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 week’s theme is Mr. Rogers because a good portion of the BYT office has tickets to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood this weekend. There’s going to be a lot of group crying.
• These are the 10 best vegan dishes in D.C.
• And here are the 10 drag queens who should have been in TV in the 10s.
• Plus the 10 best late night standup sets of the decade.
• We grabbed some fancy photos of Anna Wintour and Lin-Manuel Miranda at the National Portrait Gallery.
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• You deserve a good drink. Celebrate DC Cocktail Week with a special happy hour at Dock FC.
• Go hang out with BYT Beer Editor Phil Runco at Heurich House. He’ll be talking about the revival of Senate Beer.
• Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is at 9:30 Club.
• Celebrate the 15th anniversary of National Treasure at the National Archives. You know what to do.
• Hang out with the artist Marilyn Minter at Hirshhorn.
• Smut Slam is back with a food themed night of raunchy stories.
• Venray, The Black Black and The Hips are at Slash Run.
• Fill your stomach with pizza and cider at Pizzeria Paradiso‘s Virginia Cider Week event.
• FREE PICK: Wind down with some sweet jazz from Wayne Wilentz at the Kogod Courtyard.
• Your favorite Christmas pop-up bar is back!
• Speaking of the holidays, the Downtown Holiday Market is back.
• Plus there’s a giant Christmas themed light up maze at Nats Park. Wild.
• Party it up with San Fermin and Wild Pink at 9:30 Club.
• Freddie Gibbs is at the Fillmore. You should go see Freddie Gibbs.
• Grab a drink (and a bite!) at DBGB to celebrate DC Cocktail Week.
• Head to the Folger Theatre to check out their newest play Amadeus.
• Hit up a talk with the American Astronomical Society about dark sites, light pollution and more.
• Oh He Dead is celebrating their album release at Pearl Street Warehouse.
• Hit up the Becoming Jane exhibition opening at National Geographic Museum.
• Emo Night Brooklyn is at U Street Music Hall. Emo is back baby.
• FREE PICK: NGA is hosting a ciné-concert for the film A Fool There Was. It’ll be a treat for your eyes and ears.
Do some daytime stuff:
• Swing by the National Academy of Sciences for a movement workshop delightfully called “Representing the Celestial.” It’s 100% free!
• Spend all your cash at the DC Punk Rock Flea at St. Stephens.
• Check out the Freer Sackler‘s newest exhibition about Katsushika Hokusai.
• Listen to the dulcet tones of Aaron Mahnke at Lore Live at Lisner! Lore is such a goodie.
• Fill yourself with Beaujolais (and have no regrets) at the French Embassy.
• Comet Ping Pong hosts Janel Leppin’s art opening featuring weavings and music (and probably pizza).
• Swing by Pisco Y Nazca for a special DC Cocktail Week drink (and food pairing)!
• Teen Cobra, Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb, Cash Registers and Rehearted are at Slash Run.
• Hirshhorn is hosting a screening of the doc Marcel Duchamp: Art of the Possible. Stay around for the Q&A after.
• Head on over to Songbyrd to see Beach Bunny, Another Michael and Nowadays.
• FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Go back to NGA for another ciné-concert for the screening of Wheels of Chance. It’s based on an H.G. Wells story.
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. It’s useful.
Leaving the house?
• La Dispute and Touché Amoré and Empath are at 9:30 Club.
• Get hoppy and funky at 3 Stars Brewing Company‘s fourth Hopfunk Fest.
• Celebrate the last day of DC Cocktail Week at Bresca.
• Profs & Pints covers turkey, Syria and Kurds at Bier Baron.
• Go check out White Pearl at Studio Theatre. It sounds interesting.
• Dos Mamis is teaming up with A League of Her Own for a Friendsgiving brunch.
• FREE PICK: We’re very into Leila Taylor’s talk at Politics and Prose. She’ll be discussing her book Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul.
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…