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Hey everyone! This week’ selection of Mother’s Day weekend 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 Elizabeth Moss Motherhood vehicles as a theme because Mother’s Day.



Some really cool things on the horizon:

• We announced Pride! JUNE 9! Cap Pride & BYT Present: Rainbow Resistance Opening Party!

JUNE 16! BYT & Nat Geo’s Excellent Adventure – Explorers Festival After Hours! Oddisee DJ SET! Museum take-overs! Explorers everywhere! Tickets are on sale! Buy now! Tickets sell out every year.

Zoofari is coming! NEXT WEEK

We are thrilled to be media sponsoring Dine-N-Dash.

Speaking of Dine-N-Dash, you like brunch, right? Enter the RAMW & BYT’s Brunch Passport Challenge.

Enter the FotoDC Spring 2017 Competition.

Celebrate women AND nature with the new Force of Nature series.

• Plus, some BIG, MASSIVE, SUPER SHINY announcements coming up so: stay forever in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest. Use #BYThings too.

Can you even contain the excitement?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• Our best Inside the Artist Studio yet: National Zoo’s Gray Seals.

• We threw a Gloria Gaynor concert / epic disco party in the Library of Congress. This is the photographic evidence.

Fighting Fascism in a Sundress: From the Judges’ Panel at Wonderland Ballroom’s 13th Annual Sundress Fest.

• We went behind the scenes of Madame Butterfly at the Kennedy Center. Gorgeous photos.

• Welcome to May. Have Your Best May.


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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• Since it’s 2017 and people want to hear about murder, Strathmore welcomes Backstage with the Creators of Serial: Binge-Worthy Journalism with Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder.

• Empire of the Sun is at Echostage. RiYL concert photos on Instagram.

• Get your black and white movie fix at Suns’ screening of The Day The Earth Stood Still.

• Tom Papa tells jokes at DC Improv.

• Desiigner is at 9:30 Club. He is not old enough to attend most shows. He just turned 20. 20!

Airline Andouille celebrates their album release at 453 with Two Inch Astronaut, Quilt Monsters, and Aggressive Pedestrian.

• It’s Global Bike to Work Day. So bike to work.

• Good musician/hat wearer Dwight Yoakam is at Lincoln Theatre.

• Humble Fire is at Black Cat.

•Nothing says romance like your mom!



• Tei Shi is at Songbyrd. The show is sold out. Read our interview with the musician.

• Disco legend Giorgio Moroder is at 9:30 Club. We’re giving away tickets.

• The My Favorite Murder podcast plays the Warner Theatre. People sure do love hearing about murder in podcast form!

• We’ll be at the Hirshhorn for their Infinite After Party.

• Ryan Adams is at Merriweather. I hope he plays his happy songs as well as his sad songs. He does have happy songs. Jenny Lewis opens. She also has both happy and sad songs.

• One of the most ambitious orchestral music shows is at DAR: Messiaen: From The Canyons To The Stars. It’s also free. Thanks, National Endowment for the Arts!

• Get free food at The Halal Guys grand opening!

Barbarella screens at Suns.

• Sing/scream yourself at Punk Rock Karaoke at Black Cat.

Red Onion Records hosts Curved Light, Anthony Pirog and Ian McColm.

• Good local band Run Come See is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Pond is at Black Cat.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Visit most every European embassy in D.C. on the A Shortcut to Europe open houses.

• Learn about the outside world inside at the Washington DC Green Festival Expo.

• Listen to some folk and bluegrass at the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival.

• If you’re more of a BBQ, beer and Dirtybird Records fan, head to D.C. Brau for the Dirtybird BBQ.

• Swing by National Gallery of Art to see The Fixer.

• Buy some vintage things at the Suns vintage pop up.

Go home and do some prep for the evening:


• We’ll be at BalletX performing to music of Amy Winehouse at Dock 5.

• Wavves is at U Hall.

• Los Amigos Invisibles is at 9:30 Club.

Go see The Arabian Nights at Source Theatre. We really enjoyed it.

• Praise Jesus at Church Night at Black Cat.

• Mixtape is at DC9.

• Another excellent LGBTQ dance party option is The Coven at Ten Tigers Parlour.

• Demetri Martin is at Lincoln Theatre. His observations are clever.

• Marc Maron is at the Warner Theatre. His observations were released and he’s been trying to lock the gates ever since.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


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

For your other staying-in-viewing pleasure:

• Check out our Weekly BYT Guide To DVD Releases / On Demand / Instant Netflixing.

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

Leaving the house?

• Happy Mother’s Day! Take mom to brunch.

• The second annual DC Bike Ride prays for no rain.

• We recommend Iron Chic at DC9.

Songbyrd‘s Classic Album Sunday is all about OK Computer.

• Very good saxophonist Ken Vandermark shares a bill with the Nate Wooley Duo at the Trinidad Theatre.

• Kerfuffle is at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Still like Weezer?

• Face to Face is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Meat Puppets and Mike Watt are at U Hall. Do you like hanging out with bearded white guys wearing flannel?

+ 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, hang in there