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 Good Place as our theme, just in time for the season finale. We also have some show picks from the good people behind DC Music Download.
•Happy first weekend of February – we select the BEST OF EVERYTHING this month, in order to ensure you have your finest February yet.
February means Dry January is over. Time to drink beer. Draft Picks: February’s Best Beer Events.
• It’s not difficult to take good band photos. If you’re in a band, take better band photos.
• Space for artists is an issue worth talking about in DC. We spoke to the people behind the upcoming STABLE Arts.
• Brewing beer is lonely. The Rule of Reason: Inside Charlottesville’s Reason Beer.
• Our newest series talks to people you may be too hesitant to speak with because they believe things are haunted: Ghosts for Sale.
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• Drink the newly released Talking Backwards at Meridian Pint.
• Tommy Wiseau BFF Greg Sestero is at AFI Silver Spring for a special screening of The Disaster Artist.
• Celebrate International Gruit Day (which is a thing?) at Pizzeria Paradiso.
• Justin Moore is at The Anthem.
• Bryan Callen begins a run at the DC Improv.
• Like Courtney Barnett? You’ll like Jen Cloher. She’s at Rock & Roll Hotel.
• Morris’ American Bar opens tonight. It’s a very good looking date bar in an building know thought of as a good date spot.
• D.C. native Rostam is at U Hall.
• DC MUSIC DOWNLOAD PICK: D.C. avant-garde pop duo The Galaxy Electric is hosting its last show at DC9, with Lake Ruth and Capillaries. Give them a proper send-off before they break up for good.
• FREE PICK: Listen to some stuff you’ve never heard at First Thursdays with DJ Diaspora at Marx Cafe. No cover.
• BALTIMORE PICK: We’ve written a lot about beer events in D.C. this week. So we’re recommending a cider event in Baltimore tonight. CiderCon is at Max’s Taphouse.
• Rose McGowan speaks about her new book, Brave, in the Lisner Auditorium.
• The artist that projects protests on the Trump Hotel and other buildings POTUS may be inside, Robin Bell, is a guest on this week’s You, Me, Them, Everybody Live at The Wonderland Ballroom.
• The Grey A, Lotion Princess (great name) and Shane Hines are at Comet Ping Pong.
• If you’re a fan of side show, you’re a fan of The GREAT Southern Sideshow Hootenanny Fundraiser at Black Cat. GREAT is in all caps. If it’s not great, don’t blame us. That’s their capitalization.
• DC DIT presents Smax, LeDroit, Rob Neubauer and Alex Silva at The Beehive. DC DIT programs some of the best non-venue shows in D.C.
• Funny person Matt Braunger is at Drafthouse Comedy tonight and tomorrow night.
• DC MUSIC DOWNLOAD PICK: Pop-up art gallery The Stew will host a night of live music and art presented by some of D.C.’s most forward-thinking creatives. The event, Revolutionary Future, is meant to highlight the local activists who are pushing boundaries and making a difference in the District.
• FREE PICK: It’s Groundhog Day so Slash Run is showing Groundhog Day.
• BALTIMORE PICK: Dance and save your soul at Save Your Soul with DJ Alr!ght and Pharaoh Haqq at Lithuanian Hall.
Do some daytime stuff:
• The DC Park District is getting in on the Puppy Bowl action with the 2018 DPR Puppy Bowl at the Columbia Heights Community Center. Come back for our coverage. We’re covering this because there’s less CTE in puppy football.
• There’s a big used record sale at the Mount Pleasant Library. Buy vinyl and give $$$ to one of D.C.’s best libraries. I love the Mount Pleasant Library. The inter-library loan system means it’s the only library I still visit.
• Port City Brewing celebrates 7 years of beer.
• Learn how to make pasta at Osteria Morini. It’s February so you can eat carbs again.
• Wall of Books turns 2 years old! Terrible twos! Bookstores don’t have terrible twos because they’re stores and not humans.
• The Smithsonian American Art Museum screens Spike Lee’s Bamboozled. It’s a good, overlooked movie.
Go home, recharge before this evening.
• Earlier this week we profiled the folks behind STABLE Arts. Tonight is their community fundraiser.
• Heavy Breathing and TK Echo are at Comet Ping Pong.
•Check out Whipped Cream at Kennedy Center. We have behind the scenes photos here.
• Black Cat is back open which means Black Cat is hosting dance party benefits. Tonight’s is Rock ‘n’ Roe: A Dance Party for Reproductive Freedom.
• If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, see the current version of Hamlet at Sidney Harmon Hall. We loved it.
• Each month Petworth Citizen makes cocktails based on literature with their Literary Cocktails series. Tonight’s drinks are based on Colin Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.
• If you’re looking for a classy music event, we’re recommending A Branch of Freshest Green: The Music of Hildegard Von Bingen presented by Folger Consort at the National Cathedral.
• Union Stage hosts Emo Night Brooklyn. It’s called Emo Night Brooklyn because two guys from Brooklyn host it. It’s not in Brooklyn. It’s at Union Stage.
• DC MUSIC DOWNLOAD PICK: Veteran D.C. avant-garde band Beauty Pill will headline Rock & Roll Hotel. This is a rare chance to see one of the city’s most inventive live acts play a hometown show.
• FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Judging leaders of the free world on looks alone, J. D. and Kate Dobson, writers of Hottest Heads of State, Volume One: The American Presidents, are at Politics and Prose.
• BALTIMORE PICK: Definitely considering going to The Brewer’s Art for their Aw Shucks, Oyster Party.
• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our food section.
For your viewing pleasure:
• Spend your long weekend revisiting our always golden, freshly updated 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?
• Are you ready for some football?!? Time for Brunch Fest at Dock 5!
• Are you ready for some football?!? Have a drink in the brand new Gaslight Tavern. They don’t have any televisions.
• Are you ready for some football?!? The Iranian Film Festival continues with a screening of Negar at the Freer and Sackler Galleries.
• Are you ready for some football?!? The Skull perform Trouble at Atlas Brew Works.
• Are you ready for some football?!? Today begins National Harbor Restaurant Week. We enjoyed FISH.
• Are you ready for some football?!? The Puppy Bowl begins at 3 p.m.
• DC MUSIC DOWNLOAD PICK: If watching the Super Bowl isn’t your thing, consider going to Takoma DIY space Rhizome on Sunday night. The venue will host its anti-Super Bowl party that includes dinner and performances from five heavy-hitters in the experimental jazz scene.
• FREE PICK: The first Sunday of the month is Community Day at National Museum of Women in the Arts. Which means free admission.
• BALTIMORE PICK: Drone Brunch is also a Baltimore thing. Today it’s at Holy Underground.
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, remember, there’s a way to SPIN ANYTHING for the better: