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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. NY Comedy Festival mania, a Dolly Parton show (our GIF theme, obvi) and more! Details:

Monday November 4

ACTIVE: Tim McGraw (yes, that Tim McGraw) is going to be talking lifestyle and fitness at Barnes & Noble today, so like…that just feels like a thing I really need to mention, you guys. Tickets are $33 and include a copy of his new book, Grit & Grace.

COMEDY: Hit up the NY Comedy Festival (which is currently in full swing) edition of Butterboy w/ Jo, Aparna and Maeve tonight at Littlefield! Lineup includes The Lucas Brothers, Janeane Garofalo, Hari Kondabolu and more, and tickets are $10.

CULTURE: Head to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for Speaking of Carrie LIVE!, a podcast where comedians and Sex and the City Bus Tour Guides Melissa Stokoski and Elyse Brandau talk about what holds up, what doesn’t and what will never change. They will be joined by Sarah CM, a sex and drugs educator, speaker, and consultant, and the whole shebang is FREE w/ RSVP!

FILM: Swing by Alamo Drafthouse for The Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Series tonight! Starts at 7pm.

FOOD + DRINK: Take a $10 coffee history class at Brooklyn Brainery tonight! You’ll discuss the origins of coffee and coffee houses as a shared communal space, and yes, you will get to enjoy some coffee from neighboring Blue Marble!

FREE: Catch a free show from Teenage Afterglow and Celebrity Warship at Alphaville tonight!

MUSIC: CLEARLY see Clairo at Brooklyn Steel for $30, duh!

STAY IN: FIRST of all, His Dark Materials premieres on HBO tonight! Also, Rogue One is on TNT, Avatar is on FX and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is on AMC!

Tuesday November 5

ACTIVE: There’s a new round o’ Punk Rope happening tonight, and this time the musical theme is BANDS FROM JAPAN! $10 at Otto’s Shrunken Head.

COMEDY: I mean, who would I be if I didn’t tell you to be on the lookout for resale tickets to Jenny Slate’s sold out show at Town Hall tonight? Fortunately we’ve also got solid back-ups like Writers of SNL Live at Baby’s All Right ($15) and Decolonize Your Mind at Chelsea Music Hall w/ hosts Larry Owens and Karen Chee ft. Ana Fabrega, Aparna Nancherla, Jaboukie Young-White, Randall Otis and Ziwe Fumudoh ($11)

CULTURE: Mo Rocca will be talking Mobituaries with Andy Borowitz at 92Y tonight! Get in on all the chat action for $40.

FILM: Catch a special screening of Blue Velvet at Nitehawk Prospect Park!

FOOD + DRINK: Head to the Institute of Culinary Education for The Art of the Side Hustle & Baking with @DadaEats tonight! Tickets are $50.

FREE: Swing by DoNYC’s birthday party at House of Yes ft. Small Black, Gibbz and DJ Jess Dye (of High Waisted)! RSVP to get on the list.

MUSIC: If you happen to have a spare $128, I would HIGHLY recommend seeing Dolly Parton at Hammerstein Ballroom for obvious reasons. If you don’t, though, then just catch Kindness at Music Hall of Williamsburg for $20-$25, and/or Fruit Bats at LPR for $20!

STAY IN: Taken is on IFC, The First Wives Club is on Ovation, and something called A Shoe Addict’s Christmas is on Hallmark. (So. There’s that.)

Wednesday November 6

ACTIVE: Couldn’t get enough Marathon vibes? Go for a group run w/ Prospect Park Track Club! Meetup is at 7:15pm at Grand Army Plaza.

COMEDY: Post up at the Bell House for 1. The National Lampoon Radio Hour ft. Jo Firestone, Cole Escola, Maeve Higgins, Lorelei Ramirez and more ($25), and then 2. a new round of The Lesbian Agenda w/ Sophie Santos ($15)!

CULTURE: Most definitely get to Books Are Magic for a conversation with Susannah Cahalan as she talks The Great Pretender (which delves into the troubling history of mental illness diagnoses and treatments) w/ Karen Abbott and Ada Calhoun! Free and open to the public.

FILM: We’re full o’ David Lynch vibes this week, y’all! Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is screening at Metrograph tonight!

FOOD + DRINK: There’s a new round of BookBook Club at Archestratus tonight! This time everyone will be talking Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, and entry is free w/ RSVP!

FREE: Head on over to House of Yes for new rounds of Amateur Burlesque Night and Hot Mess: Drag Competition! RSVP to get on the list.

MUSIC: Clairo’s back at it again at Brooklyn Steel tonight, so def-o grab a $30 ticket!

STAY IN: If you’re still interested in this season of AHS (I actually am again), scope that on FX! But also, Atomic Blonde is on FXX, plus Goodfellas is on AMC and Jurassic Park is on Spike!

Thursday November 7

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