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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 chats w/ John Waters (our GIF theme), food from Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, a special screening of The Love Witch ft. bonus CBD snacks and MORE! Details:

Monday, May 20

ACTIVE: Get to Nowadays for Body Music Therapy w/ Jen Orlando! It features a combo of guided meditation, electronic music and kundalini yoga, and tickets are $10-$25 each.

COMEDY: At this week’s Butterboy w/ Jo, Aparna and Maeve at Littlefield we’ve got Adam Cayton-Holland, Dave Hill, Hari Kondabolu, Janelle James AND Jean Grae! Tickets are just $10 a pop.

CULTURE: Get to Bowery Poetry Club to celebrate APAHM with an arts showcase and fundraiser for the Asian American Feminist Collective! Our Voices, Our Stories will feature performances by Jes Tom, Thahitun Mariam and MORE, and tickets are $25 each.

FILM: MOCAFilms will present a special screening of Stand Up by Clara Xing tonight! Tickets are $25 and include film screening, Q&A with director, wine and museum admission.

FOOD + DRINK: An Choi is hosting BẮC 54, a five-course dinner ft. special northern style Vietnamese family dishes, and tickets are $55 each INCLUDING a free glass of wine!

FREE: It’s Monday night karaoke at Our Wicked Lady from 8pm ’til midnight! Go and sing your little heart out fo’ free!

MUSIC: If you grab a copy of Charly Bliss’ new record, you can catch a FREE performance over at Rough Trade tonight! (Yes, this got rescheduled from last week!)

STAY IN: Kelly Ripa also hates The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, so I feel I have a full green light to direct your attention to a brand new episode of Antiques Roadshow on PBS!

Tuesday, May 21

ACTIVE: Go learn the art of Greek dancing at Coco Mat, and enjoy some complimentary vermouth spritzes ‘n light mezze to boot! Tickets are $20 each.

COMEDY: Hit up Caveat for a GENIUS show concept, aka On This Day, ft. Julio Torres, Gastor Almonte and more! Tickets are $10-$12 each.

CULTURE: See the one and only Ryann Donnelly in conversation with Nabil Ayers (of 4AD) in celebration of her latest book Justify My Love: Sex, Subversion, and Music Video at Rough Trade w/ signing to follow! Free!

FILM: Hit up a screening of Instrument ft. bonus Q&A with director Jem Cohen and Fugazi member Guy Picciotto at Nitehawk Prospect Park tonight! (Last night’s show sold out, so be sure to grab tickets ASAP!)

FOOD + DRINK: Catch José Andrés as he chats Vegetables Unleashed w/ Matt Goulding + Adam Rapoport at Mercado Little Spain! Tickets will run you about $50 a pop.

FREE: RSVP to join The FADER and SHOWTIME for a special free screening of an episode of the four-part limited docu series, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men! The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, plus there’s an after party!

MUSIC: SUSS have what’s sure to be an amazing, atmospheric gig over at Union Pool tonight! If you haven’t heard their (IMO) dopely ambient country tunes yet, check ’em out here, and then grab a $13-$15 ticket!

STAY IN: Do we have to watch Stanley Cup vibes? I’m still not sure if I’m supposed to care about hockey or not…

Wednesday, May 22

ACTIVE: Head on over to Catland for a new round of Yoga for Witches! Tickets are $15 each.

COMEDY: For comedy vibes, make it a Bell House night! They’re hosting Raise The Roof And Help Syrian Children, a fundraiser hosted by the one and only Maeve Higgins ft. Aparna Nancherla, John Hodgman, Jordan Temple and more! Tickets are $20-$25 each.

CULTURE: Town Hall will host Neil Gaiman and Nick Offerman as they chat about Good Omens! Tickets start at $36. (Or if that ain’t your jam, catch the inimitable John Waters as he presents Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder at St. Joseph’s College for $30, the price of which includes a copy of the book!)

FILM: There’s a special $25 screening of The Love Witch at Syndicated tonight ft. bonus bag of CBD snacks included with each ticket!

FOOD + DRINK: CLEARLY get to Archestratus for an evening w/ chef and author Andy Ricker and co-author JJ Goode as they hang out at a noodle arancini happy hour ft. moderated conversation with The Splendid Table’s Francis Lam, a Q+A and a book signing in celebration of their new book, Pok Pok Noodles: Recipes from Thailand and Beyond! Tickets are $15-$40 each.

FREE: Talk all things hemp at Patagonia Upper West Side! They’ll show a short film, talk about Patagonia’s sourcing and use of hemp, and will hear from activist/author Winona LaDuke! (Refreshments ‘n snacks are an added bonus.)

MUSIC: Head on over to Baby’s All Right for an Ela Minus show, clearly! Tickets are just $5-$8 each!

STAY IN: Legally Blonde is on E!, and I always feel like it’s the right time for Elle Woods’ specific brand of girl power.

Thursday, May 23

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