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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 all pizza because this Saturday is National Pizza Day and we care more about that fake social media holiday than we do about the Oscars.


ALERT ALERT ALERT we just 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:

• We announced a new festival! Celebrate the people we can all agree on at our Future Is Festival.

• Have the best February of your life with our Your Best February guide.

• And here is your very in depth guide to all of the best beer to drink in February.

• Check out these sweet photos / review of Roddy Ricch at the 9:30 Club.

• Spring Awakening at Round House Theatre is the emo musical of your dreams.

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• Remember Jones and a casual 25 piece orchestra are performing the entirety of Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak at The Howard Theatre. This is the perfect pre-Valentine’s Day event.

• Diane Keaton talks about her new memoir Brother & Sister at Sixth & I. This book (and this talk) are probably going to make you cry.

• Spend your evening partying at the Phillips Collection at their always good Phillips After 5 series.

• Sierra Nevada celebrates 40 years of pretty solid beer at ChurchKey. Raise a cold foamy glass to them.

• Cold War Kids are playing at sold out shot at 9:30 Club. Good for them.

• Or you could dance to a Com Truise DJ set at Flash.

• Spend some of your spare cash on art at the Love pop-up shop at The Cheshire.

• Snack on some baked goods and watch Cool Runnings at A Baked Joint.

• Head over to DC9 and see Elliot Moss, Derover and Bruce Take Nap.

FREE PICK: Sip on some Manor Hill brews and make your very own Valentine’s day card at Pizzeria Paradiso.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Throw some axes, drink some cocktails, eat some snacks and dance to some tunes at the grand opening of THROW Social in Ivy City.

• Jam out with the magic that is ill Camille at the Kennedy Center’s Club at Studio K. It’s gonna be a good one.

• Or you could catch Ben Fold’s Declassified show at the Kennedy Center.

Black Cat is throwing an emo vs. pop punk dance night and I am there baby. Emo is back.

• Go back to the golden days of indie with Calexico and Iron & Wine at The Anthem.

• Or you could check out local bands Knife Wife and Foul Swoops with the NYC band Sweet Baby Jesus at Rhizome.

• The Korean Cultural Center is hosting an opening reception for the exhibition The Moment: Nature, Life and Re-creation. It looks luscious.

• Down a cocktail and see into the future at Slash Run‘s always dependable Tarot & Cocktails night.

Bluejacket is celebrating Clash Day with with a special London Drowning IPA that sounds delicious.

FREE PICK: Play hooky from work and sit in on a talk with artist Tsedaye Makonnen at the Hirshhorn.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• Moira Dyer’s Back in Business opens at the Phillips Collection. Go soak up some art.

• If you’re looking for dealz, check out the District Warehouse Sale featuring goods from Salt & Sundry, Little Leaf, Ivy Wild, Shelter and more.

Glen’s Garden Market is hosting a cute little Winter Warmer festival with pho, ramen, mac and cheese and live music.

• After you fill yourself with pho and cheese, head over to Union Market for their chocolate, wine and whiskey festival. A perfect combo.


• Tim and Eric require your attendance at the Lincoln Theatre.

• Hang out with Raphael Saadiq at the 9:30 Club. Dreamy.

• Poppy brings her new sound to U Street Music Hall. I bet her merch rocks.

Eaton is launching a new sober dance party called Euphoria.

• Eat a pizza and then dance to Mystery Friends, Church Girls and Bal Boheme at Comet Ping Pong.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Swing by the always lovely Fantom Comics for a Q&A with Robin Ha, cartoonist / author of the graphic novel Almost American Girl.

+ 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?

• Rhett Miller is at the Black Cat! Not a bad way to end your weekend.

• Check out Eddy Lee Ryder and Dionysus at your favorite bar / DC9.

• Dupont Underground is hosting an art rave, which sounds very on brand.

Transplantings is throwing an early Valentine’s Day sale. Buy your loved ones plants!

• Profs & Pints is hosting a lecture about creepy fairytale weddings at Bier Baron.

• Have a tintype portrait taken of yourself at Rhizome. How vintage.

• Then go back to Rhizome and enjoy some jazz by Sandy Ewen and the Gabe Wallace Trio.

• Finish the night off with The Delacros, Dot Dash and Apollo 66 at Slash Run.

FREE PICK: Catch Close-Up, one of the strangest / most beautiful movies of all time, at National Museum of Asian Art.

+ 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…