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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 will help.

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ART

ICEBERGS @ National Building Museum opens July 2

On Saturday, July 2, the National Building Museum will open the ICEBERGS exhibit as part of their annual Summer Block Party. The question on everyone’s lips is: will it follow in the (Instagram) success of previous NBM summer exhibits (The BEACH and The BIG Maze)? You’ll probably know the answer by July 3. Full list of exhibition related events here. -Svetlana Legetic

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#ACreativeDC IRL in NoMA

The #aCreativeDC feed hit a QUARTER MILLION tags a few weeks ago, and they thought (rightfully so) that much perspective was worth celebrating and partnered with NoMa BID to bring the work of 16 artists/photographers/contributors to the #aCreativeDC feed to Storey Park. Stop by First & L NE during the next few weeks to catch it. -Svetlana Legetic

photo via A Creative DC blog

photo via A Creative DC blog

William Merritt Chase @ The Phillips Collection – on view now

Few things feel more like summer than a William Merritt Chase painting (minus the pesky allergies, humidity and whatever else plagues your typical D.C. summer). So, when it is time to hide from the outdoors, make a date to spend some time with the bayberry bushes and British picnic scenes at the Phillips. -Svetlana Legetic

The Big Bayberry Bush William Merritt Chase c. 1895

The Big Bayberry Bush William Merritt Chase c. 1895

Gallery Talk: She Who Tells a Story @ National Museum of Women in the Arts July 27

She Who Tells a Story is an amazing exhibit of women photographers from the Iran and Arab world (we threw a party there to kick it off!). The images are breathtaking and NMWA has worked tirelessly to bring bring women to the museum to tell their own story. And, the best part about this talk is it’s from 12 – 12:30 which means you can lunch n’ learn. -Jenn Tisdale

BEER

Meridian Pint’s 6th Anniversary Celebration July 1

Meridian Pint is turning six-years old! Time flies when you’re at the top of the beer bar game. On Friday – today! – the Columbia Heights watering hole marks the occasion with an impressive (to say the least) line-up of rarities, one-offs, and new releases, including: UNION’s Old Pro gose barrel aged with peaches; Manor Hill’s Barrel-Aged Quad with blackberries; Port City’s Amaro Barrel-Aged Double Wit; RAR’s Puck Face dry-hopped Berliner Weisse; DC Brau’s Space Reaper DIPA; and many more. Chef Francisco Ferrufino has also designed a “retro food menu” for the evening, complete with favorite dishes past and present. It’s the perfect way to ease into the long weekend. There aren’t a lot of people doing it better than beer director Jace Gonnerman right now. –Phil R

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Port City’s Old Town Pub Crawl July 9

For the third year running, Port City has organized a pub crawl of Old Town Alexandria. Here’s the deal: Participants have from 2:00 to 5:30 to visit eight respected establishments, collect a stamp from each, and then head to Union Street Public House to receive a commemorative glass. Along the way, there will be beer and food specials to fuel your day drinking odyssey. Designated drivers get a pint glass, too, so try to convince Carl from accounting that this is worth his while. –Phil R

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Rustico’s Ocelot + Bluejacket Collaboration Tasting July 12

You know your collaboration is hot stuff when you have a reservations-only tasting to mark its release. I mean, that’s sort of crazy when you think about it. But Ocelot and Bluejacket coming together to brew a Double IPA with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial is a local beer nerd’s fantasy come true. This hoppy brew is called Raised on Promises, and on July 12, Ocelot founder Adrien Widman and head brewer Mike McCarthy will join Neighborhood Restaurant Group beer director Greg Engert to pour and discuss it at Alexandria’s Rustico. Tickets are $35 and include: tastings over four other Ocelot beers; small bites from Chef Zachary Ridenhour; and the chance to check-in the DIPA on Untappd before your friends. –Phil R

Denizen Two Year Anniversary Party July 16

Breweries grow up so fast these days. It feels like just yesterday that Denizens was the area’s new kid on the block. Now, the Silver Spring brewery is canning its beer, making sour red saisons, and turning two. It’s toasting to that last achievement on July 16 with a (free) on-premise party. Mother’s Oven will perform. Beer will be served. Sun will be soaked. Fun will be had. –Phil R

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UNION Craft’s 4th Anniversary Party July 30

There’s a strong case to be made that UNION Craft is the area’s best brewery. Its traditional styles are flawless, its new school brews are innovative, and it just produces some truly incredible beers, from Double Duckpin to Old Pro. On the last Saturday in July, the Baltimore brewery celebrates four years of such excellence with a fête at the brewery. And since UNION is also blessed with a great location (and understanding neighbors), it’s a night party. The main musical attraction is the 23-piece Baltimore Afrobeat Society, performing the music of the legendary Fela Kuti. (Coolest brewery band booking ever?) As usual, the party will mark the release of UNION’s anniversary beer, Chessie the Barleywine. Additionally, you can expect a number of specialty casks, rare releases, and cellared vintages to be pouring that evening. General admission tickets are still available, but don’t drag your feet. –Phil R

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Party of One by Dave Holmes now available

Former MTV VJ Dave Holmes has a new memoir coming out, using 21 of his favorite pop songs as framing devices to share dispatches from his life as the Wanna Be A VJ runner-up turned minor basic cable celeb. Party of One looks to be a feel-good collection full of juicy, ridiculous tales from the front lines of late 90s MTV. -Matt Byrne

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You’ll Grow Out of It by Jesse Kline available July 12

Comedian/head writer for Inside Amy Schumer, Jessi Klein’s debut essay collection You’ll Grow Out of It focuses on the anxiety of growing up as an awkward misfit, struggling to form her identity as “both a tomboy and a late bloomer.” Klein’s candid, sincere prose has drawn praise from folks like Ira Glass and her boss/collaborator Amy Schumer and I’m looking forward to checking this thing out myself! -Matt Byrne

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The Voyeur’s Motel by Gay Talese available July 12

Gay Talese’s hugely compelling #LongRead The Voyeur’s Motel was one of the best pieces of nonfiction writing I’ve read all year. Now you can pick up a newly expanded, book length version of this story, which was originally featured in The New Yorker. Thrill to Talese’s firsthand account of a decades-old secret collection of journals and experiences from Gerald Foos, who owned and operated a motel in Colorado that was outfitted with a secret attic that allowed him to observe his tenants unnoticed for years. It’s unbelievable stuff, folks. And now that Gay Talese has disavowed himself from the book, it’s even more unbelievable. -Matt Byrne

It’s beach reading season, so we asked our favorite librarians, book sellers and obsessive thriller fans to hand pick what you should pack into your beach bag / download onto your kindle. The results are here

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Ian Abramson @ The Big Hunt July 1 & 2

Ian is a Bentzen Ball alum and doesn’t believe bees exist. I love him. -Jenn Tisdale

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Aparna Nancherla @ Drafthouse Comedy July 14

Aparna was at our first Bentzen Ball and our third. She will also be at our next one featuring Tig Notaro on opening night. GET PUMPED. We absolutely love her. Aparna’s new album Just Putting it Out There is on Tig’s new record label Bentzen Ball Records (under Secretly Canadian). When one puts themselves and a new record out there, one usually tours for it. We can’t wait to see her in July, October (Bentzen Ball tix are on sale now!) and beyond. -Jenn Tisdale

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Hari Kondabolu Mainstream American Comic available July 22

There’s no doubt Hari Kondabolu is one of the best standup comedians working today. His debut album Waiting For 2042 was unapologetically political, showcasing Kondabolu’s precise, cutting take on race, class, and social justice, and also Weezer. His second album for Kill Rock Stars, Mainstream American Comic, is coming out this month and he’s touring in support of the release all over the place. You should buy the album and also tickets to see him live if he’s anywhere near your town. -Matt Byrne

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All Night at the National Air and Space Museum July 1

To celebrate its 40th birthday, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will be open all night for the first time ever. From 9 p.m. to 10 a.m., you can look at some really cool planes and indulge your amorous affection for aviation. The event is packed with special guests, music, a scavenger hunt, tours, plus all of the exhibits open for you to peruse. A film festival also takes place throughout the evening, so catch some flying flicks during your stay. -Joseph Franco

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Loudon County Fair July 25-30

I’ll level with you: there’s not a ton I miss about living in South Dakota. The list, in order of importance: friends, no income tax, and county fairs. Where else can you eat all kinds of gross/delicious fried foods, pet a baby calf, participate in a livestock auction, watch a hay bale toss (that’s a real thing), and see a PBR event? (That’s Professional Bull Riding for you squares.) Nowhere outside a county fair, that’s where. The Loudon County Fair is one of the best in the area. If you need a primer on rodeo in general, feel free to tweet at me. Happy to help. -Logan Hollers

DRINK

Buddy Herb Edibles’ Cannabis Infused Happy Hour July 13th

Celebrate our city’s questionable regulations on cannabis consumption at this apparently okay event happening on U Street! You can enjoy $5 drink specials, a wide array of THC-laden treats (including vegan options), and free edible giveaways throughout the evening. You can also smoke hookah and get a free vape pen. Please do not bring your own weed. Do not do that. -Joseph Franco

FILM

Ghostbusters in theaters July 15

Real quick: fuck anyone criticizing Ghostbusters. Here’s how movies work in 2016: you take a movie from, on average, 20 years back, that people forgot about and then you make it again with better special effects. They’ve rebooted Spiderman FOUR TIMES SINCE 2002 FOR CHRIST’S SAKE. Now, they (they being “the industry”) do the same exact shit they’ve been doing ever since they ran out of movie ideas twenty years ago, but they do it with women and suddenly people are upset? No. Shut up. These are four of the funniest women in the world. Let them bust ghosts in peace. -Tam Sackman

Don’t Think Twice in theaters July 22

Gosh DARN I love Mike Birbiglia, even though that is not a particularly unique thing to say. The only thing I like more than Mike Birbiglia is Mike Birbiglia surrounded by friends of Mike Birbiglia (Keegan Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci TO NAME A FEW) all of whom I love independently of Mike Birbiglia. Don’t Think Twice is a movie about an improv troupe, but I have a feeling it might be a little sad and heartfelt and have undertones about growing up and adult friendships and tweaking our personal definitions of success and all that shit. I’ll cry. I’m already planning on it. I’ve already started. -Tam Sackman

FOOD

The Wild Kitchen @ Maketto July 10, REI Community Space at Wunder Garten July 17, 31

Chefs we like (Erik Bruner-Yang, Johnny Spero, Nick Sharpe) serving special menus to raise money for causes we like (Living Classrooms, Anacostia Watershed Society, Shenandoah National Park). It’s a no brainer.

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We’re a city craving diners. Check out our first look of the brand new Slim’s Diner and our extensive feature, Diners of the District.

MUSIC

Anamanaguchi and Skylar Spence @ U Street Music Hall July 2

Two of the best feel-good electronic music makers playing one incredible night at the venue with the best sound system in Washington, DC? What did any of us do to deserve that? The best part about this combination is that these are two very different ends of the electronic music spectrum (Spence is new-disco, Anamanaguchi is video game music to do drugs to) and yet the combination somehow works seamlessly. Plus, it’s July 4th weekend, and you’ll be hungover regardless. Why not go out in style? -Tam Sackman

Guided by Voices and Nap Eyes @ 9:30 Club July 7

GBV has gifted the indie world with an amazing but rather tumultuous history. After over twenty years of storied success on some major indie labels (hello, oxymorons!), the group called it quits in 2004. The first half of this decade brought them back together, but they once again disbanded in 2014. And now in 2016, they’re back at it again (with the white vans). The constant has always been Robert Pollard, one of the most prolific songwriters of our day. They’re joined at 9:30 Club by Nap Eyes, a Halifax quartet drawing comparisons to the Velvet Underground. If that is not a selling point for you, then I don’t like your taste in music. -Joseph Franco

Merryland Music Fest July 9-10

If you’re familiar with All Good Music Festival and the exceptional collection of jam and folk bands they feature each year, then you can expect much more of the same from this one, being held at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Maryland-based promoters of All Good have graced the DMV with a new festival, and area hippies and flower children could not be happier. The vibes will definitely be on point, the songs will roll on for tens of minutes, and there will be String Cheese. Other highlights from the lineup include Lotus and local legends Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. -Joseph Franco

Dubfire @ Flash July 21

Dubfire is one of the best electronic music artists of all time, and one half of Grammy winning duo Deep Dish. He also calls D.C. home, and is represented by local talent agency Bullitt. For fans of the genre, every time he plays in the area is like Christmas. -Joseph Franco

Sufjan Stevens @ Wolf Trap July 22

The Michigan-born multi-instrumentalist and soft-spoken vocalist made us feel all of the feels with last year’s album tribute to his deceased mother, Carrie & Lowell. But that’s nothing new. From experimental electronic affairs like 2010’s The Age of Adz to his state-themed masterclass works Michigan and Illinois, the range of Stevens’ stuff knows no bounds. You can expect the live show to be along the same lines: wildly inventive and unpredictable. -Joseph Franco

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Vic Mensa @ U Street Music Hall July 24

There’s something special about Vic Mensa. Sure, he can pump out club bangers like the best of them, but lately he’s been using his voice in an unexpected way: to talk about real shit. First it was “There’s Alot Going On,” where he dropped the machismo and admitted that he’s struggled with mental health in a serious way, and just the other day he released a collaboration with the most incredible lineup of all time: LE1F, Halsey, Lil B and Malik Yusef in support of gay rights. It may not hit the nail completely on the head, but the intention is there and important. -Tam Sackman

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival runs through July 4 and picks back up July 7 to 10. Check out our interview with Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Jackie Flanagan Pangelinan.

And speaking of outdoor music

PARTY

Consult this guide to properly celebrate Independence Day:

Soundwaves Boat Party July 10

D.C. based promotion company Loop brings you an awesome installment of their Soundwaves boat parties, taking place on the Georgetown Waterfront. Pile into a dual-level, dual-dance floor boat that kind of looks like a giant breadbox, or if you’re unforgiving, kind of like a floating turd. Set sail for four hours, cruising up and down past the Washington Monument, as the soothing sound of house and techno DJs provide the ambience. This month features Canson, a Zurich-based tastemaker and resident at the excellent and often contentious Cityfox parties in Brooklyn. -Joseph Franco

Brew at the Zoo July 21

The Zoo is well known for throwing one hell of a party, and Brew at the Zoo is one of their best efforts, with beers from more than 70 craft breweries, live entertainment by local band The Reagan Years, lawn games, and animal demonstrations. Fare from popular food trucks will be on site, and proceeds from the event benefit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in its mission to save species. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even get to hold Bao Bao! (Odds are strongly against you getting to hold Bao Bao.). -Logan Hollers

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The UK & Paris @ The UK & Paris July 27 to August 15

I’m going to reunite Britain with the European Union in the ultimate matchmaking mission. By the time I’m done Britain will SWIPE RIGHT. I’m also going to marry a Scottish man. -Jenn Tisdale

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TELEVISION

Brett Gelman’s Dinner In America premieres on Adult Swim July 1

Brett Gelman’s Dinner In America special is the third in a series of short films he’s made for Adult Swim in collaboration with the hugely talented writer/director Jason Woliner. The first two, Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends and Dinner with Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman’s Family, released in 2014 and 2015, were contained some of the most surreal, provocative sequences ever aired on Adult Swim. Dinner In America is a departure from the personal subjects of the previous installments, this one is billed as an exploration of the country’s deep history of racism, satirizing the many missteps of well-meaning white progressives in a way that is unmistakably Gelman. -Matt Byrne

The Hunt premieres on BBC America July 3

Planet Earth fans, rejoice! A new series produced by the folks behind the landmark BBC documentary is coming stateside in a showcase of the complex, often brutal world of nature’s greatest predators. The Hunt features seven episodes of remarkably beautiful and intense footage narrated by the one and only David Attenborough, coming to BBC America this month! -Matt Byrne

Vice Principals premieres on HBO July 17

Yes, it’s a dumb looking show from the creators of Eastbound and Down. But we’ll still probably be watching because Danny McBride’s one-trick pony humor will always be funny to us. -Joseph Franco

THEATER

Capital Fringe Festival @ All over! July 7-31

First of all, get to know Capital Fringe producer and all around great gal Julianne Brienza who really has a DC Dream Job. Secondly, fringe is everything. It’s music, theater, art, comedy, performance art, laughing, dancing, hugging, crying, drinking, D.C. D.C. D.C.! -Jenn Tisdale

Check out our interview with the person behind Capital Fringe, Julianne Brienza.