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I don’t think there’s been a non-emotionally draining week in recent memory, but this one has been extra tough with the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the utter lack of justice that’s been served for Breonna Taylor. It’s important we all stay active and vigilant (and that we VOTE), but it’s also important to make sure our batteries are charged, because we’re in this for the long haul. That said, there are a lot of things happening this weekend (both virtually and IRL) that lend to all of the above, and we’re going to talk about them momentarily. You can skip straight ahead to that, but we recommend checking out what you might’ve missed on BYT this week first:

Friday September 25th

  • For starters, tune into Hirshhorn’s At Home Friday Art Break with MISS CHELOVE at noon ET.
  • Also, the National Book Festival is going virtual this year, so catch some interactive programming all weekend long now through Sunday at 8pm ET.
  • In terms of tunes, you can catch Oceanator, Baby Grill and gobbinjr over on Long Neck’s Twitch stream at 7pm ET.
  • Meanwhile, Bonnaroo is going virtual this year; tune into their YouTube stream for a mix of archived and live performances from Big Freedia, Nathaniel Rateliff, Moon Taxi and more.
  • Philly Music Fest is also virtual this year, and today it’s set to feature Langhorne Slim, Mt. Joy and more starting at 7pm ET.
  • Plus it’s the 16th annual DC Jazz Festival all weekend long, so be sure to tune into that here.
  • And of course make sure you check out DC Art All Night’s Virtual Showcase Series starting at 7pm ET.
  • In cinematic territory, Songbyrd is hosting an outdoor screening of Dope at 8pm; $25 minimum spend per table.
  • More in the mood for a drive-in movie? Union Market is screening Avengers: Infinity War tonight; $20 per vehicle, lot opens at 7:15pm and closes at 8:15pm, movie starts at 8:30pm.

Saturday September 26th

  • First, Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation is leading Speak Out! Justice for Breonna Taylor and Deon Kay at noon outside of Mellon Mart (2921 MLK Jr Ave SE).
  • In terms of music, we’ve got The Weeks doing a live stream at 9pm ET.
  • Meanwhile, No Joy will go live for Pop Montreal at 4pm ET.
  • Speaking of festivals, Echo Park Rising is going virtual this year with performances from Reggie Watts, Jackie Mendoza, The Gooms and more starting at noon ET.
  • Farm Aid is going virtual, too, ft. performances from Willie Nelson, Margo Price, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Nathaniel Rateliff and more.
  • Virtual Bonnaroo also continues today, with another mixture of live and archived performances ft. Joy Oladokun, Mandolin Orange and more.
  • Plus Pitchfork is live streaming a bunch of rare and archival performances by Robyn, Angel Olsen, Beach House, Carly Rae Jepsen, Blood Orange, Mitski and more.
  • And you can scope archival performances from The Strokes, Tash Sultana, Jenny Lewis, LP and more for Ohana Festival’s virtual pivot as well.
  • DC Art All Night’s Virtual Showcase Series also continues at 7pm ET, so make sure to tune in.
  • More into dance parties? Shady Pines is happening at DC9 at 9pm, and you can either make a reservation to catch it live on the roof, or you can tune in from home via Twitch.
  • Or if you’d rather spend your evening virtually with some excellent queer comedians, tune into a new round of Queerotica via Strand Bookstore; lineup includes Samantha Ruddy, Kate Sisk, Kelly Bachman, Domo Jones and more, and tickets are $10.
  • But maybe you’re more in an outdoor mood today, in which case you’ll be glad to know there’s baby goat yoga at Congressional Cemetery with open slots from 12:30pm; tickets are $40. (There’ll also be a community yard sale going on, and if you want to participate, it’s $25 to reserve a space.)
  • Or if Oktoberfest celebrations are more your jam, Cafe Berlin is hosting a pig roast from noon to 3pm today; $55 gets you spit roasted pig with traditional sides, apfelstrudel and a liter of Oktoberfest bier.

Sunday September 27th

  • For starters, there’s a No Confirmation Until Inauguration Rally happening at the Supreme Court steps starting at 2pm.
  • If you’re more in a learning at home mood, Catland is hosting a 4pm ET virtual course w/ Hess Love called Finding Your Place in the African Diaspora, which is “an examination of the African Diaspora of religions, traditions and belief systems and how the modern Black American can find their place among them by observing ancestor veneration as a common practice.” Tickets are $10.
  • Meanwhile, Michaela Angela Davis will host a Crown Conversation with Esi Eggleston Bracey, the architect behind the CROWN Coalition (which seeks to end hair discrimination federally), via Facebook Live at 4pm ET today.
  • And summer’s officially over, but there’s still some excellent produce rolling around. Trying to preserve it? Take a $25 virtual Brooklyn Brainery course all about how to quick pickle, freeze and can at 10:30am ET.
  • If it’s tunes you’re after, you can pretend you’re at the Hollywood Bowl c. 2010, 2018 thanks to archived performances from Jimmy Cliff and Little Dragon that are streaming from 9:30pm ET.
  • Or if you want to get outside, Yoga for Black Lives Matter (donation-based yoga with Rachel B) is happening outside of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at 6pm.
  • Meanwhile, Wunder Garten’s Oktoberfest celebrations are happening all weekend, but Sunday specifically is Dogtoberfest, so you can bring the dog along while you enjoy some German biers al fresco.
  • Just into TV? Fargo Season 4 kicks off on FX tonight.


Featured photo by Logan Weaver