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Hey everyone! This week’s selection of events on D.C. BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked from our awesome AGENDA HOMEPAGE and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress with Sharks & Recreation as our theme since our final party of the summer is THIS FRIDAY..


• THIS FRIDAY: Our next Nat Geo event SHARKS & RECREATION is FRIDAY! The best possible way to end a summer. Holy Ghost DJ set! Disco sharks (whatever that means!)! Real live explorers! Ron Swanson look-a-like contest! Mouse Rat cover bands! Electric sharks! Buy your ticket now. Tickets go up in price the day of.

OCTOBER 20: SAAM & BYT Present: Murder House Party! A Renwick Gallery Opening. Our last Renwick party sold-out in one day. This is about 2/3 sold out already so get a move on it. Tickets may be gone by the time you’re scouting for Sunday

• OCTOBER 26-29: Bentzen Ball 2017 is coming! Ira Glass! Al Franken! Colin Quinn! Jenny Slate! Podcasts! Tig Notaro! Amber Tamblyn! Some great shows are on sale. Some shows are already sold out!

• NOVEMBER 11-19: FotoWeek returns! We’re celebrating 10 years of beauty at SPAIN arts & culture and the Mexican Cultural Institute! Get opening party tickets here and enter the annual competitions here.

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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• D.C. is expensive. Should your band move to Philadelphia?

• We asked the Duende District for their fall reading list.

• El Techo looks great. Look at El Techo.

• You know you can lie on Facebook, right?

The Juggalos are coming…


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• We’ll be at the 32nd Mayor’s Arts Awards at Lincoln Theatre.

• DC Shorts continues through the weekend. We wrote about out favorite shorts from each program.

• Prophets of Rage is at 9:30 Club. Not sure if you like Prophets of Rage? It’s Public Enemy meets RATM.

See Scena Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar at Atlas.

• Author we love Celeste Ng is at Politics & Prose.

• Benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance while drinking whiskey! Go to One Eight Distilling for Whiskers & Whiskey.

• We like Mystery Friends and Varsity at Comet.

• The Nats are headed to the playoffs! That’s great! There’s still a lot of regular season to play. Before tonight’s game against the Braves the First Street Party Tent becomes the Budweiser ‘Country Club’. Fan of country music and mechanical bulls? You’re in luck!

• Working on a zine? Stop by the Mt. Pleasant Library for Zine Lab.

• There’s a fundraiser for Best Friends Animal Society at Avenue Suites Georgetown. Open bar, lite bites, and a live auction of dining, beauty, furniture, puppy gear, concerts and more.

• Wild Belle is at Black Cat.



SHARKS & RECREATION! BYT + Nat Geo + Holy Ghost! + sharks of all kinds (mechanical, disco, zombie, you name it). It’s going to be nice outside!

• Hannibal Buress DJs at U Hall because.

• The concert of the night is Ted Leo & the Pharmacists at Black Cat.

• Sturgill Simpson is at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The weather is really working out for us.

• Swing by Colony Club for Queer Girl Movie Night.

• We’re interested in El Quatro, Mantis Toboggan and Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb at Slash Run.

• Here’s a competition we didn’t know existed until now: OctoberFest Stein Hoisting Competition at Penn Social.

9:30 Club has a great lineup of upcoming D.C. bands: Footsxcoles, Dawkins, Saba Abraha, Stclaire Castro, Og Lullabies, Opal, Dreamcast, and Lundazi.

• Tim Dillon performs in the DC Improv Lounge.

• Got a wig? Love disco? Wig & Disco at DC9 is for you.

• Try the Rock Creek Bourbon Whiskey before its official release at the Distiller’s Dinner at One Eight Distilling.

• The Weeknd headlines Capitol One Arena. It’s the Verizon Center. It’s not a new, far away venue.

• Speaking of far away venues, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas co-headline Jiffy Lube Live.

• Dance at Songbyrd’s Agua Friday Cuban Dance Party.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

The Juggalos are coming. Stand on the right side of history.

• Time for one of our favorite street festivals of the year: H Street Festival.

•Use your time at H Street festival to check out the sneak preview of Future of Sports

• The NGA is screening a restored version of Jean Genet’s The Balcony. There has to be a few people that want to see this and attend the Juggalo March, right? Is it just me?

• Eat some food at Celebrate Logan: A Taste of 14th.

• Barre3 is hosting a free barre class at Meridian Hill Park. Ice Cream Jubilee, Gouter, and Sunniva will be on site providing free post-class snacks.

• Alexandria’s King Street Art Festival is today and tomorrow.

Woolly Mammoth hosts a theatreWeek Kickoff Party.

• Head to Wonderland for Art Lab Presents: manchile w/ special guest. Great music. Great art.

Go home and regroup for the evening:


We interviewed The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes! See The Princess Bride and stay for a Q&A with Cary Elwest at Strathmore.

Dupont Underground keeps programming interesting stuff. Tonight’s Fathom | Experiment #4: Venus is Venus is Venus keeps the bar high.

• We’ll be at Pyramid Atlantic’s PULP FICTION Anniversary.

• Arcade Fire headline Capitol One Arena. Attend in your Juggalo makeup!

• G ∆ Y / B ∆ S H is at Trade.

• Young the Giant headlines Merriweather Post Pavilion. It’s still summer! Outdoor shows!

Black Cat hosts Right Round, an 80’s alt-pop dance party.

• Stop by U Street for Feed Me Disco featuring Eau Claire.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our food section.

For your viewing pleasure:

• Consult our Weekly BYT Guide To DVD Releases / On Demand / Instant Streaming.

• Spend your long weekend revisiting our always golden Murder Mystery Streaming Guide.

• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews.

Leaving the house?

• The event of the day is the Concert for Yoko Ono, Washington and The World at the Hirshhorn.

• Last day to check out the Duende District Pop Up.

• BADBADNOTGOOD at 9:30 Club should be good. We’re giving away tickets.

Skeleton Crew at Studio Theatre is worth your time.

• Have you seen IT? See IT.

• Daddy Yankee is at Wolf Trap.

• Sommore is at DC Improv.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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

DONT_FORGETPHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT:  THERE ARE A BAJILLION OTHER THINGS TO DO LISTED IN THE BYT AGENDA PAGES, so use it (to both post your events and search for them) and if you think we may have missed something, comment away–you know you want to. NO EXCUSES.

Till next time, keep up the good work