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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 The Bachelor host himself Chris Harrison because I am watching The Bachelor as I type this and because this very special Best Weekend Bets is presented by The Bachelor Live on Stage at the MGM National HarborThe Bachelor owns my life now.

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:

NMWA‘s newest exhibition should be at the top of your art list. Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico is one of the coolest things we’ve seen all year.

• The Internet is a nightmare and everything sucks, but these Instagram Stories are pretty cool tho.

• We’re so sorry to be the ones to tell you this, but not all cheese is vegan.

• But we are happy to tell you that library cards rock.

• The Women Filmmakers Festival is coming up! Here are the 5 shorts we think are going to kill it.

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

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• This is your last chance to check out Future Sketches at ARTECHOUSE! Honestly our photos of this exhibition should 100% sell you. It’s so damn cool.

• Runaway with Post Malone at Capital One Arena. You know if you like Post Malone.

• Hop in a time machine and laugh your way through the Bed & Breakfast of the future at the Black Cat comedy show Joy’s Bed & Breakfast. There’s a lot going on here and we’re into all of it.

A Baked Joint is screening one of my favorite Miyazaki movies, Princess Mononoke.

•  Learn all about the science of brains at Profs and Pints boozy lecture at the Social Circle Bistro.

The Athenaeum is hosting a conversation about African-American soldiers in the Civil War.

• Jam out to some sweet Tchaikovsky at the Kennedy Center.

• Catch what’s shaping up to be a really fascinating talk about monstrosity, colonialism and more with the artist Morehshin Allahyari at the Washington Project for the Arts.

• And speaking of talks, the National Geographic Museum is hosting a lecture about the process behind finding the Clotilda, America’s last slave ship.

FREE PICK: The Washington Design Center is throwing art on the floor and turning it into carpet. Art you can walk on!

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• You could see The Lumineers at Capital One Arena. That’s an option.

• Or you could spend your night dancing to the hits of the aughts at U Street Music Hall.

• Mucus fest highlights upcoming Black artists at the Black Cat. You can expect music, art, fashion and more.

• We love all the metal shows at Atlas Brew Works, so we’re very into their show with Voarm, Et Mors and the Astral Void.

• Hit up some great new art at the Lost Origins Gallery.

• Local artist Rose Jaffe is talking about the power of art the Washington Studio School.

• How much do you know about the color orange? Learn more at the Hirshhorn. All of your friends will be impressed.

• Drinking good drinks and dancing to power pop at Slash Run sounds like a good option.

FREE PICK: End your night at a free dance party on the Eaton rooftop! Dance it all out to DJ and producer Teddy Douglas (and Discuji!) at Wild Days.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• Spend a full 12 hours hanging out with BYT editor Brandon Wetherbee at You, Me, Them, Everybody live at the Wonderland Ballroom. Some BYT folks will definitely be there.

• Riffs and Relations opens at the Phillips Collection today! This is an exhibition you 100% do not want to miss. Come back to the website later today to learn a little more about it.

• The Anacostia Art Center is throwing their Black to the Future festival! What a good name.


• The Drive-By Truckers provide the perfect music to drink to at the 9:30 Club.

• Speaking of drinking, enjoy some delicious cocktails at the aptly named DC Cocktail Fest.

• Learn fake things and real things and funny things about the Renaissance at Suns Cinema‘s Fale University series.

American Son is debuting a special menu celebrating black women chefs and bartenders. The sample menu basically has us drooling.

Hole in The Sky hosts a very storytelling night called The Confessional. If you love hearing goss from strangers, you’ll love this.

• Check out some truly excellent choreography at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Catch a screening of Sergei Parajanov’s masterpiece, The Color of Pomegranates, at the Freer.

+ 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?

• Degas at the Opera is officially open at the National Gallery of Art. This one looks like a goodie.

• And speaking of art, the incredible artist Janet Taylor Pickett will be teaching a collage workshop at the Phillips Collection.

• And speaking of opera, you should definitely see Samson and Delilah at the Kennedy Center.

The Airedale is hosting their first show! Swing by to see No Pterodactyls, Apollo 66 and Capital Offender.

• We highly recommend you throw your name on the waitlist for Toki Underground‘s special dinner with Richmond’s The Jasper. It sounds like it’s going to be a delicious night.

• Have you seen The Amen Corner at the Shakespeare Theatre Company? You should see it.

• The Souvenilooks like a beautiful film at Suns Cinema.

• Jam out for the last time this weekend with Pillowfort and Abe at Songbyrd.

• Don’t know what Super Tuesday is? Dive into politics with Profs and Pints at Bier Baron.

FREE PICK: It’s a free community day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts! We highly recommend their newest exhibition Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico.

+ 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…