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We’re back for a new round of NYC Best Weekday Bets! Each day will feature a top pick in the areas of 1. fitness (active), 2. comedy, 3. culture, 4. film, 5. food + drink, 6. free, 7. music and 8. staying in (because let’s face it, sometimes you just want to not leave your couch). Get ready for lots o’ great stuff, INCLUDING but not limited to free pizza, dinner w/ TORRES, a special screening of RBG (our GIF theme) ft. Q+A w/ the directors and MORE! Details:

Monday, January 14

ACTIVE: Listen, I’m pretty much never going to NOT recommend donation-based boozy Monday yoga so long as it exists, but if you’re broke as hell, Bryant Park is also offering free fitness classes on Mondays! YOU DO YOU!

COMEDY: Chances are you missed the boat on Pete Davidson at the Bell House tickets (SOLD OUT WOMP WOMP), so go with the next best thing, aka Friends Who Folk And Friends at Union Hall ft. Rachel Wenitsky, Ned Riseley, Sydnee Washington, Natalie Walker, Ziwe Fumudoh and Pat Regan! Tickets are $10 a pop.

CULTURE: The Brooklyn Historical Society will host Lessons from the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Teachers Strike tonight, and it’s just $5 to attend. Go learn something!

FILM: IFC Center is where it’s at tonight! You can either catch a sneak preview of An Unacceptable Loss ft. writer/director Joe Chappelle in person, or go slightly more vintage w/ a screening of Blow-Up ft. intro by Matt Zoller Seitz!

FOOD + DRINK: Go learn about the history of gin at a $13 Brooklyn Brainery course! (Clearly there will be tasting involved!)

FREE: Get to 2A for free comedy ‘n free pizza tonight! Comedy by Courtney Maginnis, DJ Demers, Farah Brook, Napoleon Emill, Natasha Vaynblat andRemy Faulding, music by Dan Grgas, hosting byJill Weiner and Jeffrey Emerson!

MUSIC: Oh my god OBVIOUSLY head to another one of The Wild Honey Pie’s dinners, this time ft. a live performance by TORRES! $50 gets you admission plus dinner ‘n beer!

STAY IN: Basically it’s The Bachelor or Antiques Roadshow, and you know who I am, so you should know I ALWAYS recommend the latter. But do what you have to do.

Tuesday, January 15

ACTIVE: BRIC is hosting a free (w/ RSVP) movement jam/dance class tonight, so take advantage! 6:30pm to 8pm.

COMEDY: Get to the EV location of Two Boots for FREE comedy from Shalewa Sharpe, Kate Willett and MORE! Plus if you RSVP on Eventbrite, you get a chance to win some FREE PIZZA!

CULTURE: In case you weren’t aware, music can and has been used as an actual weapon! Go learn all about it at Brooklyn Brainery tonight, where they’re hosting an $11 course titled Dangerous Music.

FILM: Director Debra Granik will be at Metrograph tonight to introduce a 9:15 screening of Leave No Trace! Go go go!

FOOD + DRINK: It’s a new round of BookBook Club at Archestratus tonight, so go talk aboutHere Let Us Feast by MFK Fisher and enjoy cheese ‘n wine all the while! Free w/ RSVP!

FREE: For even more broke dot com vibes, you can catch a free show from WIVES over at Baby’s All Right!

MUSIC: If you DO have a little dough to spend on tunes, you can also hit up Mercury Lounge for $10 gig from Vera Sola and Belle-Skinner!

STAY IN: My Cousin Vinny is on AMC. (THE CHOICE IS CLEAR!)

Wednesday, January 16

ACTIVE: I vote you double down on gettin’ active at Strand Books tonight, where you can prepare for Saturday’s Women’s March by making signs! (Marching is active in all of the ways, the physical aspect just won’t kick in until you’re out there in the streets!) The $20 admission gets you wine, snacks ‘n supplies, plus even more goodies!

COMEDY: Head to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for a new round of Drunk Education: Roasts of “Great” Literary Men ft. Brittany Spanos, Becca Schuh and Helen B. Holmes! Free w/ RSVP!

CULTURE: Get REAL LEARN’T at 92Y tonight, where soviet historian Stephen F. Cohen will join Dan Rather and Katrina Vanden Heuvel to explore just how real the threat of a war with Russia actually is! (Fun! Light!) Tickets are $40 a pop.

FILM: CLEARLY make a beeline for IFC Center, where directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen will be in person for a Q+A at a 6:45 screening of RBG!

FOOD + DRINK: Hit up apexart for the first Peer2Pickle dinner, aka a multicourse experience ft. foods that have “been altered through natural processes such as dehydration, fermentation, tincturing and brining in order to extend their lifespan.” Allegedly free w/ RSVP!

FREE: 100% catch TEEN at Baby’s All Right tonight! The gig is FREE w/ RSVP!

MUSIC: Got a tenner? MUNYA’s at Elsewhere tonight for $10-$12!

STAY IN: Riverdale is on, which I support, but you can also catch Blockers on HBO!

Thursday, January 17

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