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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 week’s theme is Moonstruck, the film that won Cher an Oscar. The Academy Award winner performs at The Theatre at MGM National Harbor this weekend…


• SEPTEMBER 7: Leave It All Behind: A Renwick at Night Experience! We’re hosting the final event around the most popular exhibit of 2018: Renwick’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. As always, tickets are a deal/going fast and the earlier the buy, the less you’ll spend. Get them here. We’re already halfway to sold-out.

• OCTOBER 25-28: The 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Tig, Jonathan Van Ness, Phoebe Robinson, Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, Michelle Buteau, Amanda Seales and more tickets are on sale now! Get them all while you can.

• NOVEMBER 3-4: Our first true crime fest: Death Becomes Us! Festival passes are sold out. How Did This Get Made is sold out. On sale now: Buzzfeed Unsolved Live, Criminal, Last Podcast On The Left and Wine & Crime. Tickets are going very quickly! More announcements soon!

 • More announcements coming soon. Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram. Use #BYThings too & get excited.

All sorts of great stuff:

• Welcome to August. Have Your Best August.

• Your long read for the weekend: Freshly Tapped: Old Bust Head’s Table Talk.

• We have some ideas on who should be the next Jeopardy! host.

MoviePass is Failing. We Want More Passes like MoviePass.

The Smashing Pumpkins have entered their Cher era. That’s not a bad thing.

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.

Calm down.

• David Cross is at Warner Theatre. Read our interview with David Cross. See below.

Feminist activist, actor, Bentzen Ball alum and author Amber Tamblyn comes to Politics and Prose at The Wharf to talk about her novel, Any Man. See above.

• Father John Misty plays The Anthem. Every time I think I hate this guy he releases another amazing song. I saw him live last year and he’s just as infuriating. Incredibly talented and infuriating. Kudos, Father John Misty.

• Pancakes and booze and art, oh my! The Pancakes and Booze Art Show features art from over 100 local artists, a free pancake bar as well as a normal bar, and live music at Penn Social.

• Andy Johnson presents the, “interstitial moments of overdramatic characterizations, passionate gazes, sexually charged contact and touch, etc. drawn from gay porn” at the Washington Project for the Arts.

• Friends of the National Arboretum continues its “Summer Evenings” concert series with The Hip Hop Orchestra, who put a spin on classical tunes.

• Time to visit Adams Morgan’s The Green Zone.

• If you’re feeling a little country, head to Merriweather for Lady A & Darius Rucker.

• George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic brings the funk to 9:30 Club.

• The DC Improv hosts the Pun DMV pun competition. D.C.!

FREE PICK: Wakanda forever! Black Panther plays at Yards Park at 7 p.m.

BALTIMORE PICK: Carmen Lynch headlines Gin and Jokes at Joe Squared.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Some of us will be at Andrea Gibson at 9:30 Club.

• Animal Collective co-founder Deakin plays Comet Ping Pong.

• Have you gone to the Citi Open yet?

• You, Me, Them, Everybody Live returns to The Wonderland Ballroom! What makes this show especially exciting is it’ll be the first appearance of DJ Karaoke DJ on the show! Exciting!

Outwrite, a celebration of LGBTQ literature, authors and readers, kicks off and runs through Sunday.

• Embrace the summer of paella at Slate Wine Bar.

• The Tiny Cat – Dark Music Festival kicks off Black Cat, featuring two days of dark synth, electronic, and punk music with all proceeds going towards providing families in need with baby-care products.

• We’re not super excited for The Spy Who Dumped Me but we always like seeing Kate McKinnon on screen so if you have a MoviePass, this is a perfect MoviePass movie.

• Celebrate Asian art and culture at the Freer|Sackler Gallery where you can enjoy music, drinks, and food at 5 p.m. before a film screening at 7 p.m. This is the last edition of the summer series.

FREE PICK: First Friday means art walk time! Stroll through Dupont Circle exploring open galleries and probably copping a few drinks as you go.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Voodoo Threauxdown featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue plays the MECU Pavilion.

Do some daytime stuff:

• The Summer Spirit Festival kicks off at Merriweather with Erykah Badu, Nas, Method Man & Redman and more.

• Walk up and down 14th St NW and buy stuff from local businesses on 14th St NW because it’s time for Midcity Dog Days.

• We’re hoping to check out the Journey to Yuki’s World opening reception at Touchstone Gallery.

• If you’re interested in D.C. theater, D.C. dining and/or D.C. beer, you’ll be interested in Studio Theatre’s fourth annual Taste of Studio.

• Attention sneakerheads: Sneak Attack DC is at Blind Whino.

• Bop to some K-Pop at the “All About that Hallyu,” a festival dedicated to Korean music. For fans and first time listeners.

• If it’s not raining we’re going to the pool. Here’s some swimwear inspiration.

• Get yourself out of the toilet.


• We’ll be hanging out at Cher at The Theater at MGM National Harbor because our lives are not going down the toilet.

• The Jimmy Buffett is at Jiffy Lube Live.

• Another good art opening: Revel at Rhizome.

• Hanson plays with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Good for them!

• We’re intrigued with the sPACYcLOUd opening.

• The World Cup might be over, but if you still need your soccer fix, you can watch Real Madrid play Juventus in the International Champions Cup at FedExField.

• Most popular band in D.C., White Ford Bronco, play 9:30 Club.

• Live your Tangled fantasy and watch lanterns light up the National Harbor at the Water Lantern Festival.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: DC Bike Fair! Ride there! Get your bike fixed!

BALTIMORE PICK: Creative Alliance hosts the Puppy Days of Summer Block Party! Free!

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

For your viewing pleasure:

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

Or check out our summer reading list.

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

Leaving the house?

• Embrace D.C. at the Rickey Competition 2018 at Jack Rose. 

• The Summer Spirit Festival continues at Merriweather with The Roots, Daniel Caesar, Backyard Band, Lizzo and more.

• Happy Endings needs to come back. It is most likely not coming back. Anyway, see Casey Wilson at Bitch Sesh at 9:30 Club.

• Wish you got away like your co-workers? Head to 17th and R for Mikko. It’s like visiting Reykjavik, but, you know, local.

• The pre-Pride pool party at the Embassy Row Hotel became a post-Pride pool party, and its happening this weekend. It’s never too late to be proud, so stop by anytime from 2 to 8 p.m.

• Last weekend to see Mike Daisey’s one-man show about the history of guns in America at the Woolly Mammoth.

• See Eighth Grade and read our interview with writer director Bo Burnham.

FREE PICK: It might not be a Smithsonian, but the National Museum of Women in the Arts has a free day Sunday.

BALTIMORE PICK: Fluid Movement presents The Water Ballet at Patterson Park.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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

PHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT: 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.

Till next time…