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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. It’ll be too late to vote this weekend.

ACTIVE: So you think you can dance? Find out if you have the physical ability to dance at the open house at Dance Loft on 14.

CULTURE: Bentzen Ball alum and former D.C. comic Brandon Wardell is at U Hall.

FILM: SAAM hosts the D.C. premiere of the documentary Score.

FOOD + DRINK: Happy National Doughnut Day*! Go eat one of District Doughnut’s special fall doughnuts.

FREE: The brand new Gordon Parks exhibit opened Sunday at the National Gallery of Art.

MUSIC: St. Lucia plays a sold-out 9:30 Club.

OUTSIDE: Bring an umbrella wherever you go. It’s raining all day.

STAGE: If you didn’t get enough true crime at the inaugural Death Becomes Us festival we recommend “Inside Netflix’s The Staircase & Making a Murderer: Fabrications, Lies, Fake Science, and the Owl Theory” featuring David Rudolf and Jerry Buting at Lincoln Theatre.


STAY IN: If you didn’t get enough true crime at the inaugural Death Becomes Us festival we recommend season 2 of Making a Murderer.



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CULTURE: If you didn’t get enough true crime at the inaugural Death Becomes Us festival we recommend And That’s Why We Drink: A Paranormal and True Crime Podcast at the DC Improv.

FILM: Atlas Performing Arts Center hosts a screening of Tyrus.

FOOD + DRINK: DMV Black Restaurant Week continues through Sunday.

FREE: Become a better drawer (maybe) at Sketching: Draw and Discover! in the Luce Foundation Center.

MUSIC: We recommend Yaeji at Black Cat.

OUTSIDE: Help get some voters to the polls.

STAGE: The recently opened Anastasia continues at the Kennedy Center. It closes later this month.

STAY IN: Watch returns roll in and freak out for no real reason because freaking out does not accomplish anything but sometimes you need to freak out. Or watch HGTV. That should be calming.

ACTIVE: YogaWorks Dupont Circle hosts a three-and-a-half hour class, Exploring the Heart of Yoga. Your body may need to regroup after Tuesday.

CULTURE: Did you enjoy Big Little Lies? If so, you’ll want to see author Liana Moriarty at Sixth & I.

FILM: Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story screens at E Street Cinema. Read our interview with Keret.

FOOD + DRINK: Go eat a meatball. The Meatball Shop is now open.

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FREE: The Hirshhorn hosts an artist talk with Charline von Heyl.

MUSIC: Tenacious D sings about gentle fucking at The Anthem.

OUTSIDE: If you’re not pleased with Tuesday’s outcomes you may want to drive really fast. You can do that at Summit Point Kart at RFK.

STAGE: Jason Mewes, you know, Jay, from the Jay and Silent Bob universe, is at DC Improv. It’s sold-out. Good for him.

STAY IN: Shirkers is the best film I’ve seen on Netflix this year. Maybe watch that.

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*There are two National Doughnut Days.