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I didn’t watch the debate last night because I already know who I’m voting for (as soon as the gates open to do it in Brooklyn tomorrow) and also I am trying to maintain an even-keeled blood pressure, but I imagine those of you who did might be feelin’ a little STRESSED this morning. Deep breaths, ’cause we have a lot of really great stuff happening the next few days to partially distract us from the hellscape; from Planet Afropunk to a Pete and Pete cast reunion to The Great Pumpkin Extravaganza, we are not want for virtual or IRL options.

BUT FIRST…here are a few things you might’ve missed from the BYT universe this week that might pique your interest:

Friday October 23rd

  • Wanna travel to Brooklyn without leaving your couch? The Bushwick Film Festival is in full swing virtually this year, and there are over a hundred different films from thirty countries to rent starting at $7.
  • You can also take a free virtual mid-day art break with Hirshhorn at noon; Sarah Tanguy will be talking TRACES.
  • Or if you’re down for an outdoor, socially-distanced screening, Hocus Pocus is showing for $20 at The Wharf, Coco is screening for $20 at The Bullpen, and ET is screening at Baltimore’s Cross Street Market.
  • More into tunes? Planet Afropunk starts streaming today at 11am ET and will continue through Sunday; it’s set to include performances from Sampa The Great, Yves Tumor, Songhoy Blues and more, and it’s free.
  • You can also catch Tori Amos in digital conversation for the Manchester Literature Festival at 3pm ET.
  • Then at 4:30pm ET, the Tom Petty Birthday Bash kicks off online ft. virtual performances from Stevie Nicks, Kurt Vile, The Killers and more. Starts on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio, then moves to Twitch at 7pm ET.
  • PUP will also be taking to NoonChorus at 9pm ET for $13.
  • Riz La Vie and Glassio (DJ set) will be going live via Elseworld TV’s Twitch at 7pm ET.
  • Meanwhile, Ela Minus is going live on Amoeba Hollywood’s Instagram at 6pm ET.

Saturday October 24th

  • Indie Venue Week kicks off today with panels and performances (including Sen Morimoto at 9pm ET), so be sure to show up (virtually) to support your favorite spots, and donate if you have the means.
  • It’s also Black Entrepreneurs Day, and you can catch virtual appearances from Chance the Rapper, Shaq, Questlove, Jamie Foxx and more starting at 7pm ET.
  • Meanwhile, Planet Afropunk continues with virtual performances from Ari Lennox, Common, The Veldt and more starting at 10am ET.
  • GO Global Gala is also happening virtually today; hosted by Lily Collins, Ewan McGregor and Robert Pattinson, it’s set to include a HAIM performance, and it all starts at 9pm ET.
  • Plus Hamilton Leithauser will be taking over KEXP’s YouTube channel at 4pm ET.
  • Or if you’re more of a Billie Eilish guy, she’s doing a live stream at 6pm ET for $30.
  • In terms of movies, Baltimore’s Charles Theatre is doing a $10 outdoor screening of Beetlejuice, and Baltimore’s Druid Park will do a drive-in Hocus Pocus screening for $10 per vehicle.
  • More into seasonal alcohol? The Bullpen is hosting The Great Pumpkin Extravaganza today ft. unlimited samples of seasonal beers and ciders, plus there’ll be a cider donut eating contest, games and more. (All socially distanced, of course.) Two seatings (1pm-4pm and 5pm-8pm), and tickets start at $55.
  • Or if you’re just trying to learn something new today, The Phillips Collection is teaching you how to use intuitive problem solving, active listening, fast reflexes and graphic paneling to create quick narrative portraits via Crossovers aka A Cacophony of Comics Catharsis, a hands-on Zoom workshop with artist Eric Gordon. Starts at noon, free.

Sunday October 25th

  • Pete ‘n Pete fans will be delighted to hear that there’ll be a Zoom cast reunion at 9pm ET tonight in support of Pennsylvania Democrats! Mike Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Alison Fanelli, Toby Huss, Judy Grafe, Mark Mulcahy, Rick Gomez, David Martel, co-creator Will McRobb and director Katherine Dieckmann will all be there, plus Muggy Polaris is set to do a little performance. (Average donation is $28, but anything you can contribute helps.)
  • Down for a drive out to Delaplane? North Star Stables is doing a drive-thru “Trot or Treat” where they’ll be primarily handing Halloween goodies out to kids, but you can also catch horses in costume, which like, is kind of amazing for all ages? (Just me?) They’re raising money for their therapeutic riding fund, so if you go, DONATE!
  • More into outdoor movies? The Bullpen is screening Hocus Pocus for $20.
  • Tunes-wise, we’ve got the third and final day of Planet Afropunk starting at 10am ET ft. Bootsy Collins, Balimaya Project, Tawiah and Theon Cross.
  • And Angel Olsen, Soko, Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard, Kathleen Hanna and more will perform virtually to benefit Planned Parenthood; tickets are $15, starts at 9pm ET.
  • Beethoven mega-fan? The National Philharmonic is celebrating his 250th birthday at 2pm ET.
  • Meanwhile, you can join the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center for Monuments of Hope #WorldOperaDay Premiere at 1pm ET via Facebook Live.
  • If the occult is more your jam, Baltimore-based Hess Love is doing a virtual Black History: Ghost Stories class that will take a look at the history and traditions of Black Ghost Stories and Justice for Black Ghosts, including how to pay respects to local famous ghosts. Two hours starting at 7pm ET, $20 to participate.
  • Just wanna get in some fall thriller vibes? Catch Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in Susanne Bier’s “The Undoing”, which premieres on HBO tonight at 9pm ET.

Don’t forget to tag #BYTHINGS on Instagram to keep us in the loop about what you get up to this weekend! (We may even add you to our recap on Monday!)

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