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 week’s theme is the mysterious TV Man, where ever he (?) may be.
• JUST ANNOUNCED: Our final After Hours Museum event of the year: On September 20th, End-Of-Summer Camp will turn the Smithsonian American Art into a perfect way to celebrate the last weekend of summer, with open bars, music, activations, and more. Tickets on sale NOW. (our last after hours sold out so…)
•COMEDY FESTIVAL: October 24-27, BYT + Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of comedy and friendship! All access passes + some fun shows just got announced at bentzenball.com!
• TRUE CRIME FESTIVAL: November 8-11, Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C. ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW SOLD OUT! More individual shows are available for sale! Throwing Shade! The Murder Squad! Amanda Knox! BuzzFeed Unsolved!
• We announced three amazing Bentzen Ball shows including Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford and The New Negroes.
• We also announced an end of the summer after hours party at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. To see what you can expect – check out photos from our Spy Museum after hours here!
• Take a peek at the Kennedy Center’s brand new expansion, the REACH.
• We chatted with Amanda Knox about her first meal after getting out of prison.
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• The DC Black Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Miracle Theatre and the Mayflower Hotel.
• The Australian Pink Floyd Show is playing at MGM National Harbor. It’s like Pink Floyd, but Australian.
• Swing by Politics & Prose to hear author Téa Obreht talk about her new book Inland.
• Tyrone Allen plays at SAAM as part of their Take 5! Jazz series.
• It’s the last day to see the Kirov Academy of Ballet perform at the Kennedy Center.
• Florist, Ami Dang and Luray are at Songbyrd, your favorite place to drink beer and buy vinyl in Adams Morgan.
• Get your fill of boozy ice cream drinks at Petworth Citizen.
• The Evening Attraction is at Pie Shop.
• America East Tavern is transforming themselves into a hushpuppy speakeasy. It’s basically a dog friendly happy hour. It’s unclear if they’ll be serving hushpuppies.
• FREE PICK: The Freer Gallery is opening the shutter on the Peacock Room just once a month, and today’s the day.
• Initial round of Bentzen Ball shows goes on sale at 10AM. Start your day right and get them bright and early.
• There’s a rally to end ICE at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
• Atlas Brew Works is has a huge setlist jam packed with metal: Inhumation, Bound by the Grave, Percussor, Wrath of Typhon and Sapremia.
• 9:30 Club is screening a rarely-seen documentary on Sonic Youth.
• Suns Cinema is screening the classic film student movie La Haine.
• U Hall is hosting Tart, a queer dance party.
• Eat a burger and watch A Clockwork Orange at Slash Run.
• Celebrate Madonna’s birthday with a Black Cat dance party.
• Kramers is hosting a summer book fare! Buy some books, save some money.
• FREE PICK: Dixie Power Trio is playing at the National Gallery for Jazz in the Garden.
Do some daytime stuff:
• Eat your way through other continents at the World Cultural Food Festival.
• Then head to the National Portrait Gallery to eat more food at Korean Family Day.
• Get your free yoga fill at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
• The Pokémon World Championship is happening at the Convention Center. I didn’t know this was a thing, but it sounds nice.
• The Black Cat is having a huge garage sale after their renovations. They’re selling a bunch of sound and lighting equipment, and even a jukebox.
• The Smashing Pumpkins is at Merriweather if you’re willing to hitchhike up 95. (Please don’t do that.)
• Look into Jack White’s sunken eyes at The Raconteurs at The Anthem.
• There’s clearly a lot of concerts tonight, including the DC Music Rocks Festival at the 9:30 Club.
• Jam out to Sidney Gish, Lunar Vacation and Frass Green at Songbyrd.
• The Phillips Collection is screening the 2011 drama Illégal.
• Learn how to make delicious croissants at A Baked Joint.
• FREE PICK OF THE DAY: He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of his Life is playing at the National Gallery for their Essential Cinema film program surrounding filmmaker Jonas Mekas.
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. New for 2019!
Leaving the house?
• Jack on Fire is at the Black Cat.
• The Key City Steampunk Festival is happening in Frederick and it sounds wild.
• Comet Ping Pong hosts Summer Cannibals, Field Mouse and Panini Girlfriend.
• Go back to the National Portrait Gallery for a performance piece by Anthony Turner called Who Am I?
• Peach Pit, DC9‘s 90s themed dance party, is always reliable.
• Nerd out and watch the final cut of Apocalypse Now at the National Air & Space Museum.
• FREE PICK: The Freer Gallery is playing Jackie Chan’s Police Story as part of their As Made in Hong Kong annual film festival.
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, don’t forget: