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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. more dog costume contests, plenty of great book talks, a screening and discussion of Midsommar (our GIF theme) and more! Details:

Monday October 28

ACTIVE: Do some free yoga at the Ace Hotel tonight! AND REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN MAT!

COMEDY: Head to Union Hall for a new round of First Impressions: The 90’s Dating Game Show ft. John Trowbridge, Taylor Ortega, Aparna Nancherla, Jenny Gorelick and more! Tickets are $10.

CULTURE: While it’s currently sold out, I’d highly recommend getting on the wait list for Netflix’s The Politician: A Screening and Conversation with Creator Ryan Murphy and the Cast at 92Y!

FILM: Scope a $16 screening of Ghost in the Shell at IFC Center tonight! It’ll be introduced by Elektra KB as an added bonus.

FOOD + DRINK: There’s a very Halloween-appropriate edition of Masters of Social Gastronomy happening at Caveat tonight, where they’ll be talking all about the world’s scariest foods! Tickets are $10-$12 each.

FREE: Get to Books Are Magic for a panel to celebrate the launch of Natalie Eve Garrett’s EAT JOY, with Lev Grossman, Rakesh Satyal and Porochista Khakpour! Free and open to the public!

MUSIC: The one and only Sophie Auster’s got a $12 show happening at Berlin!

STAY IN: The Exorcist is on BBC America, Friday the 13th is on AMC, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is on Syfy!

Tuesday October 29

ACTIVE: Swing by Catland for a new round of Yoga for Witches! Tickets are $15. 

COMEDY: Get to Union Hall for STEVIE Presents: SAM’S REVENGE ft. Sam Taggart, Pat Regan, Jo Firestone, Rachel Pegram, Clare O’Kane, Larry Owens and Karen Chee! Tickets are $8-$10 each.

CULTURE: CLEARLY head to the First Unitarian Congregational Society for Books Are Magic’s presentation of an evening with André Aciman celebrating Find Me, the return of the characters from Call Me by Your Name! Tickets are $30 a pop.

FILM: Get your spooktown vibes at Syndicated, where the OG Carrie is screening twice for $7 this evening, and/or head back over to Catland for a $15 screening and discussion of Midsommar!

FOOD + DRINK: Ya gotta make it a Nitehawk Prospect Park night for a special Film Feast celebrating Vincent Price’s legacy in the visual and culinary arts with an inspired four-course menu, videos of his art-related work, and a conversation with his daughter, Victoria Price, before a screening of HOUSE OF USHER (1960)! Tickets are $150.

FREE: I mean, CLEARLY get to Barktoberfest Dog Costume Contest at Pier 17 tonight! (It’s the last Yappy Hour of the season, too!)

MUSIC: Ilana Glazer is hosting a new round of The Generator Series at Baby’s All Right tonight ft. tunes by Cipha Sounds! Tickets are $20 each.

STAY IN: A Nightmare on Elm Street is on Syfy, Alien is on BBC America, Beetlejuice is on Spike and Addams Family Values is on Freeform!

Wednesday October 30

ACTIVE: Head on over to Lightning Society for a blend restorative/yin yoga, live sound meditation, breath-work with essential oils, Reiki, and hands-on therapeutic adjustments in support of the self-healing journey! Tickets are $25 each.

COMEDY: Catch Rosebud Baker, Derek Gaines and more at a new round of Giggle Pickle! (As always, free!)

CULTURE: John Hodgman will be presenting and discussing his new book MEDALLION STATUS: True Stories From Secret Rooms at Books Are Magic tonight! The event is free and open to the public, so you have zero excuse not to go!

FILM: Catch one of THREE $7 screenings of the OG Texas Chainsaw Massacre at Syndicated tonight! (I will not be doing that ’cause I get too scared!)

FOOD + DRINK: Catch Brad Thomas Parsons at Strand Bookstore as the award-winning food writer discusses his latest book, Last Call, with food blogger David Lebovitz! You can attend if you purchase a $15 Strand gift card or a $35 signed copy of the book.

FREE: Pop over to Space Ninety 8 for Sanctuary Pop-up: Retrograde Away ft. free 1:1 readings and complimentary refreshments!

MUSIC: I know not all of you are looking to head out to Asbury Park on a school night, but Angel Olsen is playing Asbury Lanes, and like, PROBABLY GO! Tickets are $25-$30 each. Fortunately if you’re lookin’ to stay local, it’s a three way split between TEEN’s last-ever show at Music Hall of Williamsburg ($15), Sleater-Kinney at Kings Theatre ($47.50+) and/or The Japanese House at Warsaw ($25)!

STAY IN: If you’re still interested in this season of AHS (I actually am again), scope that on FX! Plus Dawn of the Dead is on Spike, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is on BBC America, The Princess Bride is on IFC and Halloween: Resurrection is on AMC!

Thursday October 31

We like 2 party LOL! So we count Thursday as part of the weekend. Sign up to receive our full weekend guide bright ‘n early on Thursday mornings!

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