Best Weekend Bets

Hey everyone! This week’s long selection of 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 Princess Bride as a theme because mawwaige is in the air.

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Some really cool things on the horizon:

JUST ANNOUNCED: We are thrilled to partner with Library of Congress on Bibliodiscotheque. Gloria Gaynor! Tim Gunn! Mike Simonetti! Super sold-out! Sorry.

Zoofari is coming! Save on tickets with us!

Did you miss the first Halcyon stage outing? Grab tickets now for the next ones.

• SAVE THE DATE: We are thrilled to be media sponsoring Dine-N-Dash again.

•  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:

• It’s April. Have Your Best April.

• It’s April, the best month for beer in D.C. Consult Draft Picks to have your best beer.

• We asked Drew McCormick, Executive Beverage Director of the award winning Pizzeria Paradiso beer program, to keep a Drink Diary. Out livers could not handle her life.

•Speaking of beer, our Freshly Tapped series continues with Denizens’ Backyard Boogie.

• The RAMMY Nominations have been announced. Read this for good food and difficult reservations.

• The next installment in the Sad Girl Taste Test tackles the Chicken McGriddle from McDonald’s.

• Plus, we brought you our weekly FREE AND ALMOST FREE THINGS TO DO IN D.C. & SHOWS TO GET PUMPED FOR THIS WEEK & HAPPY HOUR HOTLINE . USE THEM.

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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THURSDAY

• We’re interested in the Alternativas/es + EXPORT opening at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain.

• Damaged City has a pre-show with Give, Protester, Holder’s Scar, Nosebleed, and Witchtrial at The Pinch.

• The Pancakes and Booze Art Show will have pancakes and booze at Penn Social.

• John Mayer does John Mayer stuff at Verizon Center.

• The Facebook Monologues returns to Drafthouse Comedy.

• Learn how to make a zine at DCPL’s Zine Lab. Do you like writing and stapling? Fantastic!

• Ms. Pat begins a run at DC Improv.

• Witch Coast, Kal Marks, and BRNDA are at Comet Ping Pong.

• Beer lovers will be at the Days Gone By Release at The Midlands.

• The Nationals conclude their Opening Week series against the Marlins at Nationals Park. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if George W. Bush got his dream job of MLB Commissioner instead of POTUS?

• Check out the eclectic exhibition CTRL SPACE Command at Capital Fringe

• Author Chris Whipple is at Politics & Prose.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff (SERIOUSLY, JUST SO MANY)

FRIDAY

• Our show pick of the night is Boss Hog at Rock & Roll Hotel. Read our interview with the band.

• The loud show of the night is Damaged City Fest at St. Stephen’s with Angel Dust, Battery, Fury, Red Death, Stand Off, Praise, Unified Right, and Line of Sight.

• Hang out with us at You, Me, Them, Everybody at The Wonderland Ballroom.

• Crystal Fighters is at Black Cat.

• The funny Natasha Leggero is at Arlington Drafthouse.

• Here’s a show featuring a few things we like in one spot: Pizza for Peace: A Benefit Concert for AYUDA with Lionize, Timber Pizza and Hellbender Beer.

• Attend Red Bull’s Waves For Water screening and discussion at AU.

• Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is at 9:30 Club.

Newseum Nights: In Bloom is sold-out. These are fun. Buy tickets in advance.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

SATURDAY

Do some daytime stuff:

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade! Great if you like parades! Horrible if you do not!

• Somewhat related to the Cherry Blossom Fest is Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival at Yards Park.

• Spend all day and night at Damaged City Fest at St. Stephen’s. There’s an all day concert and an all day art show.

Colada Shop is serving up $1 empanadas all day in celebration of National Empanada Day.

• Some of us will be at Allagash Saison Day at Right Proper in Brookland.

• Some of us will be at the Decanter Wine & Racing Festival at Laurel Park Race Course.

• The National Gallery of Art is screening a bunch of Spanish animation. They have the best free screenings.

Go home and regroup before mawwiage:

Then:

• The best public event of Saturday night happens to be in Baltimore. David Lynchfest Baltimore! is at The Windup Space.

• The outdoor music season is here. Deadmau5 is at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

• Listen to some music in a graveyard. This is not connected to Deadmau5.

• Dance at Mixtape at Town. This is not connected to Deadmau5 or graveyards.

• The Fighter and The Kid podcast is at 9:30 Club.

• Justin Jones is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli is at Lincoln Theatre.

Songbyrd is celebrating the life of Phife Dawg.

• Maggie Rogers is at U Hall.

• Big Sean is at Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Mr. Carmack is at 9:30 Club. This is the most amount of shows we’ve recommended since last summer.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 

SUNDAY

• 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?

• Damaged City Fest ends with The Marked Men, Coke Bust, Haram, Flasher, and Dirty & His Fists at Black Cat.

REI has two things we like in one place: Atlas Beer and biking.

• Jain and Two Feet are at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Check out the new Smithsonian exhibits on World War I.

Lisa Prank, AquaReef, Dogbreth, and Lavender are at Comet Ping Pong.

• Stop by Suns and end your week with a healthy dose of Bergman

Cotton & Reed is throwing a release party for their new Allspice dram.

+ 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 reading.