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It’s almost April. It shouldn’t snow in April. Right? The snow and cold weather have to be gone soon. It’s only a matter of time. Why is it so cold? Baseball starts Thursday. This Thursday. That means it can’t snow. Shouldn’t. It can snow. I hope it doesn’t snow Opening Day.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but there’s more options since it’s more socially acceptable to have more fun on the weekend.

ACTIVE: Do some yoga with the Capitol Quarter Volunteer Yoga Project. Bonus: it’s free.

CULTURE: Arena Stage begins their Arena Forum: Civil Dialogues series. Tonight is about, “Exploring excessive surveillance and endangered privacy.” Here’s your regular reminder that you do not have to tell the truth on Facebook. According to Facebook, I was born on 6/6/66. I am not a 51-year-old IRL but if you think Facebook needs to know I wasn’t born on the evilest day in modern history, you’re wrong. It’s a free web site. Use it however you’d like.

FILM: The WPFS Monday Night Film Club screens Possessed 2 at Smoke & Barrel.

FOOD + DRINK: All week Jug & Table participates in the Spring Wine Fling. Jug & Table is dangerous because their jugs of wine are a deal and it always seems like a good idea to order a jug of wine when there are at least two people but that’s probably too much wine for two people. Anyway, Jug & Table is a fine place to enjoy wine and learn about wine without any stuffiness.

FREE: Last day to get a free cookie at the new Insomnia Cookies on H Street. Just present this coupon.

MUSIC: Hollie Cook is at U Hall. Her music sounds like warmer weather.

OUTSIDE: Beer after a race seems like a good idea but the execution always sucks. Yesterday’s Philadelphia Love Run had Yards beer available for free for runners. Great idea. Horrible execution. It felt like 20 with the wind chill, the tent was over capacity and you’d had to wait 20 minutes for 12 ounces. A shorter run that ends at a brewery in the evening is a much better plan. A group meets tonight to run to Caboose Brewing Company.

STAGE: It seems like every comedy show needs a gimmick because the idea of going to watch someone tell jokes just isn’t exciting enough? Anyway, Comedy Runway is a fun idea for a show. Stands ups perform then are judged by a panel on their fashion, not their jokes.

STAY IN: The new Netflix film, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, about National Lampoon’s Doug Kenney starring Will Forte and directed by David Wain is incredibly enjoyable if you like Stella, MacGruber and The Last Man on Earth. It’s absurdism surrounded by denial. And Joel McHale plays Chevy Chase!

 

ACTIVE: Watch the Wizards play the possibly playoff bound Spurs. Will Kawhi Leonard play? Probably not!

CULTURE: It’s easy to spend hours reading Atlas Obscura so we’re recommending Atlas Obscura Society D.C.: Discovering Dupont Underground. Learn about what’s underneath you.

FILM: Dear Etranger screens at E Street Cinema as part of CineMatsuri 2018. The cherry blossoms may not bloom at the ideal time but films will screen at their billed times. Movies are more reliable than flowers.

FOOD + DRINK: Hang out with some of us at H Street Country Club for the Heineken AfterWork: Spring Kick Off Party.

FREE: The We Work near the White House hosts the Out in Tech DC Kickoff Panel.

MUSIC: Turnover, Mannequin Pussy and Summer Salt play 9:30 Club. I do not understand publications that spell Mannequin Pussy Mannequin P*ssy or Mannequin Pu$$y. Why do that? Their name is Mannequin Pussy.

OUTSIDE: Learn how to repot orchids at the Botanic Garden. This sounds like a euphemism but it’s not.

STAGE: The National Geographic Museum hosts the talk Birds of the Photo Ark. I’m interested in this because the birds in the photo for the event are captivating. The owls are not what they seem.

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STAY IN: Stop procrastinating and watch season 3 of Twin Peaks. The owls are not what they seem.

ACTIVE: There’s no such things as haunted things because there are no such things as ghosts. But it’d be nice if there was. There are lots and lots of stairs in the National Cathedral so we’re including the Ghosts and Gargoyles: Haunted Secrets of the Washington National Cathedral Tour in active.

CULTURE: Opera is cost prohibitive and intimidating. Opera on Tap at Wonderland Ballroom is in no way cost prohibitive. It’s still somewhat intimidating because it takes a lot of skill to sing opera but it’s the easiest way to get over the intimidation.

FILM: We’ve documented how great the National Gallery of Art film programming is year after year. Today’s noon screening of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf is another example.

FOOD + DRINK: The Embassy of Ireland is hosting an Irish whiskey tasting. We’re recommending it because an Irish whiskey tasting in the Embassy of Ireland seems both appropriate and classy.

FREE: I read Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash last year. I don’t know anyone else that has. The  Political Book Club: White Trash by Nancy Isenberg at Kramerbooks is a good event for someone like me.

MUSIC: Chicago’s In Tall Buildings plays DC9. Good midweek music.

OUTSIDE: Have you ever visited the Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens?

STAGE: At Trade, following the Women [March] Wednesday happy hour Salvadora Dalí hosts the first chapter of DADA ISSUES, the best name for any show in 2018.

STAY IN: The Americans begins their final season on FX. Remember when this show premiered in 2013 and the Cold War seemed like a very long time ago? Now it doesn’t.

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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