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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 a John Maus (our GIF theme) show, firecracker festivals and MORE! Details:

Monday, February 4

ACTIVE: I’m never not gonna suggest donation-based yoga ‘n free cocktails, you guys! Hit up a new round of Sputnik Yoga at Coco-Mat!

COMEDY: Get to Union Hall for Hell Yeah with James Cross! Akilah Hughes, Janeane Garofalo and more are on the lineup, and tickets are $10 each.

CULTURE: Get to BAM to explore the history of African Americans in the horror genre with a double feature: Horror Noire and Tales From The Hood! Post-screening panel discussion will happen, and tickets are $15 each.

FILM: The one and only Sasha Velour will present a screening of Vegas in Space at IFC Center tonight!

FOOD + DRINK: Fred Morin and David McMillan will be talking Joe Beef w/ Julia Kramer at Books Are Magic tonight! Free and open to the public!

FREE: Catch a screening of All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story, a documentary by Marisa Holmes, over at the Brooklyn Public Library tonight!

MUSIC: John Maus is at Brooklyn Steel tonight for $25! (Probably grab a ticket ASAP, ’cause his shows usually sell out!)

STAY IN: Melt your brain! The Bachelor‘s on, plus Billy Madison is screenin’ on Freeform!

Tuesday, February 5

ACTIVE: Get up early and take advantage of a pre-work (read: 8am) free yoga class at Bryant Park!

COMEDY: Go hang out with Mike Sacks, Dave Hill and Mark Rozzo at Union Hall for The 42nd Anniversary Deluxe Edition ‘Stinker Lets Loose’ Record Release Party! Tickets are $10 a pop.

CULTURE: It’s NPR’s Ask Me Another at the Bell House tonight, and Michael Ian Black is the VIP guest! Tickets are $15-$20 each. (Plus Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani will talk about her new book, Brave, Not Perfect at 92Y tonight! Tickets to that are $35 each.)

FILM: Catch a screening of United Skates at IFC Center tonight ft. a chat w/ director Tina Brown and subject Reggie!

FOOD + DRINK: Bunk off work and hit up Rice and Gold’s $45 Chinese New Year lunchtime extravaganza! Three hours o’ food!

FREE: Get to Sara D. Roosevelt Park for this year’s Chinese New Year Firecracker Festival!

MUSIC: Catch gobbinjr, Bueno and Baked at Mercury Lounge for just $10, duh!

STAY IN: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is on FX, and I AM A BIG FAN OF THIS MOVIE EVEN THOUGH NOT EVERYONE ELSE IS! So I say watch it, but you do you!

Wednesday, February 6

ACTIVE: Head to Williamsburg for a live piano and yoga experience! Tickets are $30 each.

COMEDY: Dave Hill’s at QED tonight for another round of You Had To Be There! Tickets are just $10 a pop.

CULTURE: Emily King will discuss her new record tonight at Strand Bookstore with Alan Light! You can gain admission by purchasing a $15 Strand gift card.

FILM: There’s an advance screening of What Men Want at Alamo Drafthouse tonight! Grab a ticket for $17.50.

FOOD + DRINK: Catch a chat with the one and only Danny Meyer tonight! Your $36 ticket also gets you a copy of Meyer’s book, PLUS FREE SHAKE SHACK!

FREE: Talk Willa & Hesper at WORD tonight w/ Amy Feltman and Crystal Hana Kim!

MUSIC: See Video Age and Jackson MacIntosh at Union Pool tonight! Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.

STAY IN: You can obviously watch Riverdale, but Pitch Perfect is also on Freeform, so…pick your guilty pleasure poison!

Thursday, January 7

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