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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. As your theme: Bend It Like Beckham, BECAUSE Happy World Cup Month!


• July: SAAM & BYT Present UNSEENSTERS After Hours! July 13! Yeasayer DJ set! Open Bar! Amazing exhibition! Tickets now available!

• July: The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio returns to the District of Comedy Festival July 20 and 21! Tickets on now available!

• OCTOBER 25-28! Get ready for the 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Phoebe Robinson! Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher! Amanda Seales! Michelle Buteau! Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness! Lincoln All Access Passes ARE SOLD OUT. Tig tickets now on sale and going very fast. More individual show tickets announced soon!

Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram. Use #BYThings too. Get excited!

All sorts of great stuff:

Hamilton Is At Kennedy Center! So, What Do YOU Want To Talk About?

Take a look at District Distilling Co.’s Matt Strickland’s liquor shelf.

•We helped build and announce Outessafest – which you will want to go ot.

We’re giving you World Cup updates because it’s important to know what’s going on without being a super fan that actually knows the name of more than 5 soccer players. Lucky for you, our NYC Editor has seen all but one match. THAT IS A LOT OF SOCCER.

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• The By The People Arts Festival begins. Check out our preview.

Trevor Paglen Sites Unseen opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Do you have tickets for our July 13 exhibition inspired BYT After Hours?

• Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires plays Songbyrd.

Wunder Garten is doing happy hour prices during ALL World Cup games.

The Phillips Collection hosts a Summer Housewarming Celebration.

• Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band play Wolf Trap. Steven Tyler likes to have fun on Twitter. He’s fun. 

• Story District’s Out/Spoken show is at 9:30 Club.

Ivy and Coney is hosting their third annual Charity Gala benefitting Bread for the City. There will be pop up casino inside and someone might even get married.

•Celebrate your student debt (or lack thereof?) with Debt After Dark

• Take a Summer Solstice themed yoga class in Meridian Hill Park.

• Watch What Happened 2 Chocolate City at Lincoln Theatre.

• Catch some free soul music at Dupont Circle as you commute home from work.

• If you want to get weird and nerdy and maybe a little drunk, go watch movies about caphalopods with Atlas Obscura at Smith Public Trust.

FREE PICK: DC Music Download hosts their D.C. Music Industry Night at Union Stage. BYT contributor Marcus Dowling hosts a panel of local musicians and writers.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Os take on the Nats at Nats Park. We’re counting this as a Baltimore/D.C. event.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

W Hotel hosts very good free shows and it’s easy not to think of the W as a good, free show venue. But it is. Ceramic Animal performs a free set, with RSVP, tonight.

• Leave work early and head to Wunder Garten for Lyft Recess. Free beer and snacks and games and more beginning at 1 p.m.

• Tower of Power blows their horns at Birchmere.

• Watch Isle of Dogs outside in Mount Pleasant.

• The Feelies play 9:30 Club. There’s no Weezer without The Feelies.

• Tom Papa continues his run at DC Improv.

• Face to Face gets confrontational at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• The U.S. premiere of Rock Rubber 45s is at the Kennedy Center.

• Royal Forest and Near Northeast play a show/BBQ at Bathtub Republic.

• All-women’s art show for an all-women audience, Art Between Us, is at Potter’s House.

FREE PICK: The excellent Kevin Tit hosts Punkhouse Comedy upstairs at Songbyrd. Free, $5 suggested donation.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Baltimore Museum of Art hosts Art After Hours: Afropolitanism.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• Welcome to the first Saturday of summer. Go to a pool. We went to a pool, Banneker to be exact, last Saturday. It was great.

• I rode my bike to the pool. Your bike in bad condition? Take it to the Free Bike Repair at Anacostia Neighborhood Library.

• The 26th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle closes part of Pennsylvania Ave.

• Rather stretch than eat meat? Practice With Love Pop Up Yoga is at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

• See a matinee of Camelot at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

• Get the pep talk you need for tonight:


• The show of the weekend is Flasher at Black Cat.

The National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are teaming up for America Now!

• Got an MMA scratch? Itch that MMA scratch at Shogun Fights at MGM National Harbor.

Fillmore Silver Spring hosts the Drake tribute (?) night So Far Gone.

• Melissa Etheridge performs with the NSO Pops at the Kennedy Center.

• Paramore fill the lawn at Merriweather. Get there early for Soccer Mommy.

• The Sword bring the metal to Rock & Roll Hotel.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: All the Smithsonians stay open until midnight with special programming celebrating the summer solstice.

BALTIMORE PICK: Creative Alliance hosts the free, family friendly World Refugee Day.

+ 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.

Leaving the house?

• The show of the night is Go-Go Returns to U Street with Rare Essence & special guests “Small Upsetters” at U Hall. The special guests are not go-go. We’re not going to tell you who they are.

• Bad Bad Hats headline Union Stage. They’re great. Read their Nightmare Gig.

• Last Sunday U2 played Capital One Arena. This Sunday Harry Styles plays Capital One Arena. It’ll be a younger crowd this Sunday.

• Definitely interested in the Blagden Open Air Market.

• Dessa comes to Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Sasha Lord curates Punk Latitudes at Dock 5. It’s an interesting looking arts and music fest.

• Last chance to see Botticelli in the Fire at Woolly Mammoth.

• The 12th annual Nordic Jazz Festival continues at the House of Sweden.

FREE PICK: We like Beauty Pill on the Millennium Stage.

BALTIMORE PICK: It’s family magic day at Illusions! Teach kids how to lie with magic!

+ 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, keep up the good work