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It’s slated to be in the 90s this weekend, so definitely be cautious if you go out; there are marches planned, but fortunately they look like they’re happening towards the late afternoon and early evening when it should be less hot. All the usual safety rules apply (wear a mask, wash your hands, be respectful of others’ health, etc.), but remember to stay hydrated, too.

There’s lots of programming happening this weekend, including a Politics and Prose-presented virtual book talk with QUEENS OF THE RESISTANCE authors Brenda Jones and Krishan Trotman; moderated by Tamika Mallory, it should be a super interesting conversation, so tune in if you’re around on Saturday night. (RSVP here.)

Before we get into the rest, here are a few things from the BYT universe this week:

Friday July 10th

  • To start, this afternoon kicks off several protests, including one that starts at the Capitol Building at 4pm ET, an Abolish ICE protest that begins at Farragut Square at 5:30pm ET and will head towards the Capitol Building, and a Ward 8 Community Youth Peace Rally Drive starting at The Big Chair at 5:30pm and ending at Seventh District Police Department.
  • Again, ARTECHOUSE DC reopened as of yesterday; here’s everything you need to know about booking a visit and what to expect.
  • Also, like we mentioned earlier, the 25th anniversary of Made In Hong Kong Film Festival begins today; here’s our mini preview so you can get a feel for what’s on.
  • At noon ET you can catch forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs (y’know, of Bones acclaim), who will be talking about her latest book, A Conspiracy of Bones, and about her career, with novelist Karin Slaughter. The conversation will be hosted on a Smithsonian Associates-hosted Zoom, and tickets are $25-$30 each.
  • Tonight (provided you have a car) you can hit up another of Union Market’s drive-in movie nights; this time they’re showing Jurassic Park. $20 per car, lot opens starting at 7:30pm ET.
  • Or if you wanna stay home, First Cow (again, check out our review!) is available On Demand today, and we definitely vote you check it out; we scored it a 96% and called it “remarkable”.
  • Meanwhile, Books Are Magic will host a virtual book talk with Saeed Jones about How We Fight for Our Lives, coming-of-age memoir about a young, black, gay man from the South. He’ll be joined by poet, essayist and novelist Morgan Parker, and everything kicks off at 7pm ET.
  • And Bluestockings will host Stephen van Dyck on Zoom as he reads from his new book, People I’ve Met From the Internet, a queer reimagining of the coming-of-age story set at the dawn of the internet era. (He’ll also discuss the book w/ Kate Durbin afterwards.) Starts at 7pm ET.

Saturday July 11th

  • Starting with marching, Free the People, Fight the Power, Fuck the Police is happening at DuPont Circle starting at 7pm ET. (6pm ET training white accomplice orientation.) Bring noisemakers, water and snacks, and (of course) a mask.
  • At 8pm ET, we are excited to be partnering with Politics and Prose for a virtual book talk with QUEENS OF THE RESISTANCE authors Brenda Jones and Krishan Trotman. The conversation will be moderated by Tamika Mallory, and it should be a great evening celebrating the accomplishments of influential women of Congress. (AND it’s free, so definitely tune in.)
  • (You can also just make a whole evening of it since Politics and Prose will also be hosting a 6pm ET virtual book talk with Alice Wong, author of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century; she’ll be joined by Rebecca Cokley and Jen Deerinwater, and it should be a fantastic discussion.)
  • Meanwhile, you can hang out virtually with Roxane Gay, Toshi Reagon and Celisse Henderson via Strand Bookstore and Harlem School of the Arts’ presentation of SongWriter, a live reading and music event. Tickets are $25, and everything kicks off at 8pm ET.
  • More interested in learning about the various applications of astrology? Catland is hosting a three-week Planetary Magik Intensive that begins today; tickets are $60 for the whole thing, class starts at 6pm ET each week.

Sunday July 12th

  • For starters, you can catch the Washington Spirit facing off against the Houston Dash as part of the NWSL Challenge Cup at 12:30pm ET, followed by a 10pm ET match between the Chicago Red Stars and the Utah Royals. Catch both games on CBS All Access.
  • But maybe you feel more comfortable strolling around a graveyard, in which case you’ll be glad to know that Congressional Cemetery is offering small group tours on Sundays at 1pm now. Tours are limited to 9 people, $5 donation per person.
  • Back at home, you can learn all about spiritual hygiene via Catland’s virtual Authentic Spacial Cleansing class. It’ll explore the dozens of ways to purify and protect your space, ranging from burning herbs and washing floors to sound clearing and sweeping rituals. Tickets are $20, class starts at 6pm ET.
  • Meanwhile, Bluestockings is hosting Feminist Book Club at 3pm ET via Zoom; today’s discussion will focus on Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez.
  • More into dancing? You can remotely attend Nowadays’ virtual edition of Mister Sunday with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter.
  • Or if you just want to watch TV, you can catch P-Valley making its debut on Starz at 8pm ET.

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]

Featured photo via Arthur Edelman