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It can’t rain all the time.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m 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. There was too much rain last weekend.

CULTURE: Common is at The Kennedy Center. He’s got a new memoir. He probably has a new movie and new album and new ad campaign too. Common is a very busy man.

FILM: The Wizarding World Film Festival continues at the Warner Bros. Theater with screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2.

FOOD + DRINK: Whether you care about organic products or order takeout every meal, “The Global Grocery Store: How Your Food Gets From Farm to Table” at the S. Dillon Ripley Center should be interesting.

FREE: Coinciding with the final episodes of Game of Thrones, National Gallery of Art docent Bela Demeter is offering a Dragons in Art tour.

MUSIC: Katie Toupin, formerly of Houndmouth, is at DC9.

OUTSIDE: Go hang out in a dog park. It doesn’t matter if you have a dog.

STAGE: Local theater’s version of the Tony’s, The 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, are at The Anthem.

STAY IN: Run to your local library / bookstore and grab a copy of Friday Black. Yes, we know we’re very behind, but we just finished reading it and it’s so damn good.

CULTURE:  Dr. Jill Biden speaks about her new book, Where The Light Enters, at Sixth & I.

FILM: Swing by the Embassy of Latvia for a quick screening of Lidija, a short documentary about a famous Latvian dissident / Nobel Peace Prize candidate.

FOOD + DRINK: Drown yourself in brews from Fifty Fifty Brewing Company at Churchkey.

FREE: Learn all about the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 at the Tudor Place Historic House & Garden.

MUSIC: Architects headline 9:30 Club.

OUTSIDE: Don’t like your houseplant? Get someone else’s houseplant at The Lemon Collective’s Spring Houseplant Swap!


STAGE: Story District’s “He Said, She Said, They Said,” show is at Black Cat. The show is billed as, “The same experience through 2 different points of view.”

STAY IN: We are waiting desperately for our DCPL ebook hold of Esmé Weijun’s The Collected Schizophrenia’s to come through. We might just buy the book. You should think about buying the book.

CULTURE: Make some friends at the returning Handi-hour at the American Art Museum.

FILM: The Mel Brooks Retrospective begins at the Warner Bros. Theater with Young Frankenstein. Frankenstein!

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FREE: Pay your respects and fight for safer streets at the Ride of Silence.

MUSIC: Duo Johnnyswim is at Lincoln Theatre.

OUTSIDE: Enjoy two of America’s best products, baseball and bourbon, at the aptly titled “Bourbon and Baseball” pre-game event at Nationals Park.

STAGE: The Smut Slam storytelling open mic returns to Ten Tigers Parlour.

STAY IN: The It: Chapter 2 trailer is out and we can’t stop shouting about it in the office. Might be a good time to revisit the first movie (or the TV movie).

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