The best food event of the year, dozens more Pride events and a zombie movie by Jim Jarmusch starring Bill Murray and Iggy Pop. June is going to be great. The following contains 30+ picks to have your best June.
ARTECHOUSE is very good at crawling inside of your brain and changing everything you thought you knew about art. Besides looking incredibly good on Instagram, their exhibitions bring artists to D.C. that wouldn’t be here otherwise, introducing the city to a wider pool of international and experimental art. Just when you thought you knew what you liked or had your favorite artists nailed down, ARTECHOUSE brings someone new into the city and you’re falling in love all over again. Their newest exhibition is no exception. It’s Refik Anadol’s first major retrospective, so it’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in his exploration of perception via machines, data sets, space photographs, archive material and more. As always, it’s going to be weird in the best way. -Kaylee Dugan
D.C.’s By The People art festival is back for another year and this time it looks bigger and better than ever. Guest curated by Jessica Stafford Davis, By The People seamlessly merges art and politics to kickstart dialogues. The festival takes place in all four quadrants of the city and is 100% free. This year, we’re especially excited for the artist talk with director Kahlil Joseph, the Monochrome Collective art fair and the floating river barge installation. We’re into anything that makes D.C. a little more interesting and this definitely fits the bill. -Kaylee Dugan
Few forms of photography are as powerful as portraiture. Done right, portraits communicate human emotion and presence with silent gusto. The rise of portrait photography and the simultaneous increase of women in public life in mid-nineteenth-century America created a unique moment when a new form and perspective captured the leaders of a new movement. Early women’s rights advocates like Lucretia Mott and Lucy Stone are captured in all their powerful capacity through stoic portraits of unwavering determination. The exhibit is running until May 31, 2020, so you don’t have any excuses not to go. -Ruben Gzirian
Art often has a way of making you see an event, or an emotion, or a location from a perspective you’re unable to ignore. The Warmth of Other Suns at The Phillips Collection forces dialogue about migration and the current global refugee crisis through installations, videos, paintings, and documentary images produced by 75 global artists. Each piece of art deconstructs themes in migration, from the universality of migration to the deeply personal experiences shared through history. This is the type of exhibit the Phillips Collection almost always does perfectly. -Ruben Gzirian
We tend to shine a light on The National Gallery of Art’s excellent film programming. We’re highlighting the NGA’s community days since it also features short films in addition to a sake tasting, sketching, kimono demonstrations, origami lessons, taiko drumming and more. If you needed an excuse to spend the first days of summer indoors, here are two days of very good excuses. -Brandon Wetherbee
More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk by John Doe available June 4
While rock books looking back at the roots of punk rock are a dime a dozen, few people capture the feeling of the era better than X’s John Doe. His latest memoir More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk is a relatively focused look at the crest of the 1980s LA punk scene, charting what went down between 1982 and 1987 as things got huge and also went a little sideways. -Matt Byrne
Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson by Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow available June 4
As influential as his work was, surprisingly little is known for sure about the otherworldly blues musician Robert Johnson. The latest attempt at pinning down his story, Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson by Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow, represents countless hours spent diving deep into every piece of first and secondhand history related to Johnson’s all-too-short life. While we may never see a fully comprehensive piece of work about Johnson, this is likely as close as we’ll ever get. -Matt Byrne
I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum available June 25
Longtime cultural critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Emily Nussbaum’s got a new collection of essays, compiled over the last decade plus of Peak TV. I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution features reflections on everything from The Sopranos to Vanderpump Rules, compiling Nussbaum’s singularly incisive insights from features both old and new. -Matt Byrne
Wellness! You can’t turn a digital corner without hearing about wellness, and how you should pay attention to it, and how our toxic modern existence necessitates we dedicate time to it. And frankly, yeah – all of that is pretty accurate: we live in an online wasteland and that’s not changing anytime soon. That being said, you should be consciously dedicating time to improving both your mind and body, and few things are as powerful as feeling like a part of a community. Yia Mas seeks to accelerate that process for you through the power of Greek herbs and rituals, in a low-pressure, low-stress environment.
