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Hey everyone! This weekend’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 Tig since One Mississippi is BACK this week, and Bentzen Ball is right around the corner


• SEPTEMBER 15: Our next Nat Geo event SHARKS & RECREATION is one week away! The best possible way to end a summer. Holy Ghost DJ set! Disco sharks (whatever that means!)! Real live explorers! Mouse Rat cover bands! Electric sharks!  Buy your ticket now.

OCTOBER 20: SAAM & BYT Present: Murder House Party! A Renwick Gallery Opening. Our last Renwick party sold-out in one day. Our early bird tickets for this party sold out in an hour. Act fast. Tickets may be gone by the time you’re scouting for Sunday

• OCTOBER 26-29: Bentzen Ball 2017 is coming! Ira Glass! Al Franken! Podcasts! Tig Notaro! Amber Tamblyn! Some great shows are on sale. Some shows are already sold out! More shows will be announced soon!

• 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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Can you even contain the excitement? Contain it.

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• It’s September. Have Your Best September.

Great news, The Great British Bake-Off is still good!

• Finally, a new food spot in Shaw!

R.I.P. Steely Dan’s Walter Becker.

• We’re going to be thinking about the Twin Peaks: The Return finale for the next 25 years.


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• The wine event of the weekend is Zoo Uncorked.

• The fest of the weekend is the DC Shorts Film Festival.

• Some of us will be looking for Jesus at Depeche Mode at Capital One Arena.

• Some of us will be finding a savior at Cher at The Theatre at MGM National Harbor.

• Some of us will be enjoying very good music at Japanese Breakfast at Black Cat.

• Some of us will save money and see BRNDA on the Millennium Stage.

• The Phillips after 5: Treat Yourself is sold out. We’re including it here to let you know that museum events tend to sell out. Hint. Hint.

• Joseph Scapellato talks about his book Big Lonesome at Kramerbooks.

• See Snakes play the Luce.

• Pat Green headlines 9:30 Club.



• Wake up and score some sweet Colin Quinn and Big Terrific w/ Jenny Slate and Max Silvestri and Gabe Liedman tickets, which go on sale today at 10AM. More details about these amazing shows and more will be available at bentzenball.com

•The Duende District Bookstore Pop Up  begins a short existence in the A Creative DC space. There’s an opening celebration tonight with music by DJ Mezkla, art by Lory Ivey and Aliana Grace Bailey and 20% of all sales from opening day will be donated to The Young Center For Immigrant Rights to support DACA.

• Tei Shi at U Hall is a solid pick.

• We’re looking forward to the Rauch Märzen Release at Port City Brewing.

• If you ever wanted to see Sting and Dan Rather in an intimate setting, you’re in luck! An Evening with Sting & J. Ralph, moderated by Dan Rather is at The National Museum of American History.

• Shabazz Palaces at Black Cat should be good.

• Trevor Noah performs at the Kennedy Center tonight and tomorrow.

• See The Holy Mountain at Suns Cinema. Jodorowsky is a mad genius.

• NE-HI and Paperhaus are at DC9.

• The Brian Jonestown Massacre headline 9:30 Club.

• See IT in the theater. Boo.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• We’ll be at the 202 Arts & Music Festival.

• Why not Drink the District with this special Wine Edition! Unlimited sampling of 100+ wines and you!

• The Honey Groove Fest, a festival that celebrates LGBTQ performing artists, visual artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs, is at Dock 5.

Happy birthday, Atlas! You make delicious beer.

• Hang out in Petworth for the Petworth neighborhood festival.

• Make your way to the National Gallery of Art to see a sampler of Les Blank films.

• Head to the Petworth Library for their used book sale. I’ve found some good stuff there in the past.

Fantom Comics hosts a reading of Neil Gaiman’s How the Marquee got his Coat Back.

• If you’re Baltimore bound make sure to spend the day at Hampdenfest.

Go home and regroup for the evening:


• We recommend the Zoe Quinn’s lecture on her new book about surviving Gamergate, Crash Override, at Politics & Prose.

• The concert of the night is Big Thief at Black Cat.

• 2 Chainz at Fillmore Silver Spring is another good pick.

• Dance at the Black Cat‘s Real Friends.

• It’s cheaper to see Apocalyptica at Lincoln Theatre than Metallica anywhere.

• Go to Slash Run, your favorite dive bar/venue, for Cinema Hearts, The Anatomy of Frank and J. Flax & The Heart Attacks.

Aida begins its run at the Kennedy Center.

• The Afghan Whigs headline 9:30 Club.

+ 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.

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

Leaving the house?

Adams Morgan Day is back!

• Find out if Nathan is for you at the Nathan For You sneak peek at Lincoln Theatre.

• Claire Messud talks about her book The Burning Girl at Politics & Prose.

• Two men that have aged well, Rick Springfield and Richard Marx, are at Wolf Trap.

• We like Beverly and EZTV at Black Cat.

• Eat some meat at the 14th Street Burger Battle Royale at Cafe Saint-Ex.

• You know whether or not the Takoma Park Folk Festival is for you.

• Are you emotionally prepared for some football? How about an unlimited bar AND unlimited wings thanks to our friends at DC Fray at The Alfred House? Oh, you’re ready.

• Nick Murphy headlines 9:30 Club.

+ 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, don’t forget…to get those Bentzen Ball tickets.