Hey everyone! This week’s events on DC BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand selected from our awesome AGENDA HOMEPAGE and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress and will use assorted images from PARKS AND RECREATION because it’s one of our favorite shows and their 100th episode airs tonight!
Before we start-a few PSAs…
UPCOMING BYT EVENTS:
- 2014. It’s a new year. It’s almost time to celebrate our new favorite bands. Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement
- You may want to become a VIPER. Seriously. Do this.
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MUST READS ON BYT THIS WEEK
- Our first full week of 2014 and it’s clear that people love two things: Nicolas Cage and pizza. We delivered what people love.
- Best Pizza in DC. Done.
- Best Frozen Pizza. Done.
- Nicolas Cage Gift Guide. No pizza here, just perfect gifts for the enigma.
- An examination of Nicolas Cage’s hairline. A look at what none of us will ever understand.
- A celebration of all memes of all Nic Cage.
- Though it’s difficult to believe, there are other things in life besides pizza and Nicolas Cage.
- The Sweetlife Festival date has been announced, but not the lineup, so here’s our handy speculation post.
- Restaurant Week is next week and you should be prepared. Our guide will do just that. Prepare to salivate.
- Speaking of food we want to eat RIGHT NOW, our DC Bar and Restaurant Openings to Look Forward To In 2014 feature has us wanting to eat RIGHT NOW.
- We taste tested the new Taco Bell Grilled Stuft Nacho because FTW.
- We took some memorable photos at the last Monument show and the hopefully not last Modern Moves Festival.
- plus, as always-our handy SHOWS TO GET PUMPED FOR THIS WEEK guide
- LONG TERM USEFUL:
- Are the PARENTS PLANNING A VISIT? Here’s the only guide you’ll ever need to keep them entertained.
- Our 2013 edition of LEAST DOUCHEY BARS IN DC.
- related: HANGOVER GUIDE-pro tips.
- Our FILM GUIDE: the best new releases, the worst new releases, the DC film events you want to see and more
- Our MUSIC GUIDE: best new albums, music for girls by girls, opening bands worth checking out, HOW TO MAKE IT AS A BAND in DC and more
- Our ART GUIDE: must see museum shows, awesome gallery openings, fairs, pop-ups and cool art events
- Our THEATRE GUIDE: shows to laugh, cry AND think about.
- Our FOOD/DRINK GUIDE: gorgeous photos of delicious food and drinks.
- Our STYLE GUIDE: know what to wear now that it’s cold.
- Our guide to the finest DC TRIVIA NIGHTS
- DC’S MOST AND LEAST EXPENSIVE COCKTAILS. Treat yo’self.
- BRUNCH GUIDE
- And as always-a gentle reminder we now how BYT NYC homepage too and publish a NYC Best Weekend Bets. So….tell yourself/friends to subscribe to it + follow us over there on twitter @BYTNYC.
Are you ready for the week?
We certainly hope you mean it.
- Now, chances are that after the holidays and NYE you’re feeling pretty BROKE so here are some options to solve that:
- our FREE AND ALMOST FREE THINGS TO DO IN DC THIS WEEK guide
- If you’re willing to drop some cash on quality art/pop/dance, BYT faves AVAN LAVA headline U Street Music Hall
- If you’re not willing to drop cash, the WPAS Adult Gospel Choir is at the Kennedy Center. I wish they sang ‘adult’ songs.
- Influential soul singer Bettye LaVette headlines the Howard
- Flashdance the Musical is still happening and Twelfth Night opens at Synetic Theatre, which means you should go see them.
- dance like you’re 19 or it’s 19 year ago at Patty Boom Boom’s ’95 Live
- leave the District for the opening reception for #COPING, Claire Briggs’s new exhibition at Artisphere.
- + ALL SORTS OF other stuff (SERIOUSLY, JUST SO MANY)
- OK-time to get this weekend really going. We know you’re tired, but rally.
- Did you meet someone cute at NYE? Did you meet someone cute before or AFTER NYE? Check out our BEST DC FIRST DATE SPOTS – A HANDY GUIDE (also useful: BEST DC PLACES FOR A NON-DATE/DATE-HANG)
- Indulge calories and no-cover at a stout beer event at Bier Baron Tavern
- The story telling dominance of the arts continues with Speakeasy hosting TWO shows at the 9:30 Club
- Sort of story telling at the DCAC with Naked Girls Reading
- Very funny not actually that fat fat dad Jim Gaffigan is at the Warner Theatre tonight and tomorrow
- The dudes behind Drunk History will be in Baltimore for LARP Baltimore @ Rash Field. We’re not sure what this is but it’s free so it’s an option.
- Enjoy some alternative soul with Nicholas David at The Hamilton
- Local art punk favs Brenda play Rock and Roll Hotel
- Under The Counter, a variety show featuring music, stand up and burlesque, is at The Dunes
- + ALL SORTS OF other stuff
- do daytime stuff:
- Like see some movies. Check back Friday to read all of the words you need to know about new releases in our FILM SECTION.
- or go see some art. Like Alex Prager’s FACE IN THE CROWD @ The Corcoran. Amazing. Or Jessica Cebra’s CAVE @ Transformer. ALSO AMAZING.
- Stay true to your new diet and still enjoy cocktails! Head to the Capitol City Brewery for some low-calorie cocktails and healthy dishes.
- Take advantage of the warm weather in January and go skiing at Snowshoe. You don’t need a car. There’s a chartered bus.
- then, let go and take a break before heading out for the evening:
- At night:
- Take yourself to a bar. make it a non-douchey one. Click here for our LEAST DOUCHEY BARS IN DC list to make that decision extra easy.
- Enjoy some French techno spun by Will Eastman at U Street Music Hall for a benefit for the Josh Burdette Student Entertainment Events Memorial Scholarship.
- College rock survivors Cracker headline 9:30 Club
- Fell Types play their last (really) show at The Rocketship
- Pusha-T plays an entirely different type of show at Echostage
- In the mood for something different?
- One of our favorite DJ nights, MIXTAPE, takes over 9:30 Club
- Monthly variety show The Capital City Showcase returns to The DC Arts Center with one of our favorites, Kat Timpf
- Porkchop Volcano, a name that could only be for an improv troupe, occupies The Green Room at Arlington Drafthouse
- A drive to Baltimore to see The Whigs and Shark Week doesn’t sound too bad
- Indie rock pioneer Howie Gelb headlines Black Cat
- + ALL SORTS OF other stuff
- BRUNCH TIME!
- Feel more like staying in? HOME ENTERTAINMENT column TO THE RESCUE. ALSO, check out our list of BEST MOVIES OF 2013 (trust us, it may surprise you) for some viewing inspiration.
- leaving the house?
- The annual tradition continues: NO PANTS METRO RIDE. Stay tuned for extensive coverage of the event.
- Pretend you didn’t leave the house and hang out with a bunch of fellas in onesies at the Sunday Oneday Onesie Party at Number Nine.
- The Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop Culture Worldwide festival continues with a free performance by The Reminders
- Enjoy some improvised chamber music with Classical Revolution at The Mansion on O
- The Brass-A-Holics are at The Hamilton. They have a problem with addiction and brass.
- Andrew Grossman’s newest band headlines The Dunes
- + ALL SORTS OF other stuff
PHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. PLUS: 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.
- You’re not dead, you’re just tired. Till next time: