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Hey everyone! This week’s selection of 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 Mrs. Maisel as our theme because anything Amy Sherman Palladino does is better than anything that’s going to happen to us this holiday month.


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Can you even contain the excitement of things to come?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

Have Your Best December.

• It’s the holiday season. That means buying gifts. Consult our massive gift guides so you maintain healthy relationships with the ones you love and/or tolerate. Gifts For Her + Gifts For Him + Gifts For Interesting People With Interests + Holiday Stuff

• It is holiday season: check out the photos from GEORGETOWN GLOW.

• It’s the holiday season. Jews love Christmas too, just not the religious stuff. A Jewish Advent-ish Calendar of Christmas Appreciation: Getting Buzzed at Zoo Lights + A Charlie Brown Christmas + Peppermint Bark

It’s the holiday season. Sad Girl Taste Test: Flamin’ Hot Mac ‘N Cheetos From Burger King.

• Your long read of the weekend: Freshly Tapped: Anchor Christmas Ale

•  Great month for music in DC. We reviewed Bon Iver @ The Anthem, NPR Music’s 10 Year Anniversary Concert @ 9:30 Club, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton @ Sixth & I and The National @ The Anthem


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• The Imaginary World of The Nutcracker opens tonight at Artechouse.

• The very funny Ron Funches begins a run at the DC Improv.

• The very fabulous Alyssa Edwards from RuPaul’s Drag Race is at Town.

• If you haven’t been to Pearl Street Warehouse yet, the Hayley Jane & The Primates show is a good reason to see the space.

• Drink some drinks inspired by some words. Literary Cocktails: Hans Christian Andersen at Petworth Citizen.

• Black Cat has a very good bill with Incredible Change, Honest Haloway and Mystery Friends at Black Cat.

Politics and Prose hosts Dar Williams, author of What I Found in a Thousand Towns.

• If you’re not yet in the holiday spirit, Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas From the Fam-O-Lee” Show at The Lincoln Theatre should get you there.

• POLITICO Playbook is doing a recording (?) of their very widely read newsletter at Sixth & I.

• Matt Bellassai is at 9:30 Club.

• Drink some festive drinks and raise some festive money at 2 Birds 1 Stone for 826DC.

• Busty and the Bass bring the bass to U Hall.



• Julie Byrne plays The Miracle Theatre. Come back Friday for our feature interview.

• Look at the pretty lights at Georgetown GLOW.

• Drink some wine indoors AND outdoors at the Drink The District Wine Festival. BONUS: Get 30% off by using the code BYT30. Bonus to the bonus: this event is back next weekend too.

• The Neon Cat pop-up begins for one week at Cherry Blossom Creative.

• Wolf Alice headline 9:30 Club.

• Darlene Love brings her annual holiday show to The Howard Theatre.

• Before you see The Disaster Artist, read what it’s like to work with Wiseau.

• We’ll be at Rico Nasty at U Hall. Come back next week for our review.

• Agua Society and Songbyrd are teaming up for a 90’s Edition Dance Party.

•David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries get a live treatment

• See Ménage Á Garage, Washer, Slip Disco and Bethlehem Steel at Slash Run. Bethlehem Steel is very good.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Do some holiday shopping at the 12th Annual Upshur St Art & Craft Fair.

• Sometimes you want to attend an underwear party while it’s still bright outside. Lucky for you the Naughty of Nice Underwear Party at Living Room DC begins at 1 p.m.!

• Megan Hilty performs with the NSO Pops for A Holiday Pops! at Kennedy Center.

• Catch a double feature at NGA with The Last Angel of History and Testament.

• Participate in the DC Fray’s Pajama Jam Bar Crawl.

• See The Pajama Game at Arena Stage.

Go home, take a nap and regroup for the best evening:


• We’re looking forward to the 10th Annual Repeal Day Ball at the Andrew W Mellon Auditorium.

• Bacchae, Kid Claws and Governess are at Black Cat.

Fantom Comics hosts a Holiday Geek Market.

• Fantasia sings holiday songs at The Anthem.

•Party with the animals at Zoo Lights.

• Another holiday show option is Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents The Holiday Show at The Lincoln Theatre.

• The legendary Gary Numan is at 9:30 Club. He will most likely not sing Christmas songs.

• Learn/laugh at Fale University at Suns.

• The wonderfully named The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Matt Pond PA is at DC9.

• Ayes Cold shares a bill at U Hall.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our food section.

For your viewing pleasure:

• Consult our Weekly BYT Guide To DVD Releases / On Demand / Instant Streaming.

• Spend your long weekend revisiting our always golden Murder Mystery Streaming Guide. Cold weather is perfect for murder.

• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews.

Leaving the house?

• Mogwai headline 9:30 Club.

• We recommend heading to Busboys and Poets 5 and K NW location for Michael Twitty’s book event.

• Watch a selfish T.V. exec get taught a lesson with Scrooged at Suns.

• Go marathon caroling in Capitol Hill.

• Maneka, Hellrazor and Baby Grill are at Comet.

• It’s never too early to start thinking about St. Patty’s day, so get in the spirit with the Irish Traditional Music Session at Petworth Citizen.

Dupont Underground hosts the Picnic Theatre Company of Washington DC for a one-night pop-up cocktail and Agatha Christie’s murder mystery The Unexpected Guest.

• Learn how to make wreaths at Steadfast Supply.

• Andrea Bocelli sings big songs at the no longer Verizon Center.

• Do some yoga at the National Building Museum.

+ 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 up the good work.