This is a super important weekend as it marks the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington; thousands are expected to turn out to observe the event, and there’s lots of programming surrounding it. Before we get into the details (as well as everything else happening both virtually and IRL), let’s talk about some things you might’ve missed from the BYT universe this week:
- If you’re gonna be in the vicinity of Union Station today, be sure to check out the 1000-square-foot Ida B. Wells mosaic before it’s gone.
- You should also check out ARTECHOUSE x Vincent Fraser’s “We Rise Above”, which is a super cool augmented reality experience at Black Lives Matter Plazas around the country.
- AND scope “Society’s Cage”, an emotive installation on the Mall that was designed by a team of Black architects from SmithGroup.
- NoMa BID commissioned local artists to promote mask wearing through posters, and you can grab a free one from these establishments.
- We featured a gorgeous photo essay from Chris Suspect this week ft. bright, beachy Black Sea vibes. (Slightly NSFW, but tastefully-so.)
- Our SUMMER RULES series continued with input from Jonathan and Laura Nelms of Tabla and Supra, Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes of Levain Bakery (which is headed to Georgetown soon!), Lisa Perez of Lark House Club and singer-songwriter Madison Olds.
- We also had a QUEERANTINE CHECK-IN with Nicholas Cowden of the Washington Ballet to find out how he’s maintaining a sense of queer community during the pandemic.
- And we premiered a music video from Elliot Lee, as well as an album from DOCTOR IMPOSTER.
Friday August 28th
- The Rev. Al Sharpton’s Get Your Knee Off Our Necks Commitment March will already be underway as you’re reading this, but the actual march is slated to begin at 1pm. (Remember to stay hydrated and wear a mask.)
- (You can join up with the DC/DMV Collective Action Protest of local DMV organizations as they stand together in solidarity and head to the march; they’re meeting at the HRC Building at 9:30am and leaving at 10am.)
- There will also be live mural painting at the National Building Museum as part of Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art, which opens at 9am on the West Lawn.
- In terms of tunes, Oceanator has a virtual album release show happening via BABY TV at 8pm ET. Tickets start at $5.
- Angel Olsen is also set to go live via NOONCHORUS at 9pm ET for $17.
- More into dancing? Yaeji is taking over Boiler Room at 7pm ET to raise funds for the Bail Project.
- Plus Outside Lands is Inside Lands this year, and will stream virtually via Twitch starting at 7pm ET; there will be a mix of old and new sets, but you can expect live ones from Tycho, TOKiMONSTA and more.
- For movie vibes, head to Songbyrd for an outdoor screening of Krush Groove; $25 minimum spend per table.
- Plus the National Museum of the American Indian is screening documentary film More Than A Word at 7pm tonight (and 3pm tomorrow).
- You can also always have dinner with Michael Moore via Politics & Prose’s Zoom series at 6pm ET.
- Or if you’re after queer community, hit up Books Are Magic’s first LGBTQ+ Open Mic with George Abraham and Luther Hughes; happening via Zoom at 6pm ET.
- Just want some virtual spooks? Hit up a live streamed ghost hunt via The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail; starts at 7pm ET, tickets are $12.
Saturday August 29th
- For starters, The Live Movement and Long Live GoGo will present HBCU March of the Generations; set to get started at 12:30pm, it will begin at Banneker and head to NMAAHC.
- It’s also Independent Bookstore Day, so be sure to support your local favorites.
- SummerStage Anywhere will also be celebrating Charlie Parker’s 100th birthday today with a bunch of digital programming, including talks, tap dancing classes, a jazz fest and more. Starts at 10:30am ET.
- Inside Lands continues on Twitch at 7pm ET, meanwhile, and will feature live sets from MXMTOON, Hinds, Sharon Van Etten, Brittany Howard and more.
- Plus Megan Thee Stallion is going live starting at 6pm ET for $15.
- You can also scope IDLES via live stream starting at 6:45pm ET; tickets are about $13 (based on 10 GBP).
- Or catch a free Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil live stream via Skirball Stages starting at 11pm ET.
- OR scope Washington Performing Arts and the United States Air Force Band, who will be partnering again for a special co-presentation that is being made available for free on YouTube Live.
- And Coney Island’s famous Mermaid Parade is going virtual this year with a “Tail-A-Thon” starting at 1pm ET.
- Want to celebrate Record Store Day? Songbyrd is hosting an outdoor screening of the CREEM Magazine documentary at 8pm; $25 minimum spend required per table.
- (You can also check out the full list of RSD drops here.)
- Or maybe you’re more in the mood to take a 7pm ET Necromancy 101 class via Catland live stream for $10 // YOU DO YOU.
Sunday August 30th
- For starters, you can go on a paw paw foraging expedition with H St. Farms starting at 9am; tickets start at $30.
- Later, Funk Parade Photo Gallery is going on today starting at 11am ET at Eaton DC.
- 11:Eleven Gallery is reopening this weekend, too, and has teamed up with High Fashion Thrift for a pop-up vibe; swing by from 3pm to 7pm.
- Speaking of 3pm, it’s the final event for Hirshhorn’s Respect Her Crank: A Go-Go Herstory Festival; register online to attend.
- Miss IDLES yesterday? Catch another live stream today at 7pm ET for (again) about $13.
- More into TV? Tonight is the season finale of Wynonna Earp on Syfy at 10pm ET.
- PLUS the MTV VMAs are set to kick off at 9pm ET.
- (You can also do what I’m doing, aka watching Wolfsburg *hopefully* kick Lyon’s ass in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final at 2pm ET; it’s streaming on CBS All Access, you can get a free trial for a week if that makes a difference, SUPPORT WOMEN’S SPORTS.)
- Too lowbrow? Go the movie route instead; Loudoun Arts Film Festival’s digital programming has officially kicked off, meaning you can stream 20 feature-length films and 80 shorts.
- If you’re down for a drive, the Howard County Fair is offering drive-thru fair food from noon until 8pm. (Funnel cakes, fried Oreos, boardwalk fries…the works.)
- Meanwhile, Perry’s is hosting a drag dinner on the roof at 7pm and 8:30pm; be sure to make reservations so they can plan ahead re: safety measures.
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]