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First of all, how is it already pretty much the end of August? I feel like this entire pandemic experience has been the IRL equivalent of that melted clocks painting by Dalí. (“It’s called The Persistence of Memory, you clown!” you’re probably saying. And I’m going, “I know, but ‘that melted clocks painting’ is more effective!”) Anyway, as usual, there’s a lot on deck in both the virtual and IRL realms; you can march, you can dance, you can learn, you can LOL…truly something for everyone.

Before we get into all of that, though, here’s some stuff you might’ve missed on BYT this week:

Friday August 21

Saturday August 22

  • First things first – block off 3pm ET (or 2pm ET if you require training) to join the March for Justice at Malcolm X Park.
  • For art vibes, be sure to tune into a new round of Phillips Collection’s virtual Hands On with Red Dirt Workshop ft. Founder/Director of the Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) Wendy Jason and artist Carole Alden; they’ll explore the transportive, transformative role that the arts can play in the lives of people in prison. Starts at noon ET.
  • Later, make sure to catch HOMME DC’s takeover of our IG Live with artist Chris Pyrate at 3:30pm ET.
  • In terms of tunes, Sasami will be performing via NOONCHORUS starting at 10pm ET for $15.
  • A new round of Australia’s Isol-Aid Festival kicks off at 10:30pm ET, too; Half Waif, Pom Pom Squad and more are set to perform via Twitch.
  • You should also definitely swing by Hirshhorn’s Respect Her Crank! A Go-Go Herstory Showcase Part 1 via Zoom at 4pm ET.
  • Or if it’s PLUR times you’re after, hit up Strange Days Virtual Rave over on Twitch; starts at 2pm ET, and will benefit The Peace House D.C. mutual fund.
  • But maybe you just wanna expand your mixology knowledge, in which case swing by Columbia Room’s virtual cocktail-making class at 5pm ET; tickets are $72, and tickets include all ingredients and equipment needed.
  • More into comedy? Strand Bookstore will host the summertime edition of Queerotica ft. Liza Treyger, Ian Fidance and more starting at 9pm ET.
  • If you’re more in the mood for FILMZ, you can swing by Ballston’s drive-in screening of The Sandlot; $40 per vehicle, unless you’re a BallstonConnect Club member, in which case it’s free.
  • Or if you’re in the mood 2 CRY IN UR CAR, make sure to swing by Columbia Pike for a free drive-in screening of Coco at 8pm ET.

Sunday August 23

  • Phillips Collection member? Kick off your day at 11am ET with a virtual Member Morning of dialogue about the artworks outside of the museum’s walls, led by Phillips Educators.
  • It’s also the last day to catch Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico at National Museum of Women in the Arts; grab timed tickets for $10.
  • In the mood to cut a rug? Rich Medina is set to DJ as part of SummerStage Anywhere’s virtual programming at 2pm ET.
  • You can also scope Ratboys and PUP via Twitch starting at 9pm ET…
  • …and/or swing by Die Jim Crow’s 15th weekly PPE benefit show at 8pm ET. Streaming on Zoom and DJC Facebook, and free to attend, but definitely consider donating if you can; funds to benefit a TBD facility in Florida, where COVID cases are surging statewide and in certain prisons and jails.
  • For comedy vibes, head to Nowhere Comedy Club’s virtual presentation of live stand-up from J.J. Barrows at 8pm ET, and/or Myq Kaplan at 8pm ET. (DUELING SETS, I KNOW.) Both start at $10.
  • Or if you’re in the mood to GOOTH (get out of the house), Anchovy Social has officially reopened its dope rooftop space this week, and you can head on up for socially distanced drinks ‘n bites starting at 3pm.

Once again, we hope you stay safe, mobilized and vigilant (AND HYDRATED) out there this weekend. In the meantime, did we miss something? Drop us a line at [email protected]