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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. This weekend our theme is Suits actress and new mom Meghan Markle. Happy Mother’s Day, Suits actress and new mom Meghan Markle! And Happy BYT + Nat Geo Mother Of All Parties weekend, to all of you!


May 10: FRIDAY! This Friday! We return to Nat Geo for Queens of Egypt: The Mother of All Parties! Open bars, the new Nat Geo Museum exhibition Queens of Egypt, Madame Gandhi, explorers, cool stuff! Tickets are going FAST.

May 31: BYT & Capital Pride team up at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to kick-off a month of Pride celebrations with COUNTDOWN! 

• SAVE THE DATE: October 24-27, Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of comedy and friendship. Keep an eye on bentzenball.com for details and tickets.

• SAVE THE DATE: November 8-11, Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C.ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW. Keep an eye on deathbecomesus.com for details and individual show tickets.

 • 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:

Read our chat with Madame Gandhi and see Madame Gandhi this Friday.

• If you missed Sundress Fest or Catharsis on the Mall, just look at our photo sets.

• Our newest true crime series puts a more positive spin on a normally negative subject: “First Meal with Damien Echols.”

• If you’re interested in meat, specifically red meat, you’ll want to read “A Steakhouse Chef on Why You Should Eat Less Beef.”

• Any Drink Diary that visits Eden Center is a Drink Diary worth reading. Read Zeppelin’s Micah Wilder’s Drink Diary.

RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT Radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes. Our most recent episode is with Derek Brown. It’s a good one.

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

• We wholeheartedly recommend our head beer writer Phil Runco interviewing ChurchKey, Bluejacket, and NRG beer overlord Greg Engert, Chris Brohawn and Shawn Smith of Maryland’s RAR Brewing and The Pint Group beer director Jace Gonnerman at The Heurich House.

We couldn’t stop smiling at Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Folger.

• Spend the evening listening to really great stuff at The Beatles: An Evening with the Fab Four at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.

• Order some hummus at Sababa. They’re in the midst of 31 days of hummus.

• Alicia Witt, yes, that Alicia Witt, performs at Songbyrd.

• Ani DiFranco talks about her new book, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, at Sixth & I.

• John K Samson and Kevin Devine are at MilkBoy ArtHouse.

If you like a good fable, you’ll like The White Snake at Source.

FREE PICK: We’re interested in the new National Gallery of Art exhibit, The Life of Animals in Japanese Art, and the NGA’s Evenings at the Edge is a good time to check it out.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Finally time for our annual spring Nat Geo event! BYT & Nat Geo Present: Queens of Egypt! Madame Gandhi! Queens of Egypt exhibit! Open bar! More reasons to justify exclamation points!

• If you’re not at our open bar and still want a quality drink, we like The Oxbow & Allagash Extravaganza! at Rustico Ballston.

• If you’re not enjoying Madame Gandhi, you should be at Ex Hex and The Messthetics at 9:30 Club.

• If you’re not at Madame Gandhi or Ex Hex, you might like Adult Mom at Songbyrd. It’s Mother’s Day weekend.

• The Phillips Collection annual Contemporaries Bash is one of the best parties of the year. This year they’re teaming with the Embassy of Mexico for Maravillas de México (Wonders of Mexico) at Dock 5 at Union Market.

• The Wizarding World Film Festival kicks off at the Warner Bros. Theater with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’ll run through Tuesday with screenings of every Potter and Fantastic Beasts film. Anyone else pleasantly surprised how well the leads of Potter have handled fame?

• Another chance to dress up and party is The Washington Ballet Gala: Illuminate & Ignite at The Anthem.

• Eat from some food trucks at Truckeroo.

• One final quality concert option is Diane Coffee at DC9.

FREE PICK: Spend the morning learning about the Trash Garden at the Hirshhorn.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Funk Parade! Go to the Funk Parade! It’s so fun and family friendly or not family friendly if you want it to be! Fingers crossed for no rain.

• EU Embassy Day! Go to EU Embassy Day! It’s so fun and family friendly and will the United Kingdom participate since they’ve yet to Brexit (yes, the answer is yes)? Fingers crossed for no rain.

• I’ve gotten super into gardening in the last few years (watch any series hosted by Monty Don, some of which are on Netflix) and you will too) so I’m looking forward to The 6th Annual Mt. Pleasant House & Garden Tour.

• If you’re already in Mt. Pleasant, stop by the Lost Origins Gallery for the extremely D.C. exhibit Action. Reaction. Action: Visualizing Fugazi. Tune into BYT Radio this Thursday for our chat with artist Carni Klirs.

• Another art show we’re recommending is the May Is All About Trans inaugural art exhibition at Westminster DC. Tune into BYT Radio next Thursday for our chat with curator Matt Storm.

• Enjoy a different type of neighborhood stroll, the Takoma Porch Festival.

• If you’re already in Takoma Park, you might as well stop by the Spring Book Sale at Takoma Park DC Library.

• Go home and put on some makeup.



• Happy 10th anniversary, ChurchKey!

• Happy 3rd anniversary, Suns Cinema!

• After celebrating Suns, go across the street to Haydees for Tropical Beat.

• Today is the opening of the DC History Center at the Carnegie Library. You’ll come to know the Carnegie Library as the new Apple Store.

• Zara Larsson is at 9:30 Club.

• If you ever wanted to spend the evening in an adventure park, head to Sandy Spring Adventure Park.

• Ben Platt headlines The Anthem.

• Another night, another gala. Tonight we like CityDance Dream Gala at Lincoln Theatre.

• How about Mr. Twin Sister at U Hall?

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Check out some Pow! Wow! highlights on a Pow! Wow! walking tour. It begins at Wunder Garten.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


For your viewing pleasure:

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

• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our DC BRUNCH GUIDE. New for 2019! Also, today is Mother’s Day! You know who likes brunch?

You know what we’re talking about! Brunch! Come on!

• If your mom isn’t into brunch, maybe she’ll enjoy Mercado DC at Union Market.

• Mom may want to flowers. Take her to the She Loves Me pop-up Parisian flower market at Le Diplomate.

• Mom may want to support local makers at Unique Markets Spring Pop-Up.

• Mom may want to visit the brand new Spy Museum location. It opens today.

• Mom may like an afternoon jazz session with Nag Champa at Wild Days at Eaton DC.

• Mom may want to spend the evening with you enjoying Bear’s Den at 9:30 Club.

• Mom may want to get a scalped tickets to the sold-out Idles show at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Mom may like a trip to Baltimore to see Boyz II Men at the MECU Pavilion.

• Mom may like to put on some leather and see Judas Priest at The Anthem.

FREE PICK: Mom will appreciate your financial responsibility if you take her to Grass or Hotel by the River at the Freer. It’s part of the Korean Film Festival DC 2019.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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, don’t forget: