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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 features a little bit of love (because of Valentine’s Day) and is sponsored by the Kennedy Center! You’ve probably heard of them. They’re great. Please give them your money and enjoy their unparalleled programming, especially the amazing Direct Current festival!

ALERT ALERT ALERT Incrediball: The Capital Pride Honors & Kick-Off Party is June 5th and we are V. PUMPED!

AND in case you didn’t know, we recently announced Future Is Festival (happening March 26th-29th) and YES RHEA BUTCHER IS ON THE LINEUP THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Grab an all-access pass (ON SALE NOW) to Death Becomes Us, which is slated for November 2020!

Plus Bentzen Ball 2020 all-access passes are on sale! October’s a ways off, but we still vote you GET ‘EM NOW!


All sorts of great stuff:

• Check out our go-to guide to the Kennedy Center’s Direct Current festival.

• The Daikaya team is serving up pizza and pasta at their newest restaurant and we’re into it.

Cheerleading shows are our Valentine this year. They’re the only thing we need.

Dram & Grain is back and we are thrilled.

• Goodbye forever, pop-up bar! We’re gonna miss you.

RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon on Full Service Radio. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes.

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Roofers Union continues their 6th anniversary celebration with throwback cocktails and po’boys.

• Decorate some Valentine’s Day cookies with the pros at Baked & Wired.

• Jam out with the Des Demonas at the Luce. It’s the most beautiful venue, that’s not technically a venue, in D.C.

• Swing by The Washington Project for the Arts to catch the 3D animated video exhibition by Morehshin Allahyari called She Who Sees the Unknown.

• HIDE, Thirst Church and Lazuli are at Rhizome. If you don’t have your tickets already, you might still be able to buy them at the door.

• Or you can see Daughter of Swords and The Dead Tongues at good ol’ DC9.

• Bilal is hosting the Valentine’s Day residency of your dreams at the Kennedy Center. No, it’s not actually Valentine’s Day, but this might just be the perfect warm up.

• Head to the Embassy of Japan for a screening of My Love Story.

• Or stop by the Korean Cultural Center for a screening of Intimate Strangers.

FREE PICK: Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng discuss their book Sinking In the Swamp at Politics and Prose. Don’t bring your kids?

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Didn’t make a restaurant reservation? We’ve got your back.

• The ultimate Valentine’s Day plans is always and forever Transformer’s Heartbreaker’s Ball at The LINE Hotel.

• There’s also The Love Below at The Cheshire if you’re looking for something intimate and off the wall.

• Fitz and the Tantrums bring their All The Feels tour to The Anthem, which feels appropriate considering the day.

No Kisses is throwing a dance party called French Kisses with good wine and French vinyl and we’re into it.

Slash Run is hosting a tribute show for HIPS! Come by to dance to Blondie, The Cure, Blink-182 and Ramones cover bands.

• The Mansion on O is throwing a full on Gatsby party and you can join them for the low low price of $125.

• Grab a glass of wine at Le Diplomate and shop fresh flowers at the She Loves Me pop-up. Can you imagine anything more adorable?

Woo at the Zoo is a real thing that’s happening.

• End your night at Cotton & Reed‘s Punch Crunk Love party. Get there before the punch runs out.

FREE PICK: Hear all about author Lidia Yuknavitch’s book Verge at Politics and Prose.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• Celebrate Frederick Douglass’ 202nd Birthday!

• Catch a screening of Sholay at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


• Spend all night dancing to Tony! Toni! Toné! at The Howard Theatre.

• Or you could go see Mean Jeans, Brower, The Ar-Kaics and Cigarette at Black Cat.

The Pie Shop is throwing a David Bowie post-Valentine’s Day party. It’s an option.

• Stop by Suns Cinema for a screening of Chocolate Babies.

• Scratch your wrestling itch with Pan-Afrikan World Diaspora Wrestling Championship and F1ght Club Pro Wrestling at the Edgewood Arts Building.

• There’s also a Drag Show Extravaganza at Red Bear Brewing if you want to kick it with Desiree Dik and somer of her favorite drag performers.

• A free dance party at the Kennedy Center is always a good option.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Head to the National Gallery of Art for a free screening of multiple shorts focusing on race in America. NGA always has the most interesting screenings.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews. Or our new, super handy MURDER MYSTERY GUIDE.

• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our DC BRUNCH GUIDE. It’s useful.

Leaving the house?

• Cheap Trick is at the Warner Theatre.

• Or you can end your week with Accidents, Ménage À Garage and Artificial Island at Slash Run.

• There’s a first blood cocktail battle between Nocturne and Captain Gregory’s at One Eight Distilling.

• End your weekend with a calming and invigorating ikebana flower arranging class at Toki Underground. Go for the flowers, stay for the ramen.

• Love improv? Head to the Washington Improv Theatre for The Cookout, a celebration of D.C.’s black improv scene.

• See the Iranian film Shirin at the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art.

• Swing by 12 Stories for a full day of selfcare, including a yoga class, cocktails, candle making and mini-facials.

FREE PICK: Stop by Dupont Underground for a sick underground art market.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the weekend is over:

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…