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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 the gorgeous, hilarious, very huggable ladies of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival (which kicks off tonight!)



• OCTOBER 25-28 – STARTS TODAY!!! 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! A lot of shows are sold out but also, there is a lot of free, cool stuff so…. RSVP! BUY THOSE TICKETS! All the people in these gifs will be there!

• NOVEMBER 3-4 – NEXT WEEK!: 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:

• October is National Pizza Month so we published our Best Pizza in DC guide.

• It’s Halloweekend. We put out the very helpful 31 Halloween Options for Halloween Which is October 31 (10/31).

Our Death Becomes Us true crime fest is next weekend. Paul Holes will be there. He caught the Golden State Killer. We asked him about that.

• 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.

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That’s right.

• Opening night of Bentzen Ball. The festivities begin with Everything is Trash, But It’s Okay with Phoebe Robinson and Tig Notaro at The Lincoln Theatre.

• Maybe stop by Archipelago after Phoebe and Tig?

• If you’re not going to the Bentzen Ball, you should be at Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at The Anthem.

• If you’re not going to the Bentzen Ball or Nick Cave might you be at Barn Night at the 60th Annual Washington International Horse Show?

• Bass Drum of Death plays Songbyrd. Get there early for Teen Mortgage. They’re one of D.C.’s best bands.

The Fever just began at Woolly Mammoth. It’s a short run.

• Night two of Beach Fossils and Wavves at Black Cat.

Have you seen New Nature?

• Hey Ocean! headlines DC9!

• Listen to sad, good songs about sad, bad times with Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Lila Downs, Steve Earle & More at Warner Theatre.

FREE PICK: Franklin Hall hosts a pumpkin painting and carving contest. There will be fewer pumpkin painting and carving contests next month.

BALTIMORE PICK: Screaming Females are at Ottobar.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Night 2 of our favorite funny fest includes #ADULTING with Michelle Buteau, Jordan Carlos, Tig Notaro, Amanda Seales and Sheng Wang at The Lincoln Theatre.

• Maybe stop by Service Bar after #ADULTING?

• If you’re not coming to Bentzen Ball, you should be at Night of the Living Zoo at the (wait for it) National Zoo.

• Not every Bentzen Ball event is a comedy show. Every year we also hosts programming like the What They Said: Humor and Human Rights panel. It’s a free event at the POV Lounge. Doors at 5:30 p.m., conversation at 6 p.m.

• If you’re a D.C. musician or work in music in the area, you’ll want to attend the 2018 Music Policy Forum. It’s two days at Georgetown. Discounts are available for all D.C. area attendees.

• Reese Witherspoon’s cancelled Anthem gig is rescheduled for tonight. Some tickets are still available.

• Reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Not legendary film Frankenstein 1970 screens at the Library of Congress.

• Spend the evening at Ten Tigers Parlour. The Coven presents “Otherworld.”

Newseum hosts their annual Newseum Frights! party.

• Another after hours party option is the Día de los Muertos After Hours at the National Museum of the American Indian.

• There’s an open-bar Halloween bash at Grand Central. Godspeed.

• Twiddle headlines 9:30 Club.

FREE PICK: Every Bentzen Ball we make sure there are quality free shows. This year is no different. Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast is on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m.

BALTIMORE PICK: If you prefer the Maryland Zoo to the National Zoo, check out their 35th annual ZooBOO! festival.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Start your day with Whitman-Walker Health and Bentzen Ball talent at the 2018 Walk & 5K to End HIV.

• If you’re free between noon and 4 p.m., you should really try to visit the Day of the Dead Altar at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

• Crafty Bastards celebrates 15 years in D.C. at Yards Park.

• The best daytime option outside of D.C. is the End of Oktoberfest at Pen Druid Brewing. Read our preview of the fest.

• If you’re afraid of skating you may want to stay away from Scary Skate at the Anacostia Skate Pavilion.

•Get some clarity.



• Start your evening with Melinda Hill and Jenny Questell at the Kennedy Center.

• The early Bentzen Ball show at the Lincoln is sold-out but there are still a few seats available for Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, & Friends!

• Maybe stop by Nellie’s Sports Bar before or after Cameron and Rhea?

• If you’re looking for more of an outdoorsy, Halloweeny type event, consider the DC Fray Halloween Bonfire Party.

• If you want/need to stay positive, consider the screening of Storm the Gates at Maurice Electric. Doors at 7, screening at 8, Q&A at 9, FATBACK party starts at 9:30.

• The Saturday before Halloween means it’s time for the 12th Annual Halloween Cover Benefit Show at The Pinch.

• Moon Taxi plays their first of two nights at 9:30 Club.

• W Washington DC presents their Glitter and Gold: Studio 54 Takeover in the POV Lounge.

Dillinger Four is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Tonight’s free Bentzen Ball pick is our Emerging Voices: Locals Showcase with Brittany Carney, Elizabeth Norman, Denise Taylor, Naomi Karavani and Maddy Brannon at Eaton DC.

BALTIMORE PICK: Get in a spooky, sexy spirit at Burlesque-A-Pades Halloween Spooktacular featuring Angie Pontani at Rams Head.

+ 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?

• Final night of Bentzen Ball. All of the ticketed events are sold-out. Sorry?

• Maybe stop by Destination Wedding after the closing show?

• Today’s film pick is Young Frankenstein at the National Museum of American History.

• Last chance to go to Fright Fest! Scary!

• Sing other people’s songs at indie rock karaoke at DC9.

Black Cat hosts three excellent acts: Roky Erickson, White Mystery, and Bat Fangs.

• The Marine Corps Marathon is Sunday morning. This isn’t so much a recommendation but more of a warning. If you’re near the race, you may want to check to see if the route closures will affect your fun.

• Two local bands we like, Fuzz Queen and Caustic Casanova, are at Galaxy Hut.

FREE PICK: Unless you already have Bentzen Ball tickets for Sunday, you’re buying on the secondary market. Or you can spend $0 and come to Couples Therapy Live! at Eaton DC.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Walters Art Museum hosts their Día de los Muertos Community Celebration.

+ 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:

Come enjoy them.