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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 Antoni from Queer Eye, who is also coming to Bentzen Ball. Say thanks to your LYFT app next time it’s open (and keep an eye out on Monday for how to win those tickets).


• OCTOBER 25-28 – NEXT WEEK: 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, most of the shows are already sold out. 6 of 9 Lincoln Shows are sold out. But there’s cool free things every day and still plenty to enjoy. Hell yeah.

• NOVEMBER 3-4 – JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY: 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 some amazing festival warm-ups coming up!

 • 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 Why True Crime? series continues with Criminal’s Phoebe Judge.

• We had a chat with funny Blockers star and director of the new film The Oath Ike Barinholtz.

Spend the day watching YouTube clips of Bentzen Ball performers. It’s better than doing work.

• It’s October. Have Your Best October.

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 event of the night is the Local First Awards at The Showroom.

• CHVRCHES play a sold-out Anthem.

Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks about her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, with Ezra Klein at Sixth & I. This is also sold-out. Doris Kearns Goodwin and CHVRCHES move tickets. 

• Masego plays two shows at U Hall.

• Attention Game of Thrones/beer aficionados: the official DC release of the Ommegang Game of Thrones Mother of Dragons is at Jack Rose.

• Very good Bloodshot act The Bottle Rockets play Gypsy Sally’s.

Tiger Fork brings back another night market.

• Lauryn Hill continues her 20th anniversary tour of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill at The Theater at MGM National Harbor.

• Pun DMV is at the DC Improv. It’ll be punny.

• Last week’s Rosslyn Cider Fest was rescheduled to today. Good timing. It’s cold now. Cider is better when it’s cold.

• The 2018 Washington Blade Best of Gay DC Party is at Pitchers.

• The Washington Wizards begin their regular season at home against the Heat. Hooray, NBA! You’re the best league!

• Spend happy hour at Nat Geo Nights: Into The Underworld.

FREE PICK: Shop Made in DC celebrates their first birthday with some free birthday cake and cocktails! Start your holiday shopping early and local.

BALTIMORE PICK: Bentzen Ball album Bill Burr plays The Modell Lyric.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Boo in the Zoo begins at the Smithsonian National Zoo.

• Guided by Voices play Black Cat. Drink beer with your friends and see GBV.

• Trevor Noah tells jokes at DAR.

• Bentzen Ball alums, Found Footage Festival, bring their tapes to the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse tonight and Saturday.

• Hellbender releases its first triple IPA, Beyond the Infinite, and the Riggs Park brewery has hopped this 11% monster with exceedingly rare “hop hash.”

• Dorothy’s ruby slippers return to the National Museum of American History. Think anyone reading this is wondering who Dorthy is and why anyone should care about her footwear?

Town Tavern hosts a Harry Potter roast. Time to go hard at a fictional child!

• Lisa Doll and the Rock N Roll Romance play their final show.

Destination Wedding does not suck. Go for happy hour.

The Haunting of Hill House does not suck. Here are some tips for watching. You’ve read that correctly. Viewing tips.

• Learn about old timey cocktails at Politics and Prose at Union Market. Philip Greene speaks about his new book A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris.

FREE PICK: POV at W Washington continues their excellent, free music programming. This Friday is High Waisted. Doors at 5:30 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Maryland Food Truck Week begins with a kick-off rally at South Point.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Start the day early on a Halloween scavenger hunt! Look for spooky stuff!

• The Nats aren’t in the playoffs. There’s still a lot going on in the Nats Stadium Lots. Today is the Chesapeake Oyster Wine & Beer Festival.

• Another oyster option is the 6th annual Georgetown Shuck It! Beer and Oyster Festival at Tony and Joe’s.

• Do some hip-hop silent yoga in Shaw. How is it silent yoga? Noise cancelling headphones. Technology!

• Spend 10 hours with new friends on the Trails & Ales Wine Celebration Hike.

• Buy a really great Halloween costume at The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s costume and prop sale.

•Get some nourishment.



• 90s themed dance party Peach Pit celebrates 9 years at DC9! Number nine!

• Take a trip to Peru via China Chilcano’s Passport to Peru program.

• There’s more MMA than UFC. The Professional Fighters League MMA is at the new Entertainment & Sports Arena.

• Going to an adventure park sounds fun. Going to an adventure park that is an adults only takeover sounds more fun. Do that at Sandy Spring Adventure Park.

• The new Beetlejuice musical continues its pre-Broadway run at The National Theatre.

• Have you visited the Death Becomes Us Pub?

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: There are specials all throughout Shaw from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during Shaw Main Streets.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Das Oktoberfest Block Party begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. That’s a long block party.

+ 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?

• Garbage plays their first of two nights celebrating Version 2.0 at Lincoln Theatre.

• Fresh on the heels of Snallygaster comes one of DC’s other premiere beer gatherings, 3 Stars’ Hopfunk Fest, which spotlights the East Cost’s finest hoppy and tart brews.

• Big Thief is at 9:30 Club. I’ve listened to their record more than any other from 2017.

• Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen talk about their new book The New Rules of Coffee at the S. Dillon Ripley Center. Who knew about these new rules?

• Time for the Bee Festival at the Takoma Park Farmers Market. I know this because my last name has the word bee in it. And I used the Internet to verify my bee sense that there’s a bee fest.

• Low Cut Connie plays U Hall. Get there early for Ruby Boots.

• Spend some time not outside but in nature at ARTECHOUSE’s New Nature.

• Huda Asfour performs at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries as part of the Arab Music Now series.

• Mirah plays Songbyrd. Good night for concerts. Good luck getting up on time Monday.

FREE PICK: Enjoy a free screening of Cornelis at the House of Sweden.

BALTIMORE PICK: If you don’t have Beetlejuice musical $ you can save some $ at the Beetlejuice 30th anniversary screening at the SNF Parkway Theatre.

+ 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 eat your avocados…