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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this second shutdown weekend of 2019? Our BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. The edition’s theme is Derry Girls, which we are seriously obsessed with…

All sorts of great stuff:

• It’s 2019. Read 19 for 2019: BYT’s Picks and Hopes for the New Year. We are soothsayers.

• This shutdown feels like there’s no end in sight. We have a Shutdown Guide.

• January means at least trying to be healthy. Here are three non-alcoholic cocktails for non-alcoholic January.

• Maybe you’re going vegan instead of not drinking: Tips for Surviving Veganuary.

• Think of it as Best Year Food Bets: 19 DC Bars & Restaurants To Look Forward To Opening in 2019.

Now that Axl Rose is a cartoon I like Axl Rose.

• Look at some photos from D.C.’s newest LGBTQ dance party: BENT.

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.

• That old millennial Iliza Shlesinger is at the Warner Theatre.

• Catch BYT contributor Johnny Fantastic with Bal Boheme and Stranger in the Alps at the Dew Drop Inn.

• Stop by DC9 to see Tommy Siegel, Jesse Dylan & The Scaredy Cats.

• It’s National Soup Month. Eat your soup.

New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero is at Sixth & I. Come back to BYT next week for our chat with the author.

• Stuff your face with Le Diplomate‘s Galette des Rois.

• Cry and dance to David Bowie at Dodge City.

FREE PICK: Stay home and watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine on their new network.

BALTIMORE PICK: Dance with the stars (or watch people you may know from television dance) at The Modell Lyric.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• The DC Tattoo Expo begins today and runs through Sunday. Look at some photos of previous DC Tattoo Expos before making that very important inky decision.

• Head to Eaton for the grand opening of their wellness center. It’s very free.

• The Smithsonian’s may be closed, but you can soak up some art at the Korean Cultural Center‘s new exhibition.

• And speaking of Smithsonian’s, Anxo hosts Smithsonian Folkway Recordings and HR Records for a night of booze and vinyl.

• Hit up D.C.’s first big protest of the year.

• January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day. Drink a Hot Toddy.

•  Duplex Diner is screening RuPaul’s Drag Race if you need to get out of the house, but don’t want to fall behind.

• The Revivalists are at The Anthem. There are too many people in that band.

• Enjoy some chamber music at The Barns.

• Or go to the other David Bowie dance party at U Street Music Hall.

FREE PICK: A punk venue above a pie shop is hosting two podcasts. It’s a combination of all of your favorite things.

BALTIMORE PICK: Dance to all your favorite goth songs at TheDepot.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• There’s a Onesie Crawl. Good luck to all the participants that forgot they’re wearing a onesie while on a bar crawl.

• If you’re into wearing a onesie but prefer non-alcoholic drinks, we have a few suggestions.

• Happy fourth anniversary One Eight Distilling!

• Eat some Impossible Meat.

• Snow! It’s supposed to snow! I want snow!

• Re-calibrate for the evening:


• Start your evening early at Nerd Nite at DC9.

• The excellent live performer Jon Spencer does his thing at Black Cat. Black Cat is not closed.

•  A play using map-making, dance, film and sound sensory technology, Cartography, premieres this weekend at The Kennedy Center.

• Or you can enjoy the sweet sounds of NSO while you sip on a beer / coffee / whatever at Colony Club.

• Stop by Songbyrd for Arc Iris’s album release party.

• Got My Own Sound play an all-ages show at Rock & Roll Hotel.

Bier Baron is holding their second annual cask festival if you like your beers old.

• Or spend a quiet night with a book and a cocktail at Petworth Citizen.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The MEGALODEMOCRAT. The Public Art of Rafael Lozano‑Hemmer screening that was originally scheduled at the Hirshhorn has been moved to the Newseum. Still free.

BALTIMORE PICK: It’s cold enough for the Harbor Point Ice Festival!

+ 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?

• Another January, another No Pants Metro Ride.

Pizza Paradiso is starting beer and pizza making classes. The first one is all about pizza dough. Hope you’re not doing a gluten-free January.

• Do some yoga at the National Building Museum before you eat that pizza.

• Or eat brunch and watch The L Word at Slash Run.

• Gauche is screening their first music video at Suns Cinema.

• Celebrate Orthodox New Year at BABA.

• See Taking Up Serpents, the Kennedy Center‘s new hour long opera.

FREE PICK: Pay your respects at Susan Mumford’s memorial concert at the 9:30 Club.

BALTIMORE PICK: High on Fire is at Baltimore Soundstage. They’re good.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?


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, do your best: