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Hi everyone – well, here we are. Somehow, it is week…ten? Eleven? And it has been A week.

DC is reopening (no matter how everyone feels about it, and there ARE feelings about it everywhere.). The word “survival” also feels loaded now (well, it feels loaded always but the past few weeks have made us REALLY feel it), so we have taken it out of this article’s title. It can just be a weekend we make it through together, without overt dramatization on our side.

As always, we have some great picks for you this weekend, with Pride on the horizon and everything, but before anything else, we want to take a moment to say that whatever you do this weekend, please take time to demand justice for George Floyd. Harpers Bazaar put together a list of actionable steps you can take, from donating funds to calling Minnesota representatives. (The ACLU has also provided a script for once you’ve gotten through on the phone. It may take a while to connect, but please keep at it.).

Also print this, laminate it, put it in your pocket as a life reminder (it will come in handy more often than not, these days):

In terms of our news, which are smaller but hopefully spark joy during this complicated time, we are EXTREMELY proud of this project to kick off Pride Month: don’t forget to tune into Smithsonian’s Project Pride: Virtual Concert & Time Capsule on Sunday night (8pm ET), now with 100% more Rufus Wainwright and Indigo Girls // YES. Digital RSVP here. Bookmark YouTube link here. All the gifs in this guide are from the wonderful people participating:

There are actually tons of good ways to get into the Pride spirit this weekend, and we’re gonna talk about all of them below.

Before we get into it, here’s some reading material from the BYT universe:

Friday, May 29th

  • Let’s obviously begin with the kickoff of a 10-day global film festival! We Are One starts at 7am ET, and will feature over 100 festival-curated films, not to mention music, comedy and an impressive lineup of panel discussions. And it’s free. INSANE.
  • Moving into SHOW-TUNES, if you missed its 2016 run, you can scope HAIRSPRAY! Live at 2pm ET on YouTube. The show is to benefit The Actors Fund: Covid-19 Emergency Relief.
  • In terms of TUNES-tunes, we’ve got a fairly eclectic mix of artists (think: Kygo, Jimmy Buffett, Oh Wonder, etc.) participating in Golden Hour Festival as a fundraiser for WHO. Kicks off at 4pm ET.
  • Meanwhile, the inimitable Sharon Van Etten will celebrate the anniversary of her debut album because i was in love to benefit NIVA: National Independent Venue Association. Tickets to access the virtual performance are $12-$15.
  • PAUSE FOR BREAD. Yes, you can take a six-session virtual sourdough course from BK Brainery that starts TODAY. Tickets are $95.
  • Or get the Pride feels going early by catching Smithsonian Project Pride performer (and incredible musician) Rufus Wainwright doing a live session for NPR’s World Cafe at 1pm ET.
  • Speaking of early Pride vibes, you can CERTAINLY tune into the virtual Drag Race Season 12 finale. (Also, scope our predictions for who we think will snatch the crown slash PLEASE LET IT BE GIGI.)
  • Or if queer literary vibes are more your scene, hit up Books Are Magic’s free Zoom event Queering the Hyphen: An LGBTQ+ Asian American Reading ft. Mary Jean Chan, Chen Chen, Arhm Choi Wild, Margaret Rhee and Yanyi.
  • Brooklyn’s Loud Bitch comedy show is also headed online for a free virtual show highlighting queer/femme/POC comedians. Zoom sets from Jes Tom, Michael Nguyen, Shompa Kabir and more beginning at 8pm ET.
  • Plus Wanda Sykes is one of the headlining acts for Laughter in Lockdown supporting The Actors Fund. Starts at 8pm ET.

Saturday, May 30th

Sunday, May 31st

  • For starters, CLEARLY set your alarms for Smithsonian’s Project Pride at 8pm ET on YouTube. Hosted by Ari Shapiro the lineup is BANANAS; in alphabetical order, we’ve got Alex the Astronaut, Big Freedia, Bright Light Bright Light, Cameron Esposito, CLAUD, Dorian Electra, Girl in Red, Indigo Girls, Jake Shears, Joy Oladokun, Kat Cunning, Madame Gandhi, mxmtoon, Nakhane, Pabllo Vittar, Pet Shop Boys, Roxane Gay, Rufus Wainwright, SOKO, Tig Notaro & Stephanie Allynne, Tunde Olaniran and VINCINT! The virtual concert and digital time capsule will celebrate LGBTQ+ Heritage, Culture and History, AND will highlight some incredible Smithsonian collections. HERE. FOR. IT. Smithsonian Zoo Pandas are too:

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