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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this weekend? Our BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. The edition’s theme is Mahershala Ali, star of the new season of True Detective, very recent Golden Globe Winner, and owner of one of the best bone structures in the whole wide world. You’re welcome.


All sorts of great stuff:

• The shutdown continues. We’ll continue to update our Shutdown Guide.

• We’re in the midst of Restaurant Week. These are our 7 picks for vegetarian and vegan options for Restaurant Week.

We chat with You Are a Badass author Jen Sincero.

The 2019 D.C. theatre scene has us excited.

• There are some television shows we’d like to see this year.

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.


• The new Artechouse exhibit, Everything in Existence by fuse*, opens today. 

• Person with a good sense of humor, Diplo, will not tell jokes at Echostage.

• It’s cold outside. The Tropic Like It’s Hot: Tiki Cocktail Class at Mess Hall should warm you up.

• The Wood Brothers play 9:30 Club.

• Daybreaker is at the Howard Theatre. This was going to be at the Renwick. Don’t go to the Renwick to do yoga. You will not be let inside the Renwick.

• John Oates plays Wolf Trap. Read our interview with John Oates.

Brixton helps launch the Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey small batch rye.

• Pleasing ping pong players, SPIN opens its doors with a fundraiser for 826DC.

• Ja Rule is scheduled to perform at Fillmore Silver Spring. This is not a recommendation but a reminder Ja Rule is part of Fyre Festival and that Netflix doc comes out this weekend.

FREE PICK: Rock and Roll Hotel’s FED UP! show with GOAT Rodeo, Tom’s Joint and 12 Bar Fuse is free for federal employees.

BALTIMORE PICK: Dan Deacon performs with the BSO at the Meyerhoff. This is the most Baltimore concert of 2019.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• There are a few marches on the Mall this weekend. We are not recommending every march. We are recommending the Indigenous Peoples March.

Songbyrd hosts an Indigenous Peoples March fundraiser and concert.

• The Hip-Hop Museum, not yet a brick and mortar museum, has their first pop-up at Culturehouse, formerly known as Blind Whino.

• Make the most of your Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend.

• Kid Brothers, Dominy and The Duskwhales play the Pie Shop.

• Enjoy Optical Sounds :: Cult Films & Vinyl Records with DJ Daisy Lacy at Grand Duchess.

• Heather McDonald performs at the Arlington Drafthouse Friday and Saturday. Remember Chelsea Lately?

• Anthony Hamilton is in The Theater at MGM National Harbor.

Suns Cinema screens The Crow. As a person that regularly dons Crow makeup, I recommend this screening.

• Corresponding with the Women’s March, Eaton DC hosts a weekend-long celebration of women. It begins with a screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry in partnership with Lady Parts Justice League

FREE PICK: You should be accustomed to the cold weather by now so The Wharf’s second annual Fire & Ice Festival might not seem that cold.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Art After Hours focuses on Michelle Obama’s favorite BMA exhibit, Mark Bradford: Tomorrow Is Another Day.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

Women’s March.

Eaton Wellness hosts a morning meditation before the Women’s March.

Republic Restoratives Distillery hosts a Women’s March after party.

• It’s Free Community Weekend at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

• Happy National Popcorn Day? Eat some popcorn?

• Re-calibrate for the evening:



• You’re going to watch that FYRE doc on Netflix. Watch it with some like minded individuals at DC9.

• Story District’s Top Shelf show is at Lincoln Theatre.

• Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven are at 9:30 Club.

Wolf Trap hosts an evening of Indian dance.

• Gnash is at U Hall.

• The Soft Moon headlines Rock & Roll Hotel.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Looking Glass Lounge’s Shitkickers’ Ball 3rd Edition is a fantastic reason to visit Petworth/Park View/whatever you want to call the 3600 block of Georgia Ave. NW.

BALTIMORE PICK: We like Japanese Breakfast 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.

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

Leaving the house?

A$AP Rocky is at The Anthem.

• Last chance to see Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: Cinderella at The Kennedy Center.

• The 4th Jazz and Freedom Festival, a benefit for the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, is at 600C H St NE.

• Well-curated cocktail event in Capo Deli’s speakeasy doubles as a fundraiser for Humane Rescue Alliance.

• In town for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend? You might also enjoy the Washington Wedding Experience.

• There’s a good chance you’ll see me at the DC9 punk rock flea market.

• Panic! At the Disco will fill the Capital One Arena.

Fillmore Silver Spring hosts the reggaeton party Gasolina.

FREE PICK: Jackie Cohen plays a free show at Songbyrd.

BALTIMORE PICK: The 3rd Annual Little Italy Meatball Fest is making me salivate.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

• Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Which means it’s also a day of service. If you don’t already volunteer, please consider volunteering. If you’re not sure where to begin, consult some of our volunteer guides.

• The 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk and Parade begins at 9 a.m. at 2500 MLK Jr., Ave. SE.

• The Millennium Stage hosts the annual Let Freedom Ring! program featuring Tony, Oscar, and Grammy winning Audra McDonald and Tony winning Brian Stokes Mitchell.

• If you’re looking for some MLK Day brunches, here are some options.

• The Wizards play a 2 p.m. game at home against Detroit.

• A bar/restaurant/outdoor space we like quite a bit, Calico, begins their Arts ‘N Drafts Nights.

And just like that, the weekend is over.

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.

Until next time: