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It’s the weekend again, and it’s going to be REAL HOT. (In like, the literal sense; temperatures in the 90+ range, so stay hydrated.) Lots to do the next few days including the Cancel Rent Rally, loads of live-streamed musical performances, a couple of drive-in movie opportunities and more. (Assuming you’re not too busy listening to the new Taylor Swift album. For the record, I am.)

Before we get into the details, here’s what you might’ve missed on BYT this week:

Friday July 24th

  • For starters, the National Zoo and Air and Space’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center are open again as of today; here’s what you need to know before you go.
  • Tunes-wise, Liza Anne is set to perform a virtual show to celebrate her new record release via Rough Trade’s Instagram. Head over there to catch that at 1pm ET.
  • Meanwhile, Pussy Riot, Yves Tumor and more are set to hit Twitch starting at 1pm ET.
  • You can also pop by Rave the Vote ft. sets from A-Trak, Cakes da Killa, Aluna, TOKiMONSTA, The Blessed Madonna (FKA The Black Madonna), Yaeji and many more. Starts at noon ET.
  • (And there are new records out from Courtney Marie Andrews, Jessy Lanza and Taylor Swift today.)
  • Feelin’ artsy? Brooklyn Brainery is doing a virtual course on floral watercolors starting at 3pm ET. Tickets are $35.
  • In literary territory, you can scope Chris Frantz of Talking Heads speaking with Bob Boilen about Remain in Love via Politics and Prose live stream. Suggested donation of $5-$10 (or whatever you can afford); kicks off at 8pm ET.
  • You can also catch Busboys and Poets in conversation with Tom Colicchio as part of their Zoom dinner series starting at 6pm ET.
  • If film is more your jam, note that the African Diaspora International Film Festival kicks off virtually today; totally free.
  • You can also head over to Moving Image’s virtual Happy Hour ft. Bill and Turner Ross, directors of Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (available now to stream, read our glowing review here), and film critic Beatrice Loayza.
  • Or if you’ve got a car, you can also hit up a free drive-in screening of Jurassic Park at McLean Metro Lot (Tysons) starting at 7pm.
  • Plus Karate Kid, Labyrinth, Palm Springs and Followed are showing at the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City. $9 per adult.

Saturday July 25th

  • Most importantly, you should head to the Cancel Rent Rally at 5pm ET. Columbia Heights Plaza, be there or be square.
  • You can also take a virtual course about anime and social justice via Books in Bloom starting at 11am ET; free w/ RSVP.
  • Plus you can attend Pride virtually in Berlin and Amsterdam starting at 6am ET.
  • In terms of tunes, you can start bright ‘n early with a Gordi live stream at 7am ET.
  • And we’ve got Red White Black & Blues (a 16 hour journey through Black American music to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America) kicking off at 9am ET; performances to come from Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Sharon Jones, George Clinton, Stevie Wonder and more.
  • Later, Margo Price will perform via live stream at 3pm ET.
  • Plus The FADER is orchestrating a big ol’ VIRTUAL Fort today starting at 5pm ET. Performances to come from Lianne La Havas, Soccer Mommy, Benee and more; stream it all here.
  • You can also catch the virtual edition of Celebrate Brooklyn (via BRIC) ft. Questlove, Kes and more starting at 8pm ET.
  • Have a car? Head to McLean Metro Lot (Tysons) for a free drive-in screening of Shrek.
  • You can also scope drive-in screenings of Palm Springs and Followed at the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City. $9 per adult. 

Sunday 26th

  • Start the day by attending virtual drag brunch in support of Casa Ruby; suggested donation of $20.
  • Also queer vibes = the NWSL Challenge Cup Final, which begins at 12:30pm ET on CBS; it’s the Houston Dash vs the Chicago Red Stars, and while I just hope everybody has fun, the Dash have my blessing as the underdogs.
  • In tunes land, you can live stream a Nicole Atkins performance starting at 3pm ET.
  • Meanwhile, Celebrate Brooklyn (via BRIC) continues tonight at 8pm ET ft. virtual performances from Buscabulla, Common and more.
  • More into virtual learning with an occult twist? Hit up Catland’s Saintcraft course, which will focus on “saints in folk magik, as well as key differences in how we work with these spirits as opposed to worshipping or beseeching them.” Tickets are $20, starts at 6pm ET.
  • If you’re keen to do a little road trip, A League of Their Own is tonight’s free drive-in movie at McLean Metro Lot (Tysons).
  • Plus Courageous and Mom’s Night Out are screening at Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City. $9 per adult.
  • And TV-wise, Wynonna Earp S4 premieres on SYFY at 10pm 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 by Nathan Dumlao