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Hey everyone! This week’s selection of events on D.C. BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked from our awesome AGENDA HOMEPAGE and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress with Oprah 2020 as our guide for the weekend.


BYT Murder Club: Winter is a perfect time for mysteries – join us every Thursday this January at Suns Cinema for screenings of best cozy, twisty murder mysteries you probably haven’t seen.

Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes. 

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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

We handpicked the best of everything this month, so you can have Your Best January.

• Your 2018 definitive guide to murder mysteries has arrived: Best of: TV Murder Mysteries to Binge Watch NOW – 2018 Edition

• Also, our updated 2018 Pho and Ramen guide is here

We asked some of our favorite funny people what will be funny in 2018. Choose to laugh more in 2018.

• Our Scene in D.C. column explores the connections between 2018 and the Coen Brothers Burn After Reading.

What’s The Deal? Using Data To Show Gender Discrepancies in Stand-Up Booking

Game of Thrones doesn’t return until 2019. So we have some suggestions for D.C. most popular pop-up bar. (They had a GoT pop-up last summer. Remember? There were lines around the block to sit in a throne? Yeah. Now you remember.)

SOCIAL MEDIA BONUS: tag all your Instagram stuff #BYThings (@brightestyoungthings) and get a chance to shine on OUR Instagram feed too.


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Listen to our radio show! BYT Radio hosted by Brandon Wetherbee streams at noon. Listen live. Subcribe in iTunes. 

• BYT Murder Club re-convenes at Suns Cinema for a screening of The Last of Sheila.

• Some of us will be at ChurchKey for The Firestone Walker XXI Anniversary Party.

• We like this bill at Comet: BRNDA, Long Neck, Sammi Lanzetta, Femme Flag

• We’re looking forward to check out the production of The Humans now running at the Kennedy Center.

• Park Snakes play Dew Drop Inn.

• Play some boozy bingo at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven play 9:30 Club because if you like one of David Lowery’s bands, you’ll like both of David Lowery’s band.

• The show, not command, On Your Feet!, continues its short run at the Kennedy Center.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Showtime is throwing a holiday party and you’re invited! It’s a good bar with cheap drinks and we hope you like it.

BALTIMORE PICK: Ottobar is a great bar with a great bar logo (cats are good bar logos) and tonight they host Queer Qrush – An All-inclusive Dance Party.



• We’re excited for Sovereignty at Arena Stage. Its run begins tonight.

• Walk The Moon plays The Anthem rather than defy gravity.

• Begin your MAL weekend with Mike Servito and Justin Cudmore at U Hall.

Morton’s is celebrating 40 years of meat. They’re offering $69 bottles of Sexy Beast wine.

• Disco Biscuits do not play disco nor make biscuits but do perform tonight at 9:30 Club.

Proud Mary shoots its way into theaters.

• Another night, another good Comet bill: Des Demonas, Quattracenta, DJ Baby Alcatraz

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Swing by the Iranian Film Festival and catch the tightly wound drama, Blockage.

BALTIMORE PICK: Baltimore Restaurant Week begins today and runs through January 21. Prepare your stomach for DC Restaurant Week, conveniently beginning January 22.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• The Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) continues at the Hyatt Regency.

• Put some ink on your body at the DC Tattoo Expo. It’s in Arlington. The DC Tattoo Expo is in Arlington.

One Eight Distilling celebrates three years with an all day party! They grow up so fast, don’t they? They do not. Time works the same way it always has.

• Take a tour of obscure memorials on the National Mall.

Go home, take a nap and regroup for the best evening:


• We like The Way of the World at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre.

• Hang out with some local witches at The Coven at Ten Tigers Parlour.

Los Sadicos, tribute band to proto-punk garage band Los Saicos that formed in 1964 in Lima, Peru, plays Showtime.

• Tonight is the opening of the Contraband show at Washington Project for the Arts.

• Very fine bar The Looking Glass Lounge has a coat drive this weekend. You have a coat you don’t need! Don’t lie!

• A bunch of local bands and a NYC band (Deer Scout, Barking Carnies, Chill Parents, Trigger Warning, Weird Babies, Herschel Hoover) play a show at The Pinch with 100% of donations going to the DC Books to Prisons Project.

• Ten Tigers Parlour hosts the fundraiser Ladies, please take your House seats! for five Democratic women running for the House. Win raffle prizes from Hero Heads, Prince of Petworth, Planned Parenthood, and more. It’s January. Get used to these type of events.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Dance to some good soul music at the Biff Bang Pow Vinyl Dance Party at Slash Run. No cover, all vinyl.

BALTIMORE PICK: Oliver Brewing Company is celebrating their 25th anniversary! Go drink some beer and eat some pretzels.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our food section.

For your viewing pleasure:

• Spend your long weekend with the 2018 edition of our always golden Murder Mystery Streaming Guide. Cold weather is perfect for murder.

• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews.

Leaving the house?

• Metal bands BackBlast, Thonian Horde, and Seasick Gladiator play a benefit show for wildlife rescue at Atlas Brew Works because metalheads love animals.

Breath screens at the Freer and Sackler as part of the Iranian Film Festival.

• The 4th Annual MLK Birthday Celebration featuring Rare Essence, Sugar Bear & EU and Trouble Funk is at The Howard Theatre.

• The Washington Wedding Experience bridal expo is at the Convention Center. We really hope two people met at MAL on Friday, got matching tattoos at the DC Tattoo Expo on Saturday and are spending today at the Wedding Experience planning their nuptials.

• Dorothy is at 9:30 Club. The band Dorothy. How’s your Aunt Dorothy? We all have an Aunt Dorothy. Or Great Aunt.

• CHURCH (not the religious kind) presents Holy Glory! at Trade.

• Chef Dorjee and the Dorjee Momo team host a pop-up of vegan Himalayan dishes at Big Bear Cafe. When’s the last time you enjoyed some vegan Himalayan dishes? It’s been too long…

• Happy Russian New Year’s Eve (they celebrate twice because time is a construct, man)! Celebrate at Mari Vanna.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: It’s 80’s night at the Wonderland Ballroom, who knows what will happen? People will probably drink beer. It’s a bar.

BALTIMORE PICK: Golden West Cafe is hosting a tarot and cocktail night, if you’re looking for someone to tell you about your future blackouts.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

• Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Which means it’s also a day of service. If you don’t already volunteer, please consider volunteering. If you’re not sure where to begin, consult some of our volunteer guides.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?

DONT_FORGETPHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT:  THERE ARE A BAJILLION OTHER THINGS TO DO LISTED IN THE BYT AGENDA PAGES, so use it (to both post your events and search for them) and if you think we may have missed something, comment away–you know you want to. NO EXCUSES.

Till next time, keep up the good work.