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The Crown is back! Michelle Obama is at Politics & Prose! It’s going to be a good week.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m (sometimes sooner) 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.

CULTURE: If you have tickets to see Michelle Obama at Politics & Prose, pat yourself on the back. If you don’t have tickets, go learn all about the sex lives of your favorite stuff British family at Profs & Pints: Getting Down in Downton Abbey instead.

FILM: Catch the 70’s dance film Walkaround Time a the Hirshhorn.

FOOD + DRINK: DC Cocktail Week is here! Raise a toast to good drinking and eating with a happy hour at Fainting Goat. Or hit up any of the other 30+ participating restaurants in D.C.

FREE:The National Gallery of Arts is hosting a lecture titled “Something, Anything, Everything, Nothing: Ambiguity, Meaning, and Experience.” I love art.

MUSIC: Jam out to Electric Wizard and Midnight at the Fillmore.

STAGE: Hozier plays a very sold out show at 9:30 Club. He won’t be taking you to church unless you have a ticket.

STAY IN: Make a cup of tea and watch The Crown

CULTURE: Head over to the National Museum of the American Indian for a discussion about the real Pocahontas.

FILM: Pakke hosts a screening of the Phantom of the Opera (1925) paired with a live musical score.

FOOD + DRINK: Stop by Dos Mamis for a DC Cocktail Week happy hour featuring complimentary servings from Virginia Distillery Co.

FREE: Swing by Solid State Books for a conversation with Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams.

MUSIC: Put on your best white denim and go see White Denim (with Spaceface!) at U Street Music Hall.

STAGE: Letters to Cleo, Speedy Ortiz and RoseRiot are at Union Stage. This bill is weird and I’m kind of into it.

STAY IN: Pet some corgis and watch The Crown.

CULTURE: Learn all about street photography from NYC’s Reuben Radding (and submit your photos for critique!) at Slash Run.

FILM: Catch some local shorts at Suns Cinema.

FOOD & DRINK: Hit up The Royal for a DC Cocktail Week happy hour featuring complimentary pours from Catoctin Creek.

FREE: Author Carmen Maria Machado (author of Her Body and Other Parties) talks about her memoir In the Dream House at Politics & Prose.

MUSIC: Matt and Kim are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Grand at 9:30 Club. Haven’t we all cried while listening to “Daylight”?

STAGE: Sara Bareilles is definitely not going to write you a love song at her show at The Anthem.

STAY IN: Bake some scones and watch The Crown.

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.

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