Hey DC! Looking for things to do this weekend? Our BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. This edition’s theme is VEEP to remind you to catch up on whatever you need to catch up on before the final season begins Sunday.
• March 28 – BYT Murder Club @ Suns Cinema – Lady Killers Edition – to celebrate both International Women’s Month and our undying love of murder mysteries we’re showing Audition at our favorite place in town.
• April 12: Our first BIG D.C. party of the year! Space Oddity – A Yuri’s Night After hours at the National Air and Space Museum! Open bars, David Bowie Tributes, general amazing times. Tickets are going fast! Seriously, get them now.
• November – ALL ACCESS PASSES for the D.C. edition of our Death Becomes Us True Crime Festival are on sale now (and going quickly)
• Our inaugural edition of Death Becomes Us NYC has come and gone. Relive the fest with our massive photo post.
• RIP, Scott Walker. You were one of David Bowie’s favorites and you were one of ours.
• Baseball is back! Read our 2019 Washington Nationals preview.
• I’ve been enjoying Bare, the debut LP from Anglo-Irish artist Rosie Carney. Read our interview with Carney.
• The Embassy Chef’s Challenge is next week. It’s a great event and we attend every year. Join us. We’re giving away a pair of tickets.
• It’s still March. Have Your Best March.
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• Our BYT Murder Club wraps up with Audition at Suns Cinema.
• Some of us are very excited for Jawbreaker at The Anthem. Say hi!
• If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo, you may enjoy Gretchin Rubin speaking about her book, Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room For Happiness, at Sixth & I.
• If you’re looking for a slightly more serious evening of books, “The Books That Fought Slavery” program at S. Dillon Ripley Center would be more appropriate.
• Enjoy an evening with the legendary Graham Nash at Wolf Trap.
• Radkey at Black Cat should be nice and loud.
• If you’d prefer to spend your cherry blossom drinking outdoors, head to the CherryFest at Wunder Garten.
• Swing by The Line for a discussion of Japanese fashion and American pop-culture.
• Eat a piece of pie and watch a Mötley Crüe biopic at The Pie Shop.
• FREE PICK: If you’ve seen Apollo 11, and you really should see it on the big screen if you can, you’ll want to attend the Apollo Legacy lecture with presenter Farouk El-Baz at the Air and Space Museum.
• We’re looking forward to the Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence exhibit, which opens today at National Portrait Gallery.
• Mountain Man plays The Barns at Wolf Trap.
• This looks quite French and fun: La Grande Fête at La Maison Francaise at the Embassy of France. Enjoy food and drink from more than 30 French speaking embassies.
• Big Wild headlines 9:30 Club.
• Go back in recent time at The Crown & Crow’s Awkward 2000s Nostalgia Party.
• Funny person J.B. Smoove is at Warner Theatre.
• Wake up very early to hang out and do yoga and dance with other people that like to wake up very early for a special cherry blossom themed Daybreaker at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
• The Direct Current festival continues with Amanda Gookin’s Forward Music Project at Dupont Underground.
• Dance forever at the indie dance party Dance Yourself Clean at Black Cat.
• There’s an Anchovy Bonanza at Green Almond Pantry. This is probably the weirdest thing happening this week.
• FREE PICK: Another new exhibit that looks interesting in the Renwick’s Contemporary Craft. If you’re tired of brass knuckles and are looking for some crystal knuckles, look no further.
Do some daytime stuff:
• The annual Blossom Kite Festival is on the National Mall. And it’ll be nice outside! It’s always cold and sometimes rainy so this is very nice!
• Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 opens today at the Freer Sackler.
• The Wharf keeps growing. There’s a Phase 2 kick off celebration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It’s at The Wharf. Obviously.
• The NGA’s excellent film programming continues with 1945’s Strange Illusion.
• Take a mini break, try to rally some support:
• We’ll be at Methyl Ethyl at DC9. Come back to BYT next week for our backstage interview with the threesome.
• Celebrate the blossoms at Cherry Blast at MGM National Harbor. An open bar from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. will make the celebration a little cherrier (click here to RSVP for free tickets, a bonus for BYT readers)
• Honest Haloway has a video release party at Rock & Roll Hotel.
• Nerd Nite is usually at DC9. Tonight they’re at the National Museum of Natural History.
• Gary Clark Jr. solos at The Anthem.
• Celebrate the celebrating our 7th year of CTRL with a night of vogue house, hard pop, queerstep, disco and a special performance from Sippi Sonique at TRADE.
• Another good dance option is Ritmos Raros: Afro Vs Latinx Vol. 2 Colombia Peru Jamaica Panama at Songbyrd.
• See queer icon The Babadook on the big screen in the hit film The Babadook at Suns Cinema.
• FREE PICK OF THE DAY: If you’ve seen the trailer for Amazing Grace, the doc about Aretha Franklin’s 1972 album, you want to see Amazing Grace. There’s a free screening at the National Museum of Natural History.
For your viewing pleasure:
• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews.
• Begin your long wave goodbye to VEEP.
• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our DC BRUNCH GUIDE.
Leaving the house?
• The event of the night is the closing party of Robin Bell’s OPEN at the Corcoran. Listen to our recent chat with Bell about the exhibit and his recent run in with Capitol Police.
• Another night of the Direct Current festival with I’m With Her at the Kennedy Center.
• Atlas Obscura has an evening of wine, spirits, and stories in the Historic Congressional Cemetery.
• Enjoy The Hills & the Rivers, Near Northeast, and Hannah Jaye at Dwell.
• A Bronx Tale ends its short run at the National Theatre.
• Spend the day at the Sakura Taiko Takeover at the Tidal Basin.
• Think you don’t like baseball games? You’ve never been to a Pups in the Park. Remedy that today!
• FREE PICK: Sing some other people’s songs that aren’t that well known at DC9’s indie rock karaoke.
And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?
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.
Until next time, keep up the good work.