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You just spent the long weekend eating and drinking and BBQ-ing. Why stop now? JK. Most of our picks don’t involve eating or drinking or BBQ. It’s more ballet and Japanese Breakfast.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but they’re longer. There’s more stuff to do on the weekend.

ACTIVE: Your brain is part of your body. Relax your brain and body at the meditation and mindfulness workshop at the Freer Gallery of Art.

CULTURE: The DC Zinefest is in 3 months. Tonight The Potter’s House hosts Mayday- An Evening of Storytelling to Support DC Zinefest.

FILM: Last week’s Adams Morgan Movie Night was rained out. Hopefully tonight’s Hairspray, the musical, not the original, screening goes on.

FOOD + DRINK: Confused about Ballot Initiative 77? Washington City Paper’s Laura Hayes and Andrew Giambrone host a panel at Black Cat on the June 19 vote . Free but reserving a ticket is recommended.

FREE: Under 30? The Phillips is free until Labor Day if you’re under 30.

MUSIC: Jack White plays his first of two nights at The Anthem. Lillie Mae opens tonight, Radkey opens Wednesday.

OUTSIDE: Presidents come and go. The garden does not. Learn about the White House Garden at Musings with a White House Gardener.

STAGE: We’re recommending two different ballet performances from two different countries this week. The Ballet Nacional de Cuba performs Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center as part of Artes de Cuba.


STAY IN: Coco comes to Netflix. Cry.

ACTIVE: Recent rains have made gardens flourish. Slowly walk (walking is in activity) in the Smithsonian Castle Gardens on the Enid A. Haupt Garden Tour.

CULTURE: The Titanic sunk. That’s all I know about the Titanic. Learn more than I know at Robert Ballard’s talk The Untold Story of the Titanic at the National Geographic Museum.

FILM: Fehérlófia screens at Suns Cinema. Never heard of Fehérlófia? This is why we contantly recommend screenings at Suns. Learn about film.

FOOD + DRINK: Eat too many hot dogs and drink too much beer over the weekend? Enjoy a night of not hot dogs and beer at the Sherry & Dumplings with Chantal Tseng and NOMAD Dumplings at Petworth Citizen & Reading Room.

FREE: Celebrate Africa Day at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

MUSIC: Japanese Breakfast plays 9:30 Club. Read our interview with Michelle Zauner, aka Japanese Breakfast.

OUTSIDE: Theodore Roosevelt Island is one of the most overlooked memorials in D.C. Overlook no longer on the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island Moonwalk.

STAGE: Our second ballet pick of the week is the National Ballet of Ukraine performing Don Quixote at the Warner Theatre. This performance is one night only. The Cuban ballet at the Kennedy Center is a few nights.

We went to the Warner last weekend for Ghost. They set off the fire alarm. I bet the National Ballet of Ukraine sets off fewer fire alarms than Ghost.

STAY IN: Season 4 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt comes to Netflix. Don’t cry.

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