open.

STAY IN: Christian Bale won a Golden Globe for Vice. It’s not a good movie but he did gain a lot of weight for it so that’s cool? Stay in and watch him when he lost a lot of weight for The Machinist.

ACTIVE: The Caps take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Capital One Arena. Mascots don’t typically travel with the team but hopefully Gritty shows up because Gritty is the mascot we need.

CULTURE: Story District kicks off their year at Black Cat. Black Cat is not closed. Only part of Black Cat is closed. Do not mourn Black Cat. Black Cat is open. The Red Room will re-open February 8.

FILM: The NGA and Smithsonian film series may be on hold but the embassies are not. Le Scandale Clouzot screens as part of the film series “Focus on Clouzot” at the French Embassy.

FOOD + DRINK: It’s Resilience Night at ChurchKey. Drink the new beer from Sierra Nevada and Bluejacket’s version and help raise money for the Camp Fire Relief Fund.

FREE: The National Symphony Orchestra’s In Your Neighborhood series continues with a 7 p.m. performance at District Bridges.

MUSIC: The shows of the week are Noname at 9:30 Club. She’s there Wednesday too. Both shows are sold out.

STAGE: Last week to see Miss Saigon at The Kennedy Center.

STAY IN: Sandra Oh won a Golden Globe for Killing Eve. Stay in and watch Killing Eve.

ACTIVE: The Wizards take on the Philadelphia 76ers at the Capital One Arena. The 76ers home arena is the same home arena as the Flyers. This is another reminder Gritty exists.

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CULTURE: Amir K has a one-night only show at DC Improv.

FILM: Last Men in Aleppo screens at the NYU DC Campus as part of the One Journey Festival.

FOOD + DRINK: Federal employee? Get free sandwiches at any José Andrés restaurant.

FREE: Federal employee? Visit The National Building Museum for free admission to their exhibits.

MUSIC: Ladygod plays the upstairs (it’s really the ground floor) of Songbyrd.

STAGE: Dancing with the Stars: Live! comes to MGM National Harbor. Watch the stars dance!

STAY IN: Jon Glaser Loves Gear returns to TruTV tonight. Watch a very funny man on a cable television show.

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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