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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 features high quality gifs of women’s soccer because it is Super Bowl weekend. See what we did there?

Announcements coming soon. LIKE REALLY, REALLY 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:

• We made you a D.C. guide to the best of Caccio e Pepe pasta – you’re welcome.

• How to make friends and buy nothing? Here’s how.

• Speaking of… bookmark this link for all the free things to do in D.C. every week.

• WE HAVE ALL SORTS OF COOL PHOTOS: James Murphy, delicious foods, cool shows, etc

• We spent some time watching quality queer web content.

• January is almost over – now what?

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.

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• Be one of the first people to catch the Arts & Activism exhibition at The Cheshire.

• Mason Bates and Juan Atkins turn The REACH into a classical techno dance party zone.

• Catch Spendtime Palace, The Paranoyds and Knife Wife at Comet Ping Pong.

• Conceptual artist Alex Da Corte joins chief curator of the Hirshhorn Stéphane Aquin to talk about Marcel Duchamp at (surprise) the Hirshhorn.

•  The OSYX, Cool Mom and Yes, Vacancy are at DC9.

•  We The People turns 5.

•  Into buying nothing this year? There’s a jewelry swap over at SHELTER tonight.

• Make the best zine of your life at DC Zinefest’s Zine Lab at Mt. Pleasant Library.

Suns Cinema is hosting a screening of Once Upon A Time In Anatolia.

• Finish your night with Terminal Vertigo, Triple Bunkbed and Fuzz Voyage at Slash Run.

• The Goethe-Institut is hosting a screening of the movie The Murderers Are Among Us and boy that title is haunting.

FREE PICK: Or you could go see Blade at A Baked Joint.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Unwind from the first month of 2020 (how is it already the end of January??) with a drink at a very non-douchey bar. We made a list to help you with that.

•Port City Brewing turns 9 and they’re releasing some beers and throwing a party.

• Broccoli City is hosting their festival preview at the REACH. Our guess is Megan Thee Stallion will NOT be there but … who knows?


• Head to the National Museum of Asian Art for a screening of Gholam and a discussion with the director Mitra Tabrizian.

sPACYcLOUd is hosting an art party in honor of Henryd’s first solo art show. Go soak up some art.

• Speaking of art, Carly Harvey and Pree will be performing in the Luce.

FREE PICK: Dance your way back into the early 2000s at DC9‘s mr Brightside party.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• Get lost in the impressionist gardens of National Gallery of Art during this Claude Monet tour.

Ice Yards is back and always a fun time.

Present Tense Artist Talk: Farrah Skeiky with Cynthia Connolly is at Transformer. Check out our interview with Farrah here.

• The Smithsonian American Art Museum is throwing a family friendly Lunar New Year celebration.

Peruvian Brothers are celebrating their opening at La Cosecha with food tastings, pisco sour slushie samples, music, dancing and more.


Gary Gulman is at Warner Theatre. We are low-key obsessed with him and you should be too.

• There is an Australia concert benefit at Black Cat.

• Have a date night (and an augmented reality cocktail) at Artechouse’s FUTURE SKETCHES.

•Listen to some records at Showtime Bar.

• Take yourself out to theatre and check out Pipeline at Studio

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Dance the night away at U Street Music Hall‘s Werk Ethic, a 80s / 90s techno dance party.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

HAPPY SUPER BOWL DAY! For your (non Super bowl) viewing pleasure:

• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews. Or our new, super handy MURDER MYSTERY GUIDE.

• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our DC BRUNCH GUIDE. It’s useful.

Leaving the house?

• check out our handy list of Best Bars in DC WITHOUT TV’s.

• it is also Groundhog day today and while global warming makes us WISH for an actual winter, nevermind a prolonged one – there’s a party for that in Dupont Circle.

• plus, they’re showing the movie at Suns. For all that, you get a bonus Bill Murray gif:

•It’s your last day to check out the sick winter lanterns at The REACH. Check out our photos here.

• Brunch your way through a screening of Casablanca at Slash Run.

• Check out this cool Pisco event at the Embassy of Peru. Feels authentic.

• Slow Crush and Grivo are ate Songbyrd.

FREE PICK: The National Museum of Women in the Arts is waiving admission fee today. Immerse yourself in some wonderful art.

+ 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…