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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 of good stuff INCLUDING plenty of movie screenings (like The Babadook, aka our GIF theme), Ilana Glazer face time, a Courtney Barnett show and MORE // details as follows:

Monday, July 23

ACTIVE: Got $55? You can take a hula-hooping class in Brooklyn! (Or if you’re broke AF, just go do IronStrength on the Intrepid for free!)

COMEDY: Tonight’s Butterboy (w/ Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins) at Littlefield is gonna be a good one! Sam Taggart, Hari Kondabolu, Samantha Ruddy and MORE are all on the bill, and tickets are just $10.

CULTURE: Head to BRIC House for The Generator Series with host Ilana Glazer! She’ll be interviewing activists and politicians (tonight’s guests are Zephyr Teachout, Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg) over the course of a four-night residency, and tickets will run you $25 a pop. (And while we’re on the subject of Bell House programming, Jessica Walter aka Lucille Bluth is the guest of honor at tonight’s Ask Me Another! Tickets are $15-$20.)

FILM: I mean, OBVIOUSLY head to Syndicated for a $4 screening of The Babadook (dook, dook)!

FOOD + DRINK: Hit up the High Line for City Flavors: A Night of Local Bites tonight! Tickets start at $95.

FREE: Tonight you’ve got THREE options for outdoor movie screenings including The Princess Bride at Bryant Park, Moulin Rouge at Our Wicked Lady AND Back To The Future at Coney Island!

MUSIC: This one was an easy pick – Lauren Ruth Ward and BOYTOY are set to play Elsewhere for $15, so most definitely get over there to witness some of the best live performance vibes OF YA LIFE!

STAY IN: CHOOSE YOUR FIGHTER – The Bachelorette or Antiques Roadshow! (Or The Parent Trap, which is on Freeform!)

Tuesday, July 24

ACTIVE: Get to Central Park for another free round of Shape Up! Free yoga mats for the first 250 participants.

COMEDY: There’s a special NY Post edition of Punderdome happening at Highline Ballroom tonight, so if you’re into competitive LOLs, then most definitely grab a $15-$20 ticket!

CULTURE: You guessed it! My pick tonight is Ilana Glazer hosting The Generator Series at BRIC House! Tonight’s guests include Paola Mendoza and Michael Skolnik, and tickets are still $25.

FILM: Rooftop Films is hosting a $16 screening of Never Goin’ Back at the William Vale tonight! (Tickets are worth it for the view alone!)

FOOD + DRINK: Go support Edible Schoolyard NYC over at Threes Brewing, where they’ll be serving up beer ‘n hot dogs in the backyard w/ a portion of proceeds going directly to the organization! (Plus, beer ‘n hot dogs rule!)

FREE: You can see RZA at Damrosch Park tonight FOR FREE! That’s the deal of the century!

MUSIC: Australia’s Banoffee is in town! The last time I saw her was during CMJ (remember that?) a few years ago and she was G-R-E-A-T, so I’ll for sure be swinging by to check her out!

STAY IN: My vote goes to The Bold Type, DON’T JUDGE ME.

Wednesday, July 25

ACTIVE: Think you can handle a six mile run after work? Midnight Runners are putting one on for free that starts and ends at Houston Hall! (Stick around and booze your face off afterwards, duh!)

COMEDY: Swing by Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for Greetings From Queer Mountain ft. Bowen Yang, Sydnee Washington and more! 100% free w/ all bar and book sales going towards Housing Works’ mission to end HIV/AIDS and homelessness!

CULTURE: Make a beeline for Littlefield tonight, where the 15th Annual Animation Block Party Opening Night is set to kick off w/ a new round of Picture This! The best part? It’s 100% FREE!

FILM: ‘Tis the season o’ free film screenings! Hit up Videology for an advance screening of Nico, 1988, or 

FOOD + DRINK: Head to Brooklyn Bread Lab tonight for Women In Pastry: A Conversation ft. an ultra-talented lineup including Brooklyn Bread Lab’s Executive Pastry Chef Leah Morrow, Black Seed Bagels’ Executive Chef and Head Baker Dianna Daoheung, Sunday in Brooklyn’s Executive Sous Chef Mallory Cayon, and De Maria’s Executive Chef Adriana Urbina. Free and open to the public! (RSVP is at capacity, but it’s a free event, so if I were you I’d just turn up in case people don’t show.)

FREE: Tonight you can catch a free gig from Raphael Saadiq (we just interviewed him, so check that out) over at Damrosch Park!

MUSIC: I mean, is there even any question? OBVIOUSLY let’s all hit up Prospect Park for a $40 show from the inimitable Courtney Barnett, Julien Baker AND Vagabon!

STAY IN: There’s a special about the Andes on PBS tonight and I’m sorry but that is REALLY JUST MY VIBE RN.

Thursday, July 26

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