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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 Gal Gadot as our theme because she is the only reason to be excited for Justice League.


• NOVEMBER 11-19: FotoWeek returns! This is the final weekend of the 10th annual photography festival with over 100 amazing events and exhibitions turning D.C. into a photography Disneyland of sorts, mostly free and open to public. Exhibitions, talks, nighttime projections, movies, and more. DIVE IN.

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Can you even contain the excitement?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• Your long read of the weekend: The City that Meads: Inside Baltimore’s Charm City Meadworks

We interviewed artist Arthur Jafa. He directed Formation for Beyonce and is part of the exhibit, The Message: New Media Works, opening at the Hirshhorn Saturday.

• D.C. has its first Georgian restaurant. We took a First Look at Supra.

Photos from Catharsis on the Mall, like Burning Man during cold weather.

• The Crimson bars, the bars in the Pod Hotel in Chinatown, are nice and fun.


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FotoWeek continues with an evening with NY Times, a full day of shooting at POD Hotel, artist talks, and film screenings.

• The Janet Jackson is at Capital One Arena.

• Kelela is at U Hall.

• The food event of the weekend is the Capital Food Fight at the Ronald Reagan Building. It raises lots of $$$ for DC Central Kitchen.

• The Drums play Black Cat.

• The Shake & Bake Block Party begins today and runs all weekend at Cotton & Reed Distillery.

• Angry boys Thrice and Circa Survive are at Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Brewery we like Hysteria Brewing Company has a Trails & Ales run.

• Watch Pictures from a Revolution at the Leica Store.

• Catch a free preview of A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre.

• Elizabeth Rosner is at Kramerbooks talking about her encounters with concentration camps in her novel Survivor Cafe.



• Catch a preview of The Message: New Media Works at the Hirshhorn as part of FotoWeekDC. Plus: meet Steven Cummings at FotoGeorgetown and living photography legend Susan Meiselas is at Leica.

• Joe Biden brings his American Promise tour to the Warner Theatre. Miss him?

• Yonder Mountain String Band headline 9:30 Club.

• Puddles Pity Party brings the funny sad to Lincoln Theatre.

• Grand opening of the Canal Park Outdoor Ice Rink.

• Holiday Shops Grand Opening: A Winter Wonderland is at Dock 5. Christmas is only over a month away!

• Naked Girls Reading: Comedy Undressed is at the DCAC.

• Head to the Freer and Sackler to see a special showing of Come, Together as part of the Korean Film Festival DC 2017.

• Spend some $ at Project Dispatch’s 9th Anniversary party and art sale.

Comet hosts Rocket City Riot, Radar, and Stereoriots.

• Joel McHale is at the Arlington Drafthouse tonight and Saturday.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• The ice rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden opens.

• Buy some stuff at the Punk Rock Flea Market at St. Stephens.

LOTS OF COOL FOTOWEEK OPTIONS (this is the final weekend):

• Visit the Pop-Up Bookstore: Aperture Foundation at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

• While you’re at the Mexican Cultural Institute, stick around for the Floral Styling Workshop with Urban Stems, ACreativeDC Digital Curation Workshop and a story on the history of food photography. All free and open to public, just drop by.

The Stuart Hall Project screens at the NGA.

• If you’re in the market for photos the Photos for Puerto Rico: A Hurricane Maria Benefit at Big Chief is a great option. For only $5 you’ll get 10 minutes with some of D.C.’s best shooters. Want more time? Donate more money. 100% of proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to rebuild homes in Puerto Rico.

• Participate in some urban gardening at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.

• Run a 5K in East Potomac Park.

• 3 Stars Brewery hosts Hopfunk Fest II.


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


• Erykah Badu brings the soul to The Anthem.

• The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal is at the Kennedy Center.

• Bleachers headline 9:30 Club.

• Spend some $$$ at the 14th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party. Check out our preview.

• Important emo men American Football headline not the most emo Howard Theatre.

• Marlon Wayans records his Netflix special in The Theater at MGM National Harbor.

• Backstreet’s back. Alright? Fine. DC9’s 90s Dance Party.

• G ∆ Y / B ∆ S H is back at TRADE.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


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

For your viewing pleasure:

• Consult our Weekly BYT Guide To DVD Releases / On Demand / Instant Streaming.

• Spend your long weekend revisiting our always golden Murder Mystery Streaming Guide.

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

Leaving the house?

• It is the final day of this year’s Fotoweek and you should make a point to run around town looking at some beautiful and powerful images- check out our FotoWeekCentral and FotoGeorgetown exhibitions and stop by to hear living legends Bill Bernstein, Tina Paul and Alice Arnold discuss disco photography at Shoot to Thrill exhibition.

• Lady Gaga is at Capital One Arena. Pretty good weekend for big concerts headlined by women.

• B|_ank performs at The Beehive with LIGHT BEAMS, Ada Babar, and Black Lodge + em.g. Read our interview with  B|_ank’s Will Hicks.

• Ozuna is at The Anthem.

• A solid pick is Mark Mulcahy at Sixth & I. It’s the Polaris (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) founders’ first solo tour in three years.

NGA is has a screening of Immortality for All: A Film Trilogy on Russian Cosmism.

• Hot Chip DJs open to close at U Hall.

• Angus & Julia Stone headline 9:30 Club.

• Final day to see Antony and Cleopatra at Folger Theatre.

• Spanish experimental heavy metal band Mago de Oz play the not the most Spanish experimental heavy metal Howard Theatre.

• Band we like Chill Parents plays Looking Glass Lounge.

• Final day to check out FotoWeek.

+ 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.