We’re back for a new round of NYC Best Weekday Bets 2020! 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. Jamie Oliver hangs, boozy yoga, Bowie drag competitions and more! (I am mostly excited for the premiere of Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time on ABC, so THAT IS OUR GIF THEME DEAL WITH IT!) Details:
Monday January 6
ACTIVE: If you’re not fully committed to Whole 30 but still wanna try to be more active this year, head on over to Coco-Mat for yoga ‘n cocktails tonight! Guarantee a spot for $10, or if you’re a gamblin’ man, just show up and you could get in for free!
COMEDY: Swing by Littlefield for the first Butterboy of 2020 ft. Max Wittert, Dave Merheje, Kevin Iso, Lauren Hope Krass and more! Tickets are $10.
CULTURE: Some solid programming re: new year, new you at Strand Bookstore tonight! 1. neuroscientist and author Daniel Levitin will be discussing Successful Aging, and 2. Andrew Barnes will be talking about The 4 Day Week! Grab a copy of the books in question and/or a $15 Strand gift card to attend your convo of choice!
FILM: Swing by The Slipper Room for Attack of The Slipper Room Movie Mondays ft. shorts by new filmmakers! Entry is free, popcorn is free, WOO!
FOOD + DRINK: Learn how to make sushi and dumplings at a BYOB class! Tickets are $79 each.
FREE: Get to Pianos for Jack’s Fruit, a no-cover comedy show ft. Dylan Adler, David Duke, Ziwe, Alysia Brown, Natasha Vaynblat and Lil Frexxx!
MUSIC: Head to Blue Note for the first night of the Maurice “Mobetta” Brown Birthday Vibes Session! Tonight’s band features Anderson .Paak, Isaiah Sharkey and more, and tickets are $25+.
STAY IN: You know I love me some Antiques Roadshow on PBS, though I should also mention that Titanic is on AMC!
Tuesday January 7
ACTIVE: Coco-Mat is hosting another round of yoga ‘n cocktails tonight! Guarantee a spot for $10, like yesterday, you can roll ye olde dice and try your luck at just showin’ up for free entry!
COMEDY: If you’re in the mood for some competitive wordplay, obviously hit up Littlefield for the latest edition of Punderdome 3000, America’s favorite (and v. funny) pun-based game show! Tickets are $12.
CULTURE: Head to the Bell House for a new round of Food 4 Thot (“a podcast discussing sex, relationships, race, identity, what we like to read and who we like to read”) Live! Tickets are $20 a pop.
FILM: You can catch $7 screenings of Joker and The Lighthouse at Syndicated tonight, but you can ALSO participate in free Movie Trivia ft. prizes including gift certificates, drinks and movie tickets!
FOOD + DRINK: Jamie Oliver’s gonna be talking Ultimate Veg w/ Carla Hall at 92Y tonight! Tickets’ll run you $37 each.
FREE: It’s SCUM NIGHT at Clem’s! If you’re into “Punk Metal Lowbrow Garage 60sGirlGroups and weirdo” vibes, then head on over to d-d-d-d-dance for $0!
MUSIC: It’s ROUND TWO of the Maurice “Mobetta” Brown Birthday Vibes Session at Blue Note! Tonight’s band features Talib Kweli, Isaiah Sharkey and more, and tickets are $25+.
STAY IN: I mean OBVIOUSLY post up for Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time on ABC…but if you’re not a Trebekkie (I guess we can’t be friends), you can also scope Avatar on FX, The Blind Side on ABC Family, Step Up on E, etc.
Wednesday January 8
ACTIVE: Registration opens for the 2020 TD Five Boro Bike Tour today, so if you wanna get in on that cyclin’ action May 3rd, do it now!
COMEDY: Swing by Union Hall for SHITSHOW (an evening of comedians unwise enough to breed) w/ Ophira Eisenberg and Emily Flake ft. Doogie Horner, Jenny Hagel, Katie Goodman, Gastor Almonte and Iris Bahr! Tickets are $8-$10 each.
CULTURE: Caveat will host a new round of Citizenship Live tonight! The game show pits immigrants and US citizens against one another (“but in a FUN way!”) in a “test of wit-izenship”, and will be hosted by Felipe Torres Medina (real life immigrant!) and Taylor Kay Phillips (real life citizen!) // tickets are $12-$15!
FILM: Scope a ONE NITE ONLY screening o’ Citizen Kane at Nitehawk Prospect Park tonight! #ROSEBUDORWHATEVER (And it’s technically not film, but you can also catch a special screening of You ft. bonus conversation w/ Penn Badgley and Sera Gamble IRL at 92Y tonight! Tickets are $30.)
FOOD + DRINK: Couldn’t get enough Jamie Oliver at 92Y? Meet him at Barnes & Noble! Grab a copy of Ultimate Veg from Barnes & Noble (33 E. 17th Street) to grab a wristband starting at 9AM day-of.
MUSIC: Scope Yola at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight! Tickets are $20+.
STAY IN: Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time continues tonight on ABC! Additionally, Hidden Figures is on FX, The Hangover is on Spike, Pretty Woman is on WE and Planes, Trains & Automobiles is on IFC.
Thursday January 9
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