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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this weekend? Our BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. This edition’s theme is a romantic man, a funny man, a beautiful man, a presidential man, a man on the right side of history, a 21st century man: Terry Crews.


All sorts of great stuff:

• Our annual Valentine’s Day feature, Why We Love D.C., features 14 (if you count a couple as one person) people we love from D.C. about what they love about D.C.

•We also asked 36 of our favorite people (including Ari Shapiro! Antoni Porowski! Mari Andrew! Kim Petras! Aminatou Sow!) what is their one make-or-break prospective romantic partner question. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fall in love reading these.

• If you’re not in love with love, eat some cheese. Cheese will make you feel better.

Your long read of the weekend is on the ‘shutdown ale.’ It’s not named The Shutdown Ale.

• Before you buy that vintage band shirt, you might want to ask a few questions.

• It’s the middle of February. Have Your Best February.

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


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Let’s see what the Magic 8-Ball has to say about the weekend…

That didn’t work. Just read our picks. They’re better than an 8-Ball.

• The most romantic/artistic event of the night is Transformer’s 3rd Annual Heartbreaker’s Ball at The Line Hotel.

• The most romantic concert of the night is Beirut at The Anthem.

• The most cathartic double bill of the night is the Bob Mould Band and Titus Andronicus at 9:30 Club.

• The most murder mystery friendly event of the night is the Valentine’s Murder Mystery at The Whittemore House.

• The most 90s friendly party of the night is the Back to the 90s Valentine’s Day Party at Saint Francis Hall.

• Last chance to enjoy the Tunnel of Love at The Carriageway Bar in Iron Gate.

• Chad America’s 20th Annual Valentine’s Day Rock & Roll Dance Party is at Black Cat.

• Big Apple Circus kicks off at National Harbor. Come back to BYT for behind the scenes photos.

Neil Gwynn at the Folger is worth your time.

• Enjoy The Beatles tribute 1964: The Tribute at Wolf Trap.

FREE PICK: If you’re looking for stuff to do during the romantic day time, celebrate love or lack thereof this at Handi-hour at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

BALTIMORE PICK: John Waters spends the evening at Baltimore Soundstage.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• We’ll be at The Anthem for Interpol.

• The stand up show of the weekend is Megan Gailey at Drafthouse Comedy. She’s there for two shows tonight and Saturday too.

• MHD and Moluba will be at U Hall.

• Didn’t find the right underwear party for you on the holiday? You’re in luck! The Valentine’s with No Strings Attached Underwear Party is tonight!

Rock & Roll Hotel kicks off their Bring Home the Bacon Happy Hour. It’s a happy hour with free bacon.

• Metric plays Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Please Bring Chips and Milk Bar are collaborate at “Partners in Wine,” a pairing of dessert wines and treats at the Milk Bar flagship store.

• If you’re not watching the Drag Race All Stars 4 finale at home, watch it at Nellie’s with Stacy Layne Matthews.

• Cheap Trick play MGM National Harbor. Hell yeah.

• Spend the evening inside enjoying the new Kim Possible live action movie. This is our first Disney channel recommendation. We’ve been doing this for 13 years.

• Thursday is back and celebrating 20 years at Union Stage.

FREE PICK: The must-see new streaming of the weekend is Lorena on Amazon Prime.

BALTIMORE PICK: An act that needs to be seen live, St. Paul and the Broken Bones play Rams Head Live.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• The new Zilia Sánchez retrospective, the first for the Cuban artist, opens today at The Phillips Collection. It looks excellent.

• The new Shop Made in DC store opens at The Wharf. If you’re reading this on Thursday and still need a Valentine’s Day gift, check out the Dupont Circle store. Lots of great gift options.

• Disney On Ice returns to the Capital One Arena. I’m interested because the show art features a car from Cars and that seems like it would be difficult to use in an ice show.

• It’s International Condom Day so Blind Whino hosts Condom-Con: International Condom Day Celebration. $500 cash goes to the person in the best condom inspired outfit.

• Shoot out all that energy so you can listen to fancy music later…



• It’s the final night of DC9’s week long 15 year anniversary celebration with 90s dance party Peach Pit.

• We’re looking forward to Marisa Rasum’s Average Moon at Hole In the Sky.

• Show we enjoy Awkward Sex…And The City returns to Black Cat.

Tickets to a Blink 182, No Doubt and Weezer tribute show are much more affordable than tickets to Blink 182, No Doubt and Weezer.

We wholeheartedly recommend BLKS at Woolly Mammoth.

• The OSYX headline Dangerously Delicious. Get there early for Teen Mortgage.

• The Charm City Roller Girls kick off their season.

• Can’t wait for Awesome Con? Katsucon is now!

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Enjoy first annual Wharf Winter Games! It’ll be nice outside!

BALTIMORE PICK: The American Visionary Art Museum hosts The Small Foods Party 2019.

+ 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?

• Since Crews isn’t running, or at least hasn’t announced he’s running, for the 2020 democratic ticket, we like the idea of Mayor Peter Buttigieg becoming our next POTUS. See the long shot candidate at Politics and Prose.

• The Knocks play 9:30 Club.

• Enjoy (?) The Room and brunch at Slash Run.

• Jessica Kirson wraps up her weekend at DC Improv.

• Enjoy some metal from South America at The Pinch.

Watch not Ivanka vacuum.

Head to Bethesda for from Eritrean food.

FREE PICK: Check our Robin Bell’s new installation, OPEN, at the Corcoran.

BALTIMORE PICK: Eat too much Valentine’s Day candy? Go on the LOVE Baltimore Scavenger Hunt Run.

+ 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, keep up the good work.