There are a lot of things to consider mentioning in this opening monologue (A LOT), but I think I will just go ahead and pick two: 1. VOTE, 2. it’s Bandcamp Friday, so remember to support your favorite artists!
There’s plenty to do this weekend in the realms of virtual and IRL events, all of which we will get into very momentarily. (There are weirdly a lot of animal-related things happening, probably because the universe recognizes we need cute energy more than ever.) But first, here’s some stuff you might’ve missed on BYT this week:
- Our sister agency, Exactly, partnered with Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on a super cool virtual opening event for their Girlhood (It’s Complicated) exhibition; save the date (October 8th, 7pm ET) to scope messages and performances from Billie Jean King, Beanie Feldstein, Jazz Jennings, Momona Tamada, the Washington Mystics, Madame Gandhi and more!
- (Also save the date for Paper Routes, the latest in NMWA’s Women to Watch series, which is set to debut on October 8th, too, plus XO: The Black In Space Journey Continues lifts off October 9th.)
- Are you doing (or at least thinking of doing) Sober October? Here’s some great advice for how to stay on course, what do to if you slip up and more.
- Yesterday was World Vegetarian Day, but to Priya Konings, it’s World Vegetarian Day all year! Check out her archive of BYT pieces about great (meatless) food around DC.
- Here’s a big ol’ thinkpiece about how I’m Thinking of Ending Things and Kajillionaire are breathing life into a previously stale genre.
- I spoke with Sad13 (Sadie Dupuis) about how her apartment is not haunted.
- Got maskne? NOT ANYMORE!
- And lastly, here’s everything we’re into this week (from seafood CSAs to morticians’ memoirs to the Great British Baking Show for pottery) including contributions from our new intern, Jordan!
Friday October 2nd
- For starters, Congressional Cemetery is hosting another dinner and a movie night; this time they’re screening O.
- But if you’d prefer your movie screening to be less in a graveyard and more on a rooftop, Songbyrd is hosting Beastie Boys Story tonight. (Minimum $25 spend per table.)
- The Wharf, meanwhile, will be screening Black Panther; reserve cabanas for $10, minimum $20 spend per person.
- More into watching stuff at home? Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks hits Apple TV+ today.
- Or if you’re more interested in Netflix originals, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Joe Mantello will be talking The Boys In The Band virtually for 92Y at 7pm ET.
- In tunes territory, we’ve got Tashera performing virtually for NMWA’s The Tea at noon ET.
- Later, you can catch U.S. Girls, Black Belt Eagle Scout and more as part of Venus Fest over on YouTube at 8pm ET.
- Meanwhile, Hot Chip (DJ set), John Talabot and more will be featured on DICE for $7; lineup kicks off at 1pm ET.
- You can also scope Sylvan Esso via KEXP’s YouTube channel at 6pm ET.
- Just wanna experience some socially distanced art? You can book tours to catch Kirsty Little’s Hope at Honfleur Gallery, (interested parties should contact Creative Director, Terence Nicholson, at [email protected] to reserve a socially distanced slot), or check out Joel Crooms’ Afro-Futurism Symbology at Anacostia Arts Center, plus Tayo Kuku Jr. is showing at Mehari Sequar Gallery.
Saturday October 3rd
- Obviously spend your day at The Wharf, where loads of restaurants are celebrating Oktoberfest, and wiener dogs are strongly encouraged.
- Speaking of dogs, Best In Shaw Dog Show kicks off at 11am.
- You can also apparently pet some alpacas at La Cosecha Latin Market starting at noon, so there’s that…
- In terms of tunes, we’ve got JD Samson going live on Elseworld TV at 7pm ET.
- MidWay Music Festival is going virtual this year, too, so you can scope Okay Kaya, Madison McFerrin and more starting at 6:30pm ET. (Tickets are $15+.)
- We’ve also got Hot Chip, John Talabot and more comin’ at you live from DICE for $7 again; lineup begins at 1pm ET.
- Or tune into Democracy Comes Alive ft. virtual performances from Hiss Golden Messenger, Moon Taxi and many more; starts at noon ET.
- If you flippin’ love guitars, though, maybe tune into Guitar.com’s day of virtual panels ft. appearances from St. Vincent, Jason Isbell and more; starts at 11am ET.
- More into the occult? Witch School is back at Catland (virtually) starting today at 7pm ET; the full eight-week intensive is $150.
- Or if you’re just missing Burning Man vibes real hard, hit up A Very Burner Bike Ride at 4:30pm.
- (Regardless of what you do today, probably tune into the Season 46 premiere of SNL tonight.)
Sunday October 4th
- For starters, you don’t have to be religious to appreciate the spectacle that is watching animals being professional blessed; tune into Online Blessing of the Animals at the National Cathedral starting at 1pm ET.
- You should also swing by NMWA for another free community day from noon to 5pm.
- It’s National Taco Day, and Taco Bamba’s doing its annual BAMBATHON!
- More into learning to make your own food? Take Brooklyn Brainery’s $22 dumpling making class via Zoom at 11am ET.
- Or if you just wanna pretend it’s 2018/2019 in LA, scope archived Hollywood Bowl performances by Flying Lotus and Santigold starting at 9:30pm ET.
- More into TV vibes? David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet hits Netflix today, plus The Good Lord Bird premieres on Showtime, and The Walking Dead: The World Beyond premieres on AMC.