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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. The edition’s theme is Dolly Parton, because Dumplin’ on Netflix reminded us we all need MORE of her in our lives. Especially around Christmas.

All sorts of great stuff:

• You’re running out of time to buy holiday gifts. Consult our gift guide to make sure you buy the right gift. You can buy the wrong gift. Do not give the wrong gift.

• These are the Best Christmas Movies to Stream Right Now.

• The end of the year means end of the year lists. We begin with the Best Vegetarian Dishes of 2018.

• Speaking of the end of the year, have Your Best December.

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.

• We recommend Oddisee & Good Compny, Phonte, and Olivier St. Louis performing as part of The Bridge Concert Series at The Kennedy Center.

• Tonight’s edition of Luce Unplugged is with one of our favorite bands: Cinema Hearts.

• Hometown musical heroes Thievery Corporation play 9:30 Club.

• If you’re reading this early on Thursday morning, you may still have time to make a wreath at the Centerpieces with Smithsonian Gardens event.

• See Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes in theaters. Listen to our interview with filmmaker Alexis Bloom.

• See Anna and the Apocalypse in theaters. Listen to our interview with star Ella Hunt.

• Washington Social Club plays Black Cat, their first show in a very long time. Get there early for Slow Love.

• Drink some cocktails at Ten Tigers Parlour and sing some karaoke and help raise money for Invest In Her.

• The GW Betts Theater hosts a book release for Congo Stories with John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Chouchou Namegabe, and Ryan Gosling.

• Comet Ping Pong hosts HackedePicciotto, Eric Hubel and Lunahoney.

• The Hirshhorn is hosting a thirtieth anniversary talk and book signing of Banned in DC.

FREE PICK: The Berliner is now open in Georgetown and the first 100 guests to show up tonight get a complimentary beer. Free beer! In Geogetown! Christmas miracle!

BALTIMORE PICK: Ride a trolley around Baltimore and look at the Christmas lights.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Duplex’s annual Janky Sweater Party begins at 9 p.m. and $3 for every janky sweater squeeze goes to The Trevor Project.

Try not to laugh at She the People at Woolly Mammoth.

• Enjoy some fireworks (yep) at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

• You’ve been to The Line and Eaton. Now it’s time to visit Moxy.

• Another night, another sold-out Thievery Corporation show. Tonight and tomorrow Gaslight Tavern hosts the after party with TC themed cocktails like the “Samba Tranquille” and “The Cosmic Gate.”

• If you prefer your holiday songs to have another layer of fiction, you might like Harry & The Potters’ Yule Ball at Black Cat.

• Watch the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4.

• We recommend Curls and Baby Bry Bry & Friends at Comet Ping Pong.

• DC Fray and Squash On Fire are teaming up for an evening of squash and happy hour.

• The Potter’s House hosts an author talk with Silvia Federici on her two newest books: Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women and Re-Enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons.

FREE PICK: Spend lunch hour with SAAM paper conservator Catherine Maynor as she tours SAAM’s newest exhibition Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor.

BALTIMORE PICK: Ottobar’s Emo Night is X-Mas themed so enjoy that?

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• The Cathedral Choral Society performs their Joy of Christmas show at the Washington National Cathedral at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. You can’t get more Christmas-y than this.

• More food and drink and fashion choices at the AF Pop-Up Market at Union Market.

Appointed also is hosting their holiday market.

• Your third pop-up shop option is the Supplied by Lily Luxury Lifestyle & Stationery Pop Up Shop

• Your fourth pop-up shop option is the Holiday Bizarre Bazaar at Hole in the Sky.

Spend the day getting lost in the massive Punch Bowl Social.

• Recalibrate for the evening:


• Washed Out DJs SAX. Read our interview with Washed Out.

• Group Talk: A Therapy Show hosted by Pearl Rose is in the Vinyl Lounge at Songbyrd.

Looking Glass Lounge hosts their coat drive this weekend.

• Celebrate three years of Rhizome with artists Daniel Bachman, Ian McColm, Forrest Marquisee, Sarah Hughes, Jenny Moon Tucker, Thomas Stanley and Khalid Thompson.

• White Ford Bronco plays Rock & Roll Hotel and it’s doubling as a clothing and food drive. Anyone that donates food or clothing will receive a raffle ticket to win a $100 gift card.

• How about Amy Schumer at MGM National Harbor?

• Reverend Horton Hear’s 2nd Annual Holiday Hayride is at Black Cat.

• D.C.’s largest Santacon party is at Wunder Garten. You should know if this is for you.

• Enjoy Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s The Holiday Show at Lincoln Theatre.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Watch Dumplin’ on Netflix. Dolly is our theme for a reason. 

BALTIMORE PICK: BYT fave DDm presents The Holiday Slay at The Metro Gallery.

+ 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.  

Leaving the house?

• Enjoy Cat Power at 9:30 Club.

• Ryley Walker plays Songbyrd.

• We liked An Inspector Calls at Sidney Harmon Hall.

DC9 hosts their Holiday Punk Rock Flea Market.

• If you’d prefer to buy your holiday gifts at a rock club on 14th rather than 9th, visit Black Cat’s Rock-N-Shop.

• If you prefer your burlesque with brunch, head to Bier Baron for Yolks On You!: A Comedic Burlesque and Variety Brunch Party.

• Now that you’ve bought all those gifts, wrap them at the Wrap Party & Holiday Pop Up Market at Josephine Butler Parks Center.

FREE PICK: The Luchino Visconti film series at the National Gallery of Art concludes with L’Innocente.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Jewish Museum of Maryland hosts the From Beer Halls to the Palace program.

+ 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.