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 Joe Biden as the theme because VEEP is back. This is a very bittersweet BWB.
Some really cool things on the horizon:
• 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.
• 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?
• We updated our Spring Volunteer Guide. Do some good.
• It’s VegWeek! VegWeek is a thing! Consult our VegWeek guide for delicious meat-free food.
• The new Mason Dixie Biscuit Company drive-thru is popular. Here’s why.
• Our What’s In Your Fridge series continues with Chef Jeffrey Buben.
• New season, new cocktail menus. We Taste Tasted the new Gibson offerings.
• Did the Goo Goo Doll’s “Iris” start the Men’s Rights movement?
• Plus, we brought you our weekly FREE AND ALMOST FREE THINGS TO DO IN D.C. & SHOWS TO GET PUMPED FOR THIS WEEK & THE WEEK IN OUTSIDE. USE THEM.
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• Filmfest DC kicks off their 31st fest! That’s a lot of movies over a lot of years!
• Aimee Mann brings her mental illness to Lincoln Theatre. Mental Illness is the name of her new album.
• The Ballet Across America series continues at the Kennedy Center.
• If you can’t afford ballet tickets, you can afford the free show/trivia Specific Ignorance at Drafthouse Comedy.
• We’re looking forward to Oddisee at 9:30 Club. Come back Friday for our review.
• Happy 4/20! Head to Suns for a double feature of Reefer Madness and Up In Smoke.
• Happy 4/20! Go running with Potomac River Running. This event has nothing to do with 4/20. It’s just happens to be 4/20.
• Vita and the Woolf is at Black Cat. It’s not a children’s story.
• Fun Home is now at the National Theatre. Come back to BYT for our review.
• Clayton English begins a run at DC Improv.
+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff (SERIOUSLY, JUST SO MANY)
• We’re looking forward to /ˈentrəpē/, a collaboration between renowned artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas,and Grammy Award-winning drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
• The Interdimensional Player’s Ball is at the historic Howard Theatre. It’s billed as, “A night of supreme sumptuousness,” so go and tell us what that means!
• DC9 has a Wig & Disco party. Wigs are fantastic.
• Katt Williams is at DAR Constitution Hall. Katt Williams is very good at his job and this is not sarcasm. I’d rather see Katt then most every person that says funnies into mics.
• Sinbad is at Hollywood Casino. He’s not as good as Katt Williams. He’s not bad, but he’s no Katt Williams.
• Drive-By Truckers is at 9:30 Club. They are very good and very relevant in this version of America.
• Help clean up Rock Creek.
• Calm & Crisis say goodbye at Songbyrd.
• Feel good about yourself at Rock for RAINN at Slash Run. 100% of your $10 will go to RAINN. Ménage À Garage, FuzzQueen and Pagan Reagan play. FuzzQueen is great.
• Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter, is at Politics & Prose.
• Periphery is at Fillmore Silver Spring.
Do some daytime stuff:
• Last week was the Tax Day March. Today is the Science March.
• We Taste Tested the new Joselito brunch.
• The weather is ideal for Del Campo’s Limonada Sucia.
• It’s also good weather for the DC Beer Festival.
• If you hate the idea of outdoor activities, head inside to the National Galley of Art for a bunch of new(ish) Spanish animation.
• Wunder Garten hosts the DC Earth Day Swap Shop.
• Hank’s Dupont hosts their 10th Annual Oyster Fest.
Go home and embrace:
• The very funny Sarah Silverman is at MGM National Harbor.
• Cage the Elephant is at Lincoln Theatre. You are not allowed to use your phone during the show. I’m torn on this. I get it for comedy, but not music. It also seems like a giant insurance liability.
• Dengue Fever play AMP by Strathmore. You can use your phone but won’t because you’ll be dancing. Maybe you text and dance to Dengue Fever. What do I know?
• Brit Floyd is at Warner Theatre.
• Dismissing facts and reason is not hilarious. Laughs For Science! A Fundraiser For The Union Of Concerned Scientists understands this. The show is at Wonderland Ballroom.
• We recommend A Raisin in the Sun at Arena Stage.
• Goapele is at Howard Theatre.
• The National Cannabis Festival takes over the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds.
• The Skatalites are at Gypsy Sally’s. They’re still skanking.
• Squirrel Nut Zippers and Ozomatli are at State Theatre. Squirrel Nut Zippers are still hoarding away nuts?
• Taraka Larson of Prince Rama DJs at Dew Drop Inn.
• 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.
• New episode of VEEP on HBO.
Leaving the house to look for a stick and more fun?
• It’s the last night of the Hump! Film Festival at Black Cat.
• D.R.A.M. is at the Lisner.
• Happy birthday, Billy! It’s time for Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration at Folger Shakespeare Library.
• Twin Forks is at Rock & Roll Hotel. It’s the guy from Dashboard Confessional with another band.
• Haven’t been on a bike in a while? Go on the Nice-N-Easy Ride with Bicycle Space for a smooth transition back to two wheels.
• National Galley of Art screens of The Magic Mountain. They have the best free movies.
• Hurray for the Riff Raff is at 9:30 Club.
• The DC Edibles Festival is a thing.
• Classic Album Sundays are back at Songbyrd. This week is The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?
PHEW. 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, do your best.