The cherry blossoms are coming. The warm weather is coming. Our first Death Becomes Us NYC festival is coming. Our daylight savings afternoon dance party, which is a real thing that we’re doing, is coming.
The following contains 31+ picks to have your best March.
Jeanine Michna-Bales’s selected works from her Through Darkness to Light: Photographs along the Underground Railroad series capture the austerity of pain and constellation of havens that defined the Underground Railroad. Michna-Bales illuminates the tortured past of slavery through night-time landscapes of various sites along the Underground Railroad, relying on negative space to speak to the viewer in a tone befitting of the quiet fury of this dark chapter of our history. Through her work, Michna-Bales shines a light on the unassuming physical scars of American slavery often times ignored or purposefully forgotten. -Ruben Gzirian
This is one of my favorite after hours series in D.C. and the National Gallery of Art is kicking off its March events with some very strong women. That makes sense, March is International Women’s Month. This event is a tribute to the trailblazing women who have created and inspired masterpieces of art from the last century. Discover their stories with pop-up talks, craft your own fierce female superhero, and get into formation with performances from the internationally renowned, all-female tap sensation Syncopated Ladies. – Jenn Tisdale
ARTECHOUSE celebrates spring and women in the arts and tech, with the annual cherry blossom inspired seasonal exhibition in the nation’s capital. In Peak Bloom features interactive and immersive digital art installations inspired by the fragile beauty and ephemeral nature of the cherry blossom, reminding us of how precious and fleeting life is. Between this and cherry blossom pub, there is plenty of reasons to celebrate the blossoms OFF the National Mall. Tickets go on sale TODAY. -Svetlana Legetic
Of the things many of us aren’t really taught in school, the complexity of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States in the lead up to ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment on August 18, 1920 is definitely one of them. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence coincides with the centennial anniversary of the amendment (fun fact: the original legislature that would end up becoming the amendment was introduced in 1878 by Congressman Aaron Sargent), and examines the many subgroups who would coalesce under the suffrage movement. More importantly, the exhibit highlights the acute struggles of minority women after the amendment’s passing; documenting systematic barriers still effective in 2019. -Ruben Gzirian
Speaking of women artists, National Museum of Women In The Arts popular social media campaign is back just in time for International Women’s Month, this year placing a special emphasis on sharing the stories of women artists of color. Join the conversation by following and posting about #5WomenArtists on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and tag @WomenInTheArts. PLUS: check out the great March programming in the museum while you’re at it, starting with March 3rd and free community day and a full day of International Women’s Day events on March 8th. (illustration by Xaviera Lopez, just because) -Svetlana Legetic
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara available March 5
Writer and filmmaker Mallory O’Meara endeavors to set the record straight about the forces behind the creation of the iconic movie monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, star of the classic horror flick of the same name. The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick takes a look at Patrick’s work on special effects behind the scenes in mid-century Hollywood, diving deep into her trailblazing work and the efforts of those who sought to write her out of history. -Matt Byrne
Horizon by Barry Lopez available March 19
Part travelogue, part memoir, part historical epic, Horizon follows award winning author Barry Lopez as he treks around the world, from the Galapagos to Antartica to the Pacific Northwest. Lopez takes a sensitive, insightful look at the history of each of these locations, examining the centuries of human achievement that add up to a compelling, overwhelming portrait of mankind. In the face of potential oblivion, Lopez embraces the poetic, the philosophical, the idyllic. -Matt Byrne
Everything in this guide is something we’re excited about, but if we’re being totally honest, nothing beats taking our true crime festival to New York City. We’re camping out at Gramercy Theater and Town Hall Tavern for a week of true crime madness, including shows with Amanda Knox, John Douglas, Damien Echols, the Atlanta Monster team, Wine & Crime, Martinis & Murder and more. There’s going to be book talks and live podcast recordings and screenings and all sorts of other cool stuff. We can’t wait to talk to you guys about serial killers, conspiracy theories, cold cases and all the other things that upset your friends and family! Come get weird with us. -Kaylee Dugan
Entering its fifteenth year, the DC Brewer’s Ball attracts 40 breweries and 30 local restaurants under one very high roof to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. That’s it. No snark here. Good beer, good food, good cause.
Participating breweries include a mix of local favorites (like Port City, Ocelot, DC Brau, Old Ox, and Denizens), and new kids on the block (such as Rocket Frog, Silver Branch, and Streetcar 82), along with some pedigreed regional heavies (such as Allagash, Boulevard, Schlafly, Victory. and Stone). Also, for the second year, they’ve brought back those wild cider kids from ANXO and Graft, which is very thoughtful. Side note: Everyone participating here donates their kegs, so an extra tip of the cap to them.
Meanwhile, the restaurants serving up delectable finger food are looking pretty solid. There’s Hill Country, The Capital Burger, Jack Rose, ANXO (again), Bluejacket, Ambar, and more. Another side note: There will also be spirits and wine, if that is what you’re looking for at the Brewer’s Ball.
Tickets cost $150, which is not cheap, sure, but it’s for charity, and this is a fancy event (cocktail attire requested!), and you will leave with $300 worth of food and drink in your tummy. -Phil Runco
The Mezcal Fest Kickoff Party is the event that changed my drinking trajectory. Before attending the annual Oyamel event in 2014, I was ignorant to the spirit. Five years later and multiple trips to Mexico, I’m still mostly ignorant but I’m happy I’m leaning more and more. You can not attend a better mezcal event in D.C. The Oyamel staff does a great job curating the 14 mezcal producers that will showcase their products at the opening party. I highly recommend getting there as early as possible with a notebook and space on your phone for multiple photos. Take small sips, document the mezcals you’ve enjoyed and write what you enjoy about them. Then use those notes and photos in your home purchasing mezcal adventures. Or just attend one of the other festival celebrations that run through March 17. -Brandon Wetherbee
So… you like the hops? Cool, cool, yeah, me too. I love the hops. Cryo. Pow pow. T-45. T-90. T-1000. It doesn’t even matter. Just get them in my IPA, lager, barleywine, black ale, kettle sour, ice cream, pizza, cheese – whatever, man. All hops everything.
Naturally, the event of the year for this totally not exaggerated version of me is HopFest. It’s my Coachella, my Burning Man, my Comic-Con, but without techno, fake hippies, or Kylo Ren cosplay. Well, I guess I can’t promise it’ll be without those things. Here’s what you can expect: hops. HopFest is a beer festival dedicated to hops.
Here’s the skinny: The annual fundraiser for the DC Brewers’ Guild returns for its fifth year on March 9. Like last year, it will be hosted by DC Brau. (What’s does the Guild do? Good question! Revisit 2017’s Freshly Tapped: Solidarity Brett IPA for some hard-hitting scoop.) (Fast forward to the last section.)
As with previous years, HopFest allows you to play “Supermarket Sweep” with hoppy beers and your mouth for a super reasonable $40. That’s $40 for four hours of unlimited pours. Or you can spend $40 on three beers at Jackpot instead. I don’t know. Tough call.
Participating breweries include literally all of your DC faves, plus (but not limited to) generous (technically) out-of-towners like Aslin, Black Narrows, Ocelot, UNION Craft, Off Shoot, and more. Not to belabor the point, but that’s over 40 breweries for 40 bucks.
To further up the momentousness of the occasion, March 9 is also the day that DC Brau will be debuting its new flagship Joint Resolution, a “Hazy India Pale Ale” showcasing Michigan-grown Copper and Chinook hops. (Color me intrigued at those varietal choices.)
The always astute Jacob Berg recently parsed the addition to DC Brau’s core line-up over on DC Beer, so I will direct you there for more commentary. But suffice to say, inquiring hopheads will come for HopFest and leave with a sixer of Joint Resolution. -Phil Runco
If you’ve ever visited a brewery, you know that the people who work in them love two things: beer and hair. And tattoos. Also, heavy metal. But, really, beer and hair.
So, when brewers part ways with their flowing locks, it’s no trivial matter. But that’s exactly what a handful of folks from the local beer scene will be doing at Boundary Stone on March 10. Why? To raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research.
Notable participants include Atlas Brew Works Head Brewer (and John Snow lookalike) Daniel Vilarubbi, 3 Stars co-founder Mike McGarvey, Port City accountant Dave Galeota, and (former?) DC Beer overlord Bill DeBaun. Check out the full list of participants.
This is one of the year’s most fun local beer events for industry folks and us normies alike. Show up, drink some discounted beer, and gawk at the rows of brewers losing their hair and cool for a great cause. -Phil Runco
As we all know by now, BYT loves a good murder mystery. And while the next edition of our true crime festival is IN NEW YORK this March (we’re coming back to you Washington, in November), we didn’t want D.C. to feel left behind this month. So we are very excited to be partnering, yet again, with D.C.’s own Suns Cinema on a month of mysteries, featuring Women Who Kill (instead of get killed, for a change). BYT will be curating the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday nights – all of which are going to be retro, terrifying, and feature international women who know their way around knives, guns and piano wires. Here’s what to expect…
Captain Marvel in theaters March 8
It’s kind of ridiculous that it has taken TWENTY movies and over a decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for this, but on March 8, we’ll finally have our first Marvel movie with a female superhero as the lead. Yes – it should have been Black Widow – but Captain Marvel has a lot of promise: Brie Larson is a bonafide star with great range, the story is fresh to all but the most hardcore comic fans, and 90s nostalgia hasn’t yet soured. Disney-Marvel have the formula for these movies down pat, even if they messed around with that formula in really fun and clever ways with Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok, and this film serves to set table stakes for this summer’s Avengers: Endgame. It will be great to see the fate of the universe in a badass woman’s hands. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
The Hummingbird Project in theaters March 15
The Hummingbird Project is one of those movies that are somehow look and feel like a thing that was based on a true story but actually isn’t. Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård star as a pair of conniving finance bros trying to make big bucks by digging a big tunnel across the country so they can buy stocks faster (?). I dunno dude, it looks like it could be cool. -Matt Byrne
The Beach Bum in theaters March 29
Lord, the new Harmony Korine movie takes the mythos of Matthew McConaughey as extremely chill charmer to it’s logical extreme. The Beach Bum looks to be a neon-soaked, pot smoky shaggy dog tale full of bizarre cameos and impressionistic storytelling, starring McConaughey as a dude named Moondog who, uh, “lives by his own rules.” Safe to say things get weird and bleak, because it’s a Harmony Korine joint. -Matt Byrne
The Japanese House Good At Falling available March 1
This is the debut full-length from British artist Amber Bain, and it’s one I’ve been super stoked on for a good bit now thanks to its stellar production and Bain’s unmistakable vocals. (It’s also mega-personal!) “Lilo” and “Maybe You’re The Reason” have been personal favorites, but also major shout-out “We Talk All The Time” for being the unofficial anthem for LBD (Lesbian Bed Death)! I think we’re all in for a major thirteen track treat with this one. -Megan Burns
Sigrid Sucker Punch available March 1
Wow wow wow we’re goin’ hard with these dope March 1 releases, huh? Next up is Sigrid, who’s a magical beam of sunshine hailing from Norway, and I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF HER POP GEMS! (Seriously, I listen to “Strangers” on a pretty much daily basis. It would be v. embarrassing if she weren’t so good!) This is her first debut LP, and I actually cannot wait to snap it up today. -Megan Burns
TEEN Good Fruit available March 1
I was lucky enough to hear Good Fruit, the fourth record from TEEN, a few months back as an advance, and I can tell you that it’s been on heavy rotation in my headphones since; I don’t know if anyone else will have this experience, but for me, listening to the ten tracks feels kind of like flying? Like at different speeds and different altitudes and over different kinds of scenery, but always flying. Just so so so great. Get it. -Megan Burns
Weezer The Black Album available March 1
Things are looking pretty black for America’s greatest rock band.
Weezer, who once crunched up everything angsty and joyous you’d ever felt and sprinkled it, like diamond dust, over weapons-grade guitar lines, has had a rough couple of years. They essentially got bullied into doing a version of Toto’s “Africa” (maybe you heard it?), and then last month spun that PR happy hour-special into a full three-day binge of a cover album. And that’s after their most recent LP of original material, 2017’s Pacific Daydream, was … well, it was just bad, is what it was. Being a Weezer fan is now its own SNL punchline.
So here comes 2019’s Black Album, the Weeze’s sixth (sigh…) self-titled offering to take a color name. The good news: The White Album was great! The bad news: Everything else. Still, never, ever count out Rivers Cuomo. I will purchase every Weezer album that ever comes out. But I’m less than optimistic about this one. -Tristan Lejeune
My colleague Megan Burns is always advocating for people to get to venues early to check out the opening act. Heck, the 9:30 Club even stopped tweeting out set times to encourage people to come see openers. As a general rule, you should go see the opener because you already paid to see the opener. I particularly want to underline you should do this for this show. Hana Vu is fantastic and prodigiously talented and her debut record How Many Times Have You Driven By was a goddamn breath of fresh air. Kilo Kish and Wet are also phenomenal and you will feel many feelings and also recognize their music even if you think you don’t know it. It’s 2019: get out there and be the best kind of feminist by giving your money to support a woman-led bill. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
I never got the hype about Robyn until Honey. Sure, she had a major hit with “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Dancing On My Own” consistently makes dance floors explode, but her albums struck me as big singles surrounded by filler (I’m aware that is a decently hot take). And then I listened to Honey, and it broke my fucking heart. The glassy synths and vulnerability of opener “Missing U”, the primal drums underpinning “Human Being”, and the emotional rollercoaster of tracks three through seven (“Because It’s In the Music” through the title track) knocked the wind out of me. This is a record forged out of loss and loneliness, and it shows. I could hardly play the album without being moved to tears, but I couldn’t stop listening; I was, and still am blown away. Go see her live, if you can get a ticket – most of the tour is incredibly sold out. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
Jenny Lewis On the Line available March 22
I mean, do I even really need to state a case here? I would lick Jenny Lewis songs off the bottom of a goddamn dirty-ass shoe, so you better believe this one’s in the bag. -Megan Burns
When Maggie Rogers’ debut Heard It In a Past Life finally came out on January 18, 2019, the collective exhale from fans who devoured her single “Alaska” and her 2017 EP Now That The Light is Fading was palatable. The hype surrounding Rogers in the bread crumbs leading up to her 2019 debut has been discussed ad nauseam, and much of it stubbornly leads back to that video with Pharrell Williams. It is then not all that surprising that despite being a debut, Heard It in a Past Life feels like a rebuttal and a new chapter in a career still working through the prologue. Rogers’ talent to vocally dance between tracks like “The Knife” (my personal favorite) or “Say It” with the finesse of a veteran are testaments to her freedom as an artist fighting against the constraints of third party expectations.-Ruben Gzirian
Methyl Ethel’s second album 2017’s Everything is Forgotten really caught me off guard. Frontman Jake Webb’s tormented voice oozing with style and seduction elevated so many standouts of that album, from “Ubu” to deeper cuts like “Weeds Through the Wind.” On their most recent album, 2018’s Triage, Webb’s creative influence extends to production resulting in obsessively delicious songs like “Hip Horror.” When I saw Methyl Ethel in 2017, I had no idea who or what they were. I left that concert entranced by how well they commanded their sound, and Triage suggests that ability is only becoming more refined. -Ruben Gzirian
Do you love escape rooms, except you wish they were bigger? And involved more plants? And bites? And drinks? And way more people? Like a lot of people? If all of these wildly specific things sound like a dream to you, The U.S. Botanic Garden has your back. Enjoy drinks and food and Botanic Garden views while you try to solve a plant murder mystery. Just don’t get too drunk, because it seems like a spy is in your midst! This is a party for people who get bored looking at plants, but still want to go to the Botanic Garden. -Kaylee Dugan
Phillips After 5 events are always a good idea. Month after month, The Phillips Collection is giving you a fantastic excuse to skip your nightly Netflix binge and spend an evening drinking, talking and experience art. For the month of March, they’re focusing on female artists. You can expect some sick tunes from local musicians, booze from D.C.’s very own Republic Restoratives and a scavenger hunt put together by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Kick back, relax and enjoy an adult evening out while immersing yourself in some kickass art. -Kaylee Dugan
It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call… Time After Time: A Daylight Savings Dance Party. -Kaylee Dugan
She Believes Cup now through March 5
There are less than a hundred days left until the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off, making this year’s She Believes Cup especially interesting. In addition to the USWNT, we’ve got England, Japan and Brazil (who will all be at the WWC) competing for the trophy. So far, it’s not looking great for the US; England beat Brazil 2-1 on the first night, while the US tied Japan 2-2. In other words, we have work to do. To be fair, these are all pretty strong teams, so it’s not like it was ever going to be a cakewalk. HOWEVER, I think I’m not alone when I say I’m kind of super worried about how we’ll fare when it ACTUALLY matters beginning this June. Am I still gonna watch the remaining matches? Hell yeah. But get your shit together, America. -Megan Burns
Derry Girls season 2 premieres in the UK March 5
For starters, if you’ve not been hipped to Derry Girls (S1 is currently available on Netflix), it is a MUST WATCH. Set in Derry, Northern Ireland in the nineties, aka during the Troubles, it follows the lives of four teenage girls (and one wee English fella named James who everybody hates because, you know, English) as they navigate coming of age in the face of tumultuous times. Basically, I’ve never seen a funnier show about sectarian conflict, you guys! (Plus whoever does the music is a fucking genius.) Anyway, the new season kicks off on Channel 4 (yes, a UK network) March 5. You may be going, “But we live in the US! How are we going to watch a show that airs in the UK?” Hacking the planet is real, you guys. I’ll leave it at that. – Megan Burns
Kraft Punk’s Political Party premieres on Adult Swim March 8
One of a kind TV genius Eric Andre’s got a new Adult Swim special coming, an absurdist, politically-minded debate show hosted by a guy wearing a motorcycle helmet with mac and cheese glued to it named Kraft Punk. Kraft Punk’s Political Party looks to be an EDM-soaked look at how both sides just need to come together for some good old fashioned political discourse (and cheese sauce). -Matt Byrne
MasterChef Junior season 7 begins on Fox March 12
There will never be enough television shows about kids cooking things, so I’m always down for new season of MasterChef Junior. Who will make something seriously disgusting looking? Who will Gordon Ramsay make cry but ultimately teach lessons about growing up? Who will just rattle off the most awful, prepared quirky child actor jokes during every talking head segment? Only one way to find out!!! -Matt Byrne
Catastrophe season 4 returns to Amazon Prime March 15
Catastrophe is the best and smartest comedy on TV right now. -Svetlana Legetic
Queer Eye season 3 premieres on Netflix March 15
It is basically TV Christmas in terms of how many good, smart shows are returning to our screens this month. Everyone gets an avocado! -Svetlana Legetic
Shrill premieres on Hulu March 15
The incredibly talented SNL cast member Aidy Bryant stars in the new Hulu adaptation of Lindy West’s acclaimed memoir. It’s being hailed as an empathetic, hilarious piece of work, drawing both from Bryant and West’s experiences as plus-sized women in the spotlight, both online and off. The supporting cast includes folks like the brilliant British comic Lolly Adefope and well-loved comedic actor (and SNL alumnus) Julia Sweeney. Good stuff! -Matt Byrne
What We Do in the Shadows premieres on FX March 27
What We Do in the Shadows is easily one of the funniest movies of the 2010s, which is why I’m cautiously optimistic about the new TV adaptation of the same name coming to FX this month. It’s a different cast, different setting, but same general conceit: a group of immortal vampires have lived together for thousands of years and continue to get on each other’s nerves. Cult UK comedy dude Matt Berry stars, alongside Kayvan Novak and Natasia Demetriou. Hoping this is good! -Matt Byrne
VEEP final season begins on HBO March 31
No, wait, VEEP is the best and smartest comedy on TV right now. -Svetlana Legetic