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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. This edition’s theme is David Bowie, specifically “Space Oddity,” The Man Who Fell to Earth and “Ashes to Ashes” Bowie to help remind you about our SOLD OUT party at the most popular museum in America.


April 12 (FRIDAY): Our first BIG D.C. party of the year is SOLD OUT!

May 10: We return to Nat Geo for Queens of Egypt: The Mother of All Parties! Open bars, the new Nat Geo Museum exhibition Queens of Egypt, Madame Gandhi!

• SAVE THE DATE: October 24-27, our Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of Comedy & Friendship. Keep an eye on bentzenball.com for details and tickets.

• SAVE THE DATE: November 8-11, our Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C.ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW come and get them. Keep an eye on deathbecomesus.com for details and individual show tickets.


All sorts of great stuff:

The demonstrations and rallies worked. You’ll still hear go-go at 7th and Florida.

• Our Inside the Artist Studio series continues with Trap Bob.

• Our new series, How to Behave, kicked off with How to Behave in Therapy with psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb.

• Go through the looking glass with photographer Kaitlin Jencsco.

• It’s April. Have Your Best April.

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.

• The Caps begin the first round of the playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena.

• Easter egg hunts are for kids. Easter keg hunts are for not kids. The DC Easter Keg Hunt kicks off at ChurchKey, Bluejacket, The Sovereign & The Partisan.

• Enjoy Strand of Oaks at U Hall.

• Do some after work free cherry blossom themed yoga at Freedom Plaza.

• You like murder mystery TV shows and films, right? How about a murder mystery themed comedy show?

• Pretty Boi Drag Presents Open King Night at Bier Baron.

• Ella Vos is at 9:30 Club.

• The Pancakes & Booze Art Show tries out Howard Theater.

• Guerilla Toss is at Songbyrd.

• We’ve recommended lots of different types of trivia over the year. This is our first recommendation for Burning Man themed trivia. We did it!

• How about Wild Belle at Black Cat?

FREE PICK: Really great weekend for free events on or near the Mall. Start your weekend early at April Evenings at the Edge: After Hours at the National Gallery of Art.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• It’s finally time for our Space Oddity party at the National Air and Space Museum. It’s sold out, but hop on the waitlist and you might luck out.

• The big Damaged City Fest show of the night is at Black Cat.

• The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge begins at the DC Armory. Get ripped. Get ripped!

• The big art event of the weekend is UMBRELLA: Presented by No Kings Collective + Collection 14 at 2114 14th St NW, a block large three day art pop-up. Come back to BYT Friday for our preview.

• Get excited for the 5th annual Flip Flop Festival at the Flip Flop Festival Kickoff Party at the REI Flagship store.

• Day one of DC Web Fest includes master classes, VR experiences, pro bono headshots and more at Google’s D.C. office (plus evening events at Mindspace).

• One of Bill Murray’s best, What About Bob?, screens at Suns.

• We like Shy Boys at DC9.

• The Nats are back home and tonight’s giveaway is a Juan Soto Bobblehead. It’s a good looking bobblehead.

• Roam offshoot Outlier is back at Jimmy Valentine’s.

• Another good dance party option is Coven at Ten Tigers Parlour.

• The cherry blossom themed Newseum Nights is sold out.

FREE PICK: The [email protected]|Sackler: Cherry Blossom Edition includes a screening of Dragnet Girl with a live score by Coupler.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• One of the most interesting ways to enjoy the cherry blossoms is at the National Arboretum. Visit the arboretum between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and catch a performance from The Washington Ballet.

• One of the most parade-y ways to celebrate the cherry blossoms is the National Cherry Blossom Festival parade.

• Start your day hanging out with some incredible creators (including Otessa Ghadar, Marcus Dowling, Molly Ruland and Ariel Burgess!) at day two of the DC Web Fest.

• Spend the day losing your hearing and having a nice time with like minded people wearing black t-shirts at Black Cat. 15 hardcore bands play Black Cat beginning at 2 p.m.

• Happy Record Store Day!

• The weather this week has been great. Hopefully it’s just as niceh for the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival on Pennsylvania Ave.

• Spend the afternoon or evening at the DC Wine Fest at Long View Gallery. There’s 3 sessions. You should not attend all 3 sessions.

• Sink into the abyss:


Then:

• You’re running out of chances to see the Mariinsky Ballet’s Le Corsaire at The Kennedy Center.

• Masta Ace, Marco Polo and Diamond D play a Record Store Day themed show at Union Stage.

• Nerd Nite returns to DC9.

• Kiefer is at Songbyrd.

• Chelsea Handler’s Sit-Down Comedy Tour comes to Warner Theatre with special guest Jake Tapper.

• Head to Ottobar for Com Truise.

• Adam Conover from Adam Ruins Everything is at 9:30 Club.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: After buying all of your Record Store Day vinyl, stroll around Rhode Island Ave NE for PorchFest 2019.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

For your viewing pleasure:

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

Game of Thrones’ final season begins.

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

Leaving the house?

• We wrote about the Oliver Lee Jackson exhibit at the National Gallery of Art for our Your Best April feature and recommending seeing it during their 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. community celebration.

• One of the most interesting wine events we’ve seen, Borderless World Of Wine – Parts 1 & 2, runs from noon to 7 p.m. at MAYDAN and Compass Rose. Listen to our most recent BYT Radio, “Grilling with Maydan” with Chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan from Maydan.

• If you prefer lamb to wine, you can’t go wrong with Lamb Jam at Dock 5. Come back to BYT next week for coverage.

• Queen Latifah performs at The Kennedy Center.

• This Sunday Black Cat is for the children. And the parents. Rumpus Room is a family friendly dance party that begins at the reasonable hour of 11 a.m.

• Enjoy the Cherry Blossom 5K Fun Run at the National Arboretum. If you’re a casual runner with no or mild allergies, this sounds like a perfect event.

• Seattle’s Red Ribbon is at Dew Drop Inn. Get there early for Slow Love.

• We already told you about cherry blossom themed yoga. Now we’re letting you know about cherry blossom themed meditation.

Game of Thrones’ final season begins tonight. You already know that. But if you’re not a GoT fan and really want a seat at Bad Saint and other restaurants that are difficult to get a seat in on a Sunday night, try to get a seat tonight.

FREE PICK: The Folger celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday with free events all day beginning at noon.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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

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, accept your place in the universe.

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