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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 brought to you by the number 20.

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:

• Pour one out for the 10 bar closures that made us cry in the 2010s.

• Point and laugh at the Worst Album Art of the Year.

• Praise and worship the Best Album Art of the Year.

• Get ready for BENT at 9:30 Club this weekend with a very special Summer Camp / House of Sonique interview.

• Before we fully give ourselves up to 2020, take a look back at the best art moments of the 2010s.

RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon on Full Service Radio. 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.

• Today is the last day to enjoy the Ruta / Palena burger at DC9. Go soak up some D.C. burger history.

• The interestly named MAGFest (it stands for music and gaming) brings arcades, tabletop games, concerts, zombie tag, cosplay and so much more to National Harbor.

• Hit up Comet Ping Pong for jams by Slingshot Dakota, Nah. and Commander Salamander. Also you can eat pizza if that’s a thing you want to do.

A Baked Joint is screening So I Married an Axe Murderer.

• Not finished celebrating the new year? Ring in the roaring 20s (again!) at this month’s Phillips After 5.

• Need another movie option? Check out Barking Dogs Never Bite at Suns Cinema.

Union Stage is helping you start 2020 the right way with a free two night bluegrass and beer festival. Swing by tonight to see Two Ton Twig and Hollertown.

• You can still grab tickets to see My Fair Lady at the Kennedy Center.

FREE PICK: Lee Drutman talks about his book Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop at Politics and Prose.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• The cursed dance party Emo Night Brooklyn takes over U Street Music Hall for a night of dance crying.

• Get your dose of 90s tunes at the 9:30 Club‘s neverending No Scrubs dance party.

• Head on over to the Fillmore Silver Spring to catch Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Billy Lyve.

• Take a trip over to Baltimore for the 2020 Crankie Fest! It’s very niche and incredibly specific.

• The GALA Hispanic Theatre hosts the 10th edition of Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club.

• The Gimmicks, Flight Club and Sunhead are at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• La Colombopercutiva, Park Snakes and Time Is Fire are playing music at Pie Shop. Also it’s a coat drive! Bring your coats!

• Or you can go catch Jet Phase, Thunderpaw and Stop That Ship at Velvet Lounge.

• Say goodbye to Gypsy Sally’s forever with performances by John Kadlecik Band and Mary-el Band.

FREE PICK: The Hirshhorn starts Friday off with a casual early morning discussion of art and climate change with Noel Kassewitz.

Do some daytime stuff:

• Celebrate Bier Baron‘s 9th anniversary with all of the weird and sour beers they have!

• Speaking of booze, Right Proper and Black Brew Movement are hosting party for the release of their collaboration beer Cuffing Saison.

• Dive into the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art.

• Learn how to make a killer sourdough bread with Creative Cakes in Silver Spring.


• Dance the night away at the 9:30 Club‘s seasonal rager BENT.

• Check out Rebekah Rafferty and The Wakes with L.A. Dies, McWavy and WarPony at DC9.

• Go back to Rock & Roll Hotel to catch Civic Duty and Meyru.

• Swing by Slash Run to see Prison Rodeo and Natural Rat.

• End your night with the wonderfully named band Goth Dad at Songbyrd.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Kick your weekend off with a few Kiarostami shorts at the National Gallery of Art.

+ 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. Maybe you could find a place that serves rabbit?

Leaving the house?

• This is your last day to immerse yourself in the magic that is AURORA: The Spirit of Northern Lights at ARTECHOUSE.

• Check out the free community day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

• End your week with a double feature of A Woman Is A Woman and Bicycle Thieves at Suns Cinema.

• Profs & Pints tackles the Youth Climate Movement at Bier Baron.

• This is your last chance to check out the exhibition Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt at the Hillwood Museum.

• Watch When the Moon was Full at the National Museum of Asian Art.

• Move your bod to some tunes by Walk the Plank, The Mostly Dead and Meth Rats at Pie Shop.

• If one of your resolutions is to keep your house plants alive, hit up this house plant clinic.

FREE PICK: Go back to NGA to check out the film The Traveler.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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…