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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 90s prom (and prom-adjacent) lewks since it is about that time to start outfit planning for next week’s BYT + Nat Geo – My Party Will Go On.



• NEW WEEKEND! SEPTEMBER 21 – BYT & Nat Geo Invite You To – My Party Will Go On – A Titanic After Hours join us for our final museum after hours event of the year – a 90s prom themed Nat Geo campus take-over, with White Ford Bronco, DJ Matt Bailer, and more. $25 Tickets are on sale now.

• 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, several shows are already sold out.

• NOVEMBER 3-4: Our first true crime fest: Death Becomes Us! On sale now: PAUL HOLES! JOHN DOUGLAS! Buzzfeed Unsolved Live, Criminal, Last Podcast On The Left and Wine & Crime, Kenda Confidential!

 • 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:

• If you like this week’s theme, you’ll enjoy “Pastel, Pleather, Spaghetti Straps: 90s Prom Looks You Need In Your Life.”

Take a peek in the GWAR PUB.

• We interviewed the director of the upcoming Love, Gilda.

• Pabllo Viittar is our Gender Bender of the Week.

• It’s the middle of September. Have Your Best September.

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.



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Zoo Uncorked! Drink with near the animals! Not with. Don’t give animals wine.

• See Eleanor Friedberger at Pearl Street Warehouse. Read our interview with Friedberger.

• Drake and Migos do Drake and Migos for a second night at Capitol One Arena.

• The Latin American Film Festival begins at AFI Silver Spring.

• The Cubs returns to Nats Park to make up Sunday’s rain out.

• Let’s Eat Grandma and Odetta Hartman play U Hall.

• Think about the stars with Neil deGrasse Tyson at Warner Theatre.

• Richard Tuttle brings visual art and poetry together with his Phillips Collection installation, It Seems Like It’s Going To Be. 41 verses match 41 works of art in this new exhibit that traverses medium.

• Support some Georgetown businesses at the annual Georgetown Twilight Shop. 60+ stores, salons, galleries and restaurants will have special deals.

Drag Race off season means plenty of time to check out drag you haven’t seen on the show and probably won’t, so check out Amateur Drag King night at Bier Baron.

FREE PICK: This month’s edition of Evenings at the Edge: After Hours at the National Gallery of Art is British inspired.

BALTIMORE PICK: Jacuzzi Boys play Metro Gallery.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Happy 25th anniversary Black Cat! Tonight’s anniversary show features Subhumans, Ted Leo, Des Demonas, Dagger Moon, Scanners and Honey.

• Go west (or east or north or south depending on where you’re located) to the Go West Beer Fest at Eastern Market North Hall.

• Paul Simon’s farewell tour stops at Capital One Arena.

We loved the new Macbeth at Folger Theatre.

• Los Amigos Invisibles headline 9:30 Club.

• Politics and Prose hosts José Andrés at the Lisner. Andrés will be discussing his book We Fed an Island about helping feed Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

• Matt Woods and the Natural Disasters play above Dangerously Delicious.

• Roman Mars of 99% Invisible and Radiotopia chats with Jawbox’s Bill Barbot at Howard Theatre.

• Stay inside and binge the new season of BoJack Horseman.

FREE PICK: Can’t get enough of No Spectators, the Burning Man exhibit at the Renwick? Head to SAAM for a full day of discussions about Burning Man’s past, present, and future featuring notable burners including artists from the exhibit and five of Burning Man’s original founders.

BALTIMORE PICK: Jukebox the Ghost plays Rams Head Live.


Due to the impending hurricane, some weekend events have been cancelled and postponed. Check about before venturing out. As of Thursday morning, all of the listings are accurate.

Do some daytime stuff:

• We’ll be spending the day at the Small Press Expo.

• Celebrate three years of Aslin Beer Company.

• Another quality beer option is Bell’s Brewery End Of Summer Beer Garden & Hoedown at Up Top Acres.

• Go in the woods for the REI Culinary Campout.

Go in the (Yards) Park for the DC VegFest. Cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

Go in a streetcar to the H Street Festival. Postponed to October 13 due to Hurricane Florence.

• Pick up your friends.


• Happy 25th anniversary Black Cat! Tonight’s anniversary show features Ex Hex, Gray Matter, Hurry Up, Algiers, ammered Hulls, Wanted Man and Foul Swoops.

Go see Gloria at Woolly Mammoth. It’s great.

• Kevin Hart tells jokes in the Capital One Arena.

• Alina Baraz has the late show at 9:30 Club.

• If you’re going to attend one DC Shorts program, make it a Best of the Fest showcase. Those are the best. The title says so.

• Rhett Miller writes great songs. Listen to him perform those songs at City Winery.

• Music legend Smokey Robinson performs at MGM National Theatre.

• Recommending Celtic Thunder at Warner Theatre because it seems appropriate with the storm and all.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: What We Leave Behind: In the Name of Art opens at Transformer.

BALTIMORE PICK: The PinBaltimore Pinball Festival kicks off.

+ 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?

• Last chance to see Hamilton at The Kennedy Center.

• The inaugural Sweat in Shaw is in, you guessed it, Shaw. Participants are allowed to take three classes at one of seven participating gyms. We did something similar to this earlier in the summer. It’s great, especially if you’re looking for a new gym or workout.

• The Washington Ukrainian Festival is happening rain or shine.

• The Takoma Park Folk Festival is happening rain or shine.

• Five for Fighting plays with a string quartet at Lincoln Theatre.

• Very excited to see the new If I Forget at Studio Theatre.

• The young people that perform on American Idol bring the American Idol: Live! tour to Warner Theatre.

• Woven In, Taciturn, Regulus, and Cursor share a bill at The Pinch.

FREE PICK: I do not want to live in the past because now is better than any time before (yes, 2018 is better than the past, we have things like easy access to running water and soap and washing machines and everyone on 1918 smelled worse) but sometimes I do with I lived in a late 40s French film. See Rendez-vous de juillet at the National Gallery of Art.

BALTIMORE PICK: Do some yoga with the animals in the Maryland Zoo.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?


PHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT: 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: