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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 Lisa Simpson, because Yeardley Smith is coming to our True Crime Festival, and interviewing Paul Holes, and also because…



• OCTOBER 25-28: 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. Hell yeah.

• 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 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:

• It’s October. Have Your Best October.

• It’s October. These are the best 10 October beer events.

• We had a chat with Luna Honey about their new album, Peace Will Grind You Down.

• Dream Wife makes very good music. Read our interview with Dream Wife.

• You have to have a sense of humor to work in a place that is mostly about death. We profiled Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Bruce Goldfarb.

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.


That’s right.

• The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival kicks off at AFI Silver Spring.

• We’re looking forward to Troye Sivan and Kim Petras at The Anthem. Get excited for it and read our interview with Kim Petras.

• ChurchKey hosts The Great Lakes 30th Anniversary Party.

• Thrice plays Fillmore Silver Spring. Never stop.

• Nate Bargatze begins a weekend run at the DC Improv.

Heisenberg at the Signature Theatre is worth your time.

• Dan Savage’s Hump! film fest has a best of show tonight and tomorrow at Black Cat.

Aslin Oktoberfest kicks off today and runs through Sunday.

• Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon and The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn play solo sets at Sixth & I.

• How about a wine tasting at The Watergate Hotel?

• Get in a spooky, sweaty mood at Sleaze at The Wonderland Ballroom.

FREE PICK: Glenstone, the free museum of our dreams, re-opens today.

BALTIMORE PICK: Trio Jinx performs in the George Peabody Library.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Wale plays the inaugural show at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.

• Halloween season is finally here with the opening of Markoff’s Haunted Forest.

• We recommend Lykke Li at Lincoln Theatre.

• Dance at Florence + The Machine and Beth Ditto at The Anthem.

• You, Me, Them, Everybody Live returns to The Wonderland Ballroom with guests Kristen Wallace and Nan Britton.

• Lupe Fiasco headlines 9:30 Club.

• Emmy Blotnick makes her DC Improv debut.

• Kit District, Petworth Arts Collaborative and Ten Tigers Parlour present an evening of dance film shorts by local and national film makers.

• The Pink Line Project presents the exhibit A Good American: Artists on Immigration at the Heurich House Museum.

• Darlingdance presents LOAD, choreographed in collaboration with painter Eames Armstrong, at the DCAC.

FREE PICK: Stay in and binge season 2 of Big Mouth.

BALTIMORE PICK: Support Baltimore artists/get started on holiday shopping at the Made In Baltimore store grand opening.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Day 1 of the All Things Go Fall Classic with Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish and more at Union Market.

• Take a deep breath at the 80s Throwback Silent Yoga Pop Up in Shaw.

• Head to Rustico Ballston for The Allagash Seafood Social.

• If you prefer land over the sea, you may like the Third Annual Pig Roast and Bourbon Bash at Barley Mac.

• It may hit 80 degrees but it’s still fall. Celebrate the season at Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Fall Fest.

• Get out to Rockville for REI’s Rock the Block party for rock climbers of all ages.

•Get some nourishment.



• Mary J. Blige brings the drama to the brand new Entertainment & Sports Arena.

• Have you seen Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage?

• Break a sweat at REZZ at Echostage.

• Tropic of Bass has their 6 year anniversary party at Jimmy Valentine’s.

• We’ll be at King Khan & The Shrines and Gabrielle Cohen at Black Cat.

• Parka Pat plays 45s at Showtime.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Listen to some live music while you walk past live music at Adams Morgan PorchFest.

BALTIMORE PICK: Baltimore’s First Annual Goth Picnic is this Saturday. Baltimore has all the goth fun and goth picnics.

+ 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?

• Day 2 of the All Things Go Fall Classic with Carly Rae Jepsen, MisterWives and more at Union Market.

• It’s the Oyster Shellebration at Old Ox Brewing! Shellebrate good times, shell on!

• Honne plays a sold-out 9:30 Club.

• Another year, another edition of the DC Fetish Ball.

• Another worthwhile program at the American Art Museum: Beyond the Studio Workshop: Kokedama Making with Lily Cox.

• Get your animals blessed at the Washington National Cathedral. Your animal does not need to be religious in order to be blessed.

Atlas Brew Works continues to book quality metal shows. This Sunday is Paranoid, Sial, Syringe, Iron Cages, and Worse. You do not need to be religious in order to drink.

• Spend the day at the Clifton Day Festival.

FREE PICK: If you didn’t get enough neighborhood live at Adams Morgan PorchFest, head to the Takoma Park Street Festival.

BALTIMORE PICK: End the first weekend in October at The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival. It’s the appropriate thing to do.

+ 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: