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Welcome to October. It’s rainy and it’s going to be cold. Finally.

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.

ACTIVE: You’ll want to dance at the Zhou Family Band on the Millennium Stage.

CULTURE: Politics and Prose presents Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and HUD secretary under Obama, in conversation with NBC News’ Jonathan Allen at Sixth & I. He’s running. Castro, not Allen.

FILM: The original Ghostbusters screens at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in a new 4K restoration. Finally, see Slimer the way the film makers originally intended?

FOOD + DRINK: Everyone knows French food is some of the best food. I’m writing this in the a.m. and want to eat bread and drink wine. Anyway, the French embassy hosts a discussion between French food critic François-Régis Gaudry and Washington Post food reporter Tim Carman on Gaudry’s latest book Let’s Eat France!,

FREE: DC CyberWeek begins today. Billed as a, “SXSW-style, city-wide festival,” is free with registration.

MUSIC: Django Django plays U Hall. Read our interview with Django Django. Ghost stories are told.

OUTSIDE: Bring an umbrella everywhere you go. It’s raining. It’s going to keep raining.

STAGE: Trixie Mattel isn’t playing D.C. on her current tour so we’re recommending Trixie Mattel tonight at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore.


STAY IN: Alton Brown revives Good Eats with Good Eats: Reloaded. It’s like Good Eats but with better styling. Watch the premiere on the Cooking Channel.


ACTIVE: The 1,000 episode of Smackdown Live! happens to be at the Capital One Arena and D.C. bred former wrestler, current Guardians of the Galaxy star Bautista returns. Can someone please give me 2 tickets?

CULTURE: We’re interested in the Smithsonian Associates panel “The Stakes for Sports Gambling.”

FILM: The M.I.A. doc has been extended for another week at AFI Silver Spring.

FOOD + DRINK: Learn and craft and drink some drafts at with BYT friend Holley Simmons at Drafts N’ Crafts at Mess Hall.

FREE: Head to the La Maison Francaise at the Embassy of France for their next French series panel discussion, “French Series – Societies Facing Terrorism.”

MUSIC: The actual boy band BROCKHAMPTON graduates to The Anthem.

OUTSIDE: Ever wish you lived on a boat? Worked on a boat? Lived that boat life? Find out if you have sea legs at the Norwegian Cruise Line recruiting event.

STAGE: If you prefer your art on a more personal level, you might enjoy Little Salon 43 in Capitol Hill.

STAY IN: Are you a business person? Someone that loves the rat race, the website Linkedin, discussing deals at the water cooler? You may enjoy T-Pain’s School of Business on Fuse. It premieres tonight. For business people only.

ACTIVE: Looking for a date? In a rush? Have you tried speed dating at Big Chief? Work up a sweat?

CULTURE: The third Wednesday of the month means it’s time for Art Noights! at the Hole in the Sky Collective. Meet some fellow artists and make some art.

FILM: The Korean Cultural Center hosts a screening of Joint Security Area.

FOOD + DRINK: Have you visited our Drink Company + BYT True Crime pop-up bar?

FREE: The next Heineken AfterWork is at Mission Navy Yard. Pre-game the United vs Toronto FC and drink some free Heineken.

MUSIC: We recommend Doja Cat at Union Stage.

OUTSIDE: Go to the United game after the Heineken event.

STAGE: Excited for the BEETLEJUICE musical?

STAY IN: Making a Murderer season 2 will be released at the end of the week. Watch season 1. Spoiler alert: this is not a craft show about creating spooky decorations for Halloween.

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