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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 Bob the Drag Queen IRL (GIF theme, CLEARLY), a Dolly Parton tribute party, an Ottolenghi potluck and MORE! Details:

Monday, January 21

ACTIVE: On a budget? Get to Bryant Park for a FREE fitness class tonight!

COMEDY: Get to Littlefield tonight for the latest round of Butterboy w/ Maeve Higgins, Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone! Tonight’s lineup includes Matteo Lane, Christi Chiello and more, and tickets are $10 a pop.

CULTURE: CLEARLY make a beeline for C’mon, Everybody this evening; they’re hosting a Dolly Parton tribute night! Tickets are $7-$10 each.

FILM: Get to Caveat for an evening w/ Racquel Gates, who’ll present her new book, Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture. Gates argues for a broader definition of what makes something a “black” film, and she’ll talk all about that w/ TA Alex English. Tickets are $15 each.

FOOD + DRINK: David Tamarkin and Amanda Shapiro will be at Books Are Magic tonight to talk COOK90, aka the thirty day challenge that’ll have you cooking at home on the regular! Free to attend!

FREE: Swing by The Hard Swallow for a full moon party tonight ft. free champagne toast at midnight!

MUSIC: Banda Magda, Bria Skonberg, & r.O.T.i. will all be at National Sawdust for a Planned Parenthood benefit tonight, so I’d definitely recommend swinging by! Tickets are donation-based.

STAY IN: Bridesmaids is on E! tonight! (But you could also watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS, as I intend to do!)

Tuesday, January 22

ACTIVE: Think you can handle a pre-work yoga class? There’s a free one happening at 8am at Bryant Park! TAKE ADVANTAGE!

COMEDY: Swing by Caveat for the latest installment of Reductress’ HAHA…WOW! Tickets are $10-$12 a pop!

CULTURE: It’s a new round of Ask Me Another at the Bell House tonight ft. VIP guests Bob the Drag Queen and Monet X Change! Tickets are $15-$20 each.

FILM: Mutual Appreciation is screening at Alamo Drafthouse, and there’ll be a bonus Q+A w/ stars Justin Rice and Rachel Clift! Tickets are $15 each.

FOOD + DRINK: It’s an Ottolenghi potluck party at Archestratus tonight! Free to attend, just bring your favorite Ottolenghi Simple dish for everyone to try!

FREE: Catch Amalia Andrade and Maeve Higgins in conversation at Strand Bookstore tonight! Free to attend w/ RSVP!

MUSIC: In terms of t-t-t-t-tunes, hit up Irving Plaza for a $22 show from gnash, Mallrat and Guardin!

STAY IN: There’s a new episode of Linday Lohan’s Beach Club on MTV, so like, obviously watch that. (DUH.)

Wednesday, January 23

ACTIVE: Head to Pier 17 for a free fitness course, y’all! #VALUE

COMEDY: Get to QED for This is Beyond Belief: Frakes or Brolin ft. four storytellers and YOU have to decide if they’re feeding you facts or fiction! Sarah Hartshorne will be there, too (from ANTM, remember that?!), so obviously grab a $10 ticket and GO!

CULTURE: Stephanie Land will be at Books Are Magic to discuss Maid w/ Alissa Quart, so if you’re in the mood to talk about the underbelly of the upper-middle class, then grab yourself a seat! (Free to attend!)

FILM: Morricone Youth will be live-scoring a screening of Danger: Diabolik at Nitehawk tonight! Tickets are $18 each.

FOOD + DRINK: Celebrate women in beer at the Beer Fridge tonight! All are welcome, plus there’ll be tastings, food pairings, educational discussions and more! (Free to attend!)

FREE: In the mood to cut a rug? House of Yes has you covered w/ a dancehall-reggaeton-afrobeat party tonight! Free to attend!

MUSIC: Catch the one and only Monica Martin at Public Arts tonight! Tickets are $12 each.


Thursday, January 24

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