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Hey everyone! This week’s selection of events on D.C. BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. As your theme: assorted gifs we WOULDN’T have used if this weekend INCLUDED Valentine’s Day.

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•February 21st: Join us + Make Offices for a “How to Succeed In D.C.” day of cool and informative panels, free snacks, and co-working, featuring some of our favorite people in D.C. FREE, BUT MAKE SURE YOU RSVP.

•Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes.

• MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON…Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram. Use #BYThings too. Get excited!

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• Every month we select the BEST OF EVERYTHING, in order to ensure you have your finest month yet.

• Valentine’s Day week means we ask some of our favorite D.C., NYC and Chicago what they love about D.C., NYC or Chicago. Read them are be happy you live in D.C., NYC or Chicago. Or jealous. D.C. Part 1D.C. Part 2 Chicago NYC

Best places to make out in D.C. A Whole Foods meat counter made the list. But what Whole Foods meat counter?!?

• Our Dream Jobs column this week is about UrbanStems’ Cameron Hardesty who swims in flowers for a living.

Photos of people running around downtown in their underwear for charity. Cupid’s Undie Run happened.

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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THERE YOU GO!

THURSDAY

Listen to our radio show! BYT Radio hosted by Brandon Wetherbee streams at noon. Listen live. Subcribe in iTunes. Please give us a nice rating in iTunes. Those ratings matter? We won’t get a medal or anything it 5,000 people give us 5 star reviews but validation is validation.

• Last chance to see Krzysztof Wodiczko‘s projection on the Hirshhorn.

• We’re interested in NMAAHC Finding Common Ground at the Museum of the American Indian.

• Ali Siddiq makes his DC Improv debut.

• George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are at The Howard Theatre. They’re always at the Howard. Not complaining.

The best play in the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival, Familiar, is now running at Woolly Mammoth.

Bad Moves, Shellshag, The Guests, Saturday Night (band) play Comet Ping Pong Thursday (day).

• If you’re a witch or considering becoming a witch or just like the idea of witches, you may be interested in WITCH Circle: New Moon Manifestation.

• Umphrey’s McGee jams at The Anthem.

FREE PICK: Beetlejuice at The Library of Congress. Michael Keaton should play Mr. Rogers. Nothing against Tom Hanks.

BALTIMORE PICK: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story screens at Jewish Museum of Maryland.

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

FRIDAY

Black Cat hosts two shows we’re excited to see. Upstairs is Weavings by Janel Leppin. The cellist weaved some of her favorite vintage pieces into large scale weavings. Over a dozen musicians will interpret the weavings. It’s a show premise we haven’t heard before and are unlikely to see again soon. We also really like Cigarette, Bong Wish and Slow Love at Black Cat Backstage. Get there early for Slow Love.

• Try to see Black Panther. Buy tickets in advance or you won’t see Black Panther opening night.

The Washington National Cathedral hosts the A Long, Long Way: Race & Film, 1968–2018 program Friday and Saturday. Tonight’s programming a screening and panel discussion of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

• Some of us will be at STRFKR at 9:30 Club.

• Author Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove talk about their new book, Chocolate City, at the National Archives Foundation.

• Piramid Scheme, Snax, and Brightan Black are at Comet Ping Pong.

• Tedeschi Trucks Band play solos at Warner Theatre.

FREE PICK: Johnny Graham & the Groove and Allison Balanc play POV Live’s (roof of the W, best view of the Washington Monument) Heartbreak Hotel. Free with registration.

BALTIMORE PICK: Steve Martin and Martin Short bring their not-exactly-comedy-not-exactly-music show at The Modell Lyric.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

SATURDAY

Do some daytime stuff:

• The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial kickoff and birthday program begins today at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

• Aren’t the Winter Olympics great? Amazing athletes performing nearly impossible feats on a regular basis may inspire. It may also make you realize you will never be able to perform at an elite level. Lucky for you, Disney On Ice presents Frozen at the Capital One Arena! That should cheer you up!

• The 50 Shades movie series may not be for you but 50 Shades of Rosé at La Maison Française at The French Embassy may be exactly what you’re looking for.

• There’s a celebration of Jay Dilla, DC 4 Jay Dee!, at Songbyrd in the late afternoon.

• Do some goat yoga. It’s not a type of yoga you haven’t heard of, it’s just doing yoga near goats.

• Go home, recharge before this evening.

Then:

• Our pick of the night is the Transformer’s Heartbreaker’s Ball at Comet Ping Pong. Buy your Valentine some art. Buy yourself some art. Be your own Valentine.

The Great Society at Arena Stage is the rare play sequel. It’s worth your time.

• Rob Cantrell tells jokes at Drafthouse Comedy.

• Another art option is the opening of Dan Tague’s “Alternative Evidence” at Civilian Art Projects.

Black Cat hosts a burlesque tribute to Tori Amos. Proceeds benefit RAINN.

Night of the Creeps screens at The Pinch.

• There’s a Prince vs. MJ night at Songbyrd. We all know who won that fight. Painkillers.

The Lemon Collective hosts a self love fair.

• Celebrate Chinese New Year at Kyirisan. They’re offering a special two-course tasting menu to mark the occasion in addition to their regular menu.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: See the Obama portraits in person at the National Portrait Gallery.

BALTIMORE PICK: Skateboarding will be a 2020 Olympic sport! Related, there’s a Charm City Skatepark Meetup!

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

SUNDAY

• 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?

• Cher’s back at MGM National Harbor and you should see Cher because Cher is great.

• Time for another DC Record Fair. This edition is at Penn Social. The DC Record Fair is really well run and a large venue like Penn Social is required for all of the vinyl.

• If you’re going to the record fair, make sure you check out the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown.

• Last chance to see Sovereignty at Arena Stage.

American Ice Company hosts an afternoon pig roast. It’s warm enough for a pig roast. It’s almost always warm enough for a pig roast.

• If you’re looking for a cheap, quality tattoo, Champion Tattoo Company has to move and is offering $50 tattoos.

• Learn about wildly, delicious microbes at Wildly Delicious Microbes at The Pickle Factory.

FREE PICK: Showtime hosts an Anti-President’s Day Party. No cover, all vinyl.

BALTIMORE PICK: The UNION 2018 Pinewood Derby should bring you back to Boy Scouts (if your boy Scouts experience included drinking in breweries).

+ 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, here’s this:

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