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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 Thursday is 7/11. In honor of the annual day that happens to be the name of a major convenience store chain, we’re going with Beyoncé’s “7/11” video and 7-Eleven as our theme. Oh, thank heaven.


• NEW SPY MUSEUM! NEW SPY MUSEUM PARTY! On August 9, BrightestYoungThings.com + The International Spy Museum Present: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Party Protocol! 

• SAVE THE DATE: October 24-27, Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of comedy and friendship. Keep an eye on bentzenball.com for details and tickets.

• SAVE THE DATE: November 8-11, Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C. ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW (and almost sold-out!). More individual shows are available for sale! Throwing Shade! The Murder Squad! Amanda Knox! BuzzFeed Unsolved!

 • More announcements coming soon. Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram. Use #BYThings too & get excited.

All sorts of great stuff:

• These are the best films of 2019. So far.

• These are the best books of 2019. So far.

• It’s hot outside. And sometimes rainy. It’s temperature controlled and dry inside National Building Museum’s LAWN exhibit.

• Even chefs are picky eaters. 6 Chefs and Restaurant Owners’ Least Favorite Foods.

• We have a very good giveaway this week: Phillips Collection Membership for two.

RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes.

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• It’s 7/11. Get a free Slurpee at 7-Eleven.

• We attended the first Kennedy Center Rooftop Happy Hour of the season. The next one is tonight. Go. They have the best views of the city and, surprisingly, really good drink specials.

• Well dressed man Pitbull is at Merriweather. If you wear a tux to a Pitbull show do you get reduced admission?

• Buy some arty stuff at Arty Queers, D.C.’s LGBTQ indoor art market, at The DC Center.

• The next Hip-Hop Museum Pop-Up Experience is today at Union District Oyster Bar.

• Stop by the updated POV Lounge and check out Nina Sky.

• The Randy Rogers Band is at 9:30 Club.

The Phillips Collection hosts Wolf Trap Opera for its Vocal Colors recital.

• The rarely on tour ELO play Capital One Arena. Come back to BYT next week for our review.

FREE PICK: Marry Poppins, the original, kicks off the 3rd Annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill on the north lawn of the Library of Congress. This is an extremely good, newish D.C. tradition.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Wake up early for Daybreaker on the LAWN.

• BOAYT has their album release show at Dew Drop Inn.

• Wylder has their album release show for Golden Age Thinking at The Hamilton. It’s a weekend of new albums.

• The Keanu Reeves celebration at the Warner Bros. Theater kicks off with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. John Wick 1 and 2 screen Sunday. This celebration should be at least two weekends long but one is better than none.

• Yeasayer at 9:30 Club should be fun.

• Backstreet Boys at Capital One Arena should also be fun, a slightly more crowded type of fun.

• Blerdcon kicks off at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

• Elikeh is at the National Gallery for its Jazz in the Garden series.

• Rob Thomas will sing about the weather at The Anthem.

FREE PICK: The Chinatown Block Party starts today as part of Chinatown’s ongoing Discover Chinatown Parks.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Happy 10th birthday, MGM Roast Beef! Stop by the sandwich shop and order a No Kings Reuben. The first 120 people get a free 3 Stars tall boy with purchase of sandwich.

• Happy 5th birthday, Denizens!

• Do some morning Tai Chi in Chinatown.

The Phillips Collection screens This is Home: A Refugee Story as part of The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement.

• Clap on the balcony.


• The show of the night is BENT: Back with a Bang at 9:30 Club. Make sure to catch DDm. We’ve been championing him for years and his slow and steady rise is no surprise. See the best of Baltimore in the best venue in D.C.

• The indie wrestling show of the night is Flying V Fights: SWEET SUMMER HEAT at The Silver Spring Black Box.

• The TRAP Karaoke show of the night is TRAP Karaoke at Howard Theatre.

• Operators is playing U Hall.

• Kingsnake will make Atlas a loud brewery.

• Mock Identity has their EP release show at Comet Ping Pong.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The lotuses and water lilies at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens are in full bloom for the Lotus and Water Lily Festival.

+ 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. New for 2019!

Leaving the house?

• The Takoma Park Farmers Market hosts its 2nd annual Garlic Festival. Eat garlic. Live a better life.

• Mystery Skulls play at U Hall.

• Cinema Hearts and Margot MacDonald are at Pie Shop.

Pranthers has a special pop-up with Chef Tim Ma. We enjoy Ma’s work at American Son.

• Bill Callahan plays a sold-out Union Stage.

• Uptown Art House presents Knyves Escobar, Nag Champa World and Jamal Gray at Eaton Workshop.

Flash is hosting Navbox for its Sunday Love series and coincidentally, his birthday. You can also get body paint and see 3D reflective art.

FREE PICK: We’ll be at the appropriately timed By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.

+ 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.

Until next time, don’t forget, XMas is coming…