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You’d think a week after those epic election celebrations things would feel a bit less ominous, but after days of news cycle insanity (looking forward to when THAT eventually ends), not to mention Friday the 13th and the impending MAGA rallies this weekend, it’s all a little much. And with rising COVID rates on top of it all, this seems like a pretty ideal time to stay home. Fortunately we just launched a brand new newsletter focused on falling back in love with the GREAT INDOORS! If you’re not signed up to receive it, fix that here.

For those of you who are reading this going, “BUT WHAT IF I WANT TO GO OUTSIDE, MEGAN?!” then I’m going, “DON’T FREAK OUT! In addition to at-home-friendly programming, I’ll be sure to pepper in some safe and socially distanced IRL options, too!” (And if you do opt to go that route, PLEASE stay safe and vigilant in ALL of the ways.)

Before we get into the details, let’s quickly cover a few things you might’ve missed from the BYT universe the past few days:

Friday, November 13th

  • DMV Black Restaurant Week is in full swing now through Sunday, November 15th! Be sure to support some excellent restaurants by grabbing take-out/delivery this weekend, yeah?
  • Meanwhile, DC-based nonprofit FRESHFARM is set to host their annual Feast fundraising dinner virtually with Marcelle Afram, Executive Chef of Compass Rose and Maydan, who’ll prepare fatayer, or Lebanese hand pies, using a recipe that highlights flavors from the Middle East and showcases local, seasonal farmers market ingredients. Free to participate, but it is a fundraiser, so donations are welcome! You can also purchase a box of ingredients to make your own fatayer at home; those will be delivered on Saturday.
  • You can also tune into Nik Sharma’s demonstration on how to make Samosa Pie, a recipe from his second cookbook, The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking, at 6:30pm ET. Tickets start at $35.
  • Just wanna eat virtual dinner w/ one and only José Andrés? WHO WOULDN’T?! He will be sitting down with Busboys and Poets for the latest edition of their virtual dinner series to talk about his culinary innovation and humanitarianism at 6pm ET. (Free to register!)
  • In terms of tunes ‘n TV, Adult Swim Festival is happening virtually; catch performances from Robyn, Kaytranada and Mastodon, plus scope exclusive live streams incl. Rick and Morty, The Eric Andre Show, a special edition of Toonami and more.
  • And while we’re in festival land, you can take a virtual trip to Reykjavik for Iceland Airwaves, which is all streaming online this year today and tomorrow. A two-day festival pass will run you $50, and you can expect performances from the likes of Ásgeir, Mammùt, Ólafur Arnalds, Daði Freyr, Of Monsters and Men and more.
  • I’m personally delighted that Marika Hackman’s Covers album drops today; to celebrate, she’s doing a $15 live-streamed performance via NoonChorus at 9pm ET.
  • OSHUN will also be going live at 9pm ET over on LPR TV; tickets are $10 a pop.
  • But I’m also SCREAMING that Dolly Parton will be going live on Amazon Music’s Twitch to perform songs from her new holiday album at 1pm ET!!!
  • Finally, if you must leave the house, watching Wayne’s World outdoors at Songbyrd isn’t a bad way to go about it. $25 minimum spend per table.

Saturday, November 14th

Sunday, November 15th

  • In a baking mood? Catch Sixth & I’s crash course in babka-making with Hannah Wolfman-Arent, a baker for Sonny’s Pizza; starts at 4pm ET, and a single class pass is $30, while a bundle of three is discounted at $75.
  • If tunes are calling your name, ARTE Festival will go live with performances from London Grammar, Helena Deland, Patrick Watson and more starting at 1pm ET.
  • For the art aficionados among you, NMWA is hosting Fresh Talk: Place and Power, a conversation about global food access, gender, class, and labor virtually at 4:30pm ET.
  • Or just binge The Crown, which returns for its fourth season on Netflix today.
  • If you must leave the house, we’d recommend Rhizome DC’s outdoor benefit art/flea market; proceeds will be donated to DC Books to Prisons, Occupy DC and The Palm Collective, and they are taking donated goods, art, books, zines, clothing, junk, etc. to sell, too. Starts at 11am, runs until 5pm, WEAR A MASK.
  • You can also head to Wunder Garten; today’s Fallfest programming features a “Chunky Blankets & Brews” class from noon to 1pm where guests will learn how to make a v. seasonally appropriate chunky blanket. Tickets are $90 per person and include a complimentary drink plus all materials and instruction to make a 40×50 blanket.

Don’t forget to tag #BYTHINGS on Instagram to keep us in the loop about what you get up to this weekend!