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This week’s BEST WEEKEND BETS is, as always, hand selected from BYT ALL CITY and calibrated for maximum fun and minimum stress, and will be punctuated by images of the original TRON movie because we’re pumped for the Legacy next week.

Before you start reading this one note:



  • Take a peek at local streetwear company DURKL’s holiday hat collection at their Chinatown headquarters/clubhouse. 
  • Harry Hotter, Jerome Baker II, James Nasty and Johnny Blaze channel the Godfather of Soul at U Street Music Hall for the Free James Brown Happy Hour.


  • Want to help save ponies while shopping for vintage Christmas gifts (for yourself)? Stop by the Moon Pie House for their Holiday Vintage Gift Bazaar, featuring vintage fashion, records, books, movies and more with music by Cigarette and Weed Tree.
  • Albus Cavus stages a one-night art show and auction (with pieces from BORF, DECOY and a bevy of local artists) to promote and raise support for Albus Cavus Classrooms at The Fridge.
  • Japanese comic punk band Peelander-Z rips a new one into the Artisphere performance space.
  • As always, Gavin Holland, Steve Starks, and Nacey bring the party with Nouveau Riche at U Street Music Hall.

As if that wasn’t enough already… For some reason the Universe decided to blanket the District’s venues with legendary acts.

  • LEGEND #1: PATTI SMITH! IN THE FLESH! Possibly the coolest living female artist makes an appearance at the National Portrait Gallery to discuss and sign copies of her incredible memoir Just Kids chronicling early-70s Manhattan and her friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe.
  • LEGEND #3: Relive the golden years of hip hop with the groundbreaking East Coast duo EPMD at LIV nightclub.
  • LEGEND #4: DC Hardcore greats Government Issue play a sold out show at The Black Cat.


  • Atone for you sins and nurse your hangover.
  • Gather up your old dresses and swap them out for some new jams at the DC Dress Swap

Now you tell us what we missed….