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: Santa Clarita Diet, back this week for what we assume is another weird season.
• Tickets are going VERY FAST for 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.
All sorts of great stuff:
• Every month we select the BEST OF EVERYTHING, in order to ensure you have your finest month yet.
• Our Inside the Artist Studio series continued with Rose Jaffe. Her studio is an old H&R Block. It’s tax season. Perfect timing.
• Our Freshly Tapped series continued with Old Ox’s FestivALE. It’s a long read about the National Cherry Blossom Festival beer. You’ll enjoy it more after you read about it.
• This week’s Hidden in Plain Sight explores Randolph Square and the Genesis of D.C.
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• Porches plays Black Cat. Read our interview with Porches.
• Jim Norton is at the DC Improv this weekend. Read our interview with Jim Norton.
• It’s sherry week at Estadio. We enjoy grandma’s favorite drink.
• We’re recommending Big K.R.I.T. and Ty Dolla $ign at Fillmore Silver Spring.
• Bad weather means less people at bars, right? Try to get a seat at Columbia Room. Drink out of a terrarium.
• The National Museum of the American Indian hosts their Americans After Hours event. Of all the Smithsonians, this is one of the best to wander around at events like this. It’s much larger than you realize and there’s a lot of nooks and crannies with very interesting information and artifacts.
• Dan Auerbach plays 9:30 Club in support of his 2017 solo record. I like it and I don’t really love The Black Keys.
• Beer fans will enjoy the Reason Beer Tap Takeover at Paradiso Game Room.
• The Phillips Collection hosts Sherwin Bitsui and Paisley Rekdal for readings in response to the exhibition Ten American Artists: After Paul Klee.
• Women will uncork at Women Uncorked at The Lemon Collective.
• FREE PICK: D.C. is preparing for the largest gathering since the Women’s March. Go to Studio Xfinity for a free screening of WOMEN’S MARCH – The Documentary.
• BALTIMORE PICK: We like Union Craft Brewing and we like tacos so an excuse to drink Union beer, eat tacos and raise money for the local PTO sounds good to us.
• The biggest concert of the weekend is Stay Amped, A Concert to End Gun Violence at The Anthem with performances from Fall Out Boy, G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha, Lizzo, Cam, Alex G, Miles McKenna.
• Newseum hosts Witnessing and Reporting Tragedy: The Student Journalists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at 2 p.m.
• Dead Meadow plays Black Cat upstairs and Courtney Marie Andrews plays Black Cat downstairs.
• Right Proper Brewing hosts the Astral Weeks book reading/signing/Q&A. They’ll also be pouring Right Proper’s “Astral Weeks” beer. That’s some synergy!
•Celebrate Cherry Blast @ Artechouse
• Wes Anderson’s newest film, Isle of Dogs, is in theaters today.
• The Official Oxbow Cherry Blossom Bash is at ChurchKey.
• Stop by the just opened Capital Burger.
• Palm plays Strange Matter in Richmond. Read our interview with Palm.
• FREE PICK: Along with the Millennium Stage, Luce Unplugged is one of the best, free ways to see good music. Tonight Luce Unplugged presents sets from Antonia and Governess.
• BALTIMORE PICK: Looking for an Afro-Futuristic Cosplay outfit? Head to Tightfisted Fashion for theirWAKANDA Black Panther Pop Up – Sassy Afro-Futuristic Fashions.
Do some daytime stuff:
• The Kogod Courtyard & Luce Foundation Center hosts the SAAM Cherry Blossom Festival. Could be a nice, healthy way to unwind after March For Our Lives.
• Black Panther is inspiring museums. The “Reel-life” Warriors of Wakanda Tour is at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
• Morini Piccolo is open in previews this weekend. Come back to BYT next week for our First Look.
• Go home, eat some protein before the evening.
• Liza Treyger performs at Drafthouse Comedy as part of the Underground Comedy Fest. This is our comedy pick of the weekend.
• Todd Barry performs at Black Cat as part of the Underground Comedy Fest. This is our runner up comedy pick of the weekend.
• Glen Hansard (the guy you know from Once) plays The Anthem. I have never met Hansard nor know anyone in his orbit yet am glad he’s still able to play venues as large at The Anthem.
• Kid ‘n Play, yes, the Kid ‘n Play you’re thinking of, play The Throwback Party at Howard Theatre.
• Godspeed You! Black Emperor play 9:30 Club. Every time I’ve seen them has been a good experience.
• PostSecret: The Show comes to The Lincoln Theatre. It’ll be interesting to see how PostSecret evolves in an era of shamelessness. That’s not a judgement on the era.
• FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The Lemon Collective hosts the Plant Bazaar x CulturalDC Space4: Mobile Art Gallery. If plants and plant culture (whatever that may be) become a thing in 2018 we’d be happy.
• BALTIMORE PICK: The Rock’s punching bag (at least on Twitter and in movie outtakes) Kevin Hart is at Royal Farms Arena.
• 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.
• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews.
Leaving the house?
• The National Building Museum hosts One Giant Meditation to kick off the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Bring your own mat.
• The National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony is at The Warner Theatre.
• Goodbye, 1905. Hello, Cortez. They’re open for brunch.
• The Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival isn’t until June. Atlas Brew Works hosts a preview show.
• The Outhouse screens at Black Cat.
• Jack Rose has the best selection of whiskey in D.C. Today they host Premier Drams: a Whisk(e)y Festival Celebrating the New, Limited & Rare.
• Of Montreal is at 9:30 Club. Come back to BYT for our interview with Of Montreal.
• FREE PICK: The Cézanne Portraits exhibition opens at the National Gallery of Art.
• BALTIMORE PICK: If you missed Todd Barry at Black Cat, see him at Creative Alliance.
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, set some intentions: