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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 Stranger Than Paradise because it’s one of our favorite Jim Jarmusch movies and they’re screening it at Suns Cinema . This baby is sponsored by INWEGO because they rock. Download their app!

More announcements coming soon. Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram + keep and eye out on Upcoming BYT Event tab. Use #BYThings too.

All sorts of great stuff:

• Our DC MLK Day Volunteer Guide is required reading.

• We talked to the amazing punk and DIY photographer Farrah Skeiky about her upcoming Transformer exhibition.

• Want to same some money this year? We can help you with that.

• The Oscar nominations are out and here is everything the Academy got wrong.

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! Make those reservations while you still can.

What is going on with Finley on The L Word?

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• Hit up American Authors, MAGIC GIANT and Public at 9:30 Club. I love a band that embraces all caps.

• FiveThirtyEight is talking about sweet, delicious politics at Sixth & I.

• Fill your body with burgers and then dance around to Sondra Sun-Odeon and Time Is Fire at Slash Run.

• Or you could get down to Paul McMahon, Staffers and Model Home at the house / venue that is Rhizome.

• Catch comedian Martin Amini at Kennedy Center’s Club at Studio K.

• MAVI, Ankhlejohn, MoR and Addison are playing Songbyrd if you’re looking for an excuse to dance in a basement.

• Pound some drinks and dance to some Scottish new wave jams at Dodge City.

• The Embassy of Colombia is bringing in a string quartet to play some tunes by Shakira, Juanes, Maluma, Beethoven and Bach.

FREE PICK: Law professor / criminal defense attorney Abbe Smith talks about her book Guilty People at Solid State Books.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• It’s Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend!

• Go back to the Club at Studio K to see Stretch and Bobbito.

• Get a dose of culture and check out The Merry Wives of Windsor at Folger.

Suns Cinema is playing one of our favorite Jim Jarmusch films, Stranger Than Paradise.

• Check out ARTECHOUSE‘s newest exhibition Future Sketches. Use the code Future10 for 10% off tickets between 1/17-1/31.

• Run over to the Pie Shop to see Curse Words, Boayt, The Neckbeards and Ultimate Overshare.

Long View Gallery is hosting a reception for the exhibition New Year/New Artists.

• Our friends at House of Sonique are throwing a MAL BALL at JR’s.

• Order some booze and make your posters for the Women’s March at Republic Restoratives.

• Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag is back at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

• GW Professor Daniel Goldmark hosts a free lecture on how scoring and sound design are used to evoke nostalgia in animated movies at the Corcoran.

FREE PICK: Drink a beer and enjoy some very free and very live opera at the Wonderland Ballroom.

Do some daytime stuff:

The Women’s March is taking over downtown D.C.

• Enjoy the heat (and by that we mean whiskey) and the cold (and by that we mean ice shuffleboard) at the Wharf’s Fire and Ice festival.

• If you care about science (in general!) the National Gallery is Art is hosting a lecture on the intersection of science and documentaries.

Prime Time Pro Wrestling hosts a sold out show at the Deanwood Rec Center. Get your tickets early next time.


• We’re incredibly excited for the opening reception of Farrah Skeiky’s Present Tense exhibition at Transformer. Read our interview with the artist here!

• Eat all the seafood and learn how to shuck oysters like the pros at The Salt Line.

• Pound 666 beers and see Escuela Grind, Organ Trail, MSD and Crawler at Atlas Brew Works.

• Swing by Hamiltonian for the opening reception of this distance between you and i. 

• G ∆ Y / B ∆ S H is hosting another goth night at TRADE and we’re never not into it.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The National Gallery of Art is screening Case #1, Case #2 and A Tribute to Teachers by Abbas Kiarostami.

+ 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. It’s useful. 

Leaving the house?

• Eaton is hosting a full day of jazz and activism as a part of the fifth annual Jazz and Freedom Festival.

• Go back to the Pie Shop to see Lightmare, North By North and fake Bodies.

• Profs & Pints digs into the history of America’s love of alcohol at Bier Baron. You’re going to want to order the highest ABV beer you can for this one.

TransPlantings is hosting a plant sale. Make your life better with a plant.

• Repo Fam and (the delightfully named) Nice Breeze are playing tunes at Black Cat.

• Want more music? Check out Riley Moore and Jack Dunlap at Songbyrd.

• Diamonds of the Night at Suns Cinema looks incredible. At least one BYT person will be there.

• Take a whiskey tour of Scotland with the folks at Wardman Wines.

FREE PICK: Stop by the National Museum of Asian Art for a gallery talk about the excellent exhibition My Iran: Six Women Photographers. Don’t miss out on this.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

Do some volunteering today.

• March in the 39th annual MLK Peace Walk & Parade with Mayor Muriel Bowser.

• Celebrate Chinese New Year with some good food and drinks at Tiger Fork.

• Dance to Temples and Art d’Ecco at U Street Music Hall.

• Jackie Lee’s is throwing a mezcal party to remind you that This Is Not Normal.

• Swing by Bier Baron to hear a boozy lecture about turmoil in South America with Profs & Pints.

• The Washington Psychotronic Film Society is screening Ninja III: The Domination and Hi-Keeba! at Smoke & Barrel.

FREE PICK: Author Anna Wiener talks about her interesting new book Uncanny Valley: A Memoir at Politics and Prose.

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…