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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). Tons happening this week ft. shows from Future Generations, Hibou, Molly Burch and more, plus chats w/ Jia Tolentino, a special screening of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (our GIF theme), etc! Details:

Monday August 5

ACTIVE: Hit up The Intrepid for a free IronStrength workout ‘n sunset yoga afterwards tonight!

COMEDY: Head to Littlefield for this week’s Butterboy w/ Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins ft. guests Ophira Eisenberg, Adam Newman, Nori Reed, Gavin Matts and more! Tickets are $10 each.

CULTURE: If you wanna try your luck at hopping on the wait list for BH90210: A Screening and Conversation with Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Jessica Shaw at 92Y, I’d highly recommend it! But for a safer (and more inexpensive) bet, hit up Books Are Magic for a chat w/ Jia Tolentino on her new book, Trick Mirror! Free and open to the public!

FILM: Scope a $12 screening of Domino at Alamo Drafthouse tonight as part of their Cherry Bomb programming!

FOOD + DRINK: Grab $1 scoops to celebrate the opening day of Van Leeuwen Columbus! (253 Columbus Ave between W 71st St & W 72nd St.)

FREE: Do the Right Thing is screening for free on the roof at Our Wicked Lady, plus Bryant Park is hosting a free outdoor screening of Anchorman!

MUSIC: Pop on over to Baby’s All Right for a $10-$12 show from No Swoon with Day & Dream and The Natvral!

STAY IN: If you’ve got a date w/ your couch, you can tune into Love Island, Bachelor In Paradise, Antiques Roadshow and/or Jaws (on AMC)! (Obviously the latter two options are the best ones!)

Tuesday August 6

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

COMEDY: There’s a new round of Punderdome 3000 at Littlefield tonight, so if you want a side o’ wordplay w/ your LOLs, then this is the spot for you! Tickets are $10 a pop.

CULTURE: Find out everything you need to know about the upcoming 2020 election at Politics, Pacing and Comfort Food, a New York Times Live Event! Tickets are $40.

FILM: Get pumped for IT Chapter Two w/ a special $12 screening of IT Chapter One happening at Alamo Drafthouse!

FOOD + DRINK: Ya gotta hit up the 8-year anniversary of Yum’s the Word at LPR tonight! Special guests include Ophira Eisenberg and Shalewa Sharpe, and YES THERE WILL BE ICE CREAM CAKES! Tickets are $15-$20 each.

FREE: Head out to Red Hook’s Valentino Pier for a free outdoor screening of Real Genius tonight!

MUSIC: Mac DeMarco and Ex Hex have a $45+ Prospect Park Bandshell gig tonight, but if you’re too broke and/or not a fan of ye olde great outdoors (and/or Mac DeMarco), then just head to Mercury Lounge for a $12-$15 Hibou show! (I very much am in favor of the latter option!)

STAY IN: Love Island is on again, or you can watch Bridesmaids on E!, The Shawshank Redemption on BBC America or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 on Syfy!

Wednesday August 7

ACTIVE: Get to the Flatiron Building after work for a free zumba class!

COMEDY: Littlefield will host Todd Barry ‘n friends (including Joe Machi, Janeane Garofalo, Shane Torres and Marina Franklin) tonight, and tickets will run you $15-$18 each!

CULTURE: Hit up the Bell House for a new round of NPR’s Ask Me Another ft. special guest Julio Torres, an all-around funny human who you probably know from a lot of different things, but especially in this case Los Espookys! Tickets are $15-$20 each.

FILM: Get to Nitehawk Prospect Park for a special screening of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (ft. live pre-show performance by Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts)! Tickets are $18 each.

FOOD + DRINK: Tonight Saxon + Parole will host an all-you-can eat summer seafood feast (ft. lobster, crab, shrimp, oysters, mussels…you name it, basically…) on their terrace with unlimited rosé and beer! Tickets are $95 a pop.

FREE: Hit up Parklife for a free outdoor screening of Trading Places tonight, duh!

MUSIC: Catch Future Generations and Argonaut & Wasp on the roof at Elsewhere tonight for $15-$18, or if indoor vibes are more your jam, scope the one and only Molly Burch at Rough Trade for $15!

STAY IN: Continue the Love Island madness, or scope Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on Syfy, Top Gun on Spike, Coming to America on IFC or Pretty Woman on AMC!

Thursday August 8

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