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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 David Bowie (duh) and is presented by the Phillips Collection. Go look at some art! It’s one of the best museums in D.C.!

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All sorts of great stuff:

• Before you read / click on anything, you should donate to the Australian bushfire relief.

• Trying to eat healthier in 2020? This is the reasonable vegan guide you need.

• Our Free Guide is back and it’s here to help you save some $$$.

This is the Twin Peaks of children’s books.

• Enjoy all of the best beer releases / events / parties with the help of our monthly Draft Picks column.

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.

• Diana Ross performs live with the NSO Pops team at the Kennedy Center. This is night one of three, so you have some time to check it out.

• Spend all night celebrating David Bowie’s birthday and dancing to some excellent tunes at U Street Music Hall‘s Bowie Ball.

• Born Dad is teaming up with Chicx Guapx and Emperor Plum to throw and single release party at DC9. We’re all dads now.

• Heavy Seas is celebrating their 24th anniversary at ChurchKey! Siren Noire is still a good beer.

• Jam out to Oh Violet, A Band Called Lynx and Artificial Island at The Pocket.

• Throw back some natural wine in the Petworth Citizen Reading Room.

• Catch a screening of The Great Battle at the Korean Cultural Center.

• Honey Creek, Others May Fall, Without the Accent and Somniatis play Songbyrd.

• Learn how to design posters and create social change with Rose Jaffe.

FREE PICK: Spend some quality time with LA artist Aaron Garber-Maikovska at the Hirshhorn.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• The American Opera Initiative brings their annual 20-minute opera series back to the Kennedy Center. It’s great! I could not recommend this show more.

• Dance it out to Yola and Amythyst Kiah at 9:30 Club.

• Girls Gotta Eat is tackling your relationship questions at the Lincoln Theatre. At least one person from BYT will probably be there.

• Stay up late with Mighty Mouse, Will Eastman and Rose Corps at Backbar.

• The French Embassy is keeping NYE going with a dance soiree.

• If you’d rather dance in a cool bar, hit up Toth and Mal Devisa at DC9.

• Dissolve in a pool of French New Wave at Suns Cinema‘s screening of Jules and Jim.

• Kenneth Whalum is taking over the Pie Shop for a night of good tunes.

E Street Cinema is hosting their monthly late night screening of The Room. It’s a classic.

FREE PICK: Kiley Reid talks about her hot book Such a Fun Age at Politics and Prose. At least three people in the BYT office are currently reading this.

Do some daytime stuff:

• It’s the first day of Nationals Winterfest! It’s sold out.

• Scope out some of the wildest antiques money can buy at the Washington Winter Show at AU’s Katzen Art Center.

• Learn how to make paella with Taberna del Alabardero. It’s 2020 and you need a new hobby. Paella could be that hobby?

• We don’t recommend you join the DC Onesie Crawl, but we do recommend you people watch it.


• Check out Bite Your Tongue: The Unhospitable Edition at Hook Hall. It’s a storytelling show featuring tales from some of the coolest women in D.C.’s food scene.

• Zack., Cinema Hearts and Diet Weed play a sweet acoustic show at Smith Public Trust.

• Catscan! is teaming up with The Electric Grandmother and Crab Legs to throw an album release at Slash Run.

• Jam out with Casual War and Revolution, I Love You at Songbyrd.

• The National Gallery of Art is screening Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature The Report, which follows a government worker living in Tehran.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: And don’t forget to check out NGA‘s lecture on art spaces in D.C. in the 70s and 80s.

+ 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?

• It’s the first day of Nationals Winterfest! It’s not sold out (yet).

The Wonderland Ballroom is hosting a (very late) Christmas party! Go back into 2019 and pretend 2020 hasn’t happened yet.

Suns Cinema is screening Last Year at Marienbad and most of the BYT team will be there. Come get weird with us.

• Order a mimosa and watch Memento at Slash Run. Don’t tattoo any notes to yourself! That never works.

• Basil, Luray and Faded Home are making music happen at DC9.

• Dig into the crossroads between cinema and art history at the National Gallery of Art.

• And hit up a talk about women, social media and dissent in Iran and the National Museum of Asian Art.

• This is your last chance to see the exhibition Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence at NGA.

FREE PICK: The No Pants Subway Ride is a thing that’s happening. It’s always free to people watch.

+ 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…