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Are you going to work this week or just go to work and pretend to work because July 4 is this week and there are patriotic and ironically patriotic events and drink specials and fireworks and fireworks adjacent things all week?

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. This Thursday is July 4. Boom.

CULTURE: Get in the car now and drive your butt off to get to the Dave & Buster’s grand opening in Gaithersburg.

FILM: Suns screens one of the few films in Reese Witherspoon’s oeuvre she might regret, Freeway.

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FREE: Get in the car now and drive your butt off to a Maryland pet shelter and adopt a kitty. 21 participating shelters are participating in the Maryland 2,000, a drive to get 2,000 cats adopted in the month of July.

MUSIC: The Chasm, Cruciamentum, Infernal Conjuration, and ASM play Atlas. It’s The Chasm’s last D.C. show. $20. Cash only.

STAGE: Hugh Jackman, you know, Wolverine, plays Capital One Arena. He is a singer. He is a talented man. He is a 200-year-old mutant medical experiment that has gone through a lot. He is Australian.

STAY IN: Netflix spent $$$ on The Last Czars so watch it if you really want to know what others in your office will talk about for roughly 1-2 days sometime later this month.

CULTURE: Get in an all-American mood at La Pop for Profs & Pints’ “Troubling Truths About Our Anthem’s Author.”

FREE: Dr. Natalie Hopkinson, author of Go-Go Live: the Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City, speaks about what’s going on with go-go, gentrification and culture at the Shaw Library.

MUSIC: Earth, Wind & Fire play Wolf Trap. Seeing them is a fine way to celebrate America. Related, your goal everyday in life is to obtain the level of joy and positivity in this Earth, Wind & Fire gif:

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OUTSIDE: It’s Adam Eaton bobblehead night at Nats Park! Bobbleheads are a fine way to celebrate America.


CULTURE: Start your color themed celebrations early at The W Hotel’s 7th annual pre-Independence Day Le White Party.

FILM: The 8th Annual Jane Austen Film Festival kicks off at Dumbarton House with Sense and Sensibility.

FREE: Pride month is over. Pride is never over. Author Charles Kaiser speaks about his book, originally published in 1997 and now updated and reissued, The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America & Perry N. Halkitis – Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation, at Politics & Prose.

MUSIC: Sing along to the least patriotic style of music, indie rock, at DC9’s Indie Rock Karaoke.

OUTSIDE: Electric blues cover band The Rolling Stones play the home of the Washington Redskins.

STAGE: The Daily Show’s Kat Radley is at Bier Baron.

STAY IN: Season 3 of 1980s tribute show Stranger Things premieres on Netflix tomorrow. Watch the first two seasons of the decade to prepare.

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.