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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 secret agents / spies / covert operations because we’re taking over the International Spy Museum this Friday. (Get your tickets to the party here!)

• NEW SPY MUSEUM! NEW SPY MUSEUM PARTY! On August 9, BrightestYoungThings.com + The International Spy Museum Present: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Party Protocol! 

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

• SAVE THE DATE: 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!

 • 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:

Wardman Wines’ Hiram Powers-Heaven took us on a boozy tour through Europe.

Read this before you start making Restaurant Week reservations.

• Or just head to the Farmers’ Market and make your own dinner.

• We talked rorschach tests and making jewelry with Julie Wolfe.

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.

Aerosmith is playing at MGM National Harbor. Go crazy, dream on, etc.

Atlas Brew Works is hosting Ashbringer, Myopic, Mother Moon, Slaghead and Tel for their metal show.

• Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Pennsylvanian brewery The Brew Gentleman at Churchkey.

• La Marvela is at Luce Unplugged. Concerts in art museums are a good thing.

• Relive the days when liking Tim Burton was less embarrassing and see Edward Scissorhands at the National Building Museum.

• Dance to Two Fingers and Sketchy Pete at 9:30 Club.

• Get a drink and watch Rebels of the Neon God at Suns Cinema.

The exhibit Fast Fashion/Slow Art from the Textile Museum opens at the Brady Art Gallery.

• Stay home and watch season 3 of GLOW on Netflix.

FREE PICK: Te’La is performing at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

The BYT + International Spy Museum Party is finally here! Join us for MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Party Protocol.

Neurosis is at 9:30 Club.

• Spend your day swappin’ clothes and drinking brews at Wunder Garten.

• Go full Bowie at U Street Music Hall’s Bowie Ball. Someone please go as Twin Peaks David Bowie.

• Swing by Songbyrd for Augua, their Cuban dance party.

• Celebrate Julia Child’s birthday with a talk / cooking demonstration at the National Museum of American History.

Big Bear hosts a night of poetry and cello music.

• Catch local band Oh He Dead with Super City, Friends of Friends and ILL DOOTS at Union Stage.

FREE PICK: The Bailsmen is playing at the National Gallery for Jazz in the Garden.



Do some daytime stuff:

• Party it up at Little Miss Whiskey’s in honor of their 10th anniversary. It’s an all you can eat and all you drink extravaganza.

• Eat until you can’t eat anymore at the Asian Food Truck Festival.

The Veil will have a pop-up bar in Richmond at the Bruery Store.

• Start your art collection at Nava Poster’s pop-up at The Line.

• Spend a full thirteen hours partying with Saeed Younan and Mixmag at Wild Days.


Night of 1000 May Queens will be TRADE’s own Midsommar festival, hosted by Summer Camp.

• Mass Appeal pits Kanye and Drake versus Beyonce and Missy Elliott at Rock & Roll Hotel.

Reignwolf is at U Hall.

The exhibit My Iran: Six Women Photographers opens today at the Sackler Gallery.

• Get ready for bumper to bumper traffic at Suns Cinema‘s LA Soiree.

• Be a part of a D.C. tradition at the Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series.

• Laugh and cringe and laugh at Awkward Sex… And the City at Black Cat.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania is playing at the National Gallery for their Essential Cinema film program surrounding filmmaker Jonas Mekas.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

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?

3 Stars is having its Lucky 7th Anniversary Party, with new cans coming specially for the anniversary.

It’s the last day to see Ann at Arena Stage, so don’t miss the stellar performance by Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor.

•  Say goodbye to The Front Page forever.

• On the other hand, Little Havana celebrates their first anniversary.

Lost Origins Gallery is hosting a day of art, music and walking tours of Mt. Pleasant.

• Twin Jude, Nag Champa and Jamal Gray take over Wild Days.

• Head to Comet Ping Pong to see Fanclub, Nowadays and Distant Creatues.

FREE PICK: There’s a lecture on American furniture from the Kaufman Collection at the National Gallery as part of its Summer Sunday Lecture Series.

+ 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, don’t forget: