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:
- First up, got a video based in DC that you’d be open to licensing? We wanna hear from you!
- Need Restaurant Week suggestions? We have a few for your consideration.
- Studio Theatre’s Psalm’s Salons have been extended! Here’s a chat we had w/ Psalm and August panelist Lady Dane.
- Meanwhile, Resilience 2032 is all about exploring social media theater next month.
- Loudoun Arts Film Festival is coming up, and it’s set to offer both virtual and IRL drive-in movie screenings.
- And there’s loads of other great digital programming to check out, from Nat Geo’s Women: A Century of Change to New Museum’s Deep Dives to NMAI’s upcoming screenings of More Than A Word.
- Looking for a free, digital coworking space + a sense of queer community? FOCUS/TIME might be for you.
- Here’s your weekly guide to being a better ally, plus five more places to consider donating.
- Here’s everything we’re into this week ft. foreign TV shows on Netflix, Werner Herzog, seltzer, etc.
- Summer Rules continued with Adelaide Clauss of The Washington Ballet, photographer Shaughn Cooper and Tea Ivanovic of Immigrant Food.
- And I ate all of the Cheetos Mac ‘n Cheese flavors for the saddest Sad Girl Taste Test yet.
Friday August 21
- Here is my own personal selfish plug – the UEFA Women’s Champions League kicks off today at noon ET; I am mainly interested in tomorrow at 2pm ET since that’s when Arsenal plays, and I am an Arsenal supporter. (I even bought an Arsenal jacket don’t ask me about it.) Stream it via CBS All Access (they have a free trial FYI).
- Tonight be sure to tune into Hirshhorn’s virtual Respect Her Crank! Hour at 5pm ET on IG Live ft. femme and non-binary DJs playing your favorite Go-Go hits and more, plus stick around for the Lookin’ Like the Future of Go-Go panel at 6pm ET on Zoom.
- At 3pm ET, meanwhile, Joe Strummer Birthday Celebration kicks off on YouTube; it’ll feature appearances from Albert Hammond Jr., Bruce Springsteen, Cherry Glazerr, Steve Buscemi and more. (Set to benefit #SAVEOURSTAGES, aka added incentive to tune in.)
- You can also scope No Joy performing virtually via BABY TV at 8pm ET for $5+.
- In ye olde cinema towne, meanwhile, Medium Popcorn is hosting free Zoom Movie Night + Podcast: Mortal Kombat in which they revisit this bonkers 90s video game adaptation.
- Or if you’re feeling like you wanna scope a film IRL, head to Songbyrd’s weekly Dinner and a Movie series; they’re screening Empire Records tonight, and as usual, there’s a $25 minimum spend per table.
- More into book vibes? Books Are Magic will host Romance & Representation: Reckoning with Book Cover Designs ft. Rosie Danan, Adriana Herrera, EE Ottoman and Bea Koch via Zoom starting at 5pm ET.
- Plus Politics & Prose will host a Zoom chat w/ Mike Birbiglia, who’ll be talkingThe New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad with J. Hope Stein at 8pm ET.
- In terms of learning new skills, you can hit up Brooklyn Brainery’s digital Shrubs: Tasty, Tangy Botanical Beverages class, and/or Homemade Hot Sauce class; the former is $15 at 7pm ET, the latter is $18 at 4pm ET.
- You can also take a virtual (and free) ballet master class via the International Ballet Festival (usually held IRL in Miami) at 4pm ET.
- Or if you’d prefer to hone your foraging/survivalist abilities, hit up a $15 Zoom class on herbal first aid via Catland Books; starts at 7pm ET.
- Just wanna LOL? Immigrant Food is doing a virtual and IRL comedy night; tickets start at $7.50.
- Or for full social distance, hit up Nowhere Comedy Club’s virtual presentation of Greg & Gleib It’s a G thing: Improvised Comedy with Greg Proops & Ben Gleib; starts at 9pm ET, $10+.
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]