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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. It is the day after Halloween and Death Becomes Us, our TRUE CRIME FESTIVAL, kicks off this weekend, so the theme is naturally:



• NOVEMBER 3-4 – THIS WEEKEND!: Our first true crime fest: Death Becomes Us! On sale: PAUL HOLES (being interviewed by Yeardley Smith!)! JOHN DOUGLAS! Buzzfeed Unsolved Live, Criminal, Wine & Crime, Kenda Confidential! Some shows are already sold out so don’t sleep on this!

 • 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:

• Our annual comedy festival, Bentzen Ball, was last weekend. Spend the day looking at photos from the fest. It may inspire an earlier ticket purchase. (also, listen to the first episode of Getting Curious w/ Jonathan Van Ness recorded at the festival)

• If you need more good photos, check out our massive 2018 High Heel Race post.

Essential viewing/listening for all true crime fans out there!

• Depression is real. Do not deny it. The newest edition of our Freshly Tapped series does not shy away. Please do not avoid the feature.

• We spent World Pasta Day, which is a thing, with Chef Michael Friedman of The Red Hen. Listen to it. It’ll make you want to eat pasta even though it’s no longer World Pasta Day.

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

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


• We’re recommending Soulection’s The Sound of Tomorrow at 9:30 Club.

• It’s the 25th anniversary of the Reel Affirmations: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival.

• The Fall Days of Design begins. It’s three days of interior design events at 15+ stores and showrooms in Georgetown.

• The Washington Ballet continues their short run at the Sidney Harmon Hall.

Playoff soccer in D.C.! The United take on Crew SC.

• Learn about wellness at Demystifying Wellness: Conversations on Internalizing Wellness for the Busy Woman at Follain Bethesda Row.

• Kyle’s Lightspeed Word Tour comes to Fillmore Silver Spring.

• The 2018 D.C. History Conference begins at UDC.

• Wu-Tang Clan play The Anthem. Tickets start at $85.

• Didn’t get enough laughs during Bentzen Ball? Nikki Glaser begins her weekend at the DC Improv.

• The talented Ezra Furman plays U Hall.

FREE PICK: Jenna Camille performs as part of the the well curated Luce Unplugged series.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Oh Hellos play Baltimore Soundstage.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


FREE PICK: Our true crime fest begins with a free event at the Library of Congress. See their collection display featuring some of the earliest and most iconic crime literature from Truman Capote, Edgar Allan Poe and Bill Robles’ collection of courtroom illustrations, Charles Manson on the Witness Stand.

BONUS FREE PICK: Have a drink with the person that caught the Golden State Killer. Paul Holes, who is appearing at the Lisner Sunday, helps kick off the Death Becomes Us fest with a hang out session at the Death Becomes Us Pub. RSVP!

• Band we like Cursive is at 9:30 Club. Get there early for Meat Wave.

• You, Me, Them, Everybody returns to The Wonderland Ballroom with Nicole Walkow and Haywood Turnipseed Jr.

• For something completely different, how about an open bar Day of the Dead party at the Hard Rock?

• Due to last week’s rain, there’s one more movie night in Crispus Attucks Park.

• Another outdoor movie option is the Union Market Drive-In. Looks like this is the final weekend of 2018 with outdoor movies. But due to global warming I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s an outdoor screening of White Christmas on 60 degree December night.

• Conan brings his Conan & Friends stand up show to the Warner.

• Nick Garcia, DJ Eddy Bauer, and Big Chain spin disco, boogie, electro, house and techno on vinyl at Backbar.

• Play The Price Is Right Live! at MGM National Harbor. I’d be horrible at this because I’m not a student of the show but I’d be great at it too because all of my guesses would be $69 and then I’d get my own spinoff show.

• Philanthrotease slowly takes off clothing at Black Cat. 25% of raised funds go to Collective Action for Safe Spaces.

BALTIMORE PICK: Craft your own cocktail at Sagamore Spirit. Just make sure it doesn’t kill anyone…


Do some daytime stuff:

• The first show of our Death Becomes Us fest at the Lisner is at the very reasonable time of 12:45 with everyone’s favorite retired homicide detective, Lt. Joe Kenda.

BuzzFeed Unsolved is the second show of the day. This is close to selling out so if you’re reading this Thursday, you may want to buy tickets now if you’re at all interested.

• The DC Beer Festival takes over Nats Park.

• The weekend after Halloween seems like the right time to see the new musical Beetlejuice.

• If Beetlejuice is too spooky, Anastasia at the Kennedy Center opened this week.

• Get yourself in Death Becomes Us mood:



Wine & Crime is the early evening Death Becomes Us show.

• Ekali is at 9:30 Club.

• Mike Epps tapes his Netflix special at DAR.

• Eat some good food and help raise money for public education at Taste of H at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

• Astronaut Scott Kelly, the record holder for consecutive days in space (yes, we’re all floating in space but you know what we mean), speaks at the National Museum of Natural History Baird Auditorium about his new book.

• We like Sir E.U. at Slash Run.

So You Think You Can Dance is a misleading show because it’s not a show you dance along to at home. It should be called Performers Dance And Judged On Dancing. Anyway, So You Think You Can Dance Live! is at the Warner.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The Food History Festival is a free, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. event at The National Museum of American History.

BALTIMORE PICK: Double Dare Live! is at the UMBC Event Center. I bet I’d do OK at Double Dare. At least better than The Price is Right!

+ 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 SHINY NEW UPDATED DC BRUNCH GUIDE.  

Leaving the house?

• The final day of the true crime fest begins with Mindhunter: John Douglas. You may know John Douglas from his book Mindhunter. Or maybe the Netflix series Mindhunter.

• The second Death Becomes Us show of the day is a recording of the popular podcast Criminal.

• Our first true crime festival closes with Cold Case Files: Paul Holes & CeCe Moore
in conversation with Yeardley Smith & Zibby Allen of Small Town Dicks. Paul caught the Golden State Killer! Yeardley Smith is the voice of Lisa Simpson! What a world!

• Dawn Landes is at Songbyrd.

• [Freddie Mercury voice] Get on your tweed and bike and ride! Time for the 2018 DC Tweed Ride.

• Elvis Costello performs at DAR. His new record is pretty good. His new record cover is awful.

• The Power Couple of Chamber Music, David Finckel and Wu Han, perform at Wolf Trap.

• Christine and the Queens play 9:30 Club.

FREE PICK: One of the best things going in D.C. comedy is Punk House Comedy. They continue their Live at Smash series tonight.

BALTIMORE PICK: Lady Gaga’s friend Tony Bennet performs at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

+ 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.


till next time, don’t forget:

Come enjoy it with us.