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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 and have Melissa McCarthy as a theme, because… Presidents’ Day!HI


Some really cool things on the horizon:

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

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Don’t tease. Let’s go!


  • Some of your favorite restaurants may be closed or busy due to the A Day Without Immigrants strike.
  • God in a Cup author Michaele Weissman talks about boutique coffee and if it’s living up to the hype and her new book at East City Bookshop. A free coffee tasting will be held after she speaks.
  • If you’d rather learn about alcohol than coffee, go to History & Hops featuring Atlas Brew Works at the Heurich House Museum.
  • Kodie Shane is at Black Cat.
  • Selma is playing at the Woodridge Library.
  • Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd are at 9:30 Club.
  • Kramerbooks is hosting the Fourth Annual Erotica Slam where guests can share their sweet or dirty stories. Who is going to share a sweet story at an erotica slam?
  • Songbyrd is screening Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Lynch recently said the film will be important to understand season 3 of Twin Peaks.
  • Soft Fangs, The Colorines, and Keeper play Comet Ping Pong. Eat at Comet too.
  • Moulin Rouge, the 1952 version, screens at The Phillips Collection.
  • Ms. Lauryn Hill is at the Warner.
  • Play some trivia at the DC Improv.
  • Baltimore Pick: Union Brewery and Senator Theater have come together for a night of Cry Baby and Rye-Baby. Drink all the rye beers you can while watching John Waters bad boy musical. What could be more Baltimore?



  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Onward Together: A DC Volunteer and Advocacy Fair is at the Friends Meeting House in Dupont Circle.
  • Another organizing option is the Positive Force organizing meeting at St. Stephen.
  • Spend the day and night at Katsucon at National Harbor.
  • Check out a matinee of King Charles III at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
  • Smithsonian’s American Art Museum is screening F for Fake. This Orson Welles doc is underrated.
  • Baltimore Pick: Das Bier Haus is throwing a Winter Wonderland block party whether it snows or not. There’s going to be live music, ice luges, and all the beer you can drink.
  • Then go home and regroup before tonight:


  • leaving the house?
  • We recommend Laoban Dumplings at Compass Rose.
  • After you eat some dumplings walk down the block to see Lemuria, Cayetana, Mikey Erg at Black Cat.
  • Stop by Athenaeum to see Peter Stern discuss his Surreal exhibit on the show’s final day at the museum.
  • The Deadmen play 9:30 Club.
  • It’s your last chance to see I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart at Studio Theatre.
  • Go support the kids and see School of Rock at Fillmore Silver Spring.
  • Mellow Mushroom is hosting an alternative President’s Day. $10 donation goes to Emily’s List.
  • Celebrate the president with an LGBTQI make out/protest at Trump Hotel.
  • Celebrate 6 years of TROPIXXX at Velvet Lounge.
  • Drink some coffee from Norway at an international coffee tasting at A Baked Joint.
  • XXYYXX is at U Hall.
  • Baltimore Pick: Arcade night is back at Mex. For $20 you’ll be entered into the Golden Eye N64 competition, but there will also be plenty of Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart.
  • + ALL SORTS OF other stuff…


  • Happy Presidents Day!
  • If you have the day off or just want the day off, go to brunch.
  • If you have the day off or just want the day off, go protest at Lafayette Square.
  • Hayes Grier & The Boys is at Lincoln Theater.
  • Upshur Street Books hosts the Engaged Citizen Book Group. Tonight’s theme is immigration.
  • Maceo Parker blows his horn at Birchmere.
  • Hank’s Cocktail Bar has a Taqueria del Barrio pop-up with 20% of proceeds going to Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center and CARECEN-Central American Resource Center.
  • Lisa Said & the Lost Civilizations is at Dew Drop Inn.
  • Play some music trivia at Songbyrd.
  • Baltimore Pick: Bad and Nasty Baltimore is celebrating Not My President’s Day with workshops, activism, readings, performances, and they’re capping it all off with an evening of cabaret at The Crown. All of the proceeds are going to the ACLU.
  • + 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:

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