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Apollo 11 was launched 50 years ago this week. Celebrate and feel good about what was accomplished and feel hopeful. It’s really easy to get pessimistic. Looking back at Apollo 11 may make you feel positive about moving forward.

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: We’re excited to see Venus Williams and the Washington Kastles play for the next two weeks at the new Kastles Stadium. Tonight they play against the Vegas Rollers. Come back to BYT later this week for photos.

FILM: The 8th Annual PBS Film Festival screening at Howard Theatre looks great. Watch the trailer to pique your interest.


FREE: Fingers crossed for no rain so the Fort Reno show with Anti-Planet, Erotic Thrillers, and Hammered Hulls happens.

MUSIC: Jon Savitt & Friends have their album release show at Songbyrd.

STAY IN: Prime Day begins. Start ordering stuff you’ve been on the fence about buying. Maybe a Roomba? Maybe a cat? Maybe a cat and a Roomba?

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Totally understand if you’re anti Amazon. We are not owned by Jeff. You can get Roombas from lots of other places.

CULTURE: Apollo 11 was launched 50 years ago today. Start celebrating early at 9 a.m. at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

FILM: Apollo 11 was launched 50 years ago today. See Apollo 11 on the IMAX screen at the Air and Space Museum.

FOOD & DRINK: The Nats are on the road. Nats Park will be open for their Crab Fest on the Field. Eat and drink on the field, watch the game on the giant screen and take a photo in the dugout. It’s a great use of a park that would have otherwise been closed.

FREE: Apollo 11 was launched 50 years ago today. Check out National Gallery of Art’s brand new By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs exhibit.

MUSIC: Amyl and The Sniffers headline U Hall.

OUTSIDE: Weird Al performs with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Perfect.

STAGE: Shakespeare Theatre Company are in the midst of their Hamlet Free For All. It’s worth your time. Come back to BYT later this week for our review.

CULTURE: Smut Slam DC: Wet & Wild! “Where sexy and storytelling collide in the capital” is at Ten Tigers Parlour.

FILM: If you’re still in a soccer mood, you might enjoy Bend It Like Beckham at NoMa Summer Screen.

FOOD & DRINK: DC Central Kitchen hosts their inaugural Happy Hour Hop at Capitol Riverfront. If you needed an excuse to have a cocktail, DC Central Kitchen is a worthy excuse.

MUSIC: Our loud show pick of the week is Iron Chic at DC9.

STAGE: Jennifer Lopez, who turns 50 (!!!) this month, brings her It’s My Party tour to Capital One Arena.

STAY IN: We’re intrigued by Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein, premiering on Netflix this week.

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.