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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 Samantha Bee as the theme because White House Correspondents Weekend (and maybe even the shutdown, WHO KNOWS) is THIS WEEKEND.



Some really cool things on the horizon:

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.

• 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!

• 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?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• We usually look in chef’s refrigerators. This week we took a peek inside the fridge at the National Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center.

• Our Freshly Tapped series continues with a look at Days Gone By, a dry-hopped tripel from Hellbender Brewing and Brasserie St. Feuillien.

• Cinema Hearts is a great band and we were happy to premiere their new single “Fender Factory.”

• Your new favorite dark bar opens next week. Look inside Truxton Inn.


SOCIAL MEDIA BONUS: tag all your Instagram stuff #BYThings (@brightestyoungthings) and get a chance to shine on OUR Instagram feed too.




• Go see Fun Home at the National Theatre. It’s great.

• Tonight’s Filmfest DC pick of the night is Backpack Full of Cash at E Street Cinema.

• The Revolution is at Fillmore Silver Spring. As in Prince’s band The Revolution.

• Gucci Mane is at Echostage.

• Pharaoh Haqq presents Def by Temptation Suns.

• The Washington Ballet’s Balanchine, Ratmansky, Tharp are at Warner Theatre.

• Generationals is at Black Cat.

• Roasts are fun but living people are sensitive so The Time Machine Roast at DC Improv shouldn’t offend anyone.

CTRL Space CMD is back at Capital Fringe.

• Balkan Beat Box is at 9:30 Club.



• The New Pornographers is at 9:30 Club. Read our interview with head Pornographer Carl Newman.

• It’s the first of three days of the Georgetown French Market. We will be there.

• Virginia Grohl will be at Black Cat talking about what it’s like being Dave Grohl’s mom. If you’d rather laugh, Sasheer Zamata is downstairs.

• Janel Leppin and Coup Sauvage & the Snips are at the Luce. Great music, beautiful venue.

• Leave work early and try out Iron Gate’s midday menu.

• Liza Jessie Peterson is talking about her book All Day at Politics & Prose.

• Lewis Del Mar is at U Hall.

• Drink great beer and support the Anacostia River on the Atlas Half Shell Cruise.

• LeAnn Rimes is at The Kennedy Center

• See some burlesque at Howard Theatre.

• Tonight’s Filmfest DC pick is The Good Postman at E Street Cinema.

• John Waters talks about his new book at Halcyon House.

• Remember the queer dance party outside Mike Pence’s temporary D.C. residence? The organizers of that planned another one outside The White House.

R. Ring, Split Single, and Flasher at Comet Ping Pong should be good.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Last week was the March for Science. Today is the People’s Climate March.

• It’s Pups in the Park day at Nationals Park! Sure, the Nats play the Mets but doggies!

Chip Sullivan is talking about his book Cartooning the Landscape at Fantom Comics.

• Buy some old books at the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair at Spinx Club.

• It’s time for the 2017 DC Chocolate Festival! This is a thing!

• We really do recommend checking out the Georgetown French Market.

Go home and do some prep for the evening:


• Stay in and watch Samantha Bee’s Not The White House Correspondents Dinner.

• Speaking of the dinner, there’s a protest scheduled outside the dinner. Trump will not attend the WHCD. Do what you gotta do.

• Night 2 of The New Pornographers at 9:30 Club.

• Pinegrove is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• The DC Youth Orchestra Program and The American Pops Orchestra team up for A Swingin’ Centennial: Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald in Meridian Hill Park.

Comet Ping Pong is holding a benefit for Casa Ruby with Homosuperior, Lady Bits and Post Pink.

• There’s a Prince/MJ dance party at Songbyrd.

• If you prefer more should pads to your Michael Jackson, Talking Heads cover band Psycho Thrillers Psycho Killers perform a Talking Heads/MJ mash up set at Gypsy Sally’s.

• Jazz Cartier is at U Hall.

+ 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 to look for a stick and more fun?

• Shonen Knife is at Black Cat. Come back to BYT for our interview with the band.

National Harbor hosts the Wine & Food Festival. We enjoy both wine and food.

• Mick Jenkins is at Fillmore Silver Spring.

• National Gallery of Art is holding a whole day of Hubley Animation Studio screenings.

• Seán Barna has a single release show at Dew Drop Inn.

• The Black Angels is at 9:30 Club.

Sixth Engine hosts a neighborhood block party.

• HariKaraoke Band has their 7th Anniversary Party at Wonderland Ballroom.

• Emily King is at The Hamilton.

• Wrap up your weekend drinking all of Dram & Grain’s Spring Cocktail Menu.

+ 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, get on the phone.