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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 Game Of Thrones because George R.R. Martin is never going to finish the series and everything HBO does is now the one true cannon. Reading is for suckers!

NEXT WEEK! April 12: Our first BIG D.C. party of the year! Space Oddity – A Yuri’s Night After hours at the National Air and Space Museum! Open bars, David Bowie Tributes, general amazing times. Tickets are going fast! Seriously, get them now. They’re more expensive the day of the event.

JUST ANNOUNCED! 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! Early bird tickets available for a limited time…

• 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 soon.

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


All sorts of great stuff:

• We visited the brand new Mercado Little Spain. José Andrés should own an airline.

• There are enough Rosé gardens. We want a Campari Splash Park.

• MTV is rebooting The Hills. Here’s what they should be rebooting.

• Goodbye, WOW Air. We’ll miss you. Sincerely.

• It’s April. Have Your Best April.

• It’s April. Drink better beer. Consult our Draft Picks.

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.

• Best dressed man in modern music Robert Ellis is at Songbyrd.

• We recommend The Washington Ballet: Three World Premieres at Harman Center for the Arts.

• Very popular therapist that’s an actual therapist and not a doctor like Dr. Phil, Lori Gottlieb is at Sixth & I with NPR’s Scott Simon.

• Dessa is at Black Cat. Their programming this week is been great.

• Another good concert option is Cigarette at DC9.

• The next Phillips after 5 is about the Zilia Sánchez exhibition Soy Isla (I Am an Island).

• Jamey Johnson brings his outlaw country to Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Artist Marcella Kriebel leads an evening of Boss Lady Portraits and Bubbly with Salon Betty at Shop Made in DC.

• Enjoy Akira Nishimura’s Spring: Jasper String Quartet at the Freer.

• Emily King headlines 9:30 Club.

• Happy 2nd birthday to Stable!

FREE PICK: The cutest National Cherry Blossom Festival event is the Paws & Petals Yappy Hour: at the Milk Bar Flagship at Logan Circle.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Just a few more chances to check out the DIRECT CURRENT festival at The Kennedy Center. Tonight you can catch Phantom Limb Company’s Falling Out and Caroline Shaw and Friends.

• Happy 15th birthday to We Fought the Big One! Hang out at Marx Cafe and listen to music you’ve most likely haven’t heard before.

• You, Me, Them, Everybody returns to The Wonderland Ballroom. Say hello.

• Meghan Trainor headlines the Blossom Bash at The Anthem.

• The Breaking Boundaries exhibit at the Korean Cultural Center opens tonight.

• Praise Jesus, Church Night returns to Black Cat!

• Natural treasure Nina Totenberg receives the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate at the National Museum of the American Indian.

• If you with TED Talks were a little tipsier, you might like the Three Sheets lecture series at The Dew Drop Inn.

• Catch Nashville’s Thelma and The Sleaze at Slash Run.

• Dance to some psychedelic sounds at Showtime’s I Dig Your Mind.

FREE PICK: The Hirshhorn hosts an early morning event with BYT friends The Lemon Collective.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• Spend all day and night at The Wharf’s Petalpalooza. Live music, a beer garden, all-ages activities, giveaways, fireworks and more. Fingers crossed for warm weather.

• Alternatively, this weekend, Washington Ballet premieres 3 world premieres. Use code: OURFRIENDS for $20 ballet tickets to the Saturday matinee

• Another April, another BYT recommendation to check out The Studio Ghibli Collection at E Street Cinema.

• The first Thrift Crawl begins at noon at Crossroads Trading. It is what you think it is, a thrift store shopping crawl.

• If you prefer pretty flowers to formerly loved clothing, you might like Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Family Day.

• Learn how to breathe with Chris Keener at Eaton.

Baltimore Witchfest. Check out the gif below these words.


• We like Bent: The New LGBT Dance Party at 9:30 Club. Hopefully they’ll increase its regularity.

• Happy 3rd anniversary to Sovereign!

• Happy 11th birthday to Fatback! Celebrate at Ten Tigers Parlour. Apparently it’s a weekend of anniversary celebrations.

• Kaitlin Jensco’s new exhibit, Looking Glass, opens at Hamiltonian. Read our interview with the photographer.

• We like Viagra Boys at DC9.

• ChefsFeed Indie Week continues at American Son.

• Poppies, Mister Goblin, and Manekà share a bill at Comet Ping Pong.

• Six-time Grammy-winner and three-time Latin Grammy-winner Jesús “Chucho” Valdés is at Sixth & I.

• If you still haven’t visited The Green Zone, the Tropical Dance Party with Sir Ramases & Leon City Sounds should convince you to spend Saturday night in Adams Morgan.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Dance to some well curated 45s at the Saturday Night Record Party with Drew Redmond at Showtime.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

For your viewing pleasure:

Game of Thrones’ final season begins next Sunday. Get in the mood and watch HBO’s best show: VEEP.

• 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?

• New Kitchens on the Block returns to Mess Hall. We’ve raved about this event before and will most likely do it again. It’s a very helpful sneak peak on restaurants we’ll be covering over the next 12 months. Some tickets have been released for both sessions.

• DMX brings his It’s Dark and Hell is Hot anniversary tour to Fillmore Silver Spring. Sold-out because this album is amazing. It came out in 1998 so the tour should have been last year but whatever. The album is still amazing.

• Peter Moskowitz talks about his book, How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood, at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

• Time for the 42nd opener of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar.

• The annual Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run looks like it’ll have good weather for the first time that I can recall.

• Profs and Pints presents “‘Bugscape’ to Help Save Insects” at La Pop might make you look at the ground differently.

• Conrado Muluc, Company Calls, Chill Parents, and Ryan Harvey play a benefit show for communities along the US Mexico border at Slash Run.

FREE PICK: If you need a feel good cry, enjoy the Mister Rogers doc, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, at The Line.

+ 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, keep up the good work.