First off, HAPPY HANUKKAH to everybody celebrating! From Matisyahu’s Festival of Light (virtual this year for obvious reasons) to latke pop-ups, there’s plenty of solid programming happening the next couple of days. (There’s also Christmas stuff, non-denominational stuff…THE WORKS!) Before we crack on w/ all ye olde details, here’s some stuff you might’ve missed on BYT this week:
- FIRST of all, we had a DELIGHTFUL chat to Michelle Buteau about her new book, Survival of the Thickest, which you should read RIGHT NOW.
- Plus we spoke with V. TALENTED young dancer Matthew Crittenden about his Dance In DC performance, which just premiered yesterday night.
- Here’s me critiquing Ammonite, which I posit is just a poor man’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire! (WHY CAN’T I JUST BE HAPPY.)
- We took deep dives into Money Muscle BBQ’s Texas Style Brisket and Immigrant Food’s Mumbai Mariachi Bowl in our Behind the Dish series.
- We also took Seven Reasons’ “Playte @ Home” kit for a test-drive and it was p. great!
- Tristan made a fab, 2020-appropriate Grinch parody, and you can read it here!
- And here’s everything we’re into this week, plus some of the worst gifts we’ve ever received!
Friday December 11th
- Kick off your Friday programming w/ Smithsonian’s virtual 24 Hours In A Time Of Change event, which aims to foster dialogue about this challenging year.
- You can also tune into a FREE Hirshhorn virtual chat about surveillance technologies in XR art, activism and everyday life at noon ET.
- Tunes-wise, get into the Christmas spirit at 2pm ET via a special $12 holiday Zoom performance from The Dears.
- If you’re trying to get into the Hanukkah spirit, specifically, be sure to tune into Matisyahu’s Festival of Light 2020 live stream at 9pm ET for $14.99+.
- Meanwhile, we’ve also got Marissa Nadler taking over LPR TV (presumably non-denominationally) at 9pm ET for $10…
- …and Born Ruffians are taking to NoonChorus at 9pm ET for $15, too.
- More in the mood for a festive film? Songbyrd will screen Home Alone outdoors at 7pm tonight // $25 minimum spend per table, two people per table.
- Don’t forget to check out Light Yards which are in full glow bloom:
- Plus The Wharf will be hosting outdoor screenings of How The Grinch Stole Christmas all weekend long; grab a fire pit reservation (seats up to four people) for $60.
- Just wanna zone out w/ a movie at home? The Prom finally hits Netflix today.
- (Or if you’re in full-on binge mode, The Wilds lands on Amazon Prime today as well.)
Saturday December 12th
- First, mask up and head to Santa’s Miracle On M Street; the $55 picnic-style (and socially-distanced) event at The Bullpen is all-you-can-drink, and will feature seasonal beverages, an apple cider donut eating contest, holiday tunes and more. First session is noon to 3pm, second is 4:30pm to 7:30pm.
- And/or swing by an Après Ski Party at Wunder Garten from 6pm to 10pm.
- Later, in the event you couldn’t get enough Home Alone action at Songbyrd last night, tonight they’re screening Home Alone 2 outdoors. Again, $25 minimum spend per table, two people per table.
- In terms of tuneage, we’ve got MisterWives going live via Moment House at 6pm ET for $15…
- …plus Charly Bliss will go live via Seated at 7pm ET for $5+.
- We’ve also got a show from Dorian Electra, Kimya Dawson and more at 10:30pm ET for $0+.
- Or if you’re looking for mega-relaxation vibes, be sure to tune into Time Out with tUnE-YaRds, a meditative live stream to benefit the East Bay Meditation Center. Starts streaming via YouTube at 8pm ET.
Sunday December 13th
- FIRST of all, pop by a $25 virtual course on how to make homemade latkes and apple sauce via Brooklyn Brainery at noon ET.
- Or expand your Hanukkah horizons with Sixth & I’s $12 (free for those in need) virtual Jewish Flavor: Fried Feast course at 6pm ET ft. pampushkes, bombolones and more.
- Less into cooking and more into eating? Hit up Green Zone’s third annual latke pop-up event; tickets are $30 each.
- If you’re into cooking and eating, and pupusas are your jam, tune into El Tamarindo’s virtual workshop at noon ET; pupusa packs are $35.99 each.
- But maybe you’re just trying to get a little outdoor holiday shopping done, in which case be sure to swing by the holiday market at Victura Park between noon and 6pm.
- More into t-t-t-t-tunes? Catch Andrew Bird going live on Seated at 8pm ET for $20+.
- You can also scope a YouTube Home for the Holidays benefit at 8pm ET ft. appearances from Taylor Swift, Cyndi Lauper, Billie Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard and more.
- Or if movies are more your jam, you’ll be delighted to hear that DC9 is screening Elf on the roof deck for free at 6:30pm sharp.
- PLUS you can always stay in your car if you’re down to hit up RFK Stadium for a drive-in screening of Home Alone starting at 7pm sharp (lot opens at 6pm); $20 per vehicle.
plus, a shout out to our friends and partners at the Yards, make sure to check LIGHT YARDS out: