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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this FIRST 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 Sandra Oh, because she hosts this weekend’s Golden Globes, and because we need that season 2 of Killing Eve to be here STAT (that BBC 2019 teaser trailer reel is killing us, softly).

All sorts of great stuff:

• Welcome to the new year. Have Your Best January.

• If you’d prefer to live in the past and would rather look at pretty picture than read wordy words, peruse our 18 Best Photos of 2018.

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• Another year, another year of MAGFest. It kicks off at Gaylord National at National Harbor.

• Another year, another Phillips After 5 event. It’s sold-out. Sorry?

• American Idol winner Ruben Studdard sings the songs of American idol Luther Vandross at The Howard Theatre.

• Ozomatli kicks off the 9:30 Club’s 2019.

• This month’s edition of The DC Gurly Show is Marvel themed.

Watch the episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that was pulled from Netflix because the country that murders journalists asked Netflix to pull it. To clarify, we’re recommending you watch an episode pulled from Netflix because the episode, along with an update, are still available on Patriot Act’s official YouTube page, which is run by Netflix. Good job, Netflix.

Rhizome screens the films of Karen Yasinsky.

• As of this writing the government is still closed. So you can’t get married. But you can get divorced.

FREE PICK: Dr. Jeremy Brown talks about his new book, Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History, at Politics and Prose. Bring your truther friend.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• You, Me, Them, Everybody begins year 11 with Teen Mortgage, Haywood Turnipseed Jr. and more at The Wonderland Ballroom.

• Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club returns to the GALA Hispanic Theatre. If you have no idea what we’re recommending, look at our photos.

• Yung Bleu headlines Fillmore Silver Spring.

First Friday of the month means it’s time to walk around Dupont Circle and look at art.

• Likes, Weston Smith and Nan Britton play Slash Run. Get there early for Nan Britton.

• Luenell begins her weekend at the DC Improv.

• Justin Timberlake brings the woods indoors to the Capital One Arena.

• Dance at The Green Zone’s tropical dance party.

• Rob Stokes is at Songbyrd.

FREE PICK: Last chance to check out the Light Yards lights.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Getting in shape your new year’s resolution? Begin with Rock ‘N Roll Marathon’s running scavenger hunt. It’s not a marathon, just 3-5 miles.

• Spend the day drinking quality beer at ChurchKey’s All About Abraxas.

• In the midst of Dry January? Stay home and read a book. Here are some of our favorites from 2018.

• In the midst of a very fun life? Go to drag brunch at Nellie’s.

• Recalibrate for the evening:


• The party of the weekend is the first edition of BENT: A New LGBTQ Dance Party at 9:30 Club.

• If you prefer pies with your dance party options, consider Dangerous Pies DC’s David Bowie music video dance party.

• Big Ups say goodbye at Comet Ping Pong.

• The DC Proud 2019 Celebration fills The Anthem.

• Stone Driver plays DC9. You know what they sound like.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze screens at Suns Cinema. You know what the turtles eat.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: One of the last chances to check out the Georgetown GLOW lights.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

For your viewing pleasure:

• Watch our GIF guide co-host the Golden Globes.

• 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?

• The next Profs and Pints sound very interesting: Dreams of Intelligent Machines with Colin Allen, philosopher of science and adjunct in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kramers hosts a BYOB Book Club. This is convenient since they’re also a bookstore.

• The City Paper releases their annual fiction issue this week. To celebrate their hosting a reading featuring some of the authors at Solid State Books.

The Play That Goes Wrong ends its run at The Kennedy Center.

• Visit the US Botanic Garden. They’re still open. For now.

• Visit a national park. They’re not collecting fees because they’re technically closed but they’re parks so it’s hard to close them.

FREE PICK: It’s free community day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. They’re open. As of this writing, the Smithsonian Museums are not.

+ 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.