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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. The spirit animal/new author/personhood AND armtone inspiration Michelle Obama is going to help lead us through it.

All sorts of great stuff:

You need to see the Rodarte exhibit.

• Read our chat with Nicole Atkins.

• If you’re going to break up with your person, do it before Thanksgiving. Do it in a bar.

• The Capital Food Fight is the best D.C. food event of the year. These photos prove it.

• It’s November. Have Your Best November.

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.

• You’re running out of time to visit the poutine pop-up.

• Take your mom to Josh Groban and Idina Menzel at Capital One Arena.

• (Sandy) Alex G is at Black Cat. Read our interview with (Sandy) Alex G.

• Funny person Deon Cole begins his run at the DC Improv.

• The Dodos and Palehound play Rock & Roll Hotel. That’s a good combo.

• Drink all of the whiskey at Dock 5.

• U.S.-Attorney-that-got-fired-by-Trump Prett Bharara brings his “Stay Tuned” show to Lincoln Theare. His special guest is Chuck Todd.

• See the premiere of Norway’s Human Wild at The Phillips Collection.

• Little Stranger and Pip the Pansy play Songbyrd.

• The $2 hot dogs, pretzels and currywurst special at The Berliner make the trip to Georgetown almost seem worth it.

FREE PICK: It’s the middle of November so it’s time to light that X-Mas Three! Tysons Corner Center lights theirs tonight. Get some free hot cocoa!

BALTIMORE PICK: Anyone want to drive me home from the Baltimore Whiskey Festival?

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Mitski plays a sold-out 9:30 Club.

• Eat too many, or the perfect amount, of oysters at Old Ebbitt Grill’s Oyster Riot XXIV.

• Shad and Juice Bruns are at DC9.

• If you can’t get enough NPR on the radio, see some NPR folks in person at the National Portrait Gallery.

• Natasha Leggero is at Arlington Drafthouse tonight and tomorrow.

• If you like photography and music and want to combine both of them at the same time, head to the Kennedy Center for a discussion of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop.

• Catch the Japanese band Forward and the delightfully named Coke Bust at Black Cat.

• It’s Beaujolais Nouveau day. Go drink some wine at the French Embassy.

• Tobe Nwigwe plays U Hall.

• If you love Harry Potter and have $70 hit up the The Crimes of Grindelwald screening party at the National Museum of American History.

FREE PICK: Amasa Hines plays a free show in the Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge.

BALTIMORE PICK: Refresh your wardrobe at Baltimore’s vintage expo.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• The ice rink at the National Gallery of Art was supposed to open this weekend. Rain delayed that. But you can still skate on the roof of The Watergate Hotel! Get ready to bruise.

• Time to start your holiday shopping. The 60th Annual Holiday Shops: Shopping for a Cause is today and tomorrow at Union Market.

• The 5k Arboretum Fun Run is this morning at the National Arboretum.

• Drink some wine in Gaithersburg at the Downtown Crown Festival of Thanks.

• Like wine but don’t want to run? Yes. Check out the DC Wine Walk brought to you     by our pals at DC Fray.

• Jack on Fire plays an afternoon show at Rhizome.

• Get a coffee. Or wine?



• The art event of the month is the 15th Annual Transformer Silent Auction and Benefit at the Corcoran.

• Mitski plays a sold-out 9:30 Club. Again.

• If you’re not at Mitski hopefully you’re at Mac Ayres at U Street Music Hall.

• Los Campesinos! play fun music at Black Cat!

• Another good live music option is Weakened Friends, Nervous Dater and Bleary Eyed at Songbyrd.

• Michael Carbonaro does his effects at MGM National Harbor.

• Michelle Obama’s book talk comes to the Capitol One Arena. It’s billed as, “an intimate converstion.” In an arena.

• The dance party of the weekend is Ritmos Raros: Afro Vs Latinx: Colombia Mexico Brazil Peru Panama at Songbyrd.

Another night, another X-Mas themed light show. Tonight kicks off Lights on the Bay.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The Hopi Tribal Festival is today and tomorrow at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

BALTIMORE PICK: The way to Sesame Street is north to Baltimore. “Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!” is at The Modell Lyric.

+ 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?

• Last chance to see Beetlejuice at The National Theatre.

• Wild Nothing is at 9:30 Club. Read our interview with Wild Nothing.

• X-Mas time is here! A Drag Queen Christmas is at Warner Theatre.

• Eat brunch burgers and watch Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train at Slash Run.

• Gucci Mane Gucci Mane Gucci Mane plays Echostage Echostage Echostage.

• Go see a show above a pie shop. The Scotch Bonnets play the Pie Shop.

• Art Garfunkel begins his first of three nights at Wolf Trap.

FREE PICK: Spend the day at the National Gallery of Art taking in the new Gordon Parks exhibit.

BALTIMORE PICK: It’s preview weekend for the Christmas Village in Baltimore.

+ 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: