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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 very important appearance by Mariska Hargitay (our GIF them, OBVIOUSLY), drunk yoga, a tarot workshop and MORE! Details:

Monday, February 11

ACTIVE: YOU GUESSED IT! Donation-based yoga and free cocktails will never sound like a bad idea to me!

COMEDY: Hit up Union Hall for In Bad Taste ft. Ayo Edebiri, Jaboukie Young-White, Nicole Boyce and MORE! Tickets are $10 each.

CULTURE: Megan Griswold will be at McNally Jackson tonight to do a reading and signing of The Book of Help!

FILM: Documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry will be at IFC Center tonight for a Q+A and screenings of Street Fight and A Night At The Garden!

FOOD + DRINK: Hang out with Diana Kuan at Books Are Magic, where she’ll discuss her new book, Red Hot Kitchen, with Matt Rodbard! (Free to attend!)

FREE: Head to NYU Skirball for a free talk w/ renowned, award-winning playwrights who’ve illuminated the lives of the LGBTQ+ community through their work! (RSVP as space is limited!)

MUSIC: The Wild Honey Pie is hosting a new round of its dinner series at the Guadalupe Inn! This time the musical guest is Caveman, and your $50 ticket includes the performance, your meal AND your beer!

STAY IN: As usual, it’s a real Sophie’s choice…Antiques Roadshow or The Bachelor?

Tuesday, February 12

ACTIVE: Go do PUNK ROPE (which is exactly what it sounds like) at Otto’s Shrunken Head! Tickets are $15.

COMEDY: Get to Union Hall for The Lesbian Agenda w/ Sophie Santos and Jess Salomon, duh! Lineup includes Elsa Waithe, Samantha Ruddy and Nicole Boyce, and tickets are $10-$12 a pop.

CULTURE: Oh my god oh my god oh my god OBVIOUSLY go to 92Y to hang out with Mariska Hargitay, who’ll be in conversation with author Isabel Gillies about Gillies’ new book, COZY: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World. Tickets are $35 each. (You can ALSO play Oregon Trail live at Caveat! Tickets are $10-$20.)

FILM: Scope a $12 screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor at Alamo Drafthouse!

FOOD + DRINK: Gail Simmons is gonna be at DEZ for one of their Fireside Chats! Tickets are $20, and that price includes a free glass of wine, 50% off your meal and a donation to Hot Bread Kitchen, a nonprofit working to create economic opportunity for women facing economic insecurity.

FREE: Hang out w/ Lilith Magazine tonight! They’ll have snacks ‘n wine, plus free books and copies of the new issue will be available to people who arrive early! (RSVP since there’s limited space!)

MUSIC: Catch Rachael Yamagata at City Winery tonight! Tickets are $25+.


Wednesday, January 13

ACTIVE: Do yoga ‘n drink wine at the William Vale, duh! Tickets are $20 each.

COMEDYDavid Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Glaser and Jo Firestone will all be at Littlefield tonight for a PS 154 benefit! Tickets are $20-$35 each.

CULTURE: Hit up a love manifestation tarot workshop at Catland, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Tickets are $10.

FILM: Catch a benefit screening of The Florida Project at Nitehawk tonight! $7 from each ticket and $1 from each cocktail will go to Win (Women in Need), a New York non-profit that is breaking the cycle of homelessness for women and their children.

FOOD + DRINK: Strand Bookstore is hosting a GALENTINE’S DAY PARTY! Go eat Wafels & Dinges and drink wine while crafting! Grab a ticket for $10, the price of which includes a $5 gift card.

FREE: B&H and Sony are doing an event at Hudson Mercantile tonight where you can test out products, listen to panel discussions, and (most importantly) enjoy free food, beer and wine!

MUSIC: I mean, you kind of have to go to Lincoln Center for Nancy And Beth starring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, but if you don’t have $150, then probably do the next best thing and see Looms, Monograms and Ryne Ziemba at Our Wicked Lady for just $5 instead!

STAY IN: Watch Ghostbusters (the 2016 one, obvi) on FXX!

Thursday, January 14

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