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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 Harry Potter mania at Syndicated (our GIF theme, duh), a celebration of 10 years of Original Plumbing, National Tequila Day and MORE! Details:

Monday, July 22

ACTIVE: Celebrate the dissipation of the heatwave with some free outdoor yoga in Central Park!

COMEDY: Catch a new round of Butterboy with Jo, Aparna and Maeve over at Littlefield! Tonight’s guests include Judah Friedlander, Chris Garcia, Katina Corrao and Jared Goldstein, and tickets are $13 a pop.

CULTURE: Head to Strand Bookstore’s Rare Book Room to celebrate 10 years of Original Plumbing! Editors Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos will be present for a panel, as well as Transguy Supply founder Scott Rose, artist, DJ and TGNB Programming manager D’hana Perry and Take Two Storytelling show host Harvey Katz; you can gain admission by purchasing a $15 Strand gift card and/or a $35 signed copy of the book, which is a compilation of the best of the magazine’s twenty issues!

FILM: It’s Harry Potter mania at Syndicated this week! Catch $7 screenings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets tonight!

FOOD + DRINK: Join New Cook City, a monthly gathering for food nerds, amateur cooks, and professional chefs, as they team up with This Queer Kitchen to bring you PRUNE by Gabrielle Hamilton for July’s edition of Cookbook Club! Bring a dish from the book (check the Google Doc to see what’s taken) and a minimum donation of $5 for the American Civil Liberties Union.

FREE: Hit up Our Wicked Lady for a free rooftop screening of Old School, or pop over to Bryant Park for a free outdoor screening of Coming To America!

MUSIC: Head to Gran Torino for Je T’aime Oh No w/ High Waisted, Animal Show and The Bobby Lees! Tickets are $10 each.

STAY IN: If you thought you had it rough in the sweltering abyss this weekend, just have a reality check by watching Cast Away on AMC! (Or melt your brain w/ Love Island or The Bachelorette, or do what I’m doing, aka forever watching Antiques Roadshow on PBS!)

Tuesday, July 23

ACTIVE: Swing by the Meatpacking District at 6pm for a new round of The Sweat Sessions outdoors! As always, free!

COMEDY: OBVIOUSLY hit up Caveat for A Tribute to Jennifer Lopez, aka a night of comedy, music ‘n dance dedicated to all things JLo as she turns FIFTY! Lineup includes Lorelei Ramirez, Milly Tamarez, Karolena Theresa, Jesse Roth and Megami, and tickets are $15-$20. (You can ALSO pop over to Threes Brewing to catch Sarah Dooley singing funny songs!)

CULTURE: For emerging filmmaker vibes, get to H0L0 for New Cinema Club Vol. 008! Show followed by filmmaker Q&A and afterparty, $5 suggested donation at the door.

FILM: The Potter Party continues at Syndicated tonight w/ $7 screenings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

FOOD + DRINK: Learn all about the history of Scotch whisky over at Brooklyn Brainery tonight! Tickets are $14, and clearly there will be sampling involved.

FREE: Head to Valentino Pier for a free outdoor screening of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!

MUSIC: 110% catch Sons of an Illustrious Father at Rough Trade tonight! Tickets are $15 a pop.

STAY IN: Love Island is obviously an option, though you could also watch Guardians of the Galaxy on FX or Rogue One on TNT!

Wednesday, July 24

ACTIVE: It’s a new round of Yoga for Witches at Catland tonight! Tickets are $15, and it’s BYO mat.

COMEDY: Head to the Bell House to catch Deck the Hallmark Live for some Christmas in July action! They’ll be reviewing A Christmas Detour, and tickets will run you $20 a pop.

CULTURE: Catch Laura Lippman in conversation w/ Sarah Weinman about Lady in the Lake over at Books Are Magic! Free and open to the public!

FILM: YOU GUESSED IT! More Harry Potter vibes at Syndicated tonight w/ $7 screenings of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

FOOD + DRINK: Celebrate National Tequila Day at House of Yes, where they’re hosting Salt Lime Sparkle, a FREE dance party ft. tequila popsicles and slushies by Patrón, tacos for purchase and more!

FREE: Catch free outdoor screenings of: Waiting for Guffman at Parklife, Moonstruck at Pier 63 and/or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Pier 1!

MUSIC: Loads of good shows happening tonight, but my top pick goes to WAVVES, Surfbort and Sharkmuffin at Industry City! Tickets are $25. (Although if you’d prefer to hit the high seas, Caroline Rose has a $30 show on a boat…so…)

STAY IN: Love Island is on (forever, it is on), but you can also scope Cast Away on BBC America, Tommy Boy on CMT and Get Out on FX!

Thursday, July 25

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