Hey DC! Looking for things to do this weekend? Our BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. The edition’s theme is Schitt’s Creek, because it is crazy we haven’t had them for a theme before, and what better time to celebrate Canadian comedy than Super Bowl weekend?
• Our true crime festival, Death Becomes Us, is coming to NYC this March. Amanda Knox, Damien Echols, John Douglas, Paul Holes, Wine & Crime and more will be part of version 2.0 of the fest. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning.
• We now have a music doc guide. Watch dozens of films about bands that got good then got drugs then got clean then triumphed on a smaller scale.
• D.C.’s most beautiful flower shop, She Loves Me, is now open. Look at some pretty photos of a pretty shop.
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• It’s the Night of Ideas at the Hirshhorn. It’s like a cool Ted Talk. A party Ted Talk.
• Robot/human/mystery Poppy is at the 9:30 Club. It should be weird.
• And don’t forget to stick around to catch some Amen Dunes.
• If you want to get drunk and listen to people talk about politics, Bier Baron‘s Profs & Pints series is tackling “Elections in the Trump Era.”
• Soak up some dark wave music at The Pie Shop.
• Petworth Citizen is busting out their absinthe fountain for the first time in 2019.
• Up your music game and jam out at Rhizome DC.
• Learn how to carve ham the right way at Del Mar.
• The Bird is closed. In it’s place is Frenchy’s Naturel. It opens tonight.
• Our Heineken 0.0 launch party is very sold out. Sorry.
• FREE PICK: Watch Stepping Out at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickton Theater.
• BALTIMORE PICK: The Sidebar hosts Castle Black from NYC.
• Toni Braxton is at MGM.
• Daley & JMSN are at the 9:30 Club. That’s a fun way to spell Jameson… Or Jamson?
• Celebrate 7 years of brews with Port City! Happy birthday you boozehounds.
• Hillyer is debuting three new exhibitions, including Lindsay Hall’s “Luscious and Pluscious,” Michael West’s “Conversation Piece” and “RISE 2019: Hillyer Newly Selected Artists.”
• The Sovereign is pouring beers form their favorite Rocky Mountain breweries. Just close your eyes and pretend you’re snowboarding.
• Stop by Dwell DC to catch Distant Creatures, Lavender and Emperor Plum.
• Bassem Youssef has two shows at the Kennedy Center and they’re calling your name.
• Cry and dance and cry at the Fillmore‘s Selena tribute show.
• It’s National Harbor‘s Restaurant Week. If you go to MGM, go to Fish.
• It’s February 1. Listen to the worst song on Foo Fighter’s 1997 album The Colour and The Shape: “February Stars.”
• FREE PICK: Learn how to cook an old time-y recipe at the Folger. Your grandma would be proud.
• BALTIMORE PICK: My Favorite Murder Live is at The Modell. We have a true crime festival coming in March.
Do some daytime stuff:
• The Renwick reopens today. We’re getting back to normal!
• Bowlero Columbia opens today! We’re getting a new bowling alley! This area needs more bowling alleys and really needs more batting cages. Celebrate at their grand opening party with free bowling and free arcade play and the Baltimore Orioles’ mascot Orioles Bird.
• The Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown celebrate The Band with afternoon and evening shows at Wolf Trap.
• Hang out in Republic Restoratives and enjoy Music Distilled: Classically Dope. According to the event description, “Explore the intersections among hip hop, classical music, and positive social influence (alongside local craft cocktails).”
• It’s cold out. Watch some people jump into very cold water at Ice Yards. Participate or just observe and help raise money for Special Olympics District of Columbia.
• If you prefer your brunch in a festival format, you may enjoy Brunch Fest.
• Re-calibrate for the evening:
• Lotion Princess and Slow Love play Dangerous Pies. We recommend every Slow Love show.
• The Washington National Cathedral continues A Long, Long Way: Race and Film, 1989–2019, with a screening and panel discussion of BlacKkKlansman.
• White Ford Bronco plays songs you know at 9:30 Club.
• Jane Franklin Dance’s Picture This will be performed at Theatre on the Run.
• The Daily Show writers stand-up tour is at Arlington Drafthouse for another night.
• Greensky Bluegrass is at The Anthem.
• Bentzen Ball album Moshe Kasher ends his run at the DC Improv.
• My Favorite Murder Live is at DAR. We have a true crime festival coming in March.
• FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Black Panther is screening for free at 250 AMC Theatres throughout the US until February 7 to celebrate Black History Month.
• BALTIMORE PICK: Amy Schumer is at the Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.
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?
• It’s Super Bowl Sunday. If you’d like to kind of attend an event that’s not exactly related to football but does include great food, we like Estadio’s pinxho tailgate party from noon to 5 p.m.
• It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Of all the options, we like Jack Rose’s annual chili cookoff and all-you-can-eat-and-drink rooftop party.
• Super Bowl Sunday means it’s also time for the Puppy Bowl! Wag & Brew is hosing a Puppy Bowl viewing party.
• Super Bowl Sunday means it’s time to celebrate America. Celebrate new American gardens at the U.S. Botanic Garden’s Celebrating New American Gardens.
• Jack on Fire plays Rhizome. That’s like the opposite of the Super Bowl.
• Now that the NGA is back open they’re continuing their Gordon Parks film series. Today Solomon Northup’s Odyssey screens at 4 p.m.
• FREE PICK: It’s National Museum of Women in the Arts free community day.
• BALTIMORE PICK: If you’d prefer to spend your Super Bowl Sunday helping others, head to downtown Baltimore for their Chili Bowl Sunday event and help pass out cold weather clothing to those that need it.
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, keep up the good work: