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Pride, rosé, Oprah, Dine-N-Dash, Mister Rogers and more. June looks like it’ll be the best month of the year. June will be the best month of the year if you want it to be the best month of the year. The following contains 30+ picks to make your June the best.

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Focus on the Story presented by FotoDC June 7-10

For four days, Focus on the Story will convene some of the top names in photography. We want to bring together a community of photography lovers for a series of outstanding keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibits, portfolio reviews, photowalks and community events. Martin Parr, Ed Kash and other bold faced names will be there.Whether you are a professional, amateur, enthusiast or curious, here is your chance to spend four days celebrating, learning, seeing, living and breathing photography. Register today! -Svetlana Legetic

O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland, October 1981. From ‘Bad Weather’ © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

AIGA 50 Gala June 7

AIGA, the Professional Association for Design, celebrates the value and impact of good design in all walks of life. Their DC chapter is hosting the AIGA 50 Gala – which only happens once every two years – on Thursday, June 7th at the headquarters of the American Institute of Architects. For $40 you can dress up, get drunk and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, and see this year’s class of 50 prize-winning building/structure designs, as selected by AIGA members and leading designers in the area. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture @ Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture June 8

The newest (and probably most popular) museum on the Mall is taking a deep dive into one of the most important talk shows in television history. Oprah redefined the genre of daytime TV and captivated audiences in ways no one host has been able to replicate. The exhibition will feature video clips, photographs and interactive portions as it takes you back in time to Oprah Winfrey’s early TV career. It’s Oprah for crying out loud, this is not an exhibition you should miss. -Kaylee Dugan

Trevor Paglen Sites Unseen opens @ Smithsonian American Art Museum opens June 21 (and looking ahead, save July 13th for a very special exhibition inspired BYT After Hours)

A perfect show for the (secnd) summer of our collective discontent, Paglen’s work explores “surveillance, state secrecy, data collection, and the ways in which technology is altering humans’ relationship with the land around us”. How does he do that? With subtly unnsettling photographs that make visible the invisible, placing manmade objects like drones and satellites in classic landscape context, asking us to look technology back into its eye, as it gazes unnervinlgly at us. It is also STUNNING. -Svetlana Legetic

Trevor Paglen, STSS-1 and Two Unidentified Spacecraft over Carson City (Space Tracking and Surveillance System, USA 205), 2010, chromogenic print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2010, Trevor Paglen, Gift of Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, 2012.24.1

By The People – Art Festival June 21-24

D.C. has been talking about BY THE PEOPLE, even if most people (!) can’t quite explain what the inaugural festival is EXACTLY, but it will most likely include a little something for every art and civic minded Washingtonian. Expect: citywide free and inclusive activations, spanning four-day extravaganza, with innovative music and dance performances, interactive and collaborative displays, art installations in every DC quadrant and late-night museum openings from the National Mall to the neighborhoods. Additional programming includes a civic dialogue series aimed at demonstrating progress between people on opposite sides of an issue, and an augmented reality city-wide art hunt. -Svetlana Legetic

Bill Clinton and James Patterson The President Is Missing available June 4

Apparently, there is a long and storied tradition of US. Presidents being massive mystery fans (I highly recommend reading the story in this link-ed) but Bill Clinton, who apparently read a murder mystery for every serious book he consumed during his presidency, takes his Dennis Lehane and Walter Mosley fandom to a next level with this James Patterson collaboration. Is it going to be good? We don’t know. Are we suspicious of quality since the James Patterson cottage industry has a spotty record these days? For sure. Are buying it? Yes. -Svetlana Legetic

Lauren Groff Florida available June 5

Speaking of presidential reading habits, Lauren Groff’s 2015 masterpiece of marriage, deceit and ego, Fates and Furies (if you have not read it, you HAVE to) was, famously, President Obama’s favorite book for the year. After a three year wait she is back with a series of stories set in Florida. The one Meg Wolitzer included in Best American Short Stories was raw, smart, and more-thank-just-a-little heartbreaking. If the rest is to follow suit, we are in for a cathartic summer. -Svetlana Legetic

My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie by Todd Fisher available June 5

Following the heartbreaking loss of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in December 2016, Todd Fisher (Carrie’s brother, Debbie’s son) put together a reflective, meditative retrospective on his life with these two Hollywood icons. My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie looks to be a very thoughtful collection of personal tales from someone with a perspective on the pair unlike any other. -Matt Byrne

Room to Dream by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna available June 19

David Lynch won’t explain the meaning of his work. He’s not going to explain the meaning of his life. The upcoming memoir/biography by Lynch and Kristine McKenna may give you a glimpse into what made the man behind Eraserhead and Twin Peaks the man behind Eraserhead and Twin Peaks. It’s definitely fascinating for Lynch fans and possibly still worth reading if you’re unfamiliar with the artist. McKenna writes a chapter of biography followed by a chapter of Lynch’s notes about the last chapter. It’s a fascinating way to tell a story. -Brandon Wetherbee

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss available June 12

Mike Reiss, the longest-service writer on the staff of The Simpsons celebrates the 30th anniversary of the show with the release of Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. Reiss offers up a look behind the creative processes that birthed some of the most iconic episodes and answers to many hotly debated questions. He even promises to reveal where Springfield is located. I’ll believe that when I see it! -Matt Byrne

National Rosé Month

June is National Rosé Month. You probably did not know this. Now you do. Sure, it’s a just a marketing ploy to get you hooked on big rosé, encouring drinkers to purchase National Rosé Month greeting cards and National Rosé Month gifts for your office Secret National Rosé Month Santa, but who doesn’t love a good rosé? We recently blind taste tested every rosé Trader Joe’s offers (spoiler alert: there are 29 and not all 29 are good!) and are very much looking forward to The Nats celebrating National Rosé Day on Saturday, June 9 with their new event, Rosé All Gameday. I love baseball. Most of the office does not love baseball. Those who don’t love it like rosé. Rosé can be your gateway drug into America’s Pastime. -Brandon Wetherbee

Rose and Halo Blind Taste Test-31

The Decadent Ales Showcase @ ChurchKey June 14

If you frequent D.C.’s finer bottle shops, the bright and colorful cans of Decadent Ales may have caught your eye at some point this year. To the delight of area Untappers, the Westchester County brewery has been sending us its beer since late January. (Not coincidentally, Boston’s Dorchester Brewing – who handles gypsy brewing duties for Omnipollo, Stillwater, and Evil Twin, among others – started cranking out founder Paul Pignataro’s recipes around that time.) As its name suggests, the beers of Decadent Ales are indeed… decadent. Think: extravagantly hopped IPAs with several kinds of fruit… or coconut and vanilla beans… or maple syrup and cinnamon. (Seriously.) Think: pastry stouts with more crazy adjuncts. This is the face of new school brewing.

On Thursday, June 14, you can meet the literal face of Decadent Ales at ChurchKey, when Pignataro visits Logan Circle. He’ll be here to discuss his recent conversion to a pescatarian diet. Correction: He’ll be here to talk about his beer, and he’s bringing eight kegs with him. Highlights include Citra Citra Citra (a triple IPA hopped with… wait for it… Citra), the Evil Twin collab Decadent Delight (an imperial stout with coconut, cinnamon, and pistachio), and French Toast (the aforemention double IPA with Vermont maple syrup, Madagascar vanilla beans, and caramelized sugar). Fill up on tater tots, then drink your dessert. -Phil Runco

Year of the Ox 2018 @ Old Ox June 16

Four years ago, the Burns family opened Old Ox Brewery with the mission of making beers “that wouldn’t tire out your palate or knock you on your butt if you had a couple.” (Or so co-founder Chris Burns explained a few summers ago) And even as the Ashburn brewery has branched out into more and more styles since then – see: the broadening Funky Face sour portfolio, a stellar recent Altbier, the rotating-hop Hoppier Place series – its beers have remained uniformly approachable. (This even goes for the dangerously drinkable Sir Oxcelot, a 14.3% quadrupel brewed with Ocelot.) Beyond beer, though, something similar can be said about the Burns family (and head brewer Alison Lange): In my experiences with them, they’ve been nothing but approachable, considerate, generous human beings. In fact, another Loudon County brewer once told that me he and his friends had a mantra: “Be more like the Burns.”

So, this was a long wind up to saying that Old Ox is turning four, and we should all raise a pint to them. As in years past, they’ll celebrate with a party and an anniversary beer. The 2018 Year of the Ox is a sessionable Belgian-style table beer hopped with Comet and Citra. That sounds delightful on a mid-June Saturday afternoon. More specifically: June 16, when the party is scheduled to go down with performances by Andy Hawk Band and Mandatory Recess. No ticket required. Just show up ready to crush table beer. And if you feel like boning up on Old Ox for the occasion, revisit my recent Freshly Tapped profile of its FestivALE. -Phil Runco

Action Point in theaters June 1

What is a maniacally charming guy like Johnny Knoxville to do as he ages out of the stage of his life where he can push himself physically to the euphoric peaks of joyful nihilism that made the Jackass TV and movie series some of the best pieces of comedy of the 21st century? One option is to write and star in Action Point, a movie adaptation of the notoriously dangerous New Jersey theme park Action Park, punctuated by suspiciously Jackass-like situations worked into the narrative, featuring Knoxville and other Jackass folks doing their own stunts. -Matt Byrne

American Animals in theaters June 1

Bart Layton’s 2012 documentary The Imposter was a massive achievement in true crime documentary filmmaking, and he’s following that up with the equally exciting doc American Animals, a tale of a rare book heist plot gone awry. This thing looks absolutely bonkers and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. -Matt Byrne

Hereditary in theaters June 7

The prestige horror film train just won’t stop and I’m loving every second of it. Starring Toni Collette, Ann Dowd and Alex Wolff (who you might recognize from the not quite as spooky My Friend Dahmer) and a handful of others, Hereditary promises to be The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Shining of this generation. After the passing of Annie’s (Collette) mother, stranger things begin to manifest as more disturbing and confusing secrets about her mother reveal themselves. Annie is affected, her children are affected and even her home seems to fall into complete disarray. That’s all I can tell you about it, because I’m trying as hard as I possibly can not to spoil it for myself. Here’s to hoping it’s as breathtakingly scary as everyone claims. -Kaylee Dugan

Ocean’s 8 in theaters June 8

I get it. I’m kind of hesitant too. There’s no Steven Soderbergh at the helm of this Ocean’s installment so it’s a bit of a wait and see if he’s the secret sauce to this franchise or not. One thing is for sure, what made those first movies so much fun was the star-powered ensemble and this one has that in spades. There’s potentially even more high caliber acting casting in this one too. Those dudes have nothing on Cate Blanchett when it comes to talent. There’s also the tested skill of Sarah Paulson and Helena Bonham Carter. No matter how you feel about Anne Hathaway (PS I love her) there’s no type of film she can’t do well. There’s also Rihanna, who, yes, isn’t known for her great oeuvre of film acting, but that’s not what she’s here for. She’s here to bring her signature “no f**ks” star attitude to the game. Mindy Kaling is also in the mix along with Akwafina (who’s about to have a real Tiffany Haddish comedy breakout moment in Crazy Rich Asians), and they’ll both bring the funny. Topping it off is Sandra Bullock, who can’t be anything but likable and worthy of rooting for her success. If, for some unnecessary reason, you miss dudes, Matt Damon is also in this one.

What I’m super excited for is the heist element because it’s at The Met Gala, which I already adore, and promises a ton of ridiculous celeb cameos and amazing costumes. Where I get a bit iffy is with the creative pairing behind this film. It’s directed by Gary Ross, known for Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, and the first Hunger Games film. I really liked Pleasantville and Seabiscuit was fine. The first Hunger Games, I was OK with his direction but he did get replaced by Frances Lawrence, who made the films look more decadent and bleak, basically took the films up to 11 the way they needed to be. Ocean’s 8 and the Met Gala itself demands a level of over-the-top luxury that could rival The Capitol in Hunger Games. I’m interested to see if Ross can make up for losing out on one franchise juggernaut for another. This screenplay is written by Olivia Milch, who’s latest film Dude is an enjoyable film about a group of high school girlfriends (also starring Awkwafina). Milch certainly shows she’s a talented writer for a more indie ensemble film. We’ll see if her skills can hold up with a big budget action film with some major actresses speaking her lines. You know, no pressure writing for Blanchett or anything. No matter if Soderbergh ends up being the missing secret sauce to the Ocean’s success, this film still has enough elements to make it a really fun watch, even if the franchise stops here. -Diana Metzger

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? in theaters June 8

With the world feeling sometimes like it’s going to shit on the daily, we could really use a dose of Mr. Rogers right now. This documentary about child television host Fred Rogers is more than just a nostalgia trip to a simpler time, it’s showing that he wasn’t just a figurehead for a television show but pushed a show aimed at children to teach lessons about tolerance and equality. Even though Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood has a current spinoff in PBS KIDS’ Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, there’s just a difference between seeing animated animals teaching positive values and children having a growing relationship with an adult they feel they can trust. I’m a nostalgia junkie myself and grew up on PBS programming and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood in particular and now I have my own kid and definitely am interested in seeing a study on the impact of that show on a generation of kids that now have kids of their own. Also there’s the added bonus of Morgan Neville being the documentarian of this film, he’s one of the doc greats right now. If you haven’t seen his 20 Feet From Stardom, you really gotta get on that stat because it gives you an amazing appreciation for backup singers and their own unique talents. -Diana Metzger

Under The Silver Lake in theaters June 22

Shaggy dog tale Under The Silver Lake is the latest from It Follows’ David Robert Mitchell, which finds the budding auteur shifting gears from dread-soaked horror to a noirish conspiracy thriller that looks like a younger brother to P.T. Anderson’s Inherent Vice. Early reviews have been mixed but I’m still holding out hope! -Matt Byrne


New Kitchens on the Block @ Mess Hall June 3

We’ve rave about this twice a year event every time it comes around. New Kitchens on the Block is the most helpful food event for the BYT editorial staff. We’re able to taste and chat with soon to open restaurants and chefs. This Mess Hall event puts more things on our upcoming schedule than any other. To be clear, it’s in no way an industry event, it’s fun for all without dietary restrictions. Listen to a recent BYT Radio with NKOTB’s Nevin Martell for more info. -Brandon Wetherbee

Dine-N-Dash June 6

Eat at D.C.’s best restaurants (30 restaurants participate but it’s not possible to eeat at all of them in one night), chat with D.C.’s best person José Andrés and raise money for World Central Kitchen. We cover this event every year and have a blast every year. If you’re not opposed to fun on a weeknight, it’s difficult to find a better event all year. -Brandon Wetherbee

The Rammys Awards Gala June 10

Rub elbows with the food people food writers write about. The Rammys are a helpful awards series that inform you where to take your parents when they’re visiting, where to take your date when you want to impress and where to brunch when you’re smart enough to make reservations. D.C.’s food scene is one of the best in the country. The Rammys helps shine a light on some of the best of the best. The big awards show/partyis pretty fun too. -Brandon Wetherbee

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival June 15 & 16

It’s all in the name so if you’re a fan of beer, bourbon, barbecue or any combination of the 3 then THIS IS THE FESTIVAL FOR YOU. Plus you get two whole days of this so pace yourself. Take a break from all the eating and drinking to get merry with some live music or check out the cool exhibits of brewermania, hot sauces, bbq accessories AND MORE. More is definitely the theme of this weekend. – Jenn Tisdale

Dirty Projectors @ 9:30 Club June 1, Governors Ball June 3

Despite the considerable changes to the Dirty Projectors lineup over the last few years, the band/project has always really been about channeling Dave Longstreth’s vision. In the wake of his romantic break up with long-time collaborator Amber Coffman, Longstreth put out a self-titled (and brutally honest) record in 2017, marking a shift in sound and artistic direction. Add this to his increased prominence as a songwriter for hire, I’m intrigued by what this new iteration of Dirty Projectors will bring to the stage. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Oneohtrix Point Never Age Of available June 1

Electronic soundscapist Oneohtrix Point Never creates whole worlds, with their own rules, logic, and reference points with each new album. Across interviews, videos, and ephemeral websites, OPN lays out a breadcrumb trail for superfans to engage with his albums on another level. His newest record, Age Of, drops this month, and the rollout has been sufficiently wild (see the surreal, post-apocalyptic fever dream of a music video for the single “Black Snow”). -Matt Byrne

Governors Ball Music Festival June 1-3

Are large music festivals still a thing in 2018? Beyoncé’s performance at Coachella this past April was anything the Internet talked for, but even then the chatter lasted approximately two days before we went back to the grim hell we live in. Gov Ball is one of two major festivals taking place on Randall’s Island over the next eight weeks (alongside Panorama in late July) and it often serves as the official kickoff for summer in the City. As tends to happen, two of the three headliners are white dudes somewhat past their prime – in this case Jack White and Eminem – but at least they’ve got Travis Scott holding down the fort on Saturday night.

I’m more intrigued by the mid-level acts filling out the lineup: there’s plenty of talent sprinkled throughout. James Blake, Moses Sumney, and Kelela would easily sell out a club show on their own; Kali Uchis and Goldlink both emerged from the D.C. area to show the world the special blend of weird, post-genre music coming out of our nation’s capital, and Cuco and Maggie Rogers write incredibly beautiful, heartfelt songs that land even better in a live setting. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

TransAmerica by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington @ Lincoln Theatre June 2 and 3

Celebrate the transgender, non-binary and queer communities with this uplifting celebration featuring dancers, costumes, vocal ensembles, the GenOUT Chorus, videos and Broadway/Pop music. It’s going to be a goddamn EVENT in all-caps. -Jenn Tisdale

Fitz and the Tantrums @ Wolf Trap June 7

This is a show for people who like to dance and who want to dance. Come prepared to dance. Don’t be that person who shows up at the concert and tells everyone else to sit down. Don’t be the Tantrums part of Fits and the Tantrums. -Jenn Tisdale

Flasher @ Zone One, Elsewhere June 8, Schubas June 15, Black Cat June 23

Slowly but surely, Flasher has become one of the best rock bands in D.C. They have the post-punk sound down to a science, with enough melody and attitude to leave an impression. After opening for bands like The Breeders last year, they’re on the verge of becoming too big for intimate spaces. Not only will you have a memorable time at these shows, you’ll get another one of those “I saw them at a small venue” humblebrags under your belt. -Alan Zilberman

Lily Allen No Shame available June 8

Lily Allen is the fucking champion of my heart, and homegirl has been through some real tough shit, so any opportunity to support and I’m 100% there. It’s been a good couple of years since her last record dropped, so I am MEGA STOKED for this body of work to be released. “Trigger Bang”, “Three” and “Higher” are all fire, so if this is any indication of the rest of the tracklist, I think we are in for a REAL TREAT with this guy. -Megan Burns

Cupcakke @ RNR Hotel June 9

The RNR Hotel Pride weekend line-up is bonkers in the best way imaginable (Mykki Blanco and Shamir are in the mix too) but Cupcakke is the person we’d would follow to the end of the earth so be there or perish. For a taste of what you can expect, check out photos of her at our Pride Party last year (and that was before Best New Music on Pitchfork and other non-BYT recommendations). -Svetlana Legetic

Kamasi Washington Heaven and Earth available June 22

Kamasi Washington’s work making spiritual, soulful jazz music accessible through collaborations with folks like Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, and Flying Louts, continues with his new double album Heaven and Earth, the followup to his breakthrough 2015 album, The Epic. -Matt Byrne

Bonobo @ Flash June 28

The full-band show is epic, but let’s not forget that Simon Green cut his teeth as a solo producer and DJ. Given Flash’s sound system and the intimate nature of their main room, it’s my ideal setting for world-class electronic shows. Tickets might be rather difficult to come by at this point, as they went on sale a few months ago, but it’s definitely worth it. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Florence + the Machine High As Hope available June 29

If I told you the amount of times I have cried in my apartment listening to How Big How Blue How Beautiful, you’d probably be as alarmed as my neighbors LOL! Three years later, and we’re about to get a new record from ye olde Queen Florence! “Sky Full of Song” is already one of my favorite tracks of 2018, so I think this one will shape up to be an absolute cracker. Definitely, definitely pre-order. -Megan Burns

BYT & Capital Pride Invite You To: Earth, Wind, GLITTER, & Fire! @ Echostage June 8

Get your LGBTQ+ on at the glitteriest party we throw all year. Feat. Alex Lo, Kitty Glitter, Naomi Smalls, Allie X and MORE. Now with even more lasers to blow your fragile little mind out your butthole. Discount tickets on sale NOW. (this sells out every year so the time to spring to action is today). Look at all these gorgeous humans coming to town to entertain you…

NYC Pride June 23 and June 24

Obviously, we’re stoked for ALL the Pride 2018 events around the country (and the globe), but being a resident of Brooklyn, I am personally MOST pumped for NYC Pride. Stay tuned for guides to the best queer dance parties, drag shows ‘n more comin’ at you on BYT this month! -Megan Burns

America Now! Solstice Edition @ NPG, NMAH and SAAM June 23

The National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are coming together for one fabulous event. America Now! Solstice Edition is an after-hours festival/community block party/beer garden/pedi-cab tour/art extravaganza! It’s kind of like if you did a bar crawl but through your favorite museums. A museum crawl, if you will. – Jenn Tisdale

World Cup kicks off June 14

It used to be that most Americans only bothered to care about soccer every four years, when it was time to get behind the US Men’s National Team and blow our expectations of success wildly out of proportion. As even casual fans might know, that’s not happening this year as Team USA failed to qualify for Putin’s World Cup. On the positive side, it’s a great opportunity to support the land of your forebears (unless you’re Italian – they didn’t make it either), learn a couple of fun group cheers, ogle a shirtless Cristiano Ronaldo, and ultimately watch England lose in the second round on penalties. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Pose premieres on FX June 3

If there is one thing Ryan Murphy does well it is PAGEANTRY and CELEBRATION OF MISFITS. With that in mind, Pose, which reads as a Fame/Glee/Paris Is Burning hybrid set in 1980s world of ballroom vogueing in New York, seems like the show he was born to do. Conversation worthy bonus: The cast features the highest ratio of trans regulars in any cable show ever. -Svetlana Legetic

Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back premieres on Fox June 13

Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Fox’s latest iteration of their ongoing love affair with everyone’s favorite screaming British chef. This latest, extremely wordy series sees Ramsay giving the Kitchen Nightmares treatment to struggling businesses, spending just a day instead of a week helping them get their shit together. -Matt Byrne

Queer Eye Season 2 premieres on Netflix June 15

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you will feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside (p.s. bonus: JVN is coming to Bentzen Ball! Get excited!). -Svetlana Legetic

Drunk History returns to Comedy Central June 19

Endlessly refillable and enjoyable Comedy Central series Drunk History is back for another season of intoxicated comedians recounting important tales from history, while famous actors mug their way through extremely faithful reenactments of their every slurred word. It’s a good show, folks! Doesn’t get enough credit for being just absolutely delightful. -Matt Byrne

Detroiters returns to Comedy Central June 21

Season 2 of the massively underrated sitcom Detroiters premieres this month and you’d be a fool to not get on board ASAP. Few shows are goofier or more charming than this lightly absurdist buddy comedy set in Motor City, a love letter to the America’s perpetually struggling rust belt and the local advertisements that dominate their TV landscape. -Matt Byrne

The Great British Baking Show kind of premieres on PBS June 22

Folks, there’s another season of The Great British Baking Show featuring the original crew that just hasn’t been shown in the states yet. BBC was just sort of sitting on it!!! Insane!!!!! This is being billed as the fifth season but was actually originally aired in 2012 so uh, I feel like I’m going to need to avoid the internet completely to avoid any potential spoilers. -Matt Byrne

Botticelli in the Fire runs at Woolly Mammoth through June 24

Woolly Mammoth is on a hot streak this season, and my (not-on-the-payroll) sources tell me the quality continues with their big finale, Botticelli in the Fire, about a religious controversy surrounding the painting of “The Birth of Venus” in Renaissance-era Florence. A friend who caught the previews describes it as “super flamboyantly unabashedly gay,” which you have to admit sounds pretty fun. More importantly, however, this is Woolly co-founder Howard Shalwitz’s final season as artistic director, and you know they’ll send him off with a bang. Check BYT for my review of Botticelli on Tuesday. -Tristan Lejeune

Mario Tennis Aces available June 22

The Switch is really killing it with the first-party titles this year. Mario Tennis Aces is the eighth entry in the Mario Tennis franchise, and the first game since Mario Tennis: Power Tour on the Game Boy Advance to feature a proper story mode, so there’s something here for everyone, even those who don’t have any friends. The story mode is comprised of various missions and boss battles, and focuses on the titular hero Mario as he tries to save the Mushroom Kingdom from an evil power that has possessed a magical sports utensil called the Legendary Racket. As you’d expect from a Mario game, Mario Tennis Aces features a whole bunch of cute, merchandisable Nintendo characters—only this time they’re holding tennis rackets! At launch, the game only comes with 15 playable characters who all have a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. There’ll be plenty more characters to download and unlock along the way though. A bit like a Mario Kart game, but instead of riding karts, the characters are holding tennis rackets! -Norm Quarrinton

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus available June 29

Another day, another Switch port. The sequel to 2014’s surprisingly great Wolfenstein: The New Order was initially released on PS4 and Xbox One in October of 2017, but now you’ll be able to play it on-the-go! The New Order was was a ridiculously enjoyable first-person shooter that took place in an alternate history 1961 following a Nazi victory in WW2. The New Colossus picks up right where the first game ended. Much like it’s predecessor, the game’s protagonist is an American super soldier named B.J. Blazkowicz who has one goal in mind: kill all the Nazis! These games are essentially sci-fi/action/period dramas with a tonne of lore to soak up. Whether or not The New Colossus holds up on a handheld console remains to be seen, but shooting Nazi’s on the way to work sounds like heaven. -Norm Quarrinton

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