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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. This week’s theme is old school Murphy Brown.



• OCTOBER 25-28 – Just two weeks away: The 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Tickets are on sale now! Get them all while you can, only three shows still have tickets available and two of them include Tig Notaro as a guest. In extra special news, we also announced a bunch of free Bentzen Ball shows as well. It’s our little gift from us to you.

• NOVEMBER 3-4: 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! Last Podcast On The Left & How Did This Get Made – True Crime edition are both sold out! PLUS: we have a Death Becomes Us PUB opening and some other amazing warm-up events.

 • 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 most important bar feature of the year is here: The Least Douchey Bars in DC – 2018 Edition.

• Speaking of bars, our DEATH BECOMES US Pub collaboration with Drink Company opens today – take a look at the first photos here and see you there.

• The newest additions to our Dream Job series are Artechouse’s Tati Pastukhova and Sandro Kereselidze. The new exhibition opens today

• We chatted with Chicago hip-hop star Joey Purp.

• Cosplay is expensive. Looking at photos of cosplay is not. Look at our New York Comic Con coverage.

• We shot the first concert at the brand new Entertainment and Sports Arena.

• It’s October. Have Your Best October.

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• Phil Runco is the best beer writers in D.C. We’re biased but right. See him host First Runnings: Ocelot Brewing at The Heurich House.

• Ben Howard and Wye Oak share a bill at The Anthem.

• Angela Davis speaks with Democracy Now’s! Amy Goodman at the Busboys and Poets at 450 K St NW.

• Joe Yonan, two-time James Beard Award–winning food and dining editor at the Washington Post, chats with A Brown Table’s Nik Sharma at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.

• Years & Years play songs & songs at Lincoln Theatre.

• Cloth and Community: A Medicinal Meal is at the DC Artist Studio.

• Bob Moses is at 9:30 Club.

• Hail satan at Bier Baron.

• Catch Nana Grizol, Bad Moves and BRNDA at Comet Ping Pong. All of these bands are good bands.

• Shoplifter will be in conversation with Klaus Ottmann, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, at the Phillips Collection.

• Order a burger and watch Freddy’s Nightmares at Slash Run. That show is 50% fever dream.

FREE PICK: Evenings at the Edge is back. We’re huge fans of hanging out at museums after dark.

BALTIMORE PICK: We’re also fans of eating in Hampden so we’re recommending the Taste of Hampden at Union Craft Brewing.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Maria Bamford is at the Warner TheatreLady Dynamite is one of the best shows on Netflix.

New Nature opens at Artechouse.

• Murder By Death play 9:30 Club. They make me want to drink beer.

• MST3K is at GW if you’re into that.

• A Virginia restaurant we’ve never heard of is throwing a Back to the Future themed dinner. It looks interesting. We’re intrigued.

• The Paradisco dance party launches at U Hall with RVSSLL, Fady D, Rose Corps, and Noce.

• The Diane Arbus: A box of ten photographs curator gallery talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is a good way to begin the weekend. It begins at 5:30 p.m.

• Break up at the Let Me Break You Up: An Anti-Dating Game Show at Black Cat.

• Get your metal fill at our unproblematic metal pick: Full of Hell, Outer Heaven and Dagger Moon at Atlas Brew Works.

• Our problematic metal pick is Satan’s Unholy Abomination Festival (volume 6). We like the cool merch and the fact that there are bands representing the Czech Republic, Spain, Serbia, Mexico, Portugal and other countries. We don’t like the fact that they’re promoting a “ladies get in for free” policy. It’s possible they’re doing it in an attempt to welcome more women into the DMV’s metal community, but it’s also possible they’re doing it in a dated and misguided effort to make the event seem more attractive to men who are looking to hit on women while they catch Sardonic Witchery’s set. Either way, it plays right into the gender binary. Satan definitely wouldn’t approve.

FREE PICK: It’s not that cold so a free outdoor movie in Crispus Attucks Park is a fine option.

BALTIMORE PICK: October is a fine time for Poe. The Phenomenal Animals perform Tales of the Mysterious and Grotesque at the Fells Point Corner Theater.


Do some daytime stuff:

• The best big beer event of the year is finally here: Snallygaster. We partnered with Hilton to offer you two Snallygaster tickets and a night at the Capital Hilton on Saturday night for a monstrously nice rate.

• The best street fair of the year was postponed and rescheduled for today: H Street Festival.

• We’re looking forward to OPUS at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

• I’m considering heading to Silver Spring for the Ukrainian Food Festival.

• It’s The Big Build Day at the National Building Museum.

• It’s Capitol Hill Day. Whatever that means.

• Go take a sanity break



• Joyce Manor is at Black Cat is you like dancing and feeling sad.

• Nerd Nite is at the Smithsonian National Zoo. It’s usually at DC9. Good for them!

• Drink fancy champagne at a fancy museum and feel fancy as hell.

• Kick it with your good pals at Atlas Obscura and watch Donnie Darko while you learn about the movie’s connection to the local bunnyman legend.

Destination Wedding sounds like a horrible pop up. It’s not horrible and it’s not a pop up.

• Do you want to sleep next to the Declaration of Independence like you’re Nicholas Cage? Here you go.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: How about spending the day at the 42nd Annual Fall Festival in Fairfax?

BALTIMORE PICK: The Fell’s Point Fun Fest should be fun.

+ 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?

BEETLEJUICE The Musical opens at National Theatre!

The Beetlejuice pop-up bar at McClennan’s Retreat is still open!

• Beetlejuice! Had to write it a third time.

• Hang out at the Bethesda Row Arts Festival.

• This Madonna brunch is always an option.

• Doll yourself up and head to the Kennedy Center to see La traviata. It made us cry. We have no regrets.

• Have you been to the true crime bar? You should go to the true crime bar.

• Have you been to the Virginia Wine Festival? You have one more day to go to the Virginia Wine Festival.

• See White Denim at U Street Music Hall. They have a very fun band photo.

FREE PICK: Go back in time at the The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. It opens today.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Immigrant and Refugee Food Festival is at the Canton Waterfront Park.

+ 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 to keep your priorities in check: