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It’s perfect outside! Let’s do things outside as well as inside!

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. This weekend is the Funk Parade. Time to get in a funky mood.

ACTIVE: It’s perfect outside so expect a lot of bike picks from us this month. This week we’re beginning with Bike Commuting 101: A workshop for women by women at The Velo Cafe.

CULTURE: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum presents the panel discussion “The Big Questions of Holocaust History” tonight.

FILM: Black Cat gets in the free Monday night film game (film game?) with the Cramhole Movie Night. The double bill includes The Thing From Another World and It! The Terror from Beyond Space.

FOOD + DRINK: Next month is the vote for Initiative 77. Learn about what you’ll be voting for or against at the Initiative 77 Panel Discussion at The Midlands Beer Garden.

FREE: Happy May, happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) presents Mayor Bowser’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration at Lincoln Theatre. Free with RSVP.

MUSIC: Kygo plays The Anthem tonight. Kygo plays The Anthem Tuesday too. Tuesday is sold-out. Tickets remain for tonight.

OUTSIDE: Those that believe in national service are gathering in Capitol Hill from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

STAGE: The New Play Festival has its first of three nights tonight at THEARC. The fest continues the next two Mondays.

STAY IN: Watch the Caps play the Penguins in game 6 of the round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Caps can win the series tonight. They might. I stand by my prediction that the Washington professional hockey team will never win a Stanley Cup with Ovechkin.

ACTIVE: Who wants to take me to Smackdown Live at Royal Farms Arena?

CULTURE: The Humans To Mars Summit kicks off at the Lisner Auditorium. If you can’t take the day off work to attend, you can watch the webcast throughout the three day event.

FILM: Sure, we may write about Yugoslavian animation too much, but give it a chance! Ersatz: A Night of Yugoslavian Animation is at Suns Cinema. It’s an evening of short films. Free.

FOOD + DRINK: Beer and pizza are a perfect pairing. Elevate the duo with the DC Brau beer dinner at matchbox pizza in Barracks Row.

FREE: The DAR Museum hosts the free noon lecture “What Can Fortune-Telling Tell Us”. Spoiler: nothing. It’s made up nonsense. The lecture looks interesting because it’s about how people have used horoscopes throughout American history.

MUSIC: Power Trip, Sheer Mag, Fury and Red Death are at Black Cat. Don’t miss Sheer Mag. We would have recommended Alvvays at 9:30 Club but that’s sold out. An Alvvays/Sheer Mag co-headlining tour would be cool.

OUTSIDE: Take a free pilates class in the Park at Pentagon Row.

STAGE: The Funk Parade is this Saturday. Get in a funky mood at the Politics, History, and Culture of Funk in D.C. free panel discussion on the politics, history and culture of funk in D.C. at the Thurgood Marshall Center.

STAY IN: Comedy fans have known of Hari Kondabolu for years. Simpsons fans are finding out about Kondabolu because of his doc The Problem With Apu. His first Netflix special premieres today.


ACTIVE: Throw an ax.

CULTURE: Visit the Kennedy Center for their Artes de Cuba festival.

FILM: See the RBG doc. Read our interview with filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen.

FOOD + DRINK: The Royal Wedding is in 10 days. Get in the mood with a visit to The Royal Pub.

Royal Wedding PUB

FREE: Not free but a BYOB, donation requested comedy house show is the least amount of money you’ll spend laughing in D.C. This makes the list because former D.C. funny person Linsay Deming is on the bill.


OUTSIDE: It’s perfect weather to ride your bike and make new friends. Participate in DC Bike Party’s Photon Funk Ride.

STAGE: We’re living in the golden age of people talking into microphones in theaters. The Radiotopia Live East Coast Tour stops at The Lincoln Theatre. Radiotopia produces some of the podcasts you enjoy, like 99% Invisible and Criminal.

STAY IN: Suits is a television show on the USA Network that stars Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres and Amanda Schull. You can stream it on the USA site. One of the cast members is more well known than the other cast members.

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