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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this Labor Day weekend? BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. This week’s theme is Insecure, because we can.



• SEPTEMBER 7: Leave It All Behind: A Renwick at Night Experience – SOLD OUT.

• JUST ANNOUNCED : September 21 – BYT & Nat Geo Invite You To – My Party Will Go On – A Titanic After Hours join us for our final museum after hours event of the year – a 90s prom themed Nat Geo campus take-over, with White Ford Bronco, DJ Matt Bailer, and more. $25 Tickets are on sale now. This usually sells out. See above.

• OCTOBER 25-28: The 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Tickets are on sale now! Get them all while you can, several shows are already sold out.

• NOVEMBER 3-4: Our first true crime fest: Death Becomes Us! On sale now: Buzzfeed Unsolved Live, Criminal, Last Podcast On The Left and Wine & Crime, Kenda Confidential and more to be announced!

 • More announcements coming soon. Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram. Use #BYThings too & get excited.


All sorts of great stuff:

• Another year of Afropunk, another excellent photo set from Maya-Katharine Moore.

We began our new series, Gender Bender of the Week, with a profile of Aunty Chan.

Norway, Denmark and Iceland: A Tale of Three Hot Dogs.

• Taking you back to the golden age of web browsing with Websites from Antiquity Vol. 1.

Nick Hexum: 311 was an inside job.

• We’ve updated our Trivia Guide. Answer some questions.

RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes.

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



That’s right wolf who happens to be a teen.

• Stevie Wonder is at MGM National Harbor for one more night.

• Last chance to see 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm at AFI Silver Spring.

• Drink good beer and listen to loud music at Atlas Brew Works. Insect Ark, Crowhurst, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis and The Holy Circle play.

• Do you need to see Kenny G at Wolf Trap. Some people need Kenny G in their life.

• Some of us are intrigued with the Plagues and People event at the Historic Congressional Cemetery.

• Fire In Motion headlines Songbyrd.

• The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design has an artist talk about M12’s Lone Prairie.

• Lightmare and Park Snakes are at DC9.

Passion at Signature Theatre reaffirms Signature Theatre’s commitment to the works of Stephen Sondheim.

• G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert are at Jiffy Lube Live. All his friends are dead. Lil Uzi Vert’s friends. I don’t know about G-Eazy’s friends.

FREE PICK: Last weekend to see Romeo and Juliet Free For All at Shakespeare Theatre.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Sound Garden’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated with a double feature of High Fidelity and Empire Records at the Parkway Theatre.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• The first-ever Blisspop Disco Festival kicks off at 9:30 Club with performances from Claptone, François K, Charles Feelgood, and Eau Claire.

• Watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the Congressional Cemetery.

• Obody, Insect Factory and Sarah Hughes, Nik Francis and Jim Ryan Duo play Rhizome.

• Ryan O’Flanagan from American Vandal is at Drafthouse Comedy.

• Wear a nice hat to Gavin DeGraw at Wolf Trap.

• Enjoy (?) Die Hard with a Vengeance at Suns Cinema.

• Dirty Laundry has their album release show at Big Chief.

• Smartest person on TV (whenever she’s on TV), Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks about hew upcoming book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, at The Hay Adams.

FREE PICK: Dance at Tropicalia’s no cover Shamans of Sound.

BALTIMORE PICK: The 2nd Annual CM.BALL is tonight at the EMP Collective.



Do some daytime stuff:

• Really want to go on a Game of Thrones themed bar crawl this Labor Day Weekend? You’re in luck!

Hysteria Brewing Company celebrates their one year anniversary.

• It’s Labor Day Weekend. Eat a burger.

• Another weekend, another chance to hang out at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

• College football is a horrible scam that profits everyone but the student athletes. But you may want to go to the Texas vs. Maryland game at FedExField. Do what you need to do. We all compartmentalize.

• Grab a bite to eat.


• Fingers crossed for no rain at Ziggy Marley and Steel Pulse at Wolf Trap.

• If it does rain and you want to enjoy your reggae in an environment indoors, Howard Theatre has Reggae Fest.

• The Blisspop Disco Festival at 9:30 Club concludes with Giorgio Moroderw, Ultra Naté, and WIll Eastman.

• If you can’t get into the Blisspop Disco Fest, head to DC9 for the LCD Soundsystem vs Hot Chip vs Cut Copy dance party.

• If you’d prefer an all vinyl soul/funk/psych dance party, we like Leon City Sounds at Showtime.

• Martha Afework is at Songbyrd.

• Steve Byrne continues a run at the DC Improv.

• Eat at the Amparo Fondito pop up while you can.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The event of the weekend is the 2018 National Book Festival at the Convention Center.

BALTIMORE PICK: Feel your feelings at The Emo Show at Baltimore Soundstage.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


For your viewing pleasure:

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

Or check out our summer reading list.

• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our SHINY NEW UPDATED DC BRUNCH GUIDE.


Leaving the house?

• Honey Grove is all day at Blind Whino. Read our interview with Kyrisha Deschamps, founder of Honey Groove.

• It’s Labor Day Weekend. Drink some cheap beer.

• Head downtown for the day long Syria Fest.

• Birds for Eyes play a free show at Dangerously Delicious Pies.

• The 5th Annual Mediterranean Summer Soirée is in the POV Lounge in the The W Hotel.

• It’s free community day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

• The D.C. United take on the Atlanta United FC at Audi Field. Go United!

• Last chance to see Melancholy Play at Source Theatre.

FREE PICK: The Labor Day Weekend Music Festival is free Saturday and Sunday at The Lincoln Theatre.

BALTIMORE PICK: Spend the evening at Sandlot’s Silent Beach Party 2.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

• Brunch. Consult our Labor Day Brunch roundup.

• Spend 12 hours, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the 17th annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival at the Kennedy Center.

• Spend an American holiday with Canadian punks Mobina Galore at The Pinch.

ROAM ends their season with a party on a boat. That seems like a good thing to do on Labor Day.

• Shonen Knife play Black Cat. They’ve been together longer than you’ve been alive.

FREE PICK: It’s Labor Day. Go to the pool.

BALTIMORE PICK: Sick of outdoor options? Head inside The Sidebar for Mark Joyner and Archie Jamieson.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?


PHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT: THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO DO LISTED IN THE BYT CALENDAR PAGES, so use it and if you think we may have missed something, comment away–you know you want to. NO EXCUSES.

till next time… repeat after us: