At the start of each month the BYT staff compiles a list of  things we’re particularly looking forward to seeing, reading, eating, touching, etc.  Our goal is for you to have the best possible month. This may help.

Whether you’re into the outdoors, black and white photos, beer or musicals, we’ve got you covered. And since it’s still really hot outside, most of our recommendations feature places with building coverings. Roofs. We’re picking things that have air conditioning. Because it’s hot.

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ART

100 Years of America’s National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire @ National History Museum opens August 4

We’ve been going outside. With our new The Week In Outside series and REI programming, we’re enjoying daytime more than nighttime. But since it also feels like 100 degrees outside, there’s only so much outdoorsy we can handle. The upcoming National Park Service exhibit at the National History Museum will be great for oppressively hot and/or rainy days when hiking, biking and camping isn’t possible. -Brandon Wetherbee

Panoramic view of stream, mossy rocks

Photo by Stan Jorstad, Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution

In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard @ Portrait Gallery opens August 5

All those iconic looks that are still being copped today? Leonard’s photographer is a big reason we associate jazz with cool. The upcoming exhibit will feature photographs of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and Sarah Vaughan.

In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard

Billie Holiday by Herman Leonard, gelatin silver print, 1949. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Herman Leonard Photograph

Damien Hirst: The Last Supper @ National Gallery of Art opens August 13

You may know Damien Hirst as one of the Young British Artists who were pretty damn popular in the 90s. He’s well known for his exploration of death, and had many pieces that involved dead animals preserved in formaldehyde. This is not one of those pieces. The Last Supper is a 13 piece show that explores our connection to pharmaceuticals and the large roll they play in our daily lives. It looks cool and weird and seems like the kind of exhibit that will start an argument between you and the person your seeing the exhibit with, which is one of the best parts of experiencing art. -Kaylee Dugan

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Damien Hirst, Chicken, 1999, screenprint, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection

Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten @ American Art Museum opens August 26

In advance of next month’s opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the American Art Museum presents Harlem Heroes. Early shots of James Baldwin, Ossie Davis, W.E.B. DuBois, Ella Fitzgerald, Althea Gibson, Langston Hughes, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Bessie Smith and others by Carl Van Vechten will be on view, many for the first time since their acquisition.

Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten

Carl Van Vechten/Richard Benson, Zora Neale Hurston, 1935, printed 1983, hand-printed photogravure, Smithsonian American Art Museum

BEER

National IPA Day Celebration @ ChurchKey August 4

Did IPA, the undisputed champ of American craft brewing, need its own day? Probably not, but as someone who loves running up the score in any and all scenarios, I respect the move. And sometimes craft beer bars need a good excuse to tap the rare stuff.

That’s exactly what ChurchKey is doing on this year’s #IPAday, August 4. The biggest draw will probably be the five hop-forward beers from two of Virginia’s most promising breweries, The Veil and Commonwealth. On tap from The Veil: Its vaunted Master Shredder IPA, and a newer IPA called Toof Ache, which is heavily hopped (duh) with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Columbus, and then finished with oranges. #whalezbro #citrusdawg

ChurchKey will also be pouring the Mid-Atlantic’s only cask of Founders J & J; the imperial version of Bell’s beloved Two Hearted; and Raised on Promises, a one-off collaboration from Ocelot and Bluejacket. I talked with both breweries about Raised on Promises for the inaugural entry in BYT’s Freshly Tapped profile series. Check it out here. (And, also, go find the beer while you can, because it’s delicious.) -Phil R

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DC Brau’s Genuine 5th Annual Crab Fest Monumental Extravaganza @ Quaterback August 5

The name kind of says it all, doesn’t it?

For the fifth year running, DC Brau is teaming with the crab experts at Rosslyn’s Quarterdeck for an evening of crustacean indulgence. Tickets costs $50, which gets you bottomless crab and $1 DC Brau drafts (or $5 pitchers, if you prefer).

Revisit our most recent Tap Takeover profile of the brewery here. -Phil R

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The Hanging [Beer] Garden of Art @ Right Proper (Brookland) August 19

Oh, hey, here’s something different.

On August 19, Right Proper will turn its Brookland Production House into a floating installation from the mind of artist Nima Veiesh. According to the brewery, “The Hanging [Beer] Garden” will give patrons “the chance to see how every canvas has two sides.” Mind = blown.

The event is free to public, but you’ll have to pony up for the beers, which are very much worth it, of course. No one in D.C. is making tart and wild ales quite like Right Proper. -Phil R

BOOKS

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin available August 2

We understand that summer is for light and breezy beach reads by the pool (or the actual beach if you’re swanky) but put down whatever YA novel you’re reading and pick up American Heiress. Chronicling the story of Patty Heart’s kidnapping, it explores all the insanity that surrounded her, from her captors, the Symbionese Liberation Army, to her crazy rich family. I’m sure we all know a little bit about the story, but this looks absolutely bonkers. Not to mention, the author Jeffrey Toobin also wrote The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson so you know this is going to be good. -Kaylee Dugan

Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales by Penn Jillette available August 2

America’s favorite Libertarian magician Penn Jillette lost 100 pounds thanks to a man named Crazy Ray and his “potato diet.” Part memoir, part self-help guide, Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales offers diet tips and tales of wild celebrity encounters with great confidence in the common ground overlapped by these several venn (OR SHOULD I SAY PENN) diagram circles. -Matt Byrne

My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor by Keith Morris available August 30

Founding member of Black Flag and hardcore punk legend Keith Morris has collected his craziest, strangest stories into My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor, a blurry-eyed look back at his decades-long career. I can only imagine the tales contained in this thing, dude was a notorious partier (before getting sober in the late eighties), citing teenage experimentation with angel dust and animal tranquilizers in between shifts as a record store clerk as a foundational influence on his wild lifestyle. This is gonna be a good one! -Matt Byrne

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Sasheer Zamata, Nicole Byer, Liza Treyger and Matteo Lane @ Black Cat August 21

I will always include Sasheer Zamata’s semi-regular D.C. appearances in these guides. She’s one of the most consistently funny cast members on SNL, mostly due to her frequent role as the “bewildered regular person” i.e. “straight man.” That kind of humor transfers well to a stand-up set, and nothing brings out the best in a performer like performing alongside friends. She’s co-headlining with her former collaborator (they haven’t made a new episode of Pursuit of Sexiness in a yearand another altogether funny person, MTV’s Nicole Byer. Whereas Zamata plays the straight man, Byer is capable of taking on outlandish characters. It’s a perfect pair. They’ll be joined by other funny people, Bentzen Ball alum Liza Treyger and Matteo Lane. -Tam Sackman
Jenny Zigrino is doing A TON of amazing things (ahem Bad Santa 2) but perhaps my favorite thing about her, and the thing I love the most, is a shared appreciation for Renaissance Festivals. So grab your best fake Olde English (not the drink but sure) accent and head to the Drafthouse in DC to see her. God she’s funny – Jenn Tisdale

FILM

Suicide Squad in theaters August 5

I have been waiting so long for this movie to get here, and I am going to lose my goddamn mind when it finally premieres. I’m super stoked for Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as The Joker, and overall I just feel like (from what I’ve seen, anyway) any wrong can be done here. I still think the first trailer was the best one, so watch it on repeat until go time. -Megan Burns

Little Men in theaters August 5
Where Ira Sachs’ last Alfred Molina-starring drama, Love Is Strange, turned the lens to an older generation, Little Men does the opposite and focuses on two young boys as opposing family forces attempt to pull their close friendship apart. Even if it falls flat, I’m always drawn to a movie where childhood friendships are a central component. -Tam Sackmen

Nine Lives in theaters August 5

We’re only blessed with a movie as singularly weird looking as Nine Lives once every few years. It’s a children’s movie starring Kevin Spacey as a selfish, family-ignoring billionaire who buys a cat for his daughter from an **enchanted pet shop.** Because there are only like 5 available plots for family movies to draw from, you can probably guess what happens next: Spacey turns into the cat and we get to hear his internal monologue as he grapples with his newfound feline perspective. Just watch the trailer, if you’re into these sort of so-lazy-they’re-great kids movies, this’ll be a new favorite. It’s truly amazing a movie like this is being released in 2016. I can’t wait. -Matt Byrne

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World in theaters August 19

The news that Werner Herzog made a documentary about the Internet is exciting to a very select group of weirdos and boy is this weirdo excited for this thing. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World is apparently structurally intriguing and alternately gut-wrenching and hilarious (like hilarious in the Werner Herzog way). Can’t wait to roll up to the ol’ art house for this chin stroker! -Matt Byrne

War Dogs in theaters August 19

War Dogs is writer/director Todd Phillips’ first movie since the third Hangover film and is definitely not a sequel to Snow Dogs. That said, I think this looks good? Hard to say, you know? One of those things. It’s based on the true story of a pair of arms dealers who secure a contract with the U.S. government to supply weapons in Afghanistan, but things soon go wrong (naturally). Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star, which is an interesting duo! -Matt Byrne

Southside With You in theaters August 26

This is the movie about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, courtesy of director Richard Tanne. I thought biopics aren’t supposed to happen when someone is at the height of their relevancy (like, I thought you were supposed to wait for your subject to die or something? The rules are unclear). That being said, I hope we, as a nation, get to watch the young to-be POTUS and FLOTUS fuck. -Tam Sackman

Outdoor Movies

One of the best parts of D.C. summers is the opportunity to watch movies outside. Best of the bunch is Union Market’s Summer Drive-In Series.

Held outside Union Market, the showings are projected on the side of the building; there’s booze for sale, of course, thanks to the gorgeous Airstream parked out front, but the pro move is to bring a blanket and some food (and maybe a covert bottle or two of wine – no judgment).

The films start around 8 p.m. or once the sun sets, and the Friday, August 5 movie is Ratatouille. -Logan Hollers

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FOOD

Bindaas opens mid-August

Ardeo and Bardeo, long-time stalwarts of the Cleveland Park dining scene and (along with Rasika and Bombay Club) pieces of Ashok Bajaj’s Knightsbridge Restaurant Group empire, are being combined to make room for his newest concept: Bindaas, which will feature innovative, street food Indian dishes under the direction of Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderman.

The word bindaas originated in India in 1993 and means independent, cool and carefree; the restaurant will focus on savory snacks, kebabs, with vegetarian options as well as pork, fish, chicken and beef, and various other Indian street food dishes that are easy on the wallet. For libations, Bindaas will have an international wine list, Indian beers and whiskey selections, and craft cocktails reflecting the spirits and spices of India (think pureed mango, gin, black pepper, and cumin).

Bindaas is being created as a nod toward Indian street food and culture. The open kitchen will become a test kitchen for the chefs to create Indian everyday “delicacies” often unavailable here in the US and cherished in India. Street food in particular doesn’t always mean sitting down for a three-course meal, but ordering many small dishes, a table full of food ideal for sharing. Don’t sleep on the Uttapam, a fermented rice pancake with corn, lentils, and shrimp pepper. -Logan Hollers

Truckeroo

Everyone digs food trucks. Don’t get me wrong – eating outside is the jam and we should all be supporting small business entrepreneurs. But some of food truck culture has sucked lately – why would I pay the same price for a plate of food I have to stand around and eat when I could get the same thing inside four walls? Why do I need to stalk you on Twitter and say a secret password before getting a damn falafel? Food trucks should be a cheap alternative to brick and mortar restaurants; they shouldn’t sacrifice quality for the sake of speed; and they should be social hubs where people can meet, hang out, and kick it over cuisine they may not have otherwise tried.

That’s why I love D.C.’s Truckeroo events. Held again on August 19, the get-together brings over 20 local trucks to The Bullpen across from Nats Park. Live music, food specials, lots of booze, and yard games make me remember why I love food trucks in the first place. It’s right beside a Metro stop and there’s no charge for entry. Show up, wander, grab a beer, play some cornhole, snag some Thai / Indian / grilled cheese / lobster rolls / tapas / whatever. Repeat. Enjoy. -Logan Hollers

MUSIC

Garbage @ Lincoln Theatre August 3

They’re back and we chatted with Manson.

Wild Beasts Boy King available August 5

The masters of English art-pop are back again to soothe your soul and make you feel good about the state of modern music. I hopped on the Wild Beasts bandwagon early, and they’ve been one of my favorite band ever since, They’re eloquently eccentric, and possess an impressive amount of un-intimidating charisma. Boy King will be the band’s fifth album, and if the singles we’ve already heard are anything to go by, it’s going to successfully distinguish itself from the rest of their discography, without losing its place at the dinner table. -Norm Quarrinton

Ryley Walker Golden Sings That Have Been Sung available August 19

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Ryley Walker live over the last year or so, you’re probably just as excited as I am about his new album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, which is out August 19th on Dead Oceans. Walker spent much of his time on the road expanding and contorting songs from his last album, Primrose Green, backed by a crack team of musicians culled from Chicago’s fertile free jazz and experimental music scenes. That band hit the studio late last year after nearly a year on the road, and I can’t wait to hear what they came up with. -Matt Byrne

Tobacco Sweatbox Dynasty available August 19

Tobacco (side-project of Thomas Fec of Black Moth Super Rainbow) produces consistently amazing tunes, and I’m glad we’ll be getting a new batch after a very long two years since Ultima II Massage. PRE-ORDERING NOW. -Megan Burns

De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody… available August 26

Hip-hop legends De La Soul have a new record out on August 26. The LP is called and the Anonymous Nobody… Yes, that’s how you spell it out. The trio used Kickstarter to fund the effort, and amazingly surpassed their goal of $110,000 in under ten hours. (In the end, they raised over $600,000.) That influx of cash may help explain (in part) the line-up of guests set to appear on the record:  David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Little Dragon, Estelle, Pete Rock, 2 Chainz, and Jill Scott. Not too shabby. Read the reaction of our hip-hop roundtable, Rec-Room, to the album’s third single “Royalty Capes” here. -Phil R

Cass McCombs Mangy Love available August 26

Cass McCombs’ new record, Mangy Love, is his first for ANTI- Records, home to likeminded, iconic acts like Neko Case and Tom Waits. McCombs is one of the best, most idiosyncratic lyricists out there, and advanced press for the record praises its outspoken, aggressive take on everything from the corrupt judicial system to the perils of mental illness, set against a tapestry of musical styles. -Matt Byrne

PARTY

Newseum Nights: Go For Gold August 17

Newseum Nights is an event series hosted throughout the year where DC’s coolest museum welcomes young professionals in the DMV area to come party at the Newseum after hours.

August 17 marks the next iteration, Newseum Nights: Go For Gold – an Olympic-themed celebration where guests can enjoy 3 hours of an open beer and wine bar, Brazilian bites, entertainment from Batala Washington (DC’s all-women Brazilian drum troupe), sports, activities, gallery talks and the chance to be transported to Rio with the Newseum’s new (and badass) virtual reality exhibit. Also awesome: giveaways from sponsors ThinkFoodGroup, Jaleo, &pizza and DC United.

A lot of museums in DC have after-hours parties. The problem: most of them make you pay a cover to get in the door; add to that having to pay for food and drinks, and what should be a fun night at the museum turns into dropping $200. But at Newseum Nights, tickets are all-inclusive – $40 for general admission, $30 for Newseum members, or you can sign up to become a Newseum member for $75, which comes with a slew of its own benefits, and get a free ticket to the party. -Logan Hollers

SPORTS

2016 Rio Olympics August 3-21

The Olympics are going to be a shitshow. Rio isn’t ready, athletes are rightfully concerned about Zika and swimmers have been told to, “Keep your mouth closed,” when swimming through faeces-infested water. But the US Women’s Soccer team is still good and if anyone remembers the World Cup, it’ll be the sport to watch. Sure, FIFA is still more corrupt than the NFL and the pay scale is offensive, but the athleticism on the field is still easy to admire and root for. -Brandon Wetherbee

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Star Wars Day @ Nationals Park August 13

The best day at the ballpark for the person that doesn’t care what’s happening on the field. Sure, the Nationals are playoff bound and Bryce Harper is Making Baseball Fun Again, but none of that matters for some on Star Wars Day. What matters is the Star Wars/Nats themed merchandise and a Racing Chewbacca Teddy Roosevelt.

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If Star Wars doesn’t do it for you, head back to the park on Friday, August 26 for a game against the Rockies. It’s Max Scherzer No-Hitter Bobblehead night. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game and the only ace with heterochromia.

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TELEVISION

David Cross: Making America Great Again! premieres on Netflix August 5

Earlier this year, David Cross embarked on his first standup tour in six years, developing material across over 50 shows. The fruits of that labor will now be available to watch from the comfort of your laptop when his new Netflix special hits the digital shelves later this month! -Matt Byrne

Food Network Star Kids premieres August 22

Food Network Star is Food Network’s ridiculous take on Top Chef, pitting wannabe TV chefs and personalities up against each other for the chance to tape a Food Network pilot that will inevitably air once every three months at 9am on the Cooking Channel. They’re adding an exciting new element with this new season: children! It’s Food Network Star Kids and that means they have a bunch of dang children competing to be a TV chef! What a ridiculous concept for a TV show. -Matt Byrne

THEATER

The Phantom of the Opera @ Kennedy Center through August 20

The Phantom of the Opera has gotten better with age.

Back in the late ’80s, its super-sincere melodrama and fortissimo emotional palate were certainly less complex or sophisticated than contemporaries Into the Woods or Les Miserables. But if you’re still the type, 30 years later, to order the cheese plate, you can’t complain when it’s fucking cheesy.

Coloratura will be trilled. Capes will be whipped around bent elbows. It’s not “the Phantom of the opera is there.” It’s “the PHAAAN-tomoftheopera is there” (sinister pause) “… inside your mind.”

And it’s such a hoot. Seriously, grab a candelabra and get into it.

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NSO at Wolf Trap: Grant Gershon, conductor / Wolf Trap Opera: La Bohème August 5

La Bohème is an absolute classic, in the realm of Carmen, La Traviata, and all of those other operas that are well known for being the gateway drug into opera. The story follows Rodolfo and Mimi, young and incredibly destitute artists who live in Paris. It’s lovely, silly, and definitely heartbreaking, but if you’ve been looking for an excuse to start exploring the world of opera, it’s a great start. -Kaylee Dugan

Set design for La bohème

VIDEO-GAMES

No Man’s Sky on Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows available August 9

No Man’s Sky is a difficult game to describe, but if you’re the type of person who likes open-universe science-fiction RPG sandbox action-adventure games, then you are not just a fucking nerd–you’re a lucky fucking nerd! Gamers have been salivating over this game since it was announced, and a few release date delays have only exacerbated the hype. You’ll get to create a character, pilot a spaceship, and fly around the universe killing alien scum and stealing their shit. There’s roughly 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets to explore, so it’s safe to say you’ll be getting you money’s worth. You might want to buy a new hard-drive for your PC or console. -Norm Quarrinton