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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 David Fincher thrillers as our theme because our (very sold out) Murder House Party is at Renwick and Mindhunter is the best thing on TV right now.

Before we start: some PSAs:


• OCTOBER 26-29: Bentzen Ball 2017 is coming! Tig! Jenny Slate! Amber Tamblyn! Jermaine Fowler! Podcasts! Storytelling!  Some shows are already sold out! Get tickets to all the other shows now!

• NOVEMBER 4: National Air and Space Museum + BYT Present: FOUND IN SPACE! It is the final frontier of BYT museum parties! We’re finally at the Air and Space Museum! Open bar! Moon Boots (the musical act)! Moon boots (the shoes)!

• NOVEMBER 11-19: FotoWeek returns! We’re celebrating 10 years of beauty at SPAIN Arts & Culture and the Mexican Cultural Institute! 100+ mostly free events and exhibitions all around town. Get opening party tickets for November 10 here. 

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Can you even contain the excitement?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

Bentzen Ball is next week! Spend the weekend binging on some of our performers finest YouTube clips.

• We covered opening night at The Anthem. And Phoenix. And LCD Soundsystem. We basically lived at Anthem last week.

• It’s good hiking weather. Check out our Hiking Guide.

• Speaking of hiking, our Getaway House giveaway may be the best giveaway we do in 2017.

Our Miss Adams Morgan photos are SFW. Those are baseball bats, not other things that could look like baseball bats.

We took a peek inside the fridge of Rose Previte of Compass Rose, Maydan and Check, Please!


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



• Woman with a huge hit Cardi B is at Echostage.

• Van Jones talks at Sixth & I.

• Vance Joy headlines Lincoln Theatre. Van and Vance in D.C.!

We enjoyed The Price at Arena Stage.

• Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions headline 9:30 Club. You know her from Mazzy Star.

• Head to 14th and U St NW for the Big Ugly Truck dance party. Check out some photos from last week’s party.

• Drink and learn (?) at Drunk Education at Black Cat.

• Eli “Paperboy” Reed plays Pearl Street Warehouse.

Suns screens Tales from the Hood.

• The New York Times presents From Anchor Suits to Bare-ing Arms: The evolution of fashion in Washington at Dupont Underground.

• Guns N’ Roses fill the whatever Verizon Center is called now.

• Ministry and Death Grips play Fillmore. I hope this isn’t cancelled.



• The event of the night is our very sold our Murder House party at Renwick. There is 400 people on this wait list. Which means you should buy tickets to our National Air and Space Museum + BYT Present: FOUND IN SPACE. Because our parties sell out.

• Boo at the Zoo begins at that National Zoo! Halloween and kids in costumes and animals!

• Brooklyn Brewery brings Natalie Prass to the Black Cat.

• See BYT faves Dee Ahmed and Stavros Halkias at the DMV Showcase at the DC Improv Lounge.

• The Second City’s When Life Gives You Clemens is at the Kennedy Center.

• Goldlink headlines the Fillmore.

• Naked Girls Reading read stuff at the Something Wicked show at the DCAC.

• Grant-Lee Phillips plays the brand new Pearl Street Warehouse.

• The show of the night is Queens of the Stone Age at The Anthem.

• The SHOP MADE IN DC grand opening weekend begins today.

• Politics & Prose presents Tom Hanks in conversation with Ann Patchett at Warner Theatre. Sold out. The people love Tom Hanks.

• Party in the suburbs at the Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being (McPAW) Fundraiser.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

The REI Washington D.C. flagship store celebrates it’s first birthday! Someone please give me a few hundred dollars and I’ll happily spend that money in REI!

•If you didn’t get a ticket to Murder House Party, still go and check out Nutshells, the exhibition, now open at the Renwick.

• It’s home movie day at the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

• The Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival is at Capitol Riverfront.

• Watch Labyrinth in the Sidney Harman Hall. It’s not good. Your memories are incorrect. It’s watchable, but it’s not good.

• Today is International Archaeology Day (sure) so celebrate at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

• Buy some stuff at Suns‘ vintage pop-up shop.

• Learn how the CIA, FBI and Foreign Intelligence secretly exploit schools across America when Daniel Golden discusses Spy Schools at Politics and Prose.

• Pumpkinpalooza is at The Wharf.

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


• We recommend Daniel Caesar at Fillmore Silver Spring.

D.C.’s first mobile arts gallery, SPACE4: Visual Arts, opens at Yards Park.

• Pray to Lord and Saviour (British version) of Jesus Christ at Church Night at Black Cat.

• Go to the Kennedy Center Opera House for Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère.

• Moon Hooch and Marco Benevento are at 9:30 Club.

• Chris Rock is still at MGM National Harbor.

• Time for The 11th Annual Halloween Cover Benefit Show at The Pinch! Wear a costume!

Madam’s Organ celebrates 25 years in Adams Morgan.

• King Krule is at Black Cat. Come back next week for coverage.

+ 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?

• Running the Marine Corps Marathon? Consult our MCM Motivation feature.

• Say goodbye to DC United at RFK.

• Some of us are looking forward to Black Kids at DC9.

• If you have tickets to The 20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: David Letterman at Kennedy Center, we’re jealous.

Ecstasy screens at NGA.

• Lil Kim performs at Howard Theatre for the Howard Homecoming Grand Finale.

Finding Joseph I: The HR From Bad Brains Documentary screens at Lincoln Theatre.

We enjoyed Antony and Cleopatra at Folger Theatre.

• Wolf Parade plays a sold out Black Cat.

Slash Run has a slasher film/bottomless brunch event. October!

• Avey Tare of Animal Collective is at Sixth & I.

+ 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. And come hang out with us at all these BYT events.