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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. The edition’s theme is Taraji P. Henson, as a gentle reminder that even though What Men Want looks pretty terrible, this lady is A STAR.


All sorts of great stuff:

• Wake up! We’ve updated our Coffee Guide.

• And if you don’t like coffee, here’s where we like to get tea.

• Your long read of the weekend: Freshly Tapped: Port City’s Colossal 8.

• Are you looking for the best queer female geared films and series to tide you over until The L Word reboot? Boy, do we have you covered! Here are the Best Queer Female Geared Films and Series to Tide You Over Until The L Word Reboot.

• It’s 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.

SOCIAL MEDIA BONUS: tag all your Instagram stuff #BYThings (@brightestyoungthings) and get a chance to shine on OUR Instagram feed too.


• The best event of the night is the opening of OPEN: An Installation by Robin Bell at the Corcoran.

• The best event of the day is Drag Queen Story Hour in the Adams Morgan Community Center.

• The Pies n’ Pasties Burlesque and Variety Show! at Dangerously Delicious is an apt title for the show. You can eat pie while watching the show. It’s not a euphemism.

• Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrats 60 years as a company this year. They’re performing at the Kennedy Center through Sunday.

Neil Gwynn at the Folger is worth your time.

• Another month, another sold out Phillips after 5.

• We’re in tax season. The Creative Lab presents Lab Hours – Tax For What Edition at Hawthorne might be helpful.

Tiger Fork’s Night Market celebrates Chinese New Year.

• Dance at Sleaze at The Wonderland Ballroom.

• Mandolin Orange headline 9:30 Club.

FREE PICK: Play some trivia at Rock & Roll Hotel and then enjoy their rooftop in this weather that makes it feel like spring.

BALTIMORE PICK: Funny person we like Jim Gaffigan is at The Modell Lyric.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• It’s finally time for the grand opening of the new Red Room! Welcome back new room?

• The Drive-By Truckers and Lucinda Williams at The Anthem is an excellent double bill.

• The SOME Young Professionals Winter Ball benefiting So Others Might Eat is at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

• Coin headlines 9:30 Club.

• The one-of-a-kind Nellie McKay is at The Kennedy Center.

• Watch Feast of Sorrow at the Freer.

• The Luce Unplugged series continues with Twin Jude and Weed Tree.

• If you enjoyed Fred Armisen’s Netflix special you’ll enjoy Fred Armisen: Comedy for Musicians but Everyone is Welcome at The Lincoln Theatre.

• Slick Rick is at The Howard Theatre.

• Another chance to celebrate Chinese New Year. This time it’s at Destination Wedding’s transformation into Destination Hong Kong.

FREE PICK: If you’re going to the Drive-By Truckers show you might want to attend the free Drive-By Truckers after party featuring The Beanstalk Library at Pearl Street Warehouse, conveniently also located on The Wharf.

BALTIMORE PICK: Enjoy other people’s misery at the Mortified Valentine’s special at Creative Alliance.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• You, Me, Them, Everybody turns 11 this year so there’s an 11 hour YMTE Live marathon at The Wonderland Ballroom beginning at 11 a.m. Daytime guests include Nevin Martell, Pussy Noir, Dan Silverman, Laura Hayes and many, many more.

• We have no problem recommending Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian annual Chocolate Festival. If you can’t make it today it’s also on Sunday.

• Watch some humans play Hungry Hungry Hippos, kind of, at Hungry Human Hippos On Ice 2019 at The Wharf.

Cupid’s Undie Run returns. It’s exactly what it sounds like. You know if this is for you.

• Re-calibrate for the evening:



• Pop Up Magazine returns to Warner Theatre with Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, The Ringer’s Jason Concepcion and more.

• The You, Me, Them, Everybody 11 hour marathon at The Wonderland Ballroom continues with evening guests include Robin Bell, Will Eastman, Laurel Halsey and many, many more.

• President’s Day is coming up so get in the mood (?) at An All Star Presidents Day Presidential Salute to Our Fathers at Slash Run.

• Old Dominion fills The Anthem.

• Joe Jackson performs songs from his four decade long recording career at The Lincoln Theatre.

• Interested in some chamber music in The Barns at Wolf Trap?

• Hang out with some nerds at Nerd Nite at DC9.

• Valerie June plays Sixth & I.

• Celebrate Chinese New at Spoken English and Brothers and Sisters in The Line.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The Air and Space Museum celebrates African American History Month with the family friendly African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space event.

BALTIMORE PICK: Queer dance party Version begins their 3rd year at The Crown.

+ 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?

• Very good bar Reliable Tavern hosts the Second Annual Lower Georgia Ave Chili Cook-Off.

• The Films of Gordon Parks series at The National Gallery of Art concludes with Moments without Proper Names preceded by Martin.

They Shall Not Grow Old looks fantastic and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to see it than the Warner Bros. Theater in the National Museum of American History.

• Estelle is at Birchmere.

• Buy something special/used/old/loved/no-longer-loved at DC9’s Punk Flea Market.

• Make some Valentine’s Day cards at the Postal Museum. It’ll be cute!

• Somewhat related, the next Profs & Pints is The Love Lecture at Bier Baron.

FREE PICK: Happy New Year! Enjoy the 2019 Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Chippendales: Let’s Misbehave tour stops by Baltimore Soundstage. No touching!

+ 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.