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 baseball movies because THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!?!
• COMEDY FESTIVAL: October 24-27, BYT + Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival is ONE WEEKS AWAY! Tickets to Los Espookys Live and Roxanne Gay and Tig are going fast. Hometown faves Jay Pharaoh, Aparna Nancherla, Rory Scovel, Jermaine Fowler and more will be in town too! Go to bentzenball.com for all of the shows and buy your tickets while you still can!
• TRUE CRIME FESTIVAL: November 8-10, Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C.! Individual shows are available for sale! Throwing Shade! The Murder Squad! Amanda Knox! BuzzFeed Unsolved! Capturing the DC Sniper!
• Bentzen Ball is nearly here! Get ready and read our interview with Roxane Gay.
• It’s Halloween season! Which means the Halloween themed pop-up bar is about to open. Check out our First Look.
• If you look at our piece on Chef Kevin Tien’s new place, Emilie’s, you’ll want to make a reservation.
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• The be-proud-of-D.C. event of the week is the Local First Awards at Audi Field.
• Bon Iver and Feist are at The Anthem tonight and Friday.
• Celebrate 10 years of ChurchKey. 10 years!
• The best loud, local band, Teen Mortgage, play Slash Run.
• Pharoahe Monch performs his seminal album Internal Affairs from start to finish along with M.O.P., Prince Po, and Styles P at the Kennedy Center.
• Supra is hosting a traditional Georgian supra! Eat your heart out.
• Dance to !!! at U Street Music Club. Make sure to show up early for Den-Mate.
• The Peacock Room opens its shutters. Go bask in the glory.
• (Sandy) Alex G brings his sweet tunes to the Black Cat. Tomberlin and ARTHUR will be here too.
• Swing by Kramerbooks to see author Alnoor Ebrahim talk about their book Measuring Social Change with Miriam’s Kitchen CEO Scott Schenkelberg.
• Stay at home and watch the adventure horror romp As Above, So Below on Netflix.
• FREE PICK: Eaton is hosting a party for the launch of their think tank, the Sustainable Culture Lab.
• The highly anticipated 29Rooms opens today. Come back to BYT for our First Look.
• Season 6 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race and very funny/mean human being Bianca Del Rio is at The Lincoln Theatre.
• Charli XCX at 9:30 Club should be a very sweaty show.
• The 24th Arabian Sights Film Festival kicks off and runs through next week at AMC Mazza Gallerie.
• Check out Lust for Youth at U Street Music Hall.
• The Washington Blade celebrates their 50th birthday with a slick gala.
• Some of the BYT staff will probably be at the Black Cat‘s emo vs. pop-punk dance party. You know how it is.
• Or if that’s not your jam, check out CRTL’s Britney Spears dance party at U Hall.
• Slip into the 60s at Suns Cinema‘s screening of The Love Witch.
• Stay at home and watch the weirdo, arty, dance based horror movie Climax on Amazon Prime Video.
• FREE PICK: Join City Paper in a conversation about the history of go-go.
Do some daytime stuff:
• The best way to spend the weekend outdoors is at the inaugural Down in the Reeds at The Parks at Walter Reed. All ages, suggested donation, family friendly and in a space you most likely have never been.
• Head to Silver Spring to wish Astro Lab and happy first anniversary.
• The Kreeger Museum hosts their annual open house. You can expect music, art and some sweet local BBQ.
• Learn how to make your own cyanotypes at IA&A at Hillyer. Art!
• Bring your pup to Dacha for a Halloween dog party and costume contest.
• Take the kids to Boo at the Zoo. If you don’t have kids, just borrow them.
• Watch the best fall movie Hocus Pocus at the National Museum of American History.
• Dance late into the night with Ritmos Raros at Songbyrd.
• Remember the magic that was d.c. space at the National Gallery of Art.
• Swervedriver at Rock & Roll Hotel should be nice and loud.
• The cool kids at G ∆ Y / B ∆ S H host a H ∆ L L O W E E N / B ∆ S H at TRADE.
• Caustic Casanova (with Pimmit Hills and The Mantis) hosts their record release party at Atlas Brew Works.
• Stay at home and watch Baskin on Hulu. This one’s supposed to be damn scary.
• FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Swing by the best free movie theatre in D.C., the National Gallery of Art, to watch Ruskin.
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. Eat enough to get a big butt.
Leaving the house?
• Extremely looking forward to New Kitchens on the Block at Mess Hall. Come back to BYT next week for coverage.
• Excellent singer-songwriter and Old 97s front man Rhett Miller is at City Winery.
• Last chance to check out The Tempest at Synectic Theatre.
• Freer Gallery of Art is screening the acclaimed art film Woman in the Dunes.
• Buy local at the second annual Brookland Exchange market.
• The Hirshhorn is screening Julian Rosefeldt’s video art piece Manifestos. It has Cate Blanchett in it. You’ve probably heard of it before.
• Stay home and watch Lords of Chaos on Kanopy. This one is based on a true story!
• FREE PICK: Stay in and watch the Watchmen premiere on HBO.
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…