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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 Meryl Streep as our guide for the weekend and the year. It’s a good idea to look to the best living actress for yearly guidance.


BYT Murder Club: Winter is a perfect time for mysteries – join us every Thursday this January at Suns Cinema for screenings of best cozy, twisty murder mysteries you probably haven’t seen.

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

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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

We handpicked the best of everything this month, so you can have Your Best January.

• Welcome to 2018. Here are the 18 D.C. Bars & Restaurants To Look Forward to Opening in 2018.

• 2017 was fun. It’s fun in retrospect. We all survived. Here is the BYT Year in Numbers 2017. Fun gifs!

• Each month we round up the best beer events in and around D.C.: Draft Picks.

2018 is 1998. We’re living in the work of Armageddon, “The Dope Show” and Beyoncé.

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



Listen to our radio show! BYT Radio hosted by Brandon Wetherbee streams at noon. Listen live. Subcribe in iTunes. 

Watch a movie with us! Every Thursday in January we’re presenting a murder mystery film at Suns Cinema. Tonight is 1972’s Sleuth. Welcome to the BYT Murder Club!

• Cinema Hearts, Coy Pond, BabeRage and Venus Milo play an all ages show at at Comet.

• New Age DJ night Glide is at U Hall. That is a thing.

The Brixton hosts Reimagining DC in 1968. Reminder, we’re living in the art of 1998.

• Super MAGFest is at National Harbor all weekend.

• Phillips after 5 is at the Phillips and sold-out. We tell you about sold-out stuff because if you’re interested in it you can attend the next month.

• Hip-hop legends Main Source are at Songbyrd.

• The talk, “Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration” at the Ripley Center sounds interesting.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The D.C. Psychedelic Society January Meeting is at the West End Library. Go and tell us all about it.

BALTIMORE PICK: Excellent bar/performance space The Windup Space hosts MONDO BALTIMORE: Trash Flicks and Cult Epics!



• You, Me, Them, Everybody begins year 10 tonight at The Wonderland Ballroom.

• Drink some new beer by Port City Brewing at Port City Brewing

• Techno legend Kevin Saunderson is at Flash.

• The Dead Milkmen bring the adults that prefer to youth to 9:30 Club.

• Jungle Fever are at U Hall. If you’re 18-20 you have to buy tickets in advance. I’m glad I’m not 18-20.

• We like the late night show at Drafthouse Comedy: Attack of the Comics.

• First Friday means art openings Hillyer presents a new show from Kei Ito, Monroe Isenberg, and Grant McFarland.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: First Friday means specials throughout Petworth on Georgia Avenue. Over a dozen participating restaurants and bars.

BALTIMORE PICK: Bollymore shares a bill with Jacob Marley, DJ Amyrekha, Ami Dang, and Confetti The First at The Metro Gallery.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Three Kings Day, baby! Party at Jaleo Bethesda’s annual Three Kings Day event! I have no idea what Three Kings Day is about! Don’t tell me!

• The National Building Museum hosts 1968: SHAPING THE DISTRICT. Reminder, we’re living in the art of 1998.

• You still probably have your New Year’s resolution! Good for you! Go workout at Echostage.

The National Gallery of Art begins their week long Affinities, or The Weight of Cinema series.

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


• Chris Rock brings the pain to DAR. Remember that special? Bring the Pain? It’s good.

• Rap legend Rakim is at the Howard.

• Some of us will be at Bier Baron’s 1st Annual Cask Festival.

• Some of us will be at The Dream Syndicate at Rock and Roll Hotel.

• It’s 2018 so a 2000’s dance party is somehow more nostalgic. Hot In Herre: 2000s Dance Party with DJs Will Eastman and Ozker is at 9:30 Club.

• New comedy show Three Sheets Lecture Series is at The Wonderland.

• We’re looking forward to tasting “Sleeping Standing Up” at DC Brau

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The NSO Day of Music: Chamber Concert is at the Portrait Gallery as part of their In Your Neighborhood initiative.

BALTIMORE PICK: The 2018 Crankie Fest is in its fifth year and already sold out. Baltimore loves their crankies!

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


• 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 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. Meryl is terrific (TERRIFIC) in The Post.

• Or catch all our favorite movies of 2017 so you feel prepped for awards season (Globes are happening tonight!)

Leaving the house?

• The clear pick of the day is Boat Burning: Music for 100 Guitars + Trinary System at 9:30 Club. The benefit concert for Bread For The City features visuals by Robin Bell (you know him from his Trump Hotel protest visuals on the facade of the building) and every guitarist in D.C.

• The annual No Pants Metro ride is today. This is not a recommendation.

• Hitchcock classic Rope screens at Suns.

• The Obsessives, Bleary Eyed, Soft Idiot and The Bepstein Show play Comet.

• Last call for Imaginary World of The Nutcracker at ARTECHOUSE.

• Go-go night at U Hall with Junkyard Band.

• It’s way too cold to garden outside but warm enough for a terrarium class at The Lemon Collective.

• Spend the day in the Freer Gallery of Art then stick around for The Emerson String Quartet.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: ofo, the yellow bikeshare bikes, is free all January. Really. Download the app and give them a spin. Pun intended.

BALTIMORE PICK: One of Roger Ebert’s favorite films, La Belle Noiseuse, screens with a new 4K restoration at The SNF Parkway Theatre.

+ 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.