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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 season 2 of Fleabag, recent Emmy winner featuring Bentzen Ball alum Brett Gelman.


• COMEDY FESTIVAL: October 24-27, BYT + Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of comedy and friendship! All access passes are sold out and tickets to Los Espookys Live and Roxanne Gay and Tig are going fast. We also just announced the DC Comedy Homecoming show featuring hometown faves Jay Pharaoh, Aparna Nancherla, Rory Scovel, Jermaine Fowler and more. Go to bentzenball.com! for all of the shows and buy your tickets while you still can! This festival turns people in Emmy winners. Maybe.

• TRUE CRIME FESTIVAL: November 8-11, Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C. ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW SOLD OUT! More individual shows are available for sale! Throwing Shade! The Murder Squad! Amanda Knox! BuzzFeed UnsolvedCapturing the DC Sniper!

 • More announcements coming soon. Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram + keep and eye out on Upcoming BYT Event tab. Use #BYThings too. You’ll meet people at our events and via social media. You’ll be less lonely.

All sorts of great stuff:

• The most helpful series on BYT, Sad Girl Taste Test, returns with a vengeance, drinking all of the Natural Light Hard Seltzer one body can take.

• Say goodbye to summer and peruse photos from our End-of-Summer Camp party last weekend at SAAM.

• Our film editor just returned from Fantastic Fest in Austin and brought back this question: Can Netflix Save Genre Filmmaking?

• It’s fall so we put together our Fall Concert Guide. Use it. Go out.

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 show of the weekend is Lizzo at The Anthem. Super sold out. Sorry?

• Before you go to Lizzo eat a sandwich at Grazie Grazie.

• Jonathan Van Ness talks about his new book at a very sold-out Sixth & I.

The book event of the weekend is Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Lincoln Theatre speaking about his new book, The Water Dancer, with NPR’s Michele Norris. He’ll return Friday night too.

The Tempest is once again at Synetic Theater. There is once again water in the theater. Check out our behind the scenes feature. It’s worth your time. Keep your feet dry.

• Oh Land and Arthur Moon play Miracle Theatre. We recently premiered a track by Oh Land remixed by Arthur Moon so we’re obviously recommending this show.

• If you’re watching Ken Burns’ Country Music, and you should, it’s really good, you’ll be interested in Rhiannon Giddens in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre.

• Pinegrove play 9:30 Club.

• Celebrate Culture House DC’s 6th anniversary in Ward 6.

• Swing by Garage Art Party: Climate Week at The Cheshire in Adams Morgan.

FREE PICK: Stay in and watch season 2, episode 1 of Fleabag. It’s the best single television episode since Twin Peaks season 3, episode 8.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• It’s Blisspop weekend! Festivities begin with The Black Madonna at 9:30 Club

• …And continue at U Street Music Hall with a set by Crazy P.

• Band we like quite a bit Frankie Cosmos is at Black Cat. Read our 2016 interview with Frankie Cosmos.

• Another quality concert option is Lola Kirke at DC9.

• Check out the opening reception of The District Creates at Long View Gallery. Support some D.C. artists.

Minibar is hosting what is sure to be an extravagant dinner with Louis XIII cognac. Tickets are a casual $565 per person.

• A cafe / bar on 18th Street called Residents is hosting their grand opening. That name has horrible SEO, but we’re intrigued.

• It’s the first night of the Eurobeats Festival at Union Stage.

• Speaking of firsts, it’s also the first day of Oktoberfest at Wunder Garten! Fill your body with beer.

FREE PICK: Head to the Hirshhorn to check out their new outdoor sculptures by Lee Ufan.


Do some daytime stuff:

• The City Paper’s Crafty Arts & Makers Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at Buzzard Point. Get there early, the first 500 attendees through the gates each day will receive a limited-edition Crafty tote bag.

• Do a little day drinking at Denizens Brewing Co.‘s Make It Funky Fest.

• Pro wrestling in a brewery? Hell yeah. Prime Time Pro Wrestling Presents: Embassy Row at DC Brau.

• Opera outside in a public park? Hell yeah. Opera Outside begins at 11 a.m. in Meridian Hill Park. Praise God!


• Blisspop continues with a Chromeo DJ set at 9:30 Club and a Cerrone set at U Street Music Hall.

• Learn how to butcher a tuna and then eat that tuna at Some Disassembly Required at Mess Hall. Tickets are still available for Saturday. Tickets sold-out for the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday events. People really want to butcher tuna.

DC Shorts wraps up with their Best of DC Shorts showcases.

• Do not miss the up-and-coming Sir Babygirl at Songbyrd.

• Dressy Bessy, Big Eyes, and Courage Mother play Comet Ping Pong.

• Coke Bust, Spine, RJC, and Truth Cult share a bill at The Pinch.

• The most delicious (?) book event of the weekend is Sean Brock in conversation with José Andrés about Brock’s book, South, at La Cosecha.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Film programming at Smithsonian institutions is great. Today we like The Story of Detroit Techno at the Hirshhorn.

+ 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 DC BRUNCH GUIDE. It’s useful. Really!

Leaving the house?

• The inspiration for this week’s theme screens at AFI Silver Spring. Kind of. A filmed version of the one-woman show Fleabag, presented by National Theatre Live, screens.

• Blisspop concludes at U Hall with a closing party featuring Gay Marvine.

The LINE Hotel keeps your summer dreams alive with their CAMP events.

Jackie Lee’s hosts a vintage flea market! They’ll also be screen printing Jackie Lee’s t-shirts.

• Catfish and the Bottlemen go fishing for notes at The Anthem.

• Get wine drunk at District Winery‘s Fall Harvest Party.

• Dance to K.Flay at the 9:30 Club.

• The National Museum of American History is hosting a Hitchcock film series. Today they’re playing Dial M For Murder and The Birds.

• Eat your weight in ramen and then jam out to some karaoke at Daikaya.

FREE PICK: D.C.’s Turkish Festival features food, music, dancing and so much more.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…


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.

Until next time, remember…