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I’ll take the cold rain over the brutally hot no rain everyday. More rain. It can rain all the time.

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. It’ll probably rain this weekend.

ACTIVE: It’s good running weather. Run with the DC Run Crew at their Banneker track fall season kick-off.

CULTURE: Get some Russian culture in your life at Washington National Cathedral’s presentation of “From Russia with Love: Beethoven and Haydn.”

FILM: Mayor Muriel Bowser presents the premiere of Straight Crankin’ at The Lincoln Theatre.

FOOD + DRINK: September is Bourbon Heritage Month. Celebrate the liquor I honor on an every month basis at The Royal’s Royal Knights. This week’s edition features guest bartender Alison Hillard, $8 bourbon cocktails and Old Fashioned lollipops.

FREE: The Portrait Gallery will screen the doc 1968 followed by a Q&A session led by Portrait Gallery Historian James Barber.

MUSIC: Local H is a fantastic band that hasn’t stopped making great albums. But you probably know them as the band that had that one single that still played on rock radio. They’re currently on a 20th anniversary tour playing their best album, 1998’s Pack Up The Cats. See them tonight at Rock & Roll Hotel.

OUTSIDE: It’s all about doing stuff on roofs this week. Today we’re recommending Monday evening yoga on Up Top Acres rooftop farm.

STAGE: Tonight’s edition of Jokebyrd at Songbyrd feature comics revisiting the first jokes they’ve told on stage.

STAY IN: Queer Eye won some Emmys last night. Watch some Queer Eye tonight on Netflix. See a Queer Eye cast member this October at Bentzen Ball.

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ACTIVE: Yesterday we recommended running. Today we recommend stretching. Do some yoga.

CULTURE: We’re interested in attending author John Larison’s in store at East City Book Shop about his new novel Whiskey When We’re Dry.

FILM: Watch Empire Records and get in the mood for…

FOOD + DRINK: The GWAR PUB (GWAR BAR is in Richmond) pop-up is now open through Halloween. Come back for photos.

FREE: Did you look at the photos of our recent Renwick party? Wish you attended? You only have a few more days to check out works by Candy Chang, Marco Cochrane, Duane Flatmo, Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti, Five Ton Crane Arts Collective, Scott Froschauer, Android Jones, and Richard Wilks in the exhibit. Their art leaves this weekend.

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MUSIC: MC5 celebrate 50 years at 9:30 Club. This tour features  Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Fugazi’s Brendan Canty, King’s X’s Dug Pinnick and Zen Guerrilla’s Marcus Durant joining MC5’s Brother Wayne Kramer. Get there early for opener The Detroit Cobras.

OUTSIDE: Sure, you can watch D.C. soccer at the brand new Audi Field but you can also watch Brazil take on El Salvador at FedExField in Landover.

STAGE: Story District’s next show is this Tuesday at Black Cat, “Throwing Shade: Stories about Brutal Honesty, Trash-Talking, or Disrespect.” It’s not an episode of the popular podcast Throwing Shade.

STAY IN: John Legend became an EGOT with his Jesus Christ Superstar win. Watch that? Praise Legend?

ACTIVE: Work up a sweat at the inaugural night of Capital City Swing’s new Wednesday night dance, the 1938 Club, at Dumbarton House.

CULTURE: The What She Said series is a quality series of lectures and panels at the POV Lounge in the W Washington. This edition is about women in sports and entertainment. Michelle Freeman, President of Freeman Companies, Freeman Foundations, and minority partner in Monumental Sports and Entertainment and Valerie Camillo, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer for the Washington Nationals will chat with Elena Bergeron, Editor in Chief of SB Nation. Doors at 6:30 p.m., panel at 7 p.m., free with registration.


FILM: Watch Soylent Green on the lawn of the National Academy of Sciences Building.

FOOD + DRINK: We could have included this in active but due to the sweets and excellent drinks, we’re putting it in Food + Drink. Work up a sweat on the roof of The Line at a 55 minute Urban Athlete class, billed as including, “a dynamic warm up, mobility work, conditioning, and camaraderie.” The class may not lead to new friends but the post-workout cool down with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream may do the trick. If you’re not too sweaty, grab a drink in the lobby at Brothers and Sisters.

FREE: Pregame the DC United game at Mission Navy Yard with us and Heineken. First 50 people get a free Heineken.

MUSIC: The new Decembrists record is one of their best. See the still good band at Baltimore’s The Modell Lyric.

OUTSIDE: The 66th Anne Arundel County Fair begins Wednesday night. Do fair stuff. Drive us there and we can shop the flea market together.

STAGE: We’re interested in the new play by Steven Levenson, If I Forget, opening tonight at Studio Theatre.

STAY IN: Watch Sarah Paulson play three characters on American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

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