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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, like Ethan Hawke IRL, a Lil Debbie gig (LOL), a new round of Punderdome, Jurassic Park screenings w/ jello shots (our GIF theme) and more // details as follows:

Monday, September 3

ACTIVE: Go d-d-d-d-dance to get that heart rate up over at Elsewhere’s rooftop! They’re having a dance party today, and it’s free w/ RSVP before 4pm, or $20 after that.

COMEDY: Catch a new round of Butterboy over at Littlefield tonight! Guests include Emmy Blotnick, Julio Torres and more, and tickets are $10 each.

CULTURE: Enjoy J’Ouvert festivities, duh!

FILM: Pop by Videology for $20 screenings of Jurassic Park today! All tickets come w/ bonus jello shots // YAASSSSSSS.

FOOD + DRINK: Nowadays is hosting a free backyard BBQ today, so go get you some ribs!

FREE: House of Yes is hosting a white party for Labor Day, and it’s FREE before 4pm w/ RSVP. Eli Escobar’s on music duty, and things kick off at 2pm.

MUSIC: You can see Lil Debbie at Highline Ballroom tonight for $17, and like…why would you not lean into that?


Tuesday, September 4

ACTIVE: Do some free kayaking at Pier 26! Sessions are at 5:30pm.

COMEDY: Head to Union Hall for a new round of My Hometown ft. Phoebe Robinson, Dylan Marron and more!

CULTURE: Hang out w/ Sybil Rosen and Ethan Hawke at Strand Bookstore as they discuss Blaze! Grab a $15 Strand gift card to attend.

FILM: The Rosemont is hosting a free screening of Paris Is Burning ft. bonus drag performances! OBVIOUSLY GO!

FOOD + DRINK: If you weren’t feelin’ the kayaking vibes, you can also hit up Coney Island Brewery for Mindful Pints, where $5 gets you an hour of yoga on the beach AND a free pint of beer!

FREE: Get to Gutter Bar for Simpsons trivia tonight! Prizes involved!

MUSIC: Hit up Mercury Lounge for a $10-$12 show from Glassio and Frances Rose tonight!

STAY IN: I mean, I’m definitely telling you to watch the US Open again, but if you can’t stand that, X-Men: Apocalypse is on FX, too. (And if you can stay awake, the USWNT will play Chile starting at 10pm.)

Wednesday, September 5

ACTIVE: Into cycling? REI is hosting a free workshop tonight that’ll teach you the ins and outs of designing your own custom route!

COMEDY: If you wanna pepper in a little competition with your LOLs, just get to Littlefield for the latest round of Punderdome! Tickets are $10 each.

CULTURE: Swing by Gramercy Theatre to appreciate the magic that is found footage with the Everything Is Terrible guys, who’ve recontextualized tons of the stuff they’ve collected over the years into a narrative feature! Tickets are $25+.

FILM: Catch an outdoor screening of Dirty Dancing at the Brooklyn Mirage tonight for $14+!

FOOD + DRINK: Take a course that talks all about Japanese miso ‘n fermented foods! Tickets are $35 a pop.

FREE: If you weren’t feelin’ the bike route class situation I mentioned earlier, you can take advantage of a free yoga class at Washington Square Park before work this morning instead! Starts at 8:30am.

MUSIC: Saint Etienne will set up shop at Bowery Ballroom tonight, and tickets will run you $35+!

STAY IN: Again, US Open city, y’all! But Django Unchained is also on IFC, so YOU DO YOU.

Thursday, September 6

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