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Hi, Ponies! Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker hits the big screen this Friday, and the much-anticipated wait will be over. This reimagining of Gotham’s Arthur Fleck is sure to keep us in our seats this weekend. When you’re not held up at the movie theater, be sure to enjoy all of this week’s Queer Best Weekend Bets.


• 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!

• 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! Individual shows are available for sale! Throwing ShadeThe 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.

• It’s October. Have Your Best October.

• Related, check out Draft Picks: October’s Best Beer Events.

• Somewhat related, the Spooky Movie Film Fest is this weekend. Read our guide to the fest.

• Drink better drinks. Learn what the pros drink. Read Drink Diary: Maria Bastasch of Maydan & Compass Rose.

• Do some good. Consult our Fall Volunteer Guide.

• RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon. Listen liveSubscribe in iTunes.

SOCIAL MEDIA BONUS: Tag all your Instagram stuff #BYThings (@brightestyoungthings) and get a chance to shine on OUR Instagram feed too.

 Get more D.C. queer nightlife info by connecting with us on Twitter at @BYGays.