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Hey everyone! This week’s selection of events on D.C. BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked from our awesome AGENDA HOMEPAGE and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress with GLOW as a theme because Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling are the true superheroes of this summer.



Some really cool things coming up in the next few weeks

Check out the FotoDC STYLE spring photo competition winners at CityCenterDC starting July 11th.

We are THRILLED the Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio is coming back to the Kennedy Center this July. Michael Ian Black! Mortified! Reductress!

Our Heineken AfterWork series continues next week with Watercolors and Hoptails @ Suburbia

• Plus, some BIG, MASSIVE, SUPER SHINY announcements coming up so: stay forever in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest. Use #BYThings too.

Can you even contain the excitement? Contain it.

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• Welcome to July. Have YOUR BEST JULY.

• This summer is all about big art. We took big looks at the recently opened Hive at the National Building Museum and AiWeiwei at Hirshhorn and Parallax Gap at the Renwick.

• Take a look at yourself! Photos from We The Party People – JFK 100 at the National Museum of American History are here.

• The Game of Thrones pop-up bar is the bar with the biggest line in 2017. Here are our ideas for 10 other pop-up bars that might garner three block long lines. There was a three block long line on Monday.

• Speaking of pop-up bars, ANXO has a new pop-up bar in Barracks Row. We took a First Look.

• The summer means it’s time for the Fringe Festival. Read our preview of the nearly month long fest.


SOCIAL MEDIA BONUS: tag all your Instagram stuff #BYThings (@brightestyoungthings) and get a chance to shine on OUR Instagram feed too.




• You have four more days to enjoy the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Fort Reno kicks off their 2017 season with Weird Babies, TK Echo, and Mock Identity.

• The Phillips after 5 series continues with Punk Out.

The Millennium Stage hosts DC Hip Hop Theater Festival with Hi Arts: Truthworker: Boxed In & Blacked Out in America

• Celebrate Frida Kahlo’s birthday at Oyamel.

• John Heffron begins a run at the DC Improv.

• Tickets to Dead and Phish shows are expensive. Tickets to the DeadPhish Orchestra are extremely reasonable. They’re at Gypsy Sally’s.

• Cayetana is at Songbyrd. They’re great.

Bier Baron is hosting Stand-up Comedy Benefit For A Free Press. We like to laugh AND we like a free press. 



• First thing AM: Practice the spiritual art of stretching at Daybreaker Hive.

The Originalist begins an encore run at Arena Stage.

• You, Me, Them, Everybody returns to The Wonderland Ballroom.

• The theme of this week’s literary cocktails at Petworth is the ultimate BYT literary crush Zadie Smith. So great.

• Hey Harry Potter fans, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert with National Symphony Orchestra is at Wolf Trap.

• The 2016 version of Ghostbusters screens in Farragut Square.

• Lady Parts Justice DC presents IndepenDANCE: A Pro-Choice Prom at Black Cat.

• Hang out in Park View and enjoy food and drink specials as part of First Friday.

• Release the Pressure at 9:30 Club.

• The monthly Union Market Summer Drive-In Series screens Coming to America. What a great movie.

• Steve Byrne is at Drafthouse Comedy tonight and tomorrow.

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is at Howard Theatre. He seems like a nice man.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• This event looks fantastic: Sound Scene X: “Dissonance” at the Hirshhorn. It’s a showcase of interactive audio installations that will be also be accessible to deaf as well as hearing audiences through full-body listening installations.

• Spend your Saturday participating in the Port City Pub Crawl in Old Town Alexandria.

• Hang out on The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel for The Cookout Feat. Cmpvtr Clvb x Tropixxx.

• Taste the world at Taste of the World at Nationals Stadium before the Nats take on the Braves.

Big Chief hosts an all you can eat Crabs and Beer party. Crabs are from the wet part of the world.

• Shirley Visions of Reality screens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery.

• Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest is the guest chef at Pow Pow. RSVP required.

Go home and regroup for the evening:


• The show of the weekend is (the very sold out) Mitski at 9:30 Club. But, you may have a chance to see her again soon, so watch this space.

• Kevin Allison brings the very successful storytelling show RISK to Black Cat.

• Justin Jones headlines IOTA.

• David Blaine does David Blaine stuff at the Hippodrome in Baltimore. Why are we recommending this? He dated Fiona Apple. Whaaaaaaaa?

• Jade Catta-Preta is at Arlington Drafthouse.

• Band with a great name Oh He Dead is at DC9.

• After eating Jarobi’s food, head to Sticky Rice for the Jarobi Bday After Party.

• Lake Street Drive is at Lincoln Theatre.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our food section.

For your viewing pleasure:

• Watch the GLOW documentary on Netflix. Didn’t know the series is based on real people? It is! Watch the doc! Or catch up on Twin Peaks before David Lynch puts another episode of actual prestige television on TV.

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

Leaving the house?

• Last chance to check out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival! It is pretty amazing this year – check out the photos here.

• Neil Gaiman tells stories at Wolf Trap. What a world!

• Violent Femmes play a sold-out 9:30 Club.

• We don’t usually copy and paste from an invite but sometimes the first line has everything you need. This is at Ten Tigers Parlour on Sunday: Jasmine Tea and The Barber Streisand invite you to partake in an evening of intersectional queer arts and dancing.

• Idina Menzel will not mispronounce her name at MGM.

• Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! takes over Lincoln Theatre for two shows.

• The Gin Blossoms, yes, those Gin Blossoms, do Gin Blossoms things at State Theatre.

• Do some yoga and raise some money for the Global Fund For Women at The Apollo.

Hudson K and Loi Loi at Tropicalia looks good.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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

DONT_FORGETPHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT:  THERE ARE A BAJILLION OTHER THINGS TO DO LISTED IN THE BYT AGENDA PAGES, so use it (to both post your events and search for them) and if you think we may have missed something, comment away–you know you want to. NO EXCUSES.

Till next time, keep up the good work: