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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 WATCHING HOCUS POCUS WITH KATHY NAJIMY IRL // details as follows:

Monday, July 16

ACTIVE: Bluestockings is hosting another free pop-up self-defense workshop! Most definitely take advantage!

COMEDY: Head to Littlefield for a new round of Butterboy w/ Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, special guests Isaac Mizrahi, Jen Kirkman and more! Tickets are $10.

CULTURE: Catch a screening of performative documentary Yours In Sisterhood at DCTV! Tickets are $8-$12, and there’ll be a bonus Q&A with Director Irene Lusztig via a live video chat!

FILM: Ummmm omg WHAT?! You can watch Hocus Pocus at Alamo Drafthouse BK tonight WITH KATHY NAJIMY IN PERSON?!?!!?!?!

FOOD + DRINK: Fifth Hammer Brewing (one of my favorite spots in LIC) is having a beer and potato chip pairing tonight, which sounds like a p. ideal Monday evening to me! $15 to attend.

FREE: Catch a free outdoor screening of Total Recall at Our Wicked Lady, or a free outdoor screening of Fried Green Tomatoes at Bryant Park, duh!

MUSIC: Make a beeline for Rough Trade tonight, ’cause Victory will be playing a $20 show!

STAY IN: You COULD watch The Bachelorette, OR you could watch a Freaks & Geeks documentary on A&E. (The choice is clear, just saying.)

Tuesday, July 17


ACTIVE: Stop by a free Piyo class at the Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront tonight!

COMEDY: Pop on by Union Hall for It’s Time For A Little Show ft. Mitra Jouhari, Sandy Honig, Ruby McCollister and Sarah Sherman, in all the way from Chicago! Tickets are $8-$10.

CULTURE: Orange Is The New Black‘s Diane Guerrero will be at Strand Books to launch her new book My Family Divided! The discussion is free to attend, and if you buy a copy of the book from Strand then you can stick around for a signing afterwards.

FILM: Catch a free Lincoln Center talk w/ Sorry To Bother You Director Boots Riley and Questlove!

FOOD + DRINK: Check out the latest edition of Ask Mimi (y’know, Mimi Sheraton, legendary food critic) at The Greene Space tonight! Tickets are $18 a pop.

FREE: It’s a new round of Animation Nights New York at The Gutter! All of the indie animation, all for free!

MUSIC: The NYC Working Families Party will celebrate its 20th anniversary at Brooklyn Bowl tonight, and special guests will include Cynthia Nixon, The Resistance Revival Chorus and more! Grab tickets starting at $25.

STAY IN: Drunk History marathon on Comedy Central, YES PLEASE.

Wednesday, July 18

ACTIVE: Squeeze in some free pre-work yoga at Washington Square Park this morning! 8:30am to 9:30am!

COMEDY: Hit up the Bell House for A Night of Self(less) Care! It’s a benefit for Distributing Dignity, and the lineup will feature Emmy Blotnick, Michelle Collins, Sasheer Zamata and more! Tickets are $10-$15 each.

CULTURE: Robin DiAngelo will be at Strand Books to discuss White Fragility with Erin Trent Johnson and Aaron Morrison! You can get in by purchasing a copy of the book and/or a $15 gift card from Strand.

FILM: Hedda Lettuce will present a screening of Female Trouble at Village East tonight // SO HERE FOR IT! Tickets are $24 each.

FOOD + DRINK: Our buddy Jenn De La Vega (Randwiches) will be doing a pop-up at Project Parlor tonight ft. brisket sliders, rice balls ‘n miso slaw! Cash, credit, Venmo and PayPal are all accepted forms of payment.

FREE: Catch free outdoor screenings of Coco (at Washington Square Park under the arch) and The Wizard of Oz (Prospect Park) tonight!

MUSIC: I mean, OBVIOUSLY get to Baby’s All Right for a $12-$14 show from MOURN! Chastity and Haybaby will open // BONUS!

STAY IN: CMT is showing The Mighty Ducks. I am not a CMT advocate, but I am a Gordon Bombay advocate.

Thursday, July 19

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