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The Bentzen Ball is almost here! Get ready for the fun with a jam packed 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: One of our favorite events of the year is Oyamel’s Day of the Dead kickoff party. Don’t miss out.

FILM: The Smithsonian Castle is screening Labyrinth, your favorite movie where David Bowie sings about a baby.

FOOD + DRINK: It’s Boos & Brews at the National Building Museum! Hear some spooky stories and drink some excellent beer.

FREE: Learn how to read the constitution (and why!) with author Kim Wehle at Kramerbooks.

MUSIC: Dance your night away to Juan Wauters at DC9 Nightclub.

STAGE: Hunny Ten, Alfred and Sports Coach are at Songbyrd.

STAY IN: Stay in and watch the minimalist, atmospheric horror The Blackcoat’s Daughter on Netflix.

CULTURE: Nat Geo‘s newest exhibition Women: A Photography Exhibition highlights some truly iconic images. It looks mighty fine.

FILM: The French Embassy screens the fashion doc Dior and I.

FOOD + DRINK: Chefs for Equality is back! Your ticket supports the Human Rights Campaign and gives you access to some excellent food.

FREE: Head on over to the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building to hear about how science fiction and pop culture shape our future.

MUSIC: Delicate Steve and Lightmare are at Comet Ping Pong.

STAGE: Swing by ARTECHOUSE to see a performance by the French artists NONOTAK.

STAY IN: Stay in and watch the gory, slowburner horror movie Goodnight Mommy on Amazon Prime Video.

CULTURE: 29Rooms takes over the DC Armory. Check out our first look and interview with one of the local artists, Trap Bob!


FILM: Grab a delicious burger, order a cold draft beer and watch the 70s horror flick God Told Me To at Slash Run.

FOOD & DRINK: Learn how to bake some killer Halloween treats with Killa Cakes at Mess Hall.

FREE: We’re kicking off the Bentzen Ball with a free talk at The W Hotel about comedy in D.C. Come hang out with us!

MUSIC: The one and only Macy Gray is at the Howard Theatre.

STAGE: Stiff Little Fingers plays the entirety of their album Inflammable Material at Black Cat.

STAY IN: Stay in and watch the classic horror comedy Child’s Play on Hulu.

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.