Equal parts experiential and social, Yia Mas includes meditation, an educational component, discussion, and some light snacks and libations. Already well-established in New York City, this will be the very first time they bring Yia Mas to DC, as a pop-up inside Laiík’s summer house at 1710 Connecticut Avenue NW. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
I know you’re sitting there in your white-linen romper and straw hat, reading this article in a coffee shop, randomly yelling “summer vibes, bro!” at passing strangers, but here’s the thing: We still have three weeks of spring. It won’t be summer until it’s June 21 and I have a Spawn of Space Reaper can (DC Brau’s forthcoming 6%, all-Mosaic little brother to Space Reaper) in my hand.
Pizzeria Paradiso knows this, of course. It’ll celebrate the waning days of spring on June 8 with its second annual Spring Fest at the pizza empire’s Hyattesville location. As with all of the Pizza P seasonal bashes, you can expect dope pizza, seasonally appropriate beer, art, games, and music.
Ticket options vary. $50 gets you a Spring Fest glass and unlimited pours to fill it. If you’d prefer to just score the glass, one pour, and buy drinks from there, that’s a mere $15. Or you can just pay $5 to enter and look sad with no special glass. -Phil Runco
For almost a year, the Heurich House has been working on an ambitious, extraordinarily cool project: reviving Senate Beer, a brand brewed by the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co., popularized in the 1890s, and produced until 1956. Not content to just brew a lager “inspired” by Senate Beer, the museum has sought to produce “one of the most historically and scientifically accurate beer revivals” ever. Talk about going for extra credit on your homework assignment, nerds!
To help them in this task, Heurich House commissioned the services of Oregon State’s Fermentation Science Department. On the west coast, Pilot Brewer Jeff Clawson has worked with Professor of Fermentation Science Tom Shellhammer to produce a beer true to a 20-page-laboratory-report on Senate Beer from 1939. (Notably, the report was discovered and initially reviewed by Lost Lagers gurus Pete Jones and Mike Stein, who also developed the Heurich’s Lager recipe in 2015 with the museum and DC Brau.)
Clawson has produced not one but two pilot batches of this beer. And in a classic “Highlander” scenario, there can be only one.
So, on June 14, the Dupont museum invites you to come try these beers and give your feedback. This is an incredible opportunity. Get up off your ass and shape history! There are two ticket options: General Admission and VIP. One of them involves UNLIMITED SENATE BEER. Hint: it is not General Admission.
And further down the road, be on the lookout for the final version of the beer, which the Heurich House will look to produce locally. -Phil Runco
According to Southern Living (my homepage), it is officially crawfish SZN. It’s actually been crawfish SZN all year. But if you haven’t celebrated, now is the time to act: Crawfish SZN comes to a close in July.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to send you into a panic. You still have ample opportunity to celebrate crawfish SZN. Hell, here comes maybe the marquee event of crawfish SZN locally: Rustico Ballston’s Bluegrass & Crawfish Boil.
On June 15, Rustico (pronounced ˈrə-sted-root) will host its third low-country boil featuring Executive Chef Stephen McRae’s fresh Louisiana crawfish and classic Southern sides. The event stretches from 12:00 to 9:30, and based on conversations I’ve had with the Rustico team, they go through a truly gargantuan amount of crawfish during that time.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Neighborhood Restaurant Group event without a mildly epic draft list. On tap this year: The Answer, The Veil, and Final Gravity, three of Richmond’s finest breweries (and three breweries you rarely find in the DC-area outside of NRG properties).
Also on tap this year: Ocelot and Bluejacket. No big deal. -Phil Runco
Dark Phoenix in theaters June 7
I could give you a lengthy analysis of the trailer (which looks dope) and what I think X-Men fans will be mad about and etc., but if we’re being honest here, I just wanna watch Sophie Turner be a badass and fuck shit up, you guys. It’s as simple as that. -Megan Burns
The Dead Don’t Die in theaters June 14
A Jim Jarmusch zombie movie starring Bill Murray and Tom Waits. It sounds like something a bunch of 20-year-old aspiring film nerds geeked out on the idea of more than an actual idea that was seen to fruition. Either way The Dead Don’t Die happened and I’m not really sure if it’s going to be any good at all, but I sure do like the way Adam Driver says “ghouls” in the trailer, and am all for anything that puts Iggy Pop in movie theaters. -Matt Byrne
Men In Black: International in theaters June 14
There’s a new Men In Black movie coming out, did you know that? I sort of didn’t until very recently. Men In Black: International stars Sorry To Bother You/Annihilation’s Tessa Thompson and famous handsome guy named Chris Chris Hemsworth as a pair of upstart MIB agents, wrangled by grizzled boss man Liam Neeson. Alien stuff happens, people crack wise, it’s a Men In Black movie, you know what’s going on. -Matt Byrne
We might not be Cannes or Toronto or any of those other cities that get inundated with celebrities once a year to celebrate the latest slick indie flicks, but we do have one killer documentary film festival. AFI DOCS scratches every itch, whether you want something bubbly and light hearted (and true) or something serious and maddening (and true), there’s a screening for you. We’re personally interested in checking out After Parkland and One Child Nation (which won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, by the way), but we’re especially excited to partner up with AFI DOCS to host a screening of Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool. It’s the perfect excuse for you to see a rad film and catch a post credits Q&A with the directors moderated by BYT’s very own film editor, Alan Zilberman. -Kaylee Dugan
Yesterday in theaters June 28
Yesterday may have been scientifically engineered to be something for aging parents to talk about with their kids who they know “like music” but not really much beyond that. Is not a relatable scenario? Either way it’s a big long Twilight Zone episode about a guy who all of the sudden is the only dude on the planet who knows what Beatles songs are so he becomes extremely famous by playing them all as if they’re his own. -Matt Byrne
Maybe you’ve seen these photos of the BYT staff at Dine N Dash? Or these photos? Or these photos? You can’t doubt our steadfast loyalty to DND, not only is it our favorite bonding activity of the year, but it’s also the perfect food party from top to bottom. Featuring some of the best restaurants in the city (Bresca, Estadio, Del Mar, Kith & Kin and Zaytinya, just to name a few) paired with some of the coolest chefs working today (José Andrés, Kwame Onwuachi, Antonia Lofaso, etc) and topped with an incredibly charity partner to boot (World Central Kitchen, baby), it’s an even that can’t be beat. Your ticket doesn’t just give you access to a high speed food chase around the city, it also helps WCK serve up delicious and nutritious food to folks in need around the world. You really can have your paella and eat it too. -Kaylee Dugan
Neil Young Tuscaloosa available June 7
Look, there are a lot of live Neil Young albums out there, but I’ll always, always take another one. Recorded on the Time Fades Away tour, Tuscaloosa (Live 1973) represents an especially fertile time for Young, sandwiched between Harvest and Tonight’s the Night. A cherrypicked, curated take on the evening’s events, Tuscaloosa features just 11 of the 20 songs played that night, handpicked by Neil for quality and quantity (there are just so many officially released live versions of “On The Way Home” out there already). -Matt Byrne
One of the best rooftops in D.C. is at The Kennedy Center. It’s an ideal sunset location. It’s better when it’s utilized with free, quality programming. It’s even better when local breweries get involved. On June 13, July 11, July 18 and August 1 take advantage of the setting and take in 3-way DJ battles and local brews. The first edition kicks off with DJ battles and Port City Brewing. -Brandon Wetherbee
Bill Callahan Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest available June 14
Bill Callahan’s first studio album in six years, Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest, looks to be a compelling blend of his early, impressionistic lo-fi recordings under the Smog moniker and the more pastoral, deliberate songcraft featured on his more recent albums like Dream River and Apocalypse. The track lengths are shorter, but the observations are no less insightful, the one-liners no less cutting. There’s nobody out there like our friend Bill and I’m so glad he’s got a new album coming out. -Matt Byrne
Calexico and Iron & Wine Years to Burn available June 14
Longtime collaborators Iron & Wine and Calexico are back with a full length partnership, a reunion over a decade in the making. A lot has changed for both acts since 2005’s acclaimed In The Reins EP, but the two acts perfectly complement each other’s take on the dark, weird heart of American roots music. -Matt Byrne
If I’m being honest, for me this show begins and ends with Denzel Curry. That’s not to say that Billie Eilish isn’t a sight to see; performing the type of moody pop that almost suggests that Eilish is as dark as her lyrics. The excitement around Denzel Curry is buried deep in a question many hip-hop fans ask: When will Denzel Curry blow up? Denzel Curry has always been a unique talent, with a personality and experimentation in production unlike any other, but he could never combine them into something easily digestible. But with the releases of two stunning singles—”RICKY” and “SPEEDBOAT”—the time when Denzel Curry is the headliner and not an opener is finally almost upon us. -Ruben Gzirian
Cuco’s Songs4u was one of late 2018’s happiest surprises for me. Although the Southern California multi-instrumentalist released his second album the prior year – along with a fantastic Audiotree session – his woozy, floating synth-driven songs were the soundtrack to many long, humid summer evenings enjoying the outdoors. Cuco (real name Omar Banos) pays tribute to his Mexican-American heritage by singing in Spanish and English, switching between languages as naturally and effortlessly as so many Latinx Americans do in their day to day life. It’s a big deal precisely because he doesn’t make it a big deal, and it’s yet another small element of representation in arts and media.
Banos and his bandmates were in a pretty horrific car accident in October of 2018 – another reminder of how fragile and fleeting our lives truly are. Fortunately, it seems that everyone is happy and healthy and back to making art; I’m grateful for an opportunity to support this rising star. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
Hatchie Keepsake available June 21
I had the pleasure of interviewing Australia’s Hatchie (Harriet Pillbeam) back in September of 2018, which was an absolute dream come true considering I’d had her highly infectious debut EP on heavy rotation all summer long. Now we’ve finally got a full-length on the very near horizon, and I think it’s going to be just as great (if not even better) than everything we’ve heard from her so far. CONSIDER ME PRE-ORDERED. – Megan Burns
Mark Ronson Late Night Feelings available June 21
I don’t really know what else to say here except that Mark Ronson knows how to make a goddamn catchy tune. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve heard off LNF so far, and considering the ace collabs (Lykke Li, Miley, King Princess, Camila Cabello and EVEN ANGEL OLSON) I think it’s 100% gonna be one for the record books. -Megan Burns
The Hirshhorn is digging into the surreal and throwing their first ever (soon to be annual) ball. Hosted by forever BYT favorite Pussy Noir and featuring all of the voguing, cocktails and radical art your fragile little mind can handle, it’s going to be the people watching event of the season. With the call for “your most extra outfit” this is shaping up to be D.C.’s (far more low key) version of the Met Gala. Pull those gems out of your closet and get ready to party the night away with the House of Sonique (who you might have caught at our SAAM Pride party), Betty O’Hellno, Ana Latour and JoAnn Fabrixx. It’s going to be a night. -Kaylee Dugan
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup starts June 7
I don’t think words can fully describe how FLIPPIN’ AMPED I AM that the FIFA WWC is about to start, slash I cannot believe it’s been four years since the last one! (PS, I got to hang out w/ the USWNT at Twitter here in NYC in May for their big send-off media day, and you can read all about that here.) The matches the team played this spring (all with mostly positive outcomes) restored my confidence, and I do feel like they’ll at least have very little trouble getting through the group stage. As for what happens later…I’m admittedly still p. nervous about Australia and England, but let’s just cross that worry bridge when we get to it. -Megan Burns
French Open Final June 8 and 9
This has been an interesting French Open so far, from the 5+ hour-long match Stan Wawrinka played (and won) against Stefano Tsitsipas yesterday to the third round match Serena Williams lost against Sofia Kenin on Saturday. While I remain confident I am in the minority here as a big tennis fan, I STILL THINK YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS AND WATCH. -Megan Burns
Death At The Mansion: Rebecca Zahau premiered on Oxygen June 1
Death Becomes Us alums Paul Holes and Billy Jensen take a deep dive into the fascinating case of Rebecca Zahau, a woman who was found dead, hanging naked, bound and gagged in her billionaire boyfriend’s Coronado mansion in 2011. This was just two days after his six year-old son accidentally died while Rebecca was looking after him. What happened to Rebecca? That’s what Paul and Billy want to find out. Tune into Oxygen Saturday June 1. I know I will be. -Jenn Tisdale
Hell in the Heartland: What Happened to Ashley and Lauria? premired on HLN June 2
Jax Miller is a crime author and investigator. Sarah Cailean is a former police investigator. In a new four-part investigative documentary series called Hell in the Heartland: What Happened to Ashley and Lauria? (premiering Sunday, June 2 at 9pm on HLN) they are researching the disturbing case of Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman, two teenagers who disappeared in December 1999 after the Freeman family trailer was burned to the ground. Sarah and Jax were in conversation with Golden State Killer investigator Paul this past March at Death Becomes Us and what I heard on stage had me hooked immediately. I can’t wait to watch. -Jenn Tisdale
NOS4A2 premiered on AMC June 2
In the vein of Under The Dome and Zoo before it, NOS4A2 is a show I know full well will be NOT GOOD at all but will enjoy watching more than any prestige drama in a competing time slot. Adapted from the novel of the same name written by Steven King’s son Joe Hill, the show’s plot summary reads like it was written by a sentient Hot Topic graphic tee. It’s about a vampire type of dude who drives a big scary car who feats on the souls of children, damning them to an eternity spent in a totally fucked up Christmas land. Hell yeah. -Matt Byrne
Black Mirror season 5 premieres on Netflix June 5
Well it TOOK ‘EM LONG ENOUGH. I’m super stoked for this latest dose of dystopian fear, which continues to hit closer to home with each season. (THANKS, OBAMA.) Do I think anything will ever top S3? No, because San Junipero. But I do think I’m gonna watch (and enjoy) anyway. -Megan Burns
Tales of the City premieres on Netflix June 7
Just in time for Pride month, we’ll be getting the much-anticipated sequel to Showtime/PBS’ screen adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City on Netfix! I’ve already watched the trailer (hella gay, obviously) and it looks amazing, although they already had me at Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. And Ellen Page. And OITNB writer Lauren Morelli’s involvement. (Actually, all of it. They had me at all of it.) -Megan Burns
The Great Food Truck Race season 10 begins on Food Network June 9
Mid-tier food reality competitions will be extremely my shit forever, so forgive me if I’m more excited for The Great Food Truck Race than most other folks. Kicking things off in Myrtle Beach, the trucktestants square off in a series of challenges that will test their mettle as they compete to win the surprisingly small grand prize of $50,000. It’s gonna be weird and silly and probably a little boring sometimes but mostly enjoyable! -Matt Byrne
Too Old to Die Young premieres on Amazon Prime June 14
Nicholas Winding Refn’s new Amazong series Too Old to Die Young looks to be a deeper, more indulgent exploration of the themes that have permeated his entire filmography. Miles Teller stars as a man who slowly (sssslllloooowwwwwlllllyyyy) descends into the crime underworld following a series of cataclysmic events, getting tied up with mafia types, assassins, and other kinds of character-actor-bait undesirables. The preview episodes’ deliberately provocative imagery and grim content has been the source of some controversy, so it’ll be interesting to see how things fit together in the grand scheme. -Matt Byrne
Dark returns to Netflix June 21
I’ve shouted this show out a billion times by now, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising that I am LOSING MY MIND over the fact that S2 is finally hitting Netflix this month! The show is sort of like German Stranger Things, only with more time travel and way more to keep track of. (Pro tip: 10/10 would not recommend imbibing while watching, because there are just too many details to remember, and you’re going to be hella confused if you’re even the least bit inebriated.) -Megan Burns