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Hey everyone! This week’ 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 Broadchurch as a theme because with June being here and season 3 premiering this week, it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some gifs of David Morrissey looking moody on beaches.



Some really cool things coming up in the next few weeks:

JUST ANNOUNCED: Celebrate the JFK 100 with us at a magical after hours event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. PLUS: Purity Ring DJ set, open bar, etc. Tickets are already going VERY fast. Grab them now.

• Our Annual Pride Kick Off is next week! JUNE 9! Cap Pride & BYT Present: Rainbow Resistance Opening Party

JUNE 16! BYT & Nat Geo’s Excellent Adventure – Explorers Festival After Hours! Oddisee DJ SET! Museum take-overs! Explorers everywhere! Tickets are on sale! Buy now! Tickets sell out every year

We are THRILLED the Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio is coming back to the Kennedy Center this July. Michael Ian Black! Mortified! Reductress!

• Plus, some BIG, MASSIVE, SUPER SHINY announcements coming up so: stay forever in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest. Use #BYThings too.

Can you even contain the excitement? Contain it.

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• We stopped by ARTECHOUSE to grab some photos of the coolest new art space in DC and the coolest art exhibition of the summer.

• We talked to Andrew Zimmern about food scarcity, his sobriety and the Midwest. Come hang out with him and us next week at Dine-n-Dash.

• We spent sometime with a magician on the top of the Watergate Hotel.

• We have some Twin Peaks theories you guys should probably check out.


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


Always be prepared.


ARTECHOUSE opens to public today. All ages all day, 5:30-9:30 every evening 21+. Yes, there is a bar there. Get your tickets now, this is looking like the hottest art tickets of the summer. Our full preview here.

• Car Seat Headrest is at 9:30 Club. It’s 100% sold out. We honestly don’t get it. Can someone honestly explain the appeal? I’m being serious. Email me.

• David Sedaris is at Politics & Prose to talk about his new book and boy are we excited.

•Watching Kung-Fu movies, listen to Wu-Tang and drink amazing beer at Meridian Pint.

• See your favorite surrealist short films at Suns.

Best of Washington takes over one of our favorite museums in D.C., the National Building Museum.

•Stop by DC9 to see Amy Shark perform with Surf Rock Is Dead.

• It’s the first day of Broccoli City’s The Smile Project, a carnival / concert / extravaganza.

Pallbearer is at Rock & Roll Hotel. Not Paul Bearer.

• Stop by Songbyrd‘s pop-up film festival to see some cool local projects.

•Television’s Richard Lloyd is at the Black Cat with Dot Dash.

• Check out Black Masala at Big Chief and then eat at Ari’s Diner because Ari’s Diner is A++.

• Hit up your friends at Babe City and see GUMP, Bueno and Chocolat at Dew Drop.



• It’s SAVOR weekend! Go get drunk at the National Building Museum!

• Ben Folds, Jussie Smollett and Renée Fleming take over the Kennedy Center for Music and the Mind.

• Super Art Fight IN 3D comes to Black Cat and it promises an “unforgettable evening.” I’m going to assume that means a WWE style cage match but with paints.

• Local artist Corbin Butler takes over D.C.’s coolest / creepiest basement venue, Dupont Underground.

CocoraVelo is screening at REI if you like biking / coffee / outdoors apparel.

• Dance with the QREW at Songbyrd.

• Go see Space Jam in Columbia Heights. You know you want to.

• But more importantly, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is showing Superfly as a part of their two day tribute to Curtis Mayfield Jr.

The Big Sleep is playing at the Congressional Cemetery because of course it is.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Go on an adventure with Riverkeeper

• Go hang out with Goldlink at The Smile Project. There are carnival rides. We recommend you ride them. The rust is good for your soul.

• It’s Kalorama Park Community Day. Go lounge in the sunshine.

The Bike Rack and District Doughnut are teaming up for a wilderness ride / doughnut eating sesh and we’re really into it.

Summerfest DC is taking over the Half Street Fairground with all of the beer and music.

• It’s Wonder Woman Day at Fantom Comics! Go buy some comics.

• Get ready for the summer of JFK love at Politics & Prose, where Thomas Oliphant talks about his book The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign.

• If you’re really itching to hop into a time machine and travel all the way back to 2007, All Time Low is signing records at Songbyrd.

Go home and find someone for the evening:


• It’s SAVOR weekend! Go get drunk at the National Building Museum again! Check out our full preview here.

Art Soiree is kicking off their summer with a rooftop party at Liaison Capitol Hill. It’s a multisensory smorgasbord of art you don’t want to miss.

• Dance to some future pop with Yoko K followed by a conversation with our friend Phillip Hughes at Halcyon House.

• Blossoms takes over Songbyrd if you’re really into long-haired UK boys.

• Tall Friend, Dove Lady and Rat Pack are at Comet Ping Pong for $10.

• Go to Smith Public Trust to see Dirty Dishes, Kindling, Kid Claws and Poppy Patica. Order the nachos. They have amazing nachos.

Story District takes over the 9:30 Club for their annual Pride show.

• Finish the night with some Buffy The Vampire Slayer themed burlesque at Black Cat.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


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

For your viewing pleasure:

• Check out our Weekly BYT Guide To DVD Releases / On Demand / Instant Netflixing.

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

• Go to church?

Leaving the house?

• Tackle that post-SAVOR hangover at Pizzeria Paradiso‘s brunch.

• Go back to The Smile Project carnival to see Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza.

• Chance the Rapper is at Juffy Lube Live if you feel like taking a mini road trip.

• Richmond’s very own Camp Howard is at Black Cat. They’ll be playing with Julian and Baby Grill.

• Go to the American History Museum for a dose of Japanese silent films.

• Get drunk and play with puppies at Atlas Brew Works. What more could you want?

• Check out the Gay Men’s Chorus at Lincoln Theatre.

• It’s open house day at 52 O Street Studios. Go buy some local stuff.

+ 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: