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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 Lizzo, because she deserves it.


• THIS WEEKEND! JULY 20-21: The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio returns to the District of Comedy Festival July 20 and 21!

• OCTOBER 25-28: The 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. We have Jonathan Van Ness (!!!) and Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher tickets going on sale Friday at 10AM! Tig, Michelle Buteau, Amanda Seales and more tickets are on sale now! Get them all.

• NOVEMBER 3-4: Our first true crime fest: Death Becomes Us! Festival passes are sold out. How Did This Get Made is sold out. On sale now: Buzzfeed Unsolved Live and Last Podcast On The Left. On sale today at 10AM we have some ladies join in on the action: Criminal w/ Phoebe Judge and Wine & Crime.

 • 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:

We interviewed Bo Burnham about Eighth Grade. It’ll make you want to see a film you already wanted to see even more.

• We did a gorgeous party int he gorgeous Smithsonian American Art Museum – check out the photos.

• The District of Comedy Festival is this weekend at the Kennedy Center. We published our Essential Viewing and Essential Podcasts guides.

• D.C. is a great city for vegans. It’s even good if you’re a carnivore stuck eating vegan.

•  It’s July. Have Your Best July.

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

You look ready.

•Set your alarm for 10AM and get some Death Becomes Us True Crime Fest Tickets. We have some ladies join in on the action: Criminal w/ Phoebe Judge and Wine & Crime.

THEN: Our pick of the night is Brew at the Zoo at, you guessed it, the Smithsonian National Zoo!

• If you’re looking for something different, Smells Like DNA – a Pheromone Party is definitely different. In addition to powerful smelling shirts, it’ll feature art by Marion Colomer and Nora Lieberman, science by Cici Loft, poetry by Peyman Allahverdizade, beats by DJ KRYPTK and drinks by Ashley Schmidt. Click here for more info.

• The District of Comedy Fest begins and our pick for Thursday is James Adomian’s Bernie Sanders Town Hall.

• NPR quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! brings their fun to Wolf Trap.

E Street Cinema hosts the D.C. premiere of The Devil We Know. It’s screening as part of the Environmental Film Festival.

Kramerbooks hosts the book launch and panel of Obama: An Oral History by Brian Abrams. Two years seems so, so long ago.

• Blues legend Buddy Guy plays The State Theatre.

Go to China Chilcano and eat some ceviche.

• Bentzen Ball album Melissa Villaseñor performs at a sold-out DC Improv.

FREE PICK: Watch The Goonies on the Library of Congress lawn.

BALTIMORE PICK: Make your ears bleed with Alterbeast, Inferi and Reaping Asmodeia at Sidebar.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


•Set your alarm for 10AM and be QUICK: We have Jonathan Van Ness (!!!) and Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher Bentzen Ball tickets going on sale Friday at 10AM!

•The concert of the weekend is Janelle Monáe at The Anthem.

• The District of Comedy Fest continues and our pick of the night is obviously The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: That’s So Retrograde.

• Queen Latifah and Common co-headline Wolf Trap.

• The March of Washington Film Festival celebrates the life of the late, great Dick Gregory with the panel Civil Rights and Comedy: The Unforgettable Dick Gregory.

• Watch Jurassic Park in the Congressional Cemetery.

• August Alsina fills the Howard Theatre.

• Tory Lanez brings the Memories Don’t Die tour to Fillmore Silver Spring. You will not forget this tour.

Go see Eighth Grade.

• If you’d rather laugh in Adams Morgan, Kevin Tit hosts Punkhouse Comedy at Songbyrd.

FREE PICK: The Luce Unplugged series is one of the best, free monthly events in D.C. This edition features Blacklodge+em.g and Park Snakes.

BALTIMORE PICK: Artscape begins today and runs through Sunday. Come back to BYT next week for photos.

Do some daytime stuff:

• The 8th Annual DC Zinefest has a new home at Art Enables in NE.

• The Rise & Wine Yoga Series kicks off at Barcelona Wine Bar. You like brunch and you like yoga and know you can have brunch and practice yoga in the same place.

• Celebrate the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey with a screening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

• Pick up some records and instruments to make records at the Rhizome gear and record sale.

• Go do some self affirmations…


America the Game Show. F*ck Yeah! 2018 returns to the Gala Hispanic Theatre. Fuck.

• Animal Collective performs Sung Tongs at Lincoln Theatre.

• It’s the final night of The District of Comedy Fest and our pick is The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: Employee of the Month with Catie Lazarus with guests Broadway’s Chris Jackson, Saturday Night Live star Sasheer Zamata, and journalist Ezra Klein.

• We like Deafheaven at 9:30 Club.

• Masque Off: Cosplay Night is at the Fillmore. I may check Missed Connections Sunday to see what happened.

• See Erasure at the Warner Theatre.

• Herschel Hoover, Death House Blues, Fake Bodies and A Very Special Episode share a bill at Slash Run.

• Dispatch plays Merriweather.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Underground Comedy has a free show as part of The District of Comedy Fest.

BALTIMORE PICK: Popular band I didn’t realize was this popular Panic at the Disco play a sold-out Royal Farms Arena.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our SHINY NEW UPDATED DC BRUNCH GUIDE.

For your viewing pleasure:

• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews.

Or check out our summer reading list.

Leaving the house?

• Yesterday we recommended yoga at Barcelona. Today we recommend yoga in the Fun House at the National Building Museum. Ya gotta do yoga!

• Weezer and Pixies play Jiffy Lube Live.

• Last day to enjoy the Piña Colada Festival at Colada Shop.

• Sleep will be loud at 9:30 Club.

• The National Symphony Orchestra performs along to Casino Royale at Wolf Trap

• Fall Out Boy headlines the all-day DC101 Kerfuffle at Merriweather.

FREE PICK: The annual SAAM Arcade in the Kogard Courtyard is very fun as long as you’re not a germophobe.

BALTIMORE PICK: The MICA Art Market participates in Artscape.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?

PHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT: 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.

Till next time…