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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 as Adam Scott and Craig Robinson as a theme because we are rolling into the spookiest month of they year and Ghosted premieres Sunday. Also, we love them.


JUST ANNOUNCED! NOVEMBER 4: National Air and Space Museum + BYT Present: FOUND IN SPACE! We’re finally at the Air and Space Museum! Open bar! Moon Boots (the musical act)! Moon boots (the shoes)!

OCTOBER 20: SOLD OUT! SAAM & BYT Present: Murder House Party! A Renwick Gallery Opening. Get on the waiting list! Our events sell out in advance. Which means you should probably buy your Bentzen Ball tickets now.

• OCTOBER 26-29: Bentzen Ball 2017 is coming! Ira Glass! Al Franken! Amber Tamblyn! Jermaine Fowler! Colin Quinn! Jenny Slate! Podcasts! Tig Notaro! Amber Tamblyn! Some great shows are on sale. Some shows are already sold out!

• NOVEMBER 11-19: FotoWeek returns! We’re celebrating 10 years of beauty at SPAIN arts & culture and the Mexican Cultural Institute! Get opening party tickets here and enter the annual competitions here.

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Can you even contain the excitement?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• Our most important annual feature is here: Least Douchey Bars in D.C. 2017.

• We take a first look at the new exhibition SPIRIT OF AUTUMN at ARTECHOUSE. Better get your tickets now.

Priests and Priest are different musical acts.

•  Artworks for Freedom has great events for a great cause. Come out and support them over the next few weeks.

• The Freshly Tapped series continues with a look at the MIC Saison.

• Art All Night was huge. Take a look at some of Shaw’s finest offerings.

D.C. finally has its first bourbon. That’s not exactly accurate


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


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• The Washington Nationals clinched their division earlier this month so Nats home games have become easier to attend and less dramatic. So the team is doing some odd/good specials. Tonight is Margaritaville Night at Nationals Park.

• Check out the brand new Jinya Ramen Bar on 14th.

• Electric Six brings a gay bar atmosphere to Black Cat.

• The Facebook Monologues return to Drafthouse Comedy. It’s like Facebook, but funny.

• Songhoy Blues headlines U Hall.

Dacha Beer Garden hosts an Oktoberfest Market. Dacha now has walls so it’s like beer prison on 14th and S. Why does D.C. like beer prisons?

• Watch The Wailing at the Korean Cultural Center.

• A People’s Choir returns to DC9.

• Have a drink at the National Zoo Happy Hour.



• Start the day right, first thing: We recommend ArtWorks for Freedom director Michele Clark at Creative Mornings at Studio Theatre.

• Bruno Mars continues to steal from Prince in great ways at Capital One Arena.

• Some staff members are very excited to see Thundercat at 9:30 Club.

• One of the perks of living in D.C. is the Kennedy Center. One of tonight’s events is NSO Pops: Seu Jorge presents The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie.

• Quicksand play guitar through loud amps at Black Cat.

• The Union Market drive-in series continues with Clue.

• Band we like CrushnPain has an album release show at Uptown Art House.

• Weller, Kississippi, and Forever Crush are at Comet.

• The Ladies of the Underground showcase is at Ten Tigers Parlour.

• Torres is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• The final Barenaked Comedy is at Bier Baron.

• Atlas Road Crew is at U Hall.

• Mark Bray talks on his new book Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook at Politics and Prose.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Watch tiny dogs race at the 6th Annual Wiener 500 Oktoberfest Celebration at The Yards.

• ANXO + No Kings Collective have a pop up shop and fundraiser for Puerto Rico at the ANXO Eastern Market location.

• Another pop up option is American Field DC at Dock 5.

NGA screens a compilation of restored animation including Pianissimo, Frank Film, and Pencil Booklings.

• The Annual Russian Bazaar is today and tomorrow! Election meddling! Facebook ads!

• We’re intrigued with Reinterpreting Pop Culture Through the Hard Side of Japanese Idol Music at The Third Floor/Slim’s Diner.

Go home and regroup for the evening:


• The event of the night is DC Public Library’s UNCENSORED Underground The Cocktail Party at Dupont Underground. Love them, love this event, go to it.

• Crystal Castles headline 9:30 Club. We’re giving away tickets.

• Sinbad is at the Warner. Good for Sinbad.

• Band we like The North Country has an album release show at St. Stephens.

• Zola Jesus makes the already dark U Hall even darker.

• Dance to less dark music at Heavy Rotation Disco Funk Party at Black Cat.

• We enjoyed Skeleton Crew at Studio Theatre.

• The Lemon Twigs are at Black Cat.

• Pinback is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

+ 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?

• Harry Styles is at DAR. He’s a good looking man.

• Time for the Takoma Park Street Festival.

• Hopefully the D.C.’s first Big Gay Flea is good enough to return.

• The Church is at 9:30 Club. “Under The Milky Way” is one of the best songs of the ’80s.

• Join the Positive Force DC October book group meeting at St. Stephens. They’ll discuss Sarah Jaffe’s Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt.

• Mock Identity headlines Black Cat.

• Try Tiger Fork’s dim sum brunch before you see it on Instagram.

•Toki Underground partner swith Chaia for a one-time pop-up at the H Street Ramen House.

• Stay in and watch BWB guides Adam Scott and Craig Robinson on Ghosted. We love them but that show doesn’t look like it’s going to last. Watch it live while you can.

+ 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