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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. John Waters Christmas vibes (our GIF theme, obvi), a Taylor Swift dance party, eggnog competitions and more! Details:

Monday December 16

ACTIVE: Head to Beer Karma for tonight’s Drink It Now Run, duh!

COMEDY: There’s a real good lineup at tonight’s Butterboy w/ Jo, Aparna and Maeve at Littlefield ft. Dave Hill, Greta Titelman, Desiree Burch, Christian Finnigan and Ian Aber! Tickets are $10 each.

CULTURE: Scope a screening of The Daytrippers at IFC Center tonight ft. dir. Greg Mottola & star Liev Schreiber in person! Tickets are $16.

FILM: Casino is screening at Museum of the Moving Image tonight FO’ FREE! Tickets are first come, first served.

FOOD + DRINK: Do you feckin’ love eggnog? Head to Boogie Room for the second annual NOG OFF! 10 competitors, 3 judges, lots of eggnog. $5 entry at the door, the price of which includes samples of all competing nogs.

FREE: There’s a new round of Secret Science Club at the Bell House tonight! Go forth and learn cool shit w/ marine biologist and ocean explorer David Gruber!

MUSIC: I mean, CLEARLY get to Sony Hall for A John Waters Christmas! Tickets are $100+.

STAY IN: Girls Trip is on FX, Little Women (1933) is on TCM and Elf is on AMC!

Tuesday December 17

ACTIVE: If you’re a lady who likes to bike, head to Trek Bicycle on the UWS for a free course on how to fix flats tonight!

COMEDY: Sandy Honig and Peter Smith host PIG at The Slipper Room, and tickets are just $5!

CULTURE: Head to 92Y for an episode screening and conversation about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with Rachel Brosnahan IRL! Tickets are $60.

FILM: Catch a screening of Batman Returns over at Bedlam tonight! FREE!

FOOD + DRINK: Hit up a Mekelburgs x Evil Twin Brewing five course dinner! $75 a ticket, RSVP required. (It’s ALSO Feast of the Seven Fishes at the James Beard Foundation, and that one’ll run you $220.)

FREE: Head to Queer Nite’s Holiday Bazaar at Nitecap! Admission is free, but if you DO have some money, you can support local queer owned and operated businesses and buy your last minute gifts while sipping on complimentary punch!

MUSIC: James Blake has a solo piano show at BAM tonight // yes it’s sold out, no that doesn’t mean you can’t try to scrounge something up on StubHub! PERSONALLY I think you should head on over to Baby’s All Right for Sweden Makes Music 2019 ft. tunes by ELIAS, MAPEI and more! (Free w/ RSVP!)

STAY IN: The Wizard of Oz is on TNT, A Charlie Brown Christmas is on ABC, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is on AMC and Home Alone + Home Alone 2 are on Freeform!

Wednesday December 18

ACTIVE: Pop over to Central Rock Manhattan for Ladies’ Night: Climb ‘n Wine! $25 includes admission and climbing shoes.

COMEDY: Get to Union Hall for Christmas Under the Covers w/ Tommy McNamara, Jo Firestone and Casey James Salengo! Tickets are just $8-$10 a pop.

CULTURE: There’s a Taylor Swift dance party happening at the Bowery Electric tonight, and I definitely count that as “culture”! Tickets are $12 each.

FILM: Hit up Caveat for Publish or Perish: Scientists Review Christmas Movies! Tickets are $12-$15.

FOOD + DRINK: It’s this month’s Death Cafe, in which strangers come together over Moroccan couscous and  mint tea to talk about feelings, thoughts, beliefs and experiences they haven’t been able to share with family, friends or co-workers! Tickets are $15.

FREE: RSVP to Trans-Pecos/Market Hotel’s holiday party, duh! Open bar, tequila tasting, pizza ‘n light bites and MORE!

MUSIC: James Blake’s solo piano show at BAM is once again sold out, but once again all hope is not lost while resale tickets exist!

STAY IN: John Wick is on Spike, Home Alone 2 and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are on Freeform, Elf is on AMC and Gremlins is on IFC!

Thursday December 19

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