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Read this: The kids are alright edition

Some of the Brightest Young Things administer a group massage to California comedienne Tig Notaro, bottom. Left to right: Libby Ellsworth-Kasch, Andy Wood, Svetlana Legetic, Cale Charney, Erik Loften and Dakota Fine. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Good afternoon, everyone. By now, you've probably heard something about Brightest Young Things, the D.C.-based Webzine for 20- to 30-somethings that's slowly morphing from scenester event blog to large-scale event planning outfit.

In a profile of the people behind BYT, Dan Zak says they're ambitious -- last weekend's Bentzen Ball comedy festival was their biggest event to date -- and still learning how to make it all profitable. But there's an undeniable optimism behind it all:

Before they leave, they collect a $29,560 check from the 9:30 club made out to BYT Media Inc. Ellsworth-Kasch suggests they frame it, but turns out they'll definitely need to cash it. The Bentzen Ball shows didn't sell as well as they hoped, and then there's that maxed-out credit card. The festival will leave them in the red, and Pratt will have to crunch the numbers to see how much of a setback they're facing.
Nevertheless, Legetic's blog post the next day glows with trademark BYT optimism: The Bentzen Ball finale "was awesome," she writes. "I am not saying this because we threw it, I am saying this because it is true."

Elsewhere in today's Style section: Former President George W. Bush makes his debut as a motivational speaker. Peter Marks talks with Sir Ian McKellan, in town to accept an award from the Shakespeare Theatre Company. And Paul Farhi reports from Bill Cosby's Mark Twain Prize event at the Kennedy Center.

By The Reliable Source  |  October 27, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
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