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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this week? BEST WEEKDAY + WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. This week’s theme is celebrity chefs making Thanksgiving dinner. Time to prep the turkey…

• Hint: It involves books.

All sorts of great stuff:

• Thanksgiving is this week. We have a Thanksgiving Guide.

• Thanksgiving is this week. The Christmas pop-up bar is open. Take a look inside.

• We had a chat with pop princess Kim Petras.

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• Kick off the week with Brockhampton, slowthai and 100 Gecs at The Anthem. Show up early for Gecs. You won’t regret it.

• Or go see Tool and Killing Joke at Capital One Arena. Two very different shows for two very different people.

• Profs & Pints tackles the history of American cooking at Bier Baron.

• Spend a night at Songbyrd with Landfall and Tuff Lover.

• Enjoy some casual tarot and cocktails at Slash Run.

• NY Mag restaurant critic Adam Platt talks about his book The Book of Eating at Politics and Prose.

• The annual Downtown Holiday Market is open outside the Portrait Gallery. It smells nice. Roasting nuts and stuff.

FREE PICK: Hirshhorn screens the Basquiat film Downtown 81.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Go see Dave East (with Cruch Calhoun, Millyz, and Noochie) at the Howard Theatre.

• Artist Marianela Fuentes talks about her gigantic sculptural piece Ichiro the Dinosaur at Eaton Workshop.

• Down a burger and jump to Florry, Old Table, Coven Tree and Repo Fam at Slash Run.

• The Embassy of Argentina is screening Marilyn as apart of their LGBTQ film series.

• Or head to the French Embassy and dive into the world Michel Gondry with Mood Indigo.

Osteria Morini, Nicoletta Italian Kitchen and Brew’d Coffee Bar are hosting bake sales just in case you need to grab a last minute pie.

• Down some special German beers at ChurchKey.

• Hide away from your family with a meditation session at the Freer Sackler.

FREE PICK: Shaolin Jazz’s Can I Kick It film series continues with a screening of Fist of the North Star at Songbyrd.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Get into the holiday mood with The Nutcracker by the Atlanta Ballet at the Kennedy Center.

• Go see Daniel Kitson’s Keep at Studio Theatre before it’s gone forever.

• Spend some time with Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) at Howard Theatre.

• Throw on your best outlaw gear and catch Doc Pine & The Respect He Deserves at Pearl Street Warehouse.

Petworth Citizen is pouring some Knives Out themed murder and mystery cocktails.

• The Moth DC is hosting their GrandSlam Championship at the Lincoln Theatre.

• Hideaway from your family on the rooftop of Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Scratch that indie itch at DC9‘s karaoke.

FREE PICK: Boundary Stone is hosting their traditional screening of The Last Waltz.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• It’s Thanksgiving. Use our Thanksgiving Guide if you want a good meal.

• It’s the opening day for the U.S. Botanic Garden‘s holiday show.

Chaplin‘s is hosting a friendsgiving / leftovers parties.

• Drop your family and dance the night away at TRADE.

FREE PICK: Catch some tunes at the Kennedy Center.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Zoo Lights at the National Zoo is back! Take your kids, take your parents, take your friends, take your flask.

Archipelago launches their holiday themed tiki menu Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack.

• For something holiday related in Nats Park, check out Enchant. Come back to BYT for later this week for photos.

• Get your fill of metal at Atlas Brew Works Tomb Warden, Sanguisugabogg, Undeath, Path to War.

• In the same vein, Aslin Beer Company is hosting a Black Friday Bottle Blitz! If you like barrel aged stouts, you don’t want to miss it.

• Dig into those tropi-vibes at Miami Horror’s 9:30 Club show.

Songbyrd is slinging some Black Friday Record Store Day deals.

• Hang out with The Joy Formidable at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Andy Haynes is at Big Hunt tonight and Saturday. Laugh.

• Diamante and Relentless Souls are at DC9.

• Go see Teen Mortgage, Medusa’s Disco and Mehitabel at 7DrumCity.

FREE PICK:  Learn how to look at art the right way at the Hirshhorn.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Get your winter shopping done at DC Brau’s holiday market. I hope your loved ones like beer.

• Swing by the 9:30 Club to see Alice Smith.

CityCenterDC is lighting their giant Christmas tree.

• Head back to Rock & Roll Hotel for Son Little.

Kramerbooks is hosting a month long holiday book drive that kicks off today.

• Head back to 7DrumCity to catch Nappy Nappa, October ’71, Jelani and Sea Graves.

• Swing by Suns Cinema and catch Ronin.

• Order a delicious cocktail and watch Amy Andrews at Allegory.

• You could go see deadmau5 at The Anthem, if that’s your thing.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Or head to Slash Run and watch City of Lost Children.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Jackie Lee’s third annual holiday market is back! Grab a drink and do some shopping.

• Kick off December at The Wonderland Ballroom’s Bottomless Mimos-ha’s. Since it’s December it’s their ‘Sexy Santa’ edition of the brunch stand up comedy show. “Santa Baby” is obviously problematic but it’ll most likely be sung.

• Party it up at Opaline’s Anniversary Issue event at Black Cat.

• Get some shopping done at Dio Wine Bar‘s Latinx Holiday Market.

• Or just hop on over to Union Market‘s holiday market.

• Or hit up the holiday market at Mikko.

Suns Cinema is really getting you in the holiday spirit with Eyes Wide Shut.

• This is your last chance to see NSO Pops perform the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the Kennedy Center.

• Or jam out to the A Charlie Brown Christmas music with The Eric Byrd Trio at The Hamilton.

• Go full holiday with Ford’s Theatre‘s A Christmas Carol.

FREE PICK: Soak up all the wonderful art at National Museum of Women in the Arts‘ free community day!

+ 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…