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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 Natasha Lyonne, who has been making our lives better for two decades.


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:

• We have your Cherry Blossom Pop Up First Look. Look at it. This edition may have the most impressive room yet.

We tried all the CBD coffee in the DMV. It’s a lie! Everything is a lie!

Our true crime festival is coming. Our Why True Crime? series continues with Death Becomes Us NYC talent Billy Jensen.

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.

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• The Cherry Blossom Pop Up bar is now open. Get your Instagram shot now!

• What a week! Cohen and blah blah blah. It’s a good time to check out Robin Bell’s OPEN at the Corcoran.

• What a week! Cohen and blah blah blah. You may want to belt out a tune so why not do it for a worthwhile charity? Sing for Survival at The Brixton benefits Cycle for Survival.

• Des Demonas plays a 7″ record release show at Comet Ping Pong.

• Have a laugh at Thursday Night Therapy at The Airedale.

• Hometown Sounds presents Champion Sound Band on the Millennium Stage.

• See Finding Neverland at National Theatre.

• Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y play a sold-out Fillmore Silver Spring.

FREE PICK: Play some Buffy bingo at Black Cat.

BALTIMORE PICK: Yell at your parents from your bedroom before you head to the UMBC Event Center to see Papa Roach.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Bentzen Ball album Jonathan Van Ness plays a sold-out Kennedy Center.

• You, Me, Them, Everybody Live returns to The Wonderland Ballroom with guests Sarah Roche, Haywood Turnipseed Jr and Weston Smith.

• Excellent jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog plays two free sets at Black Cat.

• If you like Pirog, you’ll most likely enjoy guitarist Marvin Sewell and pianist Jason Moran for a special night of improvisational jazz inspired by the exhibition Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

• Enjoy a cocktail at Lapop. They have cocktails now.

Dangerous Pies has a very good show lined up with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Param Anand Singh, BRNDA and Erotic Thrillers.

• The D.C. Independent Film Festival begins today and runs through March 10 at The Miracle Theater.

• See Jade Novah at Songbyrd.

• First Friday means it’s art time. Hillyer has an opening reception featuring three new exhibitions for March, including group show “Transcendence” juried by Antonius Bui and solo presentations by Michal Gavish and Spencer Dormitzer.

FREE PICK: See Mrs. Fang for free at the Freer. Say that aloud.

BALTIMORE PICK: We like Blood Orange at Rams Head Live.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Grammy winning Kronos Quartet play a free afternoon set in the Freer.

• Learn how to make anything into a midi controller at Rhizome.

• March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. We won’t be recommending any St. Patrick’s Day parades but we are recommending today’s Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fun Dog Show.

• It’s Girl Scout Day at the Newseum!

• Take a mini break, clean up:



• Brewer’s Ball takes over the National Building Museum. It’s an expensive ticket but proceeds go towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

• There’s a plant mystery at the Botanic Gardens! Mystery!

• Excellent loud and live act Le Butcherettes play DC9.

Rock & Roll Hotel hosts The Last Rewind, a Phish tribute act. This is a much more affordable Phish option than seeing the actual Phish. Now I want Phish Food.

Strathmore hosts Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. You will never see The Beatles live.

• Collider plays a record release show at Dangerous Pies.

• Deerhunter is at 9:30 Club. Lots of good concert options this weekend.

• Matoma is at Echostage.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: There’s a free Mardi Gras, kid friendly event on The Wharf.

BALTIMORE PICK: Union Craft Brewing hosts the soul music dance party Save Your DIRTY Soul PARTY.

+ 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?

• Last chance to see The Washington Ballet Presents The Sleeping Beauty at the Kennedy Center.

• Service Bar kicks off Gin World.

• Jacquees with TK Kravitz & Voyce play Fillmore Silver Spring.

• D.C. United kicks off their season with a home game at Audi Field against Atlanta United. It’s a battle of the Uniteds!

• Citizen Cope plays 9:30 Club.

• Go to the circus.

Republic Restoratives hosts Sip & Shop: Female Founders.

FREE PICK: Learn about puppetry at Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Devising Puppetry with Pointless Theatre.

BALTIMORE PICK: Miss Monster Jam in D.C. See the big trucks inside Royal Farms Arena!

+ 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.