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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this weekend? BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. This weekend our theme is true crime in honor of Smithsonian’s true crime film screenings this weekend at the Warner Bros. Theater.


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.

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All sorts of great stuff:

• Did you miss our sold-out party last Friday at the Air & Space Museum? At least you can look at the photos?

• Our Scene in DC column typically covers films set here. This week it’s about Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 video game and reading it made me want to purchase a PS4.

• Goodbye Spark, hello Cane.

We’re recapping Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is a hit television program on the Home Box Office network.

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• Smithsonian’s true crime film screenings begin with a 35MM showing of Zodiac at the Warner Bros. Theater.

• Foals headlines 9:30 Club. Make sure you don’t miss supporting act Preoccupations.

Fillmore Silver Spring hosts a very good metal bill: Hatebreed, Obituary, Terror, Cro-Mags, Fit For an Autopsy.

• Escort plays U Hall.

• Do some yoga at Josephine Butler.

• Stephen Kellogg is in The Barns at Wolf Trap.

• Beer aficionados will be intrigued by Heurich House Museum‘s Brewing in the City: A Look at DC and Chicago 19th Century Brewing History.”

• See Apollo 11 on the big screen while you can. There’s one more showing at Miracle Theatre.

• Interested in early US history? You might like Profs & Pints’ “Founding Fathers in the “Friend Zone”.”

• OHMME and Bottled Up at DC9 is a good double bill.

FREE PICK: Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race with former Drag Race contestant Miz Cracker at Pitchers.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

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• True crime in the Warner Bros. Theater continues with American Gangster.

• The concert of the night is The Coathangers at DC9. oc

• Derek Hough will do interesting things with his body at MGM National Harbor.

• A$AP Ant is at MilkBoy ArtHouse.

• Tomorrow is 4/20. Today the National Cannabis Policy Summit is at Newseum. Tomorrow is 4/20.

• Half Japanese at Black Cat will be good.

• FLOWER POWER: An Evening of Embodied Art, a fundraiser for Catharsis on the Mall, is at sPACYcLOUd Lounge.

• How about Natalie Prass at Rock & Roll Hotel?

• Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey performs at Bier Baron.

• Another night of Kenny Chesney at The Anthem. I wonder if he’ll wear the same hat both nights?!?

FREE PICK: Luce Unplugged returns with We Were Pirates.

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Do some daytime stuff:

• It’s 4/20. The National Cannabis Festival is at the RFK Festival Grounds. Ludacris and Action Bronson headline. It’s 4/20.

• It’s 4/20. Grim Reefer Fest 420 is at Ottobar. It begins at, you guessed it, 4:20 p.m.

Nats Park hosts the annual DC Beer Fest. The VIP price includes warning track and dugout access. Nice.

• Crawfish boils are always a good time. Crawfish boils that raise money for a good cause are even better. Spend five hours of unlimited crawfish and an open bar at Crawfish for Cancer DC at Wunder Garten.

• The free and family friendly Anacostia River Festival is this Saturday after being postponed last week.

• Celebrate at Ocelot’s Fourth Anniversary Party.

• Celebrate the Marvin Gaye stamp at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Yes, we’re letting you know about a stamp celebration.

• Say hi to mom:

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• One of the best mob movies of all time, Goodfellas, continues Smithsonian’s true crime film series.

• We like BROODS at Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Enjoy reminiscing at Mortified at Black Cat.

We absolutely recommend Junk at Arena Stage.

• Lightmare, Prabir Trio and The Meer are at Comet Ping Pong.

• Hungry Hungry Hippos is the game you play at home. Hungry Human Hippos on Ice at the Medstar Iceplex is different.

• The BaTiDa! Brazilian vinyl dance party returns to Songbyrd.

• Hang out with Alex Noize & Friends on the Flash rooftop.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: One of the best free events of the season, it’s the first day of National Park Week so all national parks are free!

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

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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.  

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Leaving the house?

• The true crime films at the Warner Bros. Theater conclude with Catch Me If You Can. Not all true crime is about murder.

• Didn’t see something you like in the Brunch Guide? Here are our 10 Brunch Picks for Easter Weekend.

We enjoyed the new restaurant Dirt. We like Dirt.

• Anna of the North at U Hall is a good option.

• The United take on the New York City FC at Audi Field.

• The Nag Champa Art Ensemble and MovaKween have an evening gig at Eaton Workshop.

• Last chance to check out the Cherry Blossom Pop Up Bar.

• Opera Lafayette closes their 24th season with Alessandro Stradella’s La Susanna at the Kennedy Center.

FREE PICK: Celebrate Easter with Granny & The Boys.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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

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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, don’t forget: