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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 photography as a theme because the 10th annual FOTOWEEK opens this weekend, with a big shiny opening party this Friday.


• NOVEMBER 10: FotoWeek Opening Party!

• NOVEMBER 11-19: FotoWeek returns! The 10th annual photography festival features over a 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:

Our first event at the National Air and Space Museum was excellent and we have photos to prove it. We should have another event at the National Air and Space Museum.

• Our DC Dream Jobs series continues with BYT fave Morgan H. West.

• We stayed in a Getaway Tiny House. You’ve seen ads for Getaway in your Facebook feed. Read what it’s like.

• We spoke with The Blair Witch Project director Ed Sanchez, producer Mike Monello and historical fabricator Julia Myrick.

• Christopher Nolan wants you to care about film preservation.

• Here are The Top 5 Times Chris Christie Yelled at Regular People.


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


Strike a pose.


• The event of the night is the Local First Awards at Blind Whino.

• The National Gallery November edition of Evenings at the Edge: After Hours features Christylez Bacon and Nistha Raj.

• Learn how to butcher a pig at the Some Disassembly Required event at Mess Hall.

• Rare Essence and Backyard Band bring the go go to Echostage.

• Iron & Wine brings the quiet to Lincoln Theatre.

• Make your way over to Sankofa Books and see What Happened 2 Chocolate City.

• Say goodbye to HIM at Fillmore Silver Spring.

• The Strumbellas are at 9:30 Club.

• Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke, Dan Ariely, speaks about his new book at Sixth & I.

• Bill Bellamy, yes that Bill Bellamy, begins a run at DC Improv.

• Foreign Beggars are at U Hall.

• The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. presents the modern ballet Work at the Kennedy Center.



FotoWeek opening night party! Open bar. Live bands. DJs. A first chance to see some of this year’s festival exhibitions, and all that in a gorgeous setting of the Mexican cultural institute and Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain. Very fancy and for a great cause. Bonus: this is officially the final BYT event of the year, so lets get those group hug feelings in.

• Lindsey Stirling is at The Anthem. Has anyone else done more in the pop world to spread the popularity of the violin?

• The Anderson Valley 30th Anniversary Party is at ChurchKey.

• Rhett & Link are at Lincoln Theatre.

Catharsis on the Mall begins.

• The Liquid Folk Art: The Art of DC Brau exhibition opens at the Dacha Loft.

• The Lone Bellow are at 9:30 Club.

Nina Simone: Four Women begins a run at Arena Stage.

• Buy a book at the National Press Club‘s 40th Annual Book Fair.

• Orgone is at U Hall.

• There’s a Veuve Clicquot Picnic Party at the W.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Check out the cool and free FotoWeekDC events, including a full day of amazing FotoTalks at FotoWeekCentral

• Time to start holiday shopping! One of our favorite food events of the year, Emporiyum, is here.

• Time to start holiday shopping! It’s time for Crafty Bastards.

• Learn about trappist beers at The “Trappist Beer Travels” Book Tour at The Sovereign.

• If you haven’t been to Blagden Alley recently, check out Calico.

• Spend the day at Hopfunk Fest at 3 Stars Brewing.

• Friday is Veterans Day. On Saturday veterans will be honored at The Wall.

• Catch some weird shorts at The National Gallery of Art like The Genome Chronicles.

• Take a friend to Shouk and they’ll eat for free! All you have to do is order one pita, bowl or salad and your pal will get one too.

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


• Get ready for the cold weather season at REI’s Party for Snow party. Some BYT faves are performing and some REI discount cards will be available.

Some great openings tonight for FotoWeek: Flashes from the Underground and Monochrome Collective, for example.

• The ceremonial burning of Catharsis on the Mall is at 8:30 p.m.

• Tegan & Sara are at The Anthem.

• The ☆ ☆ ☆ Y2K ☆ ☆ ☆ dance party is at DC9.

• Sahbabii is at U Hall.

• The witches of The Coven return to Ten Tigers Parlour.

• Your favorite local brewery, Atlas Brew Works, hosts a show with Tomb Mold, Taphos Nomos, Ilsa and Left Cross.

• Celebrate Barrelhouse Books: YEAR 14 at Third Floor.

+ 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. And this MONTH APPROPRIATE Horror movie guide.

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

Leaving the house?

• Check out the cool and free FotoWeekDC events, including a full day of amazing FotoTalks (including “Documenting the White House) at FotoWeekCentral and some great shows at FotoGeorgetown

• Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge opened this week at the Hirshhorn.

• As did the VERY special Kingdom of Colors at Artechouse

•One of our favorite food events of the year, Emporiyum, is here.

• Kodak Black is at Echostage.

Cotton & Reed is celebrating their first birthday!

• We like No Age and Psychic Subcreatures at Comet.

El Tamarindo celebrates the 2nd Annual National Pupusa Day.

The Black Cat hosts a book release party for Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and The Cult of The Silver Ball.

• The Upright Citizens Touring Brigade is at Sixth & I.

• It’s November 12. There’s a tree lighting and fireworks show at National Harbor.

• Musiq Soulchild is at Howard 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.