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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. We just finished our first true crime festival. The weekend before that was Bentzen Ball. We’re tired. Lucky for us Thursday is National Cappuccino Day. So this week’s theme is all things caffeine.


All sorts of great stuff:

• Did you attend our first ever true crime fest? Do you want to relive the magic/crime? Spend some time perusing the photographic evidence.

• It’s November. Have Your Best November.

Read our chat with Mara Keisling, founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

• From Athens to Transformer, an interview with Aristeidis Lappas. The annual Transformer Auction is November 17th. Do you have your tickets yet?

Adam Sandler’s new Netflix special is good. No apologies good.

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.

• The food event of the weekend is the Capital Food Fight at The Anthem.

The Passport Program now has a winter edition. Buy it and drink new drinks in different places.

• Spend “An Evening with Commonwealth” at The Partisan.

• Darwin Deez debuts at DC9.

• Learn how to bake a crazy as hell Milk Bar cake with Christina Tosi.

• How about Anastasia at the Kennedy Center?

• Drink some wine and design some stuff at Wine & Design.

• Midland might wear cowboy hats inside 9:30 Club.

• Bill Bellamy begins his weekend at the DC Improv.

• Learn about what the midterm elections reveal about America at “What the Midterm Elections Reveal About America.”

FREE PICK: Spend some quality after hours time with the National Gallery of Art at Evenings at the Edge.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• If there’s a foodie (is that word still OK to use?) in your life, take them to The Emporiyum at Dock 5.

Catharsis on the Mall begins on the National Mall.

• Check out the opening night of the DC Street Sticker Expo at The Fridge. Stickers are great.

• The Lucas Brothers are at Arlington Drafthouse tonight and Saturday.

• The Tallest Man On Earth is at Lincoln Theatre.

• Alise Morales hosts “The Roast of Your 15-Year-Old Self” at Black Cat.

Slash Run hosts the Slash for Simio, Ghana: Benefit Concert.

• Happy anniversary, ROAM!

• Lake Street Drive headlines The Anthem.

• The next edition of always quality POV Live shows features The Visions. Free with RSVP.

FREE PICK: The Korean Cultural Center hosts their 2018 Artist of the Year Damageable Perfection exhibition opening reception.


Do some daytime stuff:

• We’re looking forward to the Rodarte retrospective, which opens today, at the National Museum Of Women In The Arts.

• Spend the day celebrating Hellbender’s 4th Anniversary.

• Or hit up the DC Beerathon, if you want a side of running with your drinking.

• Grow a moustache and attend the Movemberfest Pig Roast charity pig roast at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar.

• Lace up your tennis shoes and get ready for DC Fray‘s incredibly difficult .5K. This is how to PROPERLY train for it.

• The DC Punk Rock Flea is from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Stephens. It’s also a food drive for We Are Family so please bring a food donation.

• Get a coffee. Or beer?



• We recommend Kamasi Washington at Lincoln Theater.

•  Little Miss Whiskey’s is hosting their 4th annual Movemberfest pig roast. Expect cheap booze and 0 vegetarians.

• Catch Pale Waves at 9:30 Club. Everyone in that band looks like an extra from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

• Fucked Up play Rock & Roll Hotel. Bring ear plugs. Wear ear plugs.

• The Joy Formidable headlines Black Cat.

• It’s autumn. So Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town is having their Autumn Fest.

Poutinerie by Air Canada opens this weekend. Proceeds go towards Martha’s Table. This is the best of all possible worlds: best type of pop up, best way to consume fries, best way to promote an airline, best way to donate the charity.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The Line is partnering again with Robin Bell for projections. This Friday and Saturday they’ll be celebrating Benjamin Banneker’s birthday. The hotel will also distribute version of Banneker’s Mid-Atlantic Almanacs in the readers boxes in the lobby.

+ 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?

• 6LACK is at the top of his game at The Anthem.

• Another weekend afternoon, another reason to celebrate a local brewery. Today it’s time for Bluejacket’s 5th anniversary.

Drive a go kart.

• Bentzen Ball alum Anthony Atamanuik brings his Trump Dump: American Tantrum book tour to Arlington Drafthouse.

We very much enjoyed King John at Folger Theatre.

• It’s National Fondue Month. Go to Stable and eat some cheese.

• Congrats on your first year, Supra!

FREE PICK: The Freer hosts a screening of A Family Tour in partnership with the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Film at REDCAT.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the weekend is over. Wave goodbye…


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 get stuck in the Red Room for 25 years.