International Women’s Day
kaylee | Mar 8, 2017 | 11:00AM |

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Day Without Women strike and everything else that’s going on in this sometimes horrible, sometimes wonderful world, we want to share a small sliver of our women focused content. From interviews to profiles, these are the local (and not so local) women who inspire us every single goddamn day.

Art

Work and life co-exist in an extraordinarily beautiful symbiosis in Julie Wolfe’s Capitol Hill home and studio. A painter, installation artist and jewelry designer, Wolfe bridges that gap between fine art and tactile, wearable, interactive art in a way that clearly is rooted in her day to day life. While the official studio space is on the second floor, the whole building is filled with projects past and future, little nudges and nods towards the recurring themes in art. Much like her work, the space is a celebration of interconnectedness. Read More…
It all goes to show that the Transformer energy, fifteen seasons in is still infectious. It is still a place people want to be part of.  When asked what drew them to wanting to be part of the Transformer team, the answers make Reis almost blush. Cara Leepsen, development coordinator said that since she has lived in DC it has been her “unofficial life goal to become part of Transformer”, and Langford remembers how, upon return to DC from London, it was going to Transformer’s openings that made her feel that “Yes, I can do this. I can live in DC and be creative and not have my soul die”. Read More…

Artist As A Culture Producer: Jayme McLellan of Civilian Art Projects

On living and sustaining a creative life

Comedy

Let’s get acquainted with the work of comedian Amber Ruffin, who writes for and regularly appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers and is a generally funny human. Read More…

This is Shalewa Sharpe, an extremely funny standup comedian who got her start in Atlanta but now resides in NYC. Her debut album, Stay Eating Cookies, just came out and it’s great, you’ll love it. Read More…

Food

Megan Barnes’ Drink Diary

Megan Barnes is the beverage director of the excellent new restaurant specializing in mezcal, Espita Mezcaleria. Which means she’s an expert at drinking, specifically drinking in D.C. Read More…

Marjorie Meek-Bradley is one of the nicest chefs I’ve ever met. And she has absolutely no reason to be nice to me. Here I am combing through the Top Chef‘s fridge, examining her bar, asking questions about her Grandmothers 50+ year old iron skillet, and she doesn’t bat an eye. Going through a chefs fridge can be an unnerving experience. Nobody wants a stranger in their house, going through their personal things and then following up with questions about what they find. It’s deeply weird, which is also why it’s endlessly fascinating. When someone is as good at something as Chef Meek-Bradley is, we want to get close to them. We want to know their secrets. And a fridge is filled with secrets. Kind of. Read More…

Music

BYT Interviews: Sad13

One thing is certain: Sadie Dupuis has never been shy about expressing her opinions.

“I don’t think it’s ever felt foreign to me to use art to voice discontent, or using art to evoke change, or using art to fall back on when your emotional resources are drained because the world is fucked up. I don’t think this is anything new for me,” she says, the words flowing quickly and confident. Read More…

BYT Interviews: Priests

I was lucky enough to catch up with Gideon and Daniele over the phone recently to talk tunes, DC, life on the road and MORE, so read up on all of that below, grab tickets to any/all shows that apply to you, and I repeat, download that record ’cause IT’S REAL GOOD and we need all the real good things we can get these days amirite?! Read More…

Spaces

Washington D.C. (which we, it goes without saying, LOVE) is many things but “a safe haven for creative careers” is probably not at the top of the list. The army of makers and artists that live in it often hold down 9-to-5 jobs in order to be able to afford it, and the struggle for finding a space to work in (that is not your tiny dining nook in your tiny apartment) is a constant one. And, as much as more traditional small businesses turn to coworking spaces, so do the artists and artisans. Which is why we launched Rooms Of Their Own, where we visit and explore collaborative work environments inhabited by women.

Startups

Startups To Start Noticing: Stylisted

We’re very familiar with Stylisted here at BYT. We even used them to book a hair and makeup artist that made us look (almost) like real human beings. The beauty on demand company has completely taken over Chicago, New York, LA and now D.C. We were so intrigued (and pleased) with the service we decided to call up co-founders Julia Carmona and Lauren Katzberg to talk about how they’ve been able to spread to so many cities so quickly, their future plans and much more. Read More…

Startups to Start Noticing: Goalposte

For those of us who are just aiming to make it through the weekend without making huge fools of ourselves, there’s Goalposte, a website and daily email that gives you a quick and simple rundown on all the important sports news of the day as well as more indepth primers about big deal games, just like the Super Bowl. We sat down with Goalposte’s founder Jane Wu Brower to talk about what inspired someone who knew nothing about sports to write about them everyday, and share some tips on how to survive a Super Bowl party when you know less than nothing about football. Read More…

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Startups To Start Noticing: Prescription Chicken

Valerie Zweig and Taryn Pellicone, the wonderful women at Prescription Chicken, have taken D.C. by storm and have saved numerous people from succumbing to sickness and hangovers. Read More…