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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. learning, 8. music and 9. 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 sound baths, drag competitions, Persepolis screenings and MORE:

Monday, March 19

ACTIVE: If you’re interested in learning more about hiking in Nepal (I have a buddy who’s trekking around the Himalayas right now and it looks INCREDIBLE) then get to REI for a free talk about that tonight!

COMEDY: Tonight head to Union Hall for FOMO LIVE with Kristen Bartlett! Lineup includes Sasheer Zamata, Alex Moffat and more, and tickets are just $10 each.

CULTURE: LA-based artist Morgan Fisher will be at MoMA tonight to present his latest work, “ANOTHER MOVIE”! Tickets are $12.

FILM: Hit up Videology to catch $12 screenings of Persepolis tonight, DUH!

FOOD + DRINK: If you’re into Chilean completos (one of the best, most decked out hot dog varietals on the planet), be sure to get to House of Brews to eat some this evening!

FREE: Tonight you can hit up BRIC for a free workshop on how to apply for affordable housing!

LEARN: Speaking of free things, you can also hit up a $0 Secret Science Club talk with social neuroscientist Jay Van Bavel, who’ll be talking about our partisan brains!

MUSIC: Swing by Elsewhere to catch a set by Stella Donnelly for just $12!

STAY IN: For me, it’s going to be an honestly tough call between Antiques Roadshow on PBS and Jennifer’s Body on Cinemax.

Tuesday, March 20

ACTIVE: Actively relax at a Vernal Equinox Sound Bath at Magick City tonight! I’ve heard nothing but the best stuff about sound baths, and this one will run you $21.

COMEDY: As of this writing, there are still tickets ($12-$15 each) to catch David Cross at Littlefield tonight, so obviously grab ’em while you can!

CULTURE: Get to The Gutter tonight for a new ANNY (Animation Nights New York) ft. a curated selection of animated shorts from around the world! Free admission!

FILM: Catch a screening of Thank You and Good Night at Museum of the Moving Image tonight ft. director Jan Oxenberg in person!

FOOD + DRINK: TASTE will host Alon Shaya tonight at Books Are Magic to talk about his book, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back To Israel, and entry is free!

FREE: It’s 16mm Film Night at the NYPL, so swing by for a free evening of curated gems from experimental filmmakers of the sixties!

LEARN: Head to the New York Hall of Science forΒ a special preview screening of the first episode of One Strange Rock, a documentary series that will air on Nat Geo beginning March 26! (Also free!)

MUSIC: Tonight Mona will be at Berlin for $15, so do that, duh!

STAY IN: Mulan is on Freeform, JUST SAYING.

Wednesday, March 21


ACTIVE: Bluestockings is hosting another Pop Gym Pop Up free self defense class tonight, so swing by to learn a move or two!

COMEDY: Littlefield wins again on the LOL front tonight, ’cause Comedy Co-Op is happening for $15-$30, and the lineup features everyone from Janeane Garofalo to Liza Treyger to Dave Hill!

CULTURE: The Affordable Art Fair NYC kicks off at Metropolitan Pavilion today, so be sure to grab tickets for $20+ and check it out!

FILM: Bar Uni is screening The Matrix for free tonight, and will be offering special drinks ‘n menu items in conjunction with the film!

FOOD + DRINK: It’s Raclette Night in Astoria at ABC Broadway! 6-10pm, all of the melty goodness!

FREE: Hit up House of Yes for Hot Mess: A Drag Competition! Free all night w/ RSVP!

LEARN: Swing by the ICP Museum for a talk on the role of photography in shaping immigration policy and the perception of sociocultural issues! Tickets are free w/ registration.

MUSIC: Head to the Bell House tonight for a combination of comedy and music to benefit Stoneman Douglas High School // performances by Mike Birbiglia, Lena Hall, Jo Firestone, Michelle Buteau and more! Tickets are $20-$25 each.

STAY IN: I am not too proud to watch The Princess Diaries on Nickelodeon, you guys.

Thursday, March 22

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