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What a weird week. Is Columbus Day a holiday? It’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day in some places (closest to us is Falls Church, Virginia) but not in D.C. Were you taught about in Columbus Day in grade school? I was. Most of the people I’ve spoken with about this were also taught that fable. What a weird 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 they’re longer. Less weird. At least this week.

ACTIVE: It’s Columbus Day. Go on a bike ride. You’re supposed to have the day off work.

CULTURE: Learn about”The Exorcist’s Power” at Profs and Pints at Bier Baron.

FILM: The M.I.A. doc, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., continues to screen for one week only at AFI Silver Spring.

FOOD + DRINK: China Chilcano continues their Passport to Peru program throughout the month of October. Today begins their week highlighting dishes inspired by the Sierra. We went last week and tried the Pacific Coast menu. Hopefully the Cangrejo Reventado makes it onto the regular, everyday menu.

FREE: White House correspondent April Ryan discusses her new book, UNDER FIRE: Reporting From The Front Lines Of The Trump White House, at the Howard University Bookstore.

MUSIC: Joey Purp plays Songbyrd. Come back later today for our interview.

OUTSIDE: It’s still Columbus Day. Go on a hike. You’re supposed to have the day off work. 

STAGE: Capital Pride’s Music In The Night at The Hamilton was a good ticket then they added Todrick Hall and now it’s a great ticket. Hall is the future of entertainment. He’s an old school entertainer that can act, sing, dance, host, etc. that also embraces new platforms. And he’s a fantastic Drag Race judge.

STAY IN: It’s still Columbus Day. Watch American Experience: We Shall Remain.


ACTIVE: Think you’re in shape enough to go on a fast, 19 mile tour of Rock Creek Park?

CULTURE: Asian hip-hop collective comes to MGM National Harbor. Expand your musical horizons.

FILM: Jeff Bridges stars in the new doc Living in the Future’s Past and there’s a special screening with a post film Q&A with Bridges at West End Cinema

FOOD + DRINK: If you have $200 laying around, you can’t do much better food spending than Chefs for Equality at the Washington National Cathedral.

FREE: Wish you didn’t live in the US? Too bad. But you can spend the evening in the Embassy of France watching The Triplets of Belleville.

MUSIC: Still relevant after 30 years, Nine Inch Nails plays their first of two nights at The Anthem.

OUTSIDE: Look at some viking ships at The Wharf before and/or after seeing Trent and friends.

STAGE: Enjoy La traviata at The Kennedy Center. Take a peek at our behind the scenes photos to get in the mood.

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STAY IN: I’m only one episode in to Alyssa Edwards’ new Netflix series Dancing Queen and I’m pretty sure it’s the darkest reality show on the streaming platform. Happy Halloween, dance moms!

ACTIVE: Even bears need to stretch. Do some bear yoga at Green Lantern.

CULTURE: Spend the evening in the Hirshhorn enjoying the “This You: Body, Music, and Performance” conversation led by Hirshhorn Curator of Media and Performance Art Mark Beasley. It’ll cover, “the intersecting themes of the body, music, and performance inspired by the Museum’s first exclusively live work by acclaimed contemporary artist Tino Sehgal.”

FILM: The National Portrait Gallery hosts the premiere of the new doc Watergate at the opening night of the fourth annual Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium.

FOOD + DRINK: Due to the spooky holiday Suns Cinema is getting into the mood with Cocktails from the Crypt.

FREE: Expand your knowledge of drones at the GE Aviation Lecture “Surprising Roles of Drones” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

MUSIC: Hometown hero Kali Uchis plays her second of two nights at 9:30 Club.

OUTSIDE: It’s easier to virtually get out of town. Take one-of-a-kind virtual reality tour of Bears Ears National Monument with National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey at the National Geographic Museum.

STAGE: The last few weeks have been very difficult for every reporter I know. Humans aren’t very fun to cover. You know what is? Animals. Host of “Pulse of the Planet” Jim Metzner, one of radio’s longest running science programs, will be at the Library of Congress celebrating 30 years of the radio show. Animals are funner than people.

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STAY IN: Did you know Millennium Stage live streams all their shows? They do! Watch Wanted Man at 6 p.m.

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