In like a lion, out like a lamb that’s about to be eaten by a lion. March begins with a 76° day and leaves with a 61° day because it’s opposite day everyday in 2017. Though the world is melting, we still need art, film, music and more. Here are 31+ reasons March will be your best month yet.
Celebrate the Women’s History Month on Instagram with National Museum of Women In The Arts initiative to cast a social media spotlight on the great women creating great art. Take the challenge: how many can you name? -Svetlana Legetic
I assume you’re reading this blurb because you want to know more information about this event so you can decide whether or not it’s worth the energy if leaving your bed to go do the thing. Just read the goddamn title. That should be enough information to make you run, not walk to the Building Museum. Asylums are weird and creepy. Architecture is cool as shit. You don’t need to know anything else. You don’t always need to see the trailer of a movie to get excited about seeing it and you don’t always need a blurb to make you excited about life. Do something creepy. Do something cool. Have a good time. -Kaylee Dugan
In a time when we all wish we were living in a different place AND a different era, this retrospective offers an escape to a place and mind set that launched a million college dorm room prints. See in person the the legendary interpretations of the Parisian amusements, and a portrait of modern life that captured the bohemian spirit of the belle époque. -Svetlana Legetic
One of the highlights of the local photography scene is back with 43 images, celebrating the vision of D.C. photographers, in a cool new location from the people behind Long View Gallery, plus: complimentary local beer, wine and much more! -Svetlana Legetic
Gates’ exhibit tells the story of past communities and people. He brings attention to the decline of various urban institutions. Through visual storytelling, he establishes a relationship between the art world and social change, reminding us that social history can be communicated through the most commonly forgotten or discarded items. -Arielle Witter
William Daniels has had a very interesting showbiz career and you can read all about it in his new autobiography. Daniels shares anecdotes from across his 75+ year career (??!!??) on stage and screens both big and small. This will definitely be a good one! Feeny!!! -Matt Byrne
Good news: the Folger Library is continuing their practice of pulling together award-winning, badass authors who are shaping national literary discussions. This month, they have Angela Flournoy (The Turner House), Margo Jefferson (Negroland), and Marcus Guillry (Red Now and Laters) coming together to talk about race, class, privilege, and – one can only hope – books and writing. Don’t let Folger’s laid-back “no big deal” approach fool you: this is the kind of event that has made the library the home of the most interesting literary conversations in D.C. -Trisha Brown
The upcoming graphic memoir The Best We Could Do, the first book from author Thi Bui, follows her family’s escape from South Vietnam in the 1970s, coming to America in search of a better life. The book is gorgeously illustrated and has been praised for its deeply felt storytelling and unique take on the immigrant experience. -Matt Byrne
In 9 out of 10 cases, reading someone’s diaries is the same as hearing about his or her dreams: boring as hell. But if there’s anyone out there whose notebooks are probably pretty damn interesting and well-written, it’s Joan Didion. South and West is drawn from Didion’s diaries of a 1970 road trip through the south, as well as notes she made on the American west in 1976 while she was meant to be reporting on the Patty Hearst trial. If you’re at all interested in someone’s random thoughts on the America of the 1970s, you’re going to want Joan Didion to be that someone. -Trisha Brown
Hugely popular storytelling series The Moth celebrates their 20th anniversary with a new collection, The Moth Presents All These Wonders. The book collects some of the most memorable, thrilling stories told live on stage by pros like Louis C.K. and Tig Notaro and everyday folks alike, into a 45-story compendium of “true stories about facing the unknown.” Grab this one and file it away for a Christmas gift for that NPR lover in your life! -Matt Byrne
Entering its thirteenth year, The Brewer’s Ball attracts 40 breweries and 30 local restaurants under one roof to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. That’s it. No stark here. Good beer. Good food. Good cause.
Participating breweries include local favorites like Port City, Manor Hill, Old Ox, Denizens, Union, and Fair Winds, along with some pedigreed regional heavies like Allagash, Boulevard, Victory, and Brewery Ommegang. Woodbridge’s recently opened (and comic book-themed!) Heroic Aleworks will also be in the house, which is rad.
