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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, especially when it continues to be cold AF outside). Lots on the books this first couple of weekdays INCLUDING but not limited to a a dramatic reading by Alan Cumming and Simon Callow, Tinder Live w/ Lane Moore, a Bowie celebration, a screening of Harold & Maude (our GIF theme) and MORE:

Monday, February 12

ACTIVE: Feel less guilty about happy hour by participating in The Great Pub Race! You can run an open course unsanctioned race to get to Dylan Murphy’s Pub for happy hour, and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

COMEDY: Head to tonight’s Butterboy w/ Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins at Littlefield! Tickets are $10 a pop.

CULTURE: It’s a new Ask Me Another over at the Bell House tonight, and the VIP guest is none other than Lola Kirke! (I just told you how much I liked her in AWOL here!) Tickets are $25 a pop, so grab ’em while they last!

FILM: Go watch Grease at Village East tonight, DUH!

FOOD + DRINK: Get to Project Parlor tonight to enjoy Smokemonster chili by our buddy Jenn de la Vega (Randwiches)!

FREE: Hit up Wild Project for the opening reception of Poetic License Festival ft. art, performances and what appears to be free Lagunitas!

MUSIC: Celebrate Bowie at Irving Plaza tonight for $52+! The lineup features Joe Sumner, Gaby Moreno and MORE!

STAY IN: It’s the Olympics! Watch alpine skiing, snowboarding and speed skating on NBC tonight!

Tuesday, February 13

ACTIVE: Hit up a night run in Central Park that’s Mardi Gras themed! They’ll be handing out prizes, too // BONUS!

COMEDY: Hang out with Chris Gethard for a recording of Beautiful/Anonymous at the Bell House tonight! Tickets are $15 each.

CULTURE: Go to the Met for The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardya dramatic reading by Alan Cumming and Simon Callow! Tickets are $55+.

FILM: It’s Ingmar Bergman madness over at the Film Forum, so get in there for a screening of Wild Strawberries tonight!

FOOD + DRINK: Celebrate Shrove Tuesday w/ pancakes at the New York Irish Center in Queens! Live music plus food for $12 a person.

FREE: Head to VNYL for a Good Girls (that new NBC show) themed Galentine’s Day party! Guests get one free drink apiece.

MUSIC: Get your tunes fix at Brooklyn Steel, where Sleigh Bells and Sunflower Bean are playing a $30 show tonight!

STAY IN: It’s still the Olympics! Tonight is figure skating, alpine skiing and snowboarding on NBC!

Wednesday, February 14

ACTIVE: Dance your face off at a Morrissey/The Smiths dance party at the Bell House! Tickets will run you $16-$24 a pop.

COMEDY: It’s a special Valentine’s Day edition of Tinder Live w/ Lane Moore at Littlefield! Guests include Jon Friedman, Aparna Nancherla and Sally Kohn, and tickets will set you back $15 each.

CULTURE: Hit up a rock show slash dance party slash comedy show slash benefit for Planned Parenthood at Music Hall of Williamsburg! Tickets to Village of Love are just $20, and the lineup includes April March & Lola Kirke, Aparna Nancherla, TV Baby, The Lemon Twigs, Shilpa Ray and MORE!

FILM: For sure watch Harold & Maude at Videology tonight! Tickets are $25 and include a chocolate covered strawberry and glass of Prosecco.

FOOD + DRINK: OBVIOUSLY go taste test some Haute Chocolate at Strand Bookstore tonight! 100% free and open to the public, 100% delicious.

FREE: Back over at Videology we’ve got a free round of Simpsons bingo, the Valentine’s Day edition! (I CHOO-CHOO-CHOOSE YOU!)

MUSIC: Spend your Valentine’s Day with Field Mouse at Elsewhere! Tickets to the show are $10-$12 each.

STAY IN: It’s STILL the Olympics! Catch figure skating, alpine skiing, skeleton and speed skating on NBC, all while eating an entire box of chocolates and getting real drunk because you’re forever alone! (That’s my plan, anyway!)

Thursday, February 15

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