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Welcome to spring! The sun is shining, Weird Al is playing deep cuts and it’s still a little too cold. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets. They’re different because no matter how much you want Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to be the weekend, those days are not the weekend.

ACTIVE: Carolee Belkin Walker used to work in the State Department. Then she quit to become a freelance journalist and wellness blogger. She’s now the author of Getting My Bounce Back, a book about the importance of fitness. See her at Politics and Prose at The Wharf.

CULTURE: Head to The Lemon Bowl for a terrarium class with succulents. Making plants look pretty is cultural, right?

FILM: The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital and the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival collaborate for Local Stories of Environmental Success at E Street Cinema.

FOOD + DRINK: Last Friday we wrote about our love of sherry. Tonight we’re recommending the sherry tasting and tapas at Pear Plum Cafe.

FREE: We would never recommend adults getting their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. It’s not fair to the person wearing that suit to have your adult body on their lap. But we will absolutely recommend pet photos with the Easter Bunny at the Harford Mall because that’s something that should bring joy to every animal lover.

MUSIC: Coast Modern headlines 9:30 Club. Get there early for SHAED. We’ve been saying good things about them since they used to be called The Walking Sticks.

OUTSIDE: Learn about growing orchids at the National Arboretum. I can’t think of orchids without thinking of Adaptation.

STAGE: See The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre.

STAY IN: See The Wiz on your TV.

 

ACTIVE: The Kennedy Center hosts Master Class: Mark Morris Dance Group. Learn contemporary dance from masters. It’s $15 for the 90 minute class, much, much less than you’d pay for any class at any gym in D.C.

CULTURE: We have a series titled Hidden in Plan Sight. It’s about overlooked or underappreciated buildings and locations in and around Washington, D.C. Tonight the National Geographic Museum hosts their Wild Florida: Hidden in Plain Sight talk.

FILM: Local artist John Brendan Guinan is hosting a screening for his documentary Why I Paint at Dupont Underground. There will be an artist talk and an art exhibition on top of the screening.

FOOD + DRINK: Some of the best meals I’ve had in D.C. were at Iron Gate. Tonight they’re hosting a communal dinner on the food and wine of Santorini.

FREE: Sarah McBride talks about her new book, Tomorrow Will Be Different, at Politics and Prose. McBride is the National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign. In 2012 she became the first openly transgender woman to intern at the White House and in 2016 she became the first openly transgender speaker at a major political convention.

MUSIC: Bentzen Ball (our annual comedy fest) alum “Weird Al” Yankovic brings The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour to Strathmore. Bentzen Ball alum Emo Philips opens. The tour video is very good.

OUTSIDE: It’s the first day of spring. Force yourself into a spring mood on the United States Botanic Garden’s Tour: Exploring Bartholdi Park.

STAGE: Bentzen Ball and Daily Show alumnus Jena Friedman performs at Bier Baron. Good night for funny in D.C.

STAY IN: Season 2 of The Standups is released on Netflix. It features Bentzen Ball alums Aparna Nancherla and Kyle Kinane.

ACTIVE: Have you ever wanted to participate in a bicycle race in a parking garage? If so, you’re in luck! Crosshairs Garage Races is in the midst of their Wednesday night spring races.

CULTURE: Split This Rock hosts a free writing workshop. Come back to BYT later this month for our interview with Split This Rock’s Joseph Green.

FILM: We usually recommend a classic film on Wednesdays. Today we’re recommending The Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse because variety is good.

FOOD + DRINK: Zaytinya has their inaugural Greek Spirit Festival this week. There’s a Katsaros tsipouro and Dark Cave tasting from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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FREE: The Smithsonian National Postal Museum hosts their Lunchtime Lecture Series: Women in Service during World War I in honor of Women’s History Month.

MUSIC: Betty Who plays 9:30 Club. Go dance. The early show is sold out. There are still tickets for the 10 p.m. show. You can dance at either.

OUTSIDE: All week lululemon Mosiac hosts events as part of the Mosaic Block Party. Tonight is Meet Us At The Barre, a yoga class followed by a whiskey and wine wind down.

STAGE: Raul Sanchez kicks off the Underground Comedy Fest at Big Hunt. There’s also a free fest show at Ri Ra.

STAY IN: Conor McGregor: Notorious premieres on Netflix. Regardless of your feelings about UFC, consider giving this a stream. McGregor is a perfect documentary subject. He’s captivating and most likely more than a little crazy. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to UFC if their biggest star decides the octagon is no longer worthy of his time.

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. Plan your weekend well.

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