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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 the women of The Favourite, since the Academy Awards are Sunday. Did you know the Academy Awards are Sunday? They are!


March 20-24: We’re bringing Death Becomes Us to New York City! Podcasts, screenings, book talks, Amanda Knox, the creators of Serial, John Douglas, Damien Echols, Paul Holes, and more will be sharing their expertise with us. Buy your tickets now! Festival passes are sold out but tickets remain for individual shows.

April 12: Our first D.C. party of the year! Space Oddity – A Yuri’s Night After hours at the National Air and Space Museum! Open bars, David Bowie Tributes, general amazing times. Tickets are going fast!

All sorts of great stuff:

From 1851 New York to a 2019 Stage: Behind the Scenes with Arena Stage’s Ivania Stack.

• We’ve updated our Indian Food Guide.

• Being a baker means waking up very, very early. Wake & Bake with Chef Jonni Scott.

Goodbye Nopa Kitchen + Bar, hello Olivia.

Stand up Jamie Benedi tried ventriloquism. There’s a reason you don’t see a lot of ventriloquists at open mics.

• Only a few more chances to have Your Best February.

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.

You seem ready

• Mari Vanna is celebrating their sixth anniversary with complimentary glasses of champagne, shots of infused vodka and plenty of music.

• We’ll be at James Blake at The Anthem. Come back next week for our review.

• Disturbed growls in the Capital One Arena.

• Watch Ganja & Hess at Suns Cinema.

• Drink all of the stouts at Seasons & Sessions.

SoulCycle in Mount Vernon is teaming up with the NAACP to celebrate Black History Month. 100% of sales from the 6 p.m. ride with Jonas as the Mount Vernon location goes towards the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

• Michael Ray is at 9:30 Club.

•  The Willard’s history happy hour covers 300 years of cocktails and cuisine in New Orleans.

• Gang of Four is at U Street Music Hall.

• The Architecture & Design Film Festival kicks off at the National Building Museum.

• Another worthy of your attendance film festival is The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival. It kicks off tonight at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Goethe-Institut is hosting a book swap with the DC Public Library.

FREE PICK: Learn about deep space and the planets past Pluto at the Carnegie Institute for Science.

BALTIMORE PICK: Jonathan Richman plays Ottobar.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Hang out with the cast of Schitt’s Creek at DAR Constitution Hall.

• Then party all night at TRADE’s Night of 1000 Moiras.

• We’re recommending A Year in Transition | A Trans Film by Trans People screening at HRC Equality Center.

• It’s National Margarita Day. Drink a margarita.

• Daybreaker is back at the Renwick Gallery.

• We like Vince Staples and Buddy 9:30 Club.

• Head to the Korean Cultural Center for the opening reception of their new exhibit “The Culture of Time and Space.”

• Take Me Out, a 2000’s dance party, returns to the Black Cat.

• No/Más, Mosquito Drone, Taciturn and MSD are at Atlas Brew Works.

• Save some beer money at Rock & Roll Hotel’s Bacon & Dice Happy Hour. Roll dice to see how much you’ll pay for drinks and eat free bacon!

• Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland are at The Anthem.

• Catch Miss, Understand Me performing with Weston Smith and Quick ‘o’ Clock at Slash Run.

FREE PICK: Watch Gordon Parks’ early documentaries at the National Gallery of Art.

BALTIMORE PICK: We’ll be at the American Craft Show at the Baltimore Convention Center. It runs through Sunday at 5 p.m.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

Halcyon Arts Lab hosts their February open studios.

• Increase your blood sugar at the Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival.

The Kennedy Center hosts morning yoga.

• Drink some brews and eat some pizza at Pizzeria Paradiso‘s Winter Fest.

• Take a mini break:



• Jay Electronica returns to the stage at Howard Theatre.

• Dance and cry and live in the 80s and drink at Black Cat‘s regularly scheduled Cryfest.

• If you prefer a happier version of the 80s, you might like That Big 80s Party at Union Stage.

• Stop by Sixth & I to see the Washington Performing Arts co-commissioned piece “Holes In the Sky,” which will feature musicians Lara Downes and Rhiannon Giddens.

• Swing by Eaton for the opening exhibition of “Fundred Reserve”.

• Raise money for The Rojava Revolution and catch Anti-Flag, Trophy Hunt, Homosuperior, No Man and Infant Island at St. Stephens.

• Ritmos Raros is back at Songbyrd.

• If you’re usually at Ritmos Raros and aren’t at Ritmos Raros you’re probably at the return of Shout Bamalama at Haydees.

• Dane Cook is at DAR Constitution Hall. We don’t know how to feel about it.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Didn’t like the All Stars 4 double winner? Complain about it with friends at Q▼W▼E▼R▼T▼Y at Town. DC Drag Wars Season 3 Winner Vagenesis will be there too!

BALTIMORE PICK: Joseph and the Beasts, Mess, Tremendous Athlete and Swoll share a loaded bill at The Windup Space.

+ 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?

• The food event of the weekend is Ramen World. Do not miss Ramen World. There are two sessions, noon and 3 p.m.

• Flogging Molly plays Fillmore Silver Spring. We’re recommend getting there early for Lucero.

• Sing some indie rock at indie rock karaoke at DC9.

• The best bill of the weekend, at least in terms of band names, is Born Dad, Twatsnot and Panini Girlfriend at Dew Drop Inn.

• You Me at Six is at 9:30 Club.

• Rather than watch the film circus award show watch the actual circus. Big Apple Circus runs through March 24.

• Adeline at Union Stage is a fine option.

FREE AND BALTIMORE PICK: The Baltimore Museum of Art is offering free admission from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to their Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s exhibit.

+ 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.