On the food front, restaurants like Hank’s Oyster Bar, Sixth Engine, Republic, and Ted’s Bulletin will be serving up bites. These bites will be paired with beer stations, of course. Tickets cost $150 – $80 of which is tax deductible, if that’s your thing. I’ll be there stuffing my face. Come back next week for BYT’s coverage. -Phil Runco
If you’ve ever visited a brewery, you know that the people who work in them love two things: beer and hair. Tattoos, too, I guess. But, really, beer and hair.
When brewers part ways with their flowing locks, it’s no trivial matter. But that’s exactly what a handful of folks from DC Brau, Port City, and Atlas Brew Works will be doing at Boundary Stone on March 12. Why? To raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research.
Head to Bloomingdale to support the cause, enjoy some drink specials, and take in the site of former BYT beer profile subjects Adam Reza II, Sam Puffenbarger, and Christopher Graham getting a fresh buzz cut.
Listen up, hopheads: The city’s premiere (mostly) IPA festival is back for its third year. And with 25 participating breweries and counting, this year’s Hopfest slated to be bigger than ever. Also, it’s at night! Huzzah! Night beer festivals are better than day beer festivals! Don’t @ me!
Like last year, Hellbender will host the DC Brewers Guild fundraiser, but you can expect everyone to bring hard-to-find stuff and one-offs. Also, it won’t be all about IPAs – just hops. So, if you’re more of an IPL gal or dry-hopped farmhouse guy, you’ll find plenty to be happy about at this all-you-can-drink (within-moderation-be-cool) bacchanalia.
More details are on the way soon, but until then, revisit our 2016 recap to get jazzed about the 2017 edition. -Phil Runco
2017 so far has included a lot of horrifying garbage. But it’s also included more activism, protesting, and shouting down of assholes than we’ve seen in recent years, so let’s lean in to that silver lining. This community forum hosted by the Smithsonian will include discussions of effective advocacy by women and some thoughts on next steps for people who want to “create equitable, healthy environments for all.” Definitely more productive than sitting at home banging your head against a wall. -Trisha Brown
I’ve always wanted to master a language that wasn’t offered to me in school (Spanish or French AND NOTHING ELSE). Enter Fluent City who can help you get out of your English comfort zone. And if you think you don’t have the time to do this, and let’s face it: D.C., well you can learn in 10 weeks! Plus maybe you’ll make some new friends because how does one even do that as an adult??? Register today with Fluent City AND/OR come to their next open house on the 28th. You get a 60-minute crash course, snacks and a FREE language assessment. Register here! I’m hoping to learn one of the dead languages like Latin or love. -Jenn Tisdale
Logan opens March 3
I already know I am going to cry very hard during this movie. (I have cried very hard during the trailer since I first saw it before Rogue One.) The kid looks like she’s going to slay as Laura, and I’m already a devoted Logan and Prof. X fan, so BRING THIS TO ME NOW. (I am going by myself on Friday at 1:30 p.m. You do not even know the level of excitement.) -Megan Burns
My Scientology Movie opens March 10
My Scientology Movie has been on my radar for a year or two, since it began making waves on the film festival circuit in 2015. British documentarian Louis Theroux brings his singular, adventurous approach to covering dark and unusual real world subjects to the shadowy world of the Church of Scientology, who are characteristically unstoked have nosy journalists poking around. Fans of the off-the-rails muckrakery of Tickled are in for a thrill! -Matt Byrne
Personal Shopper opens March 10
The words “Kristen Stewart” may be polarizing AF, but I AM A FAN (so long as she’s not dating Annie Clark) and am stoked to see how her performance goes. It’s an added bonus that there will be ghosts involved, because I am v. fascinated by the idea that something else exists beyond this life // STRING THEORY FOR THE WIN. -Megan Burns
The Sense of an Ending opens March 10
Listen, I am mainly on board for this because Charlotte Rampling is involved, and I am fucking obsessed with Charlotte Rampling. But also, based on the trailer, it looks like it was beautifully (and interestingly) shot, so I’m excited to see the results, and I’m also interested to see how this complex story unfolds via letters from the past.
Beauty and the Beast opens March 17
The 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast captivated a generation of children with its clear moral, talking houseware, magic mirror, and dimwitted villain. Many of those children are now savvy adults who’ve realized that the cheery musical is actually a pretty problematic tale of Stockholm syndrome, and they (we) are warily anticipating this month’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. Seems kind of impossible to tell this story in a way that’s empowering and feminist, but if anyone can do it, it’s Emma Watson…right? -Trisha Brown
I, Olga Hepranova opens March 24
Ummmm this movie looks bat shit in the best possible way. It’s based on the real life crimes of Olga Hepranova, who drove a truck into a fuck ton of senior citizens in Prague in the seventies and claimed it was an act of revenge for how the world (and her family) had treated her. I’m amped on the black and white treatment, and feel like it’s going to for sure be a worthwhile watch. -Megan Burns
Wilson opens March 24
Daniel Clowes graphic novels have been translated to the screen in the past with varying degrees of success (Ghost World is the best, while Art School Confidential is mostly fine!), but I’ve got high hopes for the forthcoming adaptation of Wilson. The book immediately became one of my favorite Clowes works when it was released in 2010, and I’m feeling pretty good about the cast (Woody Harrelson! Laura Dern! Cheryl Hines! Judy Greer!) and like Ghost World and Art School Confidential before it, Clowes handled the script himself. Fingers crossed! -Matt Byrne
The Boss Baby opens March 31
The Boss Baby is an animated movie about a baby who is a boss. Alec Baldwin voices the boss boy and I have no idea what this movie is about but I am a big fan of it already and hope that it’s the start of a new Bad X/Dirty Y type thing so we can go see The Boss Dog and The Boss Car in a few years! -Matt Byrne
Professional spice blender and owner of the NYC based shop La Boîte is teaming up with Zaytinya’s chef Costa to create a meal that highlights Lior’s skill. You’ll also be able to spend all night long chatting with Lior about spices and and you’ll get a copy of his latest book. If you care at all about upping your spice game, this is the perfect event for you. -Kaylee Dugan
From February 27 to March 12, Oyamel is celebrating it’s annual Tequila & Mezcal festival, which aims to highlight specialty liquors and brands you might not be able to find and enjoy otherwise. Between the paired dinners and the complimentary tastings, it’s a great stop regardless of your budget or prior knowledge. -Kaylee Dugan
Starting March 1, LEGO brings the new collectible (and very cute) line of Brickheadz to their ever growing toy and pop culture empire. Originally a Comic Con exclusive, these Funko inspired (rip-off) figures are now available to the masses in all their bobble-headed glory. Clearly aimed at completists, the sets are both numbered per item on the box and series on the base. Featuring MCU versions of Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Cap, and LEGO Batman Movie versions of Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and Joker, plus Belle & Beast, it’s hard not to find at least something you want to display on your desk, that is until Series 2 adds in some Pirates of the Caribbean crap. Each pixel-art inspired 2″+ set is $9.99. Here they are in descending order of adorableness:
DC Music Download is throwing a D.C. version of SXSW! Or as I’m calling it NENWSESW14thStreetAdamsMorganShawAndMore! I’m pretty excited to see some of DC’s best musicians perform at some of DC’s best venues and I don’t even have to book a flight or pay way too much money for a hotel room! And it’s not just about LISTENING to music. It’s about LEARNING as well…panels! I’m ready to finally be age-appropriate for a music festival. -Jenn Tisdale
Emerging from the other Washington, Sango’s music is somewhat surprising – after all, this is a state better known for pastoral productions and grunge garage rock than booty shaking beats. With a production style that pulls heavily from Afro-Brazilian beats and world music, Sango’s tracks meld elements of baila and funky with more traditional hip-hop. His latest mixtape, Da Rocinha 3, takes the sounds of the favela and runs them through the trap, fusing 808 drum beats with the cachaca-soaked soundtracks of South American block parties. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
I love me some Methyl Ethel, and if “Ubu” is any hint as to how dope Everything Is Forgotten will be, we’re in for a REAL GODDAMN TREAT FRIDAY! -Megan Burns
Thundercat is probably my favorite artist right now. Prodigiously talented from a young age, the bassist and producer marries incredible technical ability with deep sensibilities and eclectic – often eccentric – tastes. This dude is out here making genre-defying music like it’s nothing, while also earning the respect of his peers and elders. It’s an incredibly sold out show, but I urge you to find a way to get tickets. Will be worth every cent. Check out our interview with him from a few years back. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
Legendary weirdos play legendary venue. This should be reason enough to go see them – believe me. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
I’m hosting this and it promises to be a very witchy night filled with all my RenFest-style teen angst. Remember the time I tried to find my third eye by laying in my bed for 2 solid hours? Turns out I was Third Eye Blind (*wink*). This will be like that except Jonny Grave brings together some of D.C.’s best musicians and burlesque performers for a night of SPELL CASTING or just that time my mom read Tarot cards at a party I threw in high school. -Jenn Tisdale
I’ve been a fan of Real Estate for ages and they have yet to disappoint across three intricate, blissed-out albums of cerebral, guitar-driven pop. Each successive release has been more polished and refined than the one that preceded it and based on the excellent pre-release single, “Darling,” this trend will continue with their fourth LP, In Mind. I’m especially intrigued to hear what producer Cole M. Greif-Neill, who has worked with similarly lush, pop-leaning folks like Julia Holter, Beck, and Nite Jewel, will bring to the table. -Matt Byrne
Join us for an evening of riot music. The Experiential Orchestra and conductor James Blachly will preform all of the music from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The audience is free to move about and dance, providing their own riotous choreography to the music. I mean, who doesn’t want to get down to a song called “Glorification of the Chosen One”. A DJ set mixing electronic and classical music will follow.
Be the art, dress the part (Halcyon Stage’s Dress Recommendation): wild, jagged, and colorful. -BYT
HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT this time they’re actually back (*crosses fingers, places offering to all the saints/the Virgin Mary, burns some palo santo*). I was a little too young to enjoy At the Drive In during their original run and incarnation, but any kid with a guitar, an ear for punk rock, and a hyphenate last name knew that these guys were the truth. Get ready for some searing guitar solos, complex song structures, and frenetic moshing. Also – this isn’t really a show for casual fans. Everyone else there is going to know every obscure lyric and riff, so maybe sit this one out if you’re not already into ATDI, Sparta, or The Mars Volta. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum recently lost his wife to pancreatic cancer, just a year after the birth of their first daughter. His new album, A Crow Looked At Me, is a stripped-down collection of songs recorded in the room where she passed, using primarily her instruments. The album is a plainspoken look at grief and the process of coping with unimaginable pain, with minimal production and no use for flowery metaphor or complicated themes. It’s not an easy listen, but it’s a monumental achievement from this massively talented songwriter whose personal life is rarely reflected so directly in his work. -Matt Byrne
Goddamn, there’s not much to live for in 2017 (sorry, too bleak?) but if there’s one thing, it’s a new Aimee Mann record. The last time we heard from her LP-wise was back in 2012 with Charmer, and from what I’ve heard so far, she’s the same genius as ever. Please hurry up, March 31st. -Megan Burns
Tei Shi is incredible, and I can’t believe she’s only just now putting out her debut LP, but THANK GOD! It’ll be available via Downtown Records, and I suspect it’s going to be on heavy rotation considering I already listen to Verde daily. Further evidence:
The Last Man on Earth mid season premiere March 5
I feel like not enough people talk about how good The Last Man on Earth continues to be. They took a seemingly dead-end concept and built out a consistently interesting, unpredictable world with a real strong cast and goofy setpieces. Season three returns after a mid season hiatus that began in December and I’m excited to see where it goes! -Matt Byrne
The Americans season premiere March 7
You can always tell the best show on TV at any given time: it’s the one that makes the week seem longest. Last year’s (so good) season of The Americans (soooo good) was on the same time as some great shows (Game of Thrones, The People vs. O.J. Simpson), but Wednesday-to-Wednesday was the most agonizingly slow way to measure seven days.
It’s been pointed out to me that the Reagan-era D.C. stalked by Keri Russell and Michael Rhys’s KGB travel agents is a lot like Narnia under the White Witch — always winter but never Christmas. But the March 7 premiere, called “Amber Waves,” looks to bring a summer into the picture. And season 5 of this spy vs. spy drama comes with some killer concept art, too.
The nail-biting, pulse-pounding and wig-swapping has moved to Tuesday nights. So now Tuesday-to-Tuesday will feel like forever… -Tristan Lejeune
Samurai Jack season premiere March 11
There’s little I consider appointment viewing these days. More often than not I have TV on in the background while I’m reading or working or even listening to music (which probably sounds confusing but if my laser-like focus isn’t sufficiently diffracted, it’s entirely possible someone or something might catch on fire.) But with Archer premiering next month and the new season of Rick and Morty left to the whims of the inscrutable robot overlords currently programming Adult Swim, the only TV in March I’d call “must see” is the long-awaited fifth season of Samurai Jack. The March 11 premiere revives the story of Genndy Tartakovsky’s time-traveling, misnamed samurai fighting evil in a world in which evil has grown all-encompassing. Samurai Jack falls into that rare class of cartoon ostensibly made for kids, which you’d never want children to watch (but would want promising young art students to study as though their lives depended on it.) The simple, elegant storytelling sometimes relies on careful visuals (“Samurai vs. Ninja,”) occasionally on brilliant sound editing and Foley work (“Jack and the Three Blind Archers,”) and sometimes simple humor (“Jack Learns to Jump Good.”) It’s been over a dozen years now, but I’m ever so happy there will be a concrete end to the story. -Jeb Gavin
Review season premiere March 16
Review is an incredible piece of work, perhaps the crowning achievement of the staggeringly talented character actor Andy Daly. The first two seasons of the show had some of the most mind-bogglingly uncomfortable scenes ever recorded, escalating the concept of “cringe humor” to heights that are frankly too much to bear for many viewers. The show’s third and final season is sure to pile more oppressively bleak humiliations onto the show’s intrepid host, whose conceptual tunnel vision sees through even the most brutal scenarios for the sake of rating and reviewing a myriad of human experiences.-Matt Byrne
You may know that the name for playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun comes from Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem.” You may not know that when it premiered in 1959, the 28-year-old Hansberry became the first African-American female playwright to have her play produced on Broadway. Not long after that, Hansberry became the youngest American playwright to receive the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Tragically, Hansberry died of cancer at 34, but her complex story of what it means to capture the American dream lives on nearly 60 years later right here in D.C. -Trisha Brown
I’m almost thirty years old and I’m literally giddy with excitement over this dumb console that I have to spend $300 of my hard earned money on. Nintendo always does this to me. They get me pumped up, and they make me poor. I’ll never learn. Pre-orders have been sold out for months, so in true Nintendo style, there’ll almost certainly be supply issues that forever tarnish what could otherwise be a successful launch. Select Best Buys will be doing midnight launches, so get there at like 5 p.m. and you should be good. -Norm Quarrinton
Nintendo have–once again–completely overhauled Hyrule for the Switch’s most anticipated launch title. It looks like diehard Zelda fans will be plenty satisfied, but Nintendo clearly wants to reach a new audience, which is why they’ve dragged Link kicking and screaming into the next generation by borrowing gameplay elements from incredibly successful RPGs like Skyrim. It’s hard to talk about a game that has yet to be released (and is under a strict embargo), but if the footage we’ve seen so far is any indication, TLOZ:BOTW will be an immersive and imaginative action packed adventure. Like a playable Miyazaki movie. -Norm Quarrinton
It would be a stretch to call Mass Effect Andromeda a sequel to 2012’s Mass Effect 3. It takes place in the same universe, but no characters from the original series are in it, and it’s set in a different galaxy some 600 years later. None-the-less, if you’re a fan of the franchise, Andromeda looks like it will definitely scratch the Mass Effect itch you’ve been suffering from since Shepard and his crew did whatever it was they did in whichever ending you got when you beat the third game. -Norm Quarrinton