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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 Maya Rudolph, BECAUSE we will love her FOREVER



• 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:

We chose one concert to attend every night this fall. Goodbye, rainy fields, hello, warm venues.

We asked Lisa Simpson why she’s interested in true crime.

Glenstone is the free museum of our dreams.

• Last week’s sold out Nat Geo + BYT After Hours was fun. Tried to get tickets too late? Miss the fun? Look at the fun!

Look at the cute weiner dogs!

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.

• Open Mike Eagle is at Songbyrd. He had one of the best sets at this year’s Pitchfork Music Fest.

• The most D.C. thing yet to be on VEEP, the “Press vs. Politicians” National Press Club Spelling Bee, is at the National Press Club.

• With its $2 empanadas and $6 cocktails, Havana Nights at Colada Shop is a pretty good deal.

• Craig Robinson begins his run at the DC Improv.

• Mt. Joy is at U Hall.

Allegory, a bar hidden in a library in a lobby in a hotel on K Street is now open.

• Highly Suspect play a sold-out 9:30 Club.

Femme Fatale DC has a closing party at their Tenleytown pop up.

• The D.C. Chinese Film Festival begins at Landmark E Street Cinema.

• Learn about what to drink with what you eat at “Perfect Pairings: Natural Wines and Your Favorite Foods” at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.

Celebrate Smoke & Barrel‘s 7th anniversary with tons of beer and a wing eating contest aptly named “Lord of the Wings.”

FREE PICK: Enjoy Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope on the lawn of the Library of Congress.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Walters Art Museum presents Queer Curiosity, an evening of rare books, folk art and queer history.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• The concert of the night is Blood Orange at Lincoln Theatre.

We recommend Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage.

• The National, Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers play Merriweather. The National in fall weather is appropriate.

• The Second City perform Made in America (Some Assembly Required) for two shows at the National Museum of Natural History Baird Auditorium.

• Future Islands play The Anthem. It’s nice when good things happen to good bands.

• Head over to the co-working space / hotel / restaurant / bar Eaton DC for “An Evening in Celebration of Women.” Nancy Whang from LCD Soundsystem will be there!

• Hit up some interactive art and music at the same time at Dimensions ft. Karma Fields. The promos give off an Artechouse vibe.

• See Hemlines for the very last time at the Black Cat.

• Go laugh at some very funny people at Songbyrd.

• Get a jumpstart on Art All Night TODAY with Blue Screen, a three channel video art installation popping up at 1301 H St NE from 11am – 7pm Friday and 11am – 2am on Saturday!

FREE PICK: Dance to some New Wave tunes at Slash Run.

BALTIMORE PICK: Baltimore Comic-Con is here! I totally forgot this was a thing.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Drink some funky beer at Denizens Brewing Co.’s Make It Funky Wild Beer Festival.

• Spend 7 and a half hours at the Capital BrewFest.

• Or 7 hours at Northern Virginia’s largest Oktoberfest, Crystal City Oktoberfest.

• I can’t believe Great Gatsby parties are still happening.

• Enjoy the afternoon at Up Top Acres and Bells Brewery End Of Summer Beer Garden & Hoedown.

•Get some nourishment.



Art All Night! Wear comfortable shoes.

• D.C. band we’ve recommended for years, SHAED, has an EP release show at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• The Nats may be done but the United are keeping the area going. They take on the Montreal Impact at Audi Field.

• Meg Myers has an early show at U Hall.

• Den-Mate is releasing their new album at Black Cat with the help Moonee and Jenna Camille.

• JEFF The Brotherhood and Teen Mortgage are at Comet if you’re looking for pizza and tunes.

• Belly is at 9:30 Club if you want to keep the 90s going.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: We obviously recommend BYT & W Washington DC presents POV LIVE featuring Mai Lan. Come back to BYT for our chat with Mai Lan.

BALTIMORE PICK: Catch the black and white flick Underworld USA at the Charles.

+ 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?

• One of the best live bands working today, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, play The Anthem.

• Good band, problematic name, Slaves is at DC9.

• Enjoy a screening of Monica Z at the House of Sweden.

Atlas Obscura is showing off the unseen areas of Union Station and talking about its hidden history.

• Go to the Turkish Festival! It’s always delicious.

• Check out The Washington Ballet’s brand new season (and read our interview with director Julie Kent).

• Go see Ixcanul at Suns Cinema. That movie is fantastic.

• A farmers market is always a good idea.

FREE PICK: Live in the recent past at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams for the launch party of the new book West Wingers.

BALTIMORE PICK: End your weekend in the city that reads at the Baltimore Book Festival.

+ 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: