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 Latrice Royale, who you can see this Saturday at the Lisner for Throwing Shade! as part of our Death Becomes Us true crime festival.
• TRUE CRIME FESTIVAL: November 8, 9, 10, (WHICH IS THIS WEEKEND!!!) Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns! Throwing Shade! The Murder Squad! Amanda Knox! Lorena Bobbit! BuzzFeed Unsolved! Capturing the DC Sniper!
• The Nats won the World Series and they had a parade and we have photos from the parade.
• If you think all this true crime stuff is too negative, we understand. The True Crime Charity Guide might help change your mind.
• The guys behind The Hard Times were on the most recent BYT Radio. It’s a fun one. Which leads us to…
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• If you wish you were in another country but can’t afford international airfare you might enjoy the Phillips After 5: A Night on the Seine.
• How about Amadeus at the Folger?
• Another sold-out King Princess show at 9:30 Club. Get there early for Girlpool.
• The Hard Times has a new book and they’ll be at Politics and Prose at Union Market on the book tour. Listen to them on BYT Radio.
• The Current Movements Film Festival continues at Eaton and runs through Saturday.
• The National Symphony Orchestra’s Noseda conducts Music of Movement: From Strauss to Ellington is tonight and Saturday.
• The Busboys and Poets at 14th and V hosts Ibirori 2019: Cocktail Party for Indego Africa.
• Harry Potter podcast Harry Potter and The Sacred Text records at Sixth & I.
• Time for the Colada Shop Coffee Festival Cupping Class.
• Devon Welsh, Janel Leppin and The Daguerreotypes share a bill at Comet Ping Pong.
• FREE PICK: D.C.’s finest guitarist has a free show in the Luce: The Anthony Pirog Quartet.
• Death Becomes Us officially begins with Side Stories from the creators of Last Podcast on the Left at the Lisner. Tickets for this one are going fast and are likely to sell out so if you’re reading this on Thursday, buy tickets now.
• The excellent EmporiYUM begins tonight and runs through the weekend. Great event for foodies and foodies that want to start their holiday shopping early.
• Temples headline 9:30 Club.
• Kishi Bashi plucks strings at Lincoln Theatre.
• Louis the Child bring the children to The Anthem.
• Abhi the Nomad and Dave B will be at U Hall.
• A special edition of Punkhouse Comedy at Songbyrd features Hard Times founder Bill Conway.
• Tonight is this weekend’s only performance of Washington National Opera’s Otello.
• It’s Food History Weekend at the National Museum of American History.
• FREE PICK: Hang out in the Library of Congress Main Reading Room and check out some art and design books from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Do some daytime stuff:
• Death Becomes Us begins day two with Capturing the DC Sniper at the Lisner.
• The true crime continues with The Homicide Hunter Retirement Party: Celebrating 9 Seasons with Joe Kenda.
• If it’s nice outside consider Riverfront Reads: A Pop-Up Reading Room.
• Spend the afternoon sipping spirits at One Eight Distilling’s apple brandy release.
• Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection opens this weekend at the Hirshhorn.
• The early evening Death Becomes Us show is Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad Live.
• The muse for this edition of Best Weekend Bets, Latrice Royale, joins a special true crime edition of Throwing Shade Live.
• The film screening of the weekend is Punk the Capital at AFI Silver Spring. There are two screenings tonight, two Sunday and one Monday. Each features a special Q&A following the doc.
• The Lottery, an interactive art show by Xena Ni, is at Hole in the Sky.
• We like Jordan Rakei at Sixth and I.
• Another good concert option is Lil Tecca and Pierre Bourne at Fillmore Silver Spring.
• Nerd Nite is back at DC9.
• Weird Babies, Spirit Plots, and Saffron play a benefit show for Sanctuary DMV at Dwell.
• Anyone want to go to Baltimore for AEW’s Full Gear Pay-Per-View with me?
• FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Mixtape, new works from Matthew Curry, opens at Lost Origins.
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. Find out where to get a biscuit.
Leaving the house?
• Death Becomes Us concludes with two shows. First up is BuzzFeed Unsolved Live. This is another that is likely to sell out before the day of the show so if you’re reading this before Sunday, you might want to get those tickets now.
• The final show of the fest is arguably the most interesting and based on the crazy people that email us, the most controversial: The Truth About True Crime with Amanda Knox with special guest Lorena (Bobbitt) Gallo.
• Super solid double bill at 9:30 Club with Big Thief and Palehound. It’s very sold out.
• The excellent Julia Jacklin is at Black Cat.
• The Prids, The Natvral, and Heavy Breathing are at Comet Ping Pong.
• Cotton & Reed Distillery celebrates three years.
• FREE PICK: It’s difficult to find a better free event this weekend than A Motion for Peace: A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Joyce DiDonato, and Donna Leon at The REACH.
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…