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D.C.’s best annual film festival begins. See Willie Nelson on an almost summer night. June is getting better.

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.

FOOD + DRINK: Did you enjoy dining and dashing? Would you prefer just as much dining under one roof but with another José Andrés cuisine? You can’t go wrong with the 17th Annual Paella Festival Kickoff Party at Jaleo Crystal City.

FREE: The By The People arts fest, something we’ve highlighted last year and this month on BYT Radio, continues with a special artists talk featuring Kahlil Joseph at Eaton.

MUSIC: One more chance to see Cuco at U Hall.

STAY IN: Please watch Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese on Netflix so I can talk about it with someone.

CULTURE: The quality Profs & Pints series continues at La Pop with “The Green New Deal and Climate Colonialism.”

FOOD + DRINK: Justice Trivia at Satellite Room is celebrating Pride Month with a Pride and justice themed trivia. The event is free but the suggested donation of $8 gets you a wrist band for drink specials throughout the evening.

FREE: Watch E.T. and get a free Insomnia Cookie at Adams Morgan Movie Nights.

MUSIC: The most popular pop violin player, Kishi Bishi, plays 9:30 Club.

OUTSIDE: Almost summer means nearly daily free fitness classes. Tonight’s is in Farragut Square.

STAGE: The Lonely Island play a sold-out Anthem on their first tour. Their brand new, not at all advertised ode to The Bash Brothers on Netflix is perfect if you know about The Bash Brothers. I know about The Bash Brothers. I love it.

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STAY IN: Wig premieres on HBO. Get in the doc mood.

CULTURE: See the new Corcoran exhibit, 6.13.89: The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition, and read our piece on it, “The Anger, The Bureaucracy and the Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition.”

FILM: One of the best film festivals in the world, AFI Docs, begins tonight. Listen to BYT Radio this Thursday for our interview with AFI Festivals Director Michael Lumpkin. Buy tickets to the Saturday, June 22 screening of Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool featuring a Q&A with the film makers moderated by our own Alan Zilberman.

FOOD + DRINK: Learn how to decorate cookies better at the Beginner Cookie Decorating Class at Shop Made in DC.

MUSIC: Enjoy Flasher and Lithics at Comet Ping Pong.

OUTSIDE: Music and American and life legend Willie Nelson brings his never ending tour to Merriweather. Get there early for music and American future legend Alison Krauss.

STAGE: The National and Courtney Barnett at The Anthem should be a really great show. Both artists newest releases are just as strong as the rest of their catalogues. Or maybe I’m just sad. Both have sad songs. The National has way more sad songs but you expect that from The National.

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.

Listen to our radio show! BYT Radio hosted by Brandon Wetherbee (the person writing this) streams Thursdays at noon. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes. Say nice things about it in iTunes. Our last few episodes have highlighted the D.C. arts community. If you like things like art and community, you may want to stream/download a few.

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