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Hey D.C.! Looking for things to do this weekend? This week’s selection of events in BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. As your theme: Donald Glover and cherry blossoms. Someone and something we can ALL agree on.


We just announced out first big event of 2018 and tickets are going VERY FAST for this! National Air and Space Museum + BYT + Yuri’s Night Present 2001: A Space Party! Saturday, April 7 @ Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (the most popular museum in the world)! Open Bars! Amazing Music! The life size replica of the room at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey! IT WILL SELL OUT – so use this as a pro tip and grab yours now.

• 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:

• Every month we select the BEST OF EVERYTHING, in order to ensure you have your finest month yet.

We have photos of the new ARTECHOUSE exhibit. Spoiler: it looks amazing.

• Cherry blossom season is here. Here’s your Cherry Blossom Everything roundup.

The 2018 Rammy nominations have been announced. If you’re looking for a new restaurant, look at the Rammy nominations.

• U Hall is celebrating their 8 year anniversary. We have some behind the scenes shots of Kelly Towles working on the new U Hall anniversary mural.

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

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


• MGMT play The Anthem. Their new stuff is good and weird.

• Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio brings the comedy to Lincoln Theatre. She’s on stage during the All Stars 3 finale. Bad timing.

• Solid local lineup King Leisure, The Wingers, Secret Nudist Friends and Phone Sex is at DC9. Check out our King Leisure premiere here.

• Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz will be at the Sidwell Friends Meeting House.

• Mason Bates’s Mercury Soul is at 9:30 Club. Read our interview with Mason.

• Time for the monthly Art Noights! at Hole in the Sky.

• Winzday Love, Billie. and AliReza are at Black Cat.

• The 12th annual Pink Tie Party is at the Ronald Reagan Building. Kickoff the cherry blossom season with the biggest party and fundraiser for the fest.

Mess Hall has some of the best and interesting food events in D.C. Tonight they host No Forks Given, a pop-up dinner for Chef Yana G.’s upcoming book.

• Kevin Eubanks, yes, that Kevin Eubanks, the guy that played on The Tonight Show for a very long time when The Tonight Show was #1 in the ratings, is at Blues Alley.

•  Listen to our radio show! BYT Radio hosted by Brandon Wetherbee streams at noon. Listen live. Subcribe in iTunes. Please write a nice review in iTunes.

FREE PICK: We recommend the Contemporary Artist lecture with Do Ho Suh at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the McEvoy Auditorium.

BALTIMORE PICK: Michael Furr records his special, “Michael Furr’s Gay AF Stand Up Special,” at The Windup Space.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Every weekend the Kennedy Center programming keeps us intrigued. Tonight it’s Koyaanisqatsi: Film & Music with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

• Angry at SXSW for some reason? You may enjoy FXCK SXSW, a local showcase at Black Cat featuring Des Demonas, Quattracenta, Passing Phases, Light Beams, DJ Baby Alcatraz and DJ Shammgod.

• The WOMXN X ART group art show featuring 20 local artists opens at The Lemon Collective.

U Hall continues their 8 year celebration with Moombahton Massive.

• The National Museum of African American History & Culture hosts Cinema + Conversation: The Rape Of Recy Taylor.

• Dance at Wig and Disco at DC9. We approve of wigs and disco.

• Kristin Hersh and Grant Lee Phillips co-headline Pearl Street Warehouse.

• If you’re already planning on buying some furniture head to Hudson & Crane. There’s a special event tonight with 20% of proceeds going to supporting the sick kids of Children’s National Hospital.

• CAFUNÉ plays a free show in the POV Lounge.

FREE PICK: The Afro Carribean dance party Rumble in the Jungle at Songbyrd is free with RSVP.

BALTIMORE PICK: Blake Shelton’s Country Music Freaks Tour hits the Royal Farms Arena. Man, Blake Shelton fans are suck freaks. They like popular musician and television star Blake Shelton. That’s freakish behavior.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• The National Museum of Women in the Arts hosts their fifth annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2018. Stick around to check out the Women House exhibit.

• CityCenterDC hosts a “Making March Matter” block party to benefit National Children’s Hospital. 

• The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington Makes America Gay Again at Lincoln Theatre. Lots of people making things.

• Today is supposed to have a high of 51 so a stroll through Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum might be nice.

Quarry House is back!

• Go home, recharge before this evening.


• The Black Love Experience celebrates their fifth year at ​Nubian Hueman Boutique Lounge inside the Anacostia Art Center. Last year’s event sold-out so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

• We recommend G-Eazy, Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo at DAR Constitution Hall.

• The Floozis play 9:30 Club. The Late Show’s Jon Batiste was supposed to play a solo show in the round earlier in the evening but that’s been cancelled.

• Shabazz Palaces play the Millennium Stage as part of the Direct Current fest.

• Heart’s Ann Wilson plays Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Bleach Bones and ROM play Slash Run. Lots of good local shows this weekend.

• Celebrate Ska Patrick’s Day with The Captivators at Rock & Roll Hotel. It’s St. Patrick’s Day with less fights and more skanking. Same amount of alcohol consumption.

• Devin The Dude & Backyard Band play a St. Patrick’s Day Smoke Out at Howard Theatre. Not the same amount of alcohol consumption as a regular St. Patrick’s Day party.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Queer Girl Movie Night returns to Black Cat with Stud Life. No cover.

BALTIMORE PICK: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic women and men at the Celtic Woman show at the Hippodrome.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

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

For your viewing pleasure:

• Spend your weekend revisiting our always golden, freshly updated Murder Mystery Streaming Guide.

• Avoid St. Patrick’s Day outside and watch some Irish streaming TV and film inside.

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

Leaving the house?

• Judas Priest play a sold out Anthem. Hell yeah.

• Kem is at MGM National Harbor.

• The National Museum of Women in the Arts continues their FRESH TALK series with Righting the Balance — Can there be gender parity in museums?

• Moose Blood headlines 9:30 Club.

• Nightmares on Wax close the U Hall birthday celebration.

• Justin Timberlake is at Capital One Arena. Floor seats are sold out but there are really good seats throughout the arena. Really good. Surprisingly good. He was in football stadiums a few years ago.

Oyamel’s Tequila & Mezcal Festival wraps up.

FREE PICK: Go on The “Reel-life” Warriors of Wakanda Tour” at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

BALTIMORE PICK: Coffee Fest Baltimore wraps up.

+ 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, have some more blossoms, while you can: