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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 Trainspotting as a theme because we’re hosting a preview screening of T2. Nothing like some Scottish to celebrate the Irish.



Some really cool things on the horizon:

•   THIS FRIDAY: The least frustrating St. Patrick’s Day celebration you’ve ever attended.

•   THIS SATURDAY: We are excited to partner with Halcyon Stage @ Dock 5. First performance is this weekend and a Stravinsky Rave Rite to Spring Dance Party. Should be amazing.

•  SAVE THE DATE: We are thrilled to be media sponsoring Dine-N-Dash again.

•  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?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

St. Patrick’s Day is on a Friday. Good luck.

• Our Women’s History Month series continues highlighting Julia Carpenter and Sarah Massey.

Drag is hard. Comedy might be harder. Being a comedy queen is the hardest.

• Attention all beer fans, we announced the 2017 HOPFEST lineup.

“We won’t actually sacrifice a virgin that night… Are there any left?”

• The lead singer of Bad Religion and a guy embroiled in Russian scandal sat down for a chat. Greg Graffin and Carter Page on Population Wars.

We interviewed John Oates of Hall and Oates.

Will the Gay Games come to D.C. in 2022?


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


Not heroin.


•  We’re very proud to present a T2 Trainspotting preview and post-film Q&A with Danny Boyle. You need to RSVP to attend. And show up early. So do that.

• The Funk Parade Kickoff Jam is at Tropicalia. Yay, Funk Parade!

• BYT all time fav Jens Lekman is at U Hall. The show is sold out but check out our interview with him here.

• The Decolonizing Alaska exhibit at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design looks interesting.

• The final event at the MLK Library before the renovation is the Story Time Gala. We really enjoyed it last year.

The Kogod Courtyard has a great jazz series. Tonight is Take 5! Lena Seikaly and Danielle Wertz Celebrate Women in Jazz.

• See Ganesh Sitaraman talk about The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution at Politics and Prose.

• Foster Carrots, Go Cozy and Keeper are at Black Cat.

• Godfrey begins a run at the DC Improv.

• Katatonia, Caspian, and Uncured are at 9:30 Club. It’s cold. Metal is better when it’s cold.




• Our St. Patrick’s weekend pick is Buffalo & Bergen’s Suburbia Presents: ShamROCK & ROLL at Union Market.

• Our not exactly St. Patrick’s Day pick is Road House at Suns.

• Our St. Patrick’s Day in the District feature will guide you to the best of the rest holiday options.

• Cher is at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Cher is a national treasure and should run for office.

• Ritmos Raros is back at Songbyrd.

• Notches, Chill Parents, and Narrow/Arrow are at Slash Run.

• Looking for a new place on H Street? Try Hill Prince.

• Emma Willmann is at Big Hunt tonight and tomorrow. We liked her Late Show set.

• See Casablanca at Politics & Prose.

• Galactic and Con Brio are at 9:30 Club.

• It’s your last day to eat at ShopHouse. RIP, ShopHouse.

• Vundabar and Sports are at Comet Ping Pong

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• It’s finally cold enough to go ice skating.

• Keep the St. Patrick’s Day spirit alive with Clover Beer Fest @ Navy Yard

• The National Museum of American History presents Cooking Up History: The Women Behind America’s First Cookbooks.

• The Community Forum on Women’s Environmental Leadership is at the Anacostia Community Museum.

Churchkey hosts Le Trou du Diable and co-founder Isaac Tremblay.

100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice screens at National Museum of the American Indian for free.

• You live in D.C. Participate. There’s a Positive Force organizing meeting at St. Stephen’s.

Then go home and regroup before tonight:


•  Our pick of the night is the Stravinsky Rave Rite of Spring Dance Party at Dock 5. GO.

• Hit up Gay Bash at TRADE.

• A Great Big World and Allie Moss are at The Hamilton.

• Hear the first 25 songs from Magnetic Field’s 50 Song Memoir at The Lincoln Theatre.

• The D.C. Environmental Film Festival has a screening at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

• Recover from St. Patrick’s Day at Fantom Comic’s trivia night.

• Carly Aquilino is at Arlington Drafthouse.

• Two Dragons & a Cheetah are at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Hey Hemingway fans, Nicholas Reynolds is talking about his book Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy at Politics & Prose.

Kingfisher is hosting a special cocktail pop-up with Glendalough Distillery.

Bier Baron hosts the inaugural Spankin’ New Variety Show.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


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

For your other staying-in-viewing pleasure:

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

•Watch these films and shows on Netflix before they say goodbye.

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

leaving the house?

• The Millennium Stage turns 20 and Kennedy Center is throwing a party to celebrate.

• The food event of the weekend is New Kitchens On The Block at Mess Hall. We went last year. It was great.

• Swing by Dew Drop to catch Ms. Fridrich, FuzzQueen and The Feed. We are fans of FuzzQueen.

• If you need some Marvel in your life than hit up Dr. Strange at Rosedale Library.

• The Magnetic Fields are back at Lincoln Theatre.

• Girls Rock! DC is back at Black Cat. Go support some amazing young women.

• Tennis is at 9:30 Club.

• Go listen to the Velvet Underground with some strangers at Songbyrd.

• Jeezy is at Echostage.

+ 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. Don’t just stand there.

Till next time, don’t forget to keep running…