The final full week of October. Our annual comedy festival begins this week. It’s going to be a good week.
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.
ACTIVE: Early voting begins in D.C.
CULTURE: Meet like minded individuals interested in visual art and modern dance with Dana Tai Soon Burgess and members of his eponymous dance company at the Darlington House.
FILM: Learn about how some films of 1930 were the beginning of conservative propaganda, at least via the screen. Profs & Pints: The 1930s Hollywood Right is at Bier Baron.
FOOD + DRINK: Time for one of our favorite food events of the year: Oyamel’s Day of the Dead Festival Kick-off Party. It’s the best way to spend 3 hours on a Monday night.
MUSIC: Night 2 of Garbage playing The Lincoln Theatre on the 20th anniversary of Version 2.0 tour.
OUTSIDE: Go on a ghost and graveyard tour in Alexandria. It’d be cool if ghosts existed.
STAGE: We’re interested in attending “Morbid Curiosity: Presidential Last Moments Preserved” at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.
STAY IN: Spend the evening on staring at your computer screen enjoying Gizmodo’s “100 Websites That Shaped the Internet as We Know It.” It’s very good and we wish we thought of it first.
ACTIVE: Exercise your mind and play some Magic the Gathering at Labyrinth Game Shop. Remember when dummies thought Magic was a game about devil worship and the whole Satanic panic thing damaged hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent kids’ lives? Remember?
CULTURE: The Washington International Horse Show begins at the Capital One Arena. Say hi to the horses on F St.
FILM: The Embassy of France has a free screening of Hôtel du Nord by Marcel Carné. The French film will be screened with English subtitles.
FOOD + DRINK: Learn about fermentation at the Lisner. Noma’s René Redzepi speaks about his new book, The Noma Guide to Fermentation.
FREE: Celebrate National Chemistry Weeks at the Air and Space Museum’s Chemistry Day!
MUSIC: We like We Were Promised Jetpacks at 9:30 Club.
OUTSIDE: Go on a ghosts of Georgetown walking tour. It’d be cool if ghosts existed.
STAGE: Some of Drag Race’s finest, Aquaria, Violet Chachki, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Eureka, Asia O’Hara, and Kameron Michaels arrive at The Lincoln Theatre on the Werq the World tour.
STAY IN: The Werq the World tour is sold-out. If you don’t want to spend $$$ on StubHub, watch Dancing Queen on Netflix, starring another of Drag Race’s finest Alyssa Edwards.
ACTIVE: Take the first sunrise yoga class at The Observation Deck Terrace. Stretch and watch the sun rise at 7 a.m.
CULTURE: Obama White House photographer Pete Souza throws more shade at the current administration with his new book, Shade. He’ll speak about it at the Lisner Auditorium.
FILM: The Smithsonian African American Film Fest continues at the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
FOOD + DRINK: Drink better drinks. Learn to make better drinks. Mess Hall hosts a classic cocktails class.
FREE: Learn about war and knitting (?) at the National Archives’ Hands-on Adult Workshop: Knitting and WWI.
MUSIC: Minus the Bear’s farewell tour continues at Fillmore Silver Spring.
OUTSIDE: Pumpkin Palooza is in NoMa. Carve a pumpkin.
STAGE: The San Francisco Baller premieres two works at the Kennedy Center’s Unbound: A Festival of New Works.
STAY IN: Bentzen Ball begins tomorrow. Opening night features Phoebe Robinson and Tig Notaro. Watch 2 Dope Queens on HBO Go, starring Phoebe Robinson and directed by Tig Notaro.
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