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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, INCLUDING but not limited to THE START OF DEATH BECOMES US, OUR TRUE CRIME FESTIVAL! (Since we’re throwin’ a rave for that on Wednesday night, our GIF theme is gonna be Party Monster, DUH!) There’s also dog yoga, fire jumping and MORE, so read up on all ye olde details RIGHT NOW:

Monday, March 18

ACTIVE: Get to Bluestockings tonight for a FREE self-defense class! 7pm to 9pm!

COMEDY: Pop on by Union Hall for Drag His Ass: A F*ckboy Treatment Program ft. Mary Beth Barone, Drew Anderson, Milly Tamarez, Kate Willett, Megan Patsel and Taylor Garron! Tickets are $10.

CULTURE: Swing by NYU Skirball to celebrate the release of Preet Bharara’s new bookDoing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thought on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of LawHe’ll be there to discuss it, and tickets (which include a signed copy of the book) are $60+.

FILM: Experimental filmmaker Jeff Preiss will be at MoMA tonight to present his newest film, 14 STANDARD 8mm REELS 1981–1988!

FOOD + DRINK: In the mood to eat a fuck ton of burgers? Head to Tiltz for the fourth annual Culinary Fight Club Blended Burger Battle! Tickets are $40 each.

FREE: It’s a new round of Secret Science Club at the Bell House, and tonight’s special guest is a real live primatologist!

MUSIC: My top pick for tonight is a Stella Donnelly show that’s happening at Rough Trade! Tickets are $15 a pop.

STAY IN: I’m never gonna not recommend a good ol’ therapeutic cry to The Green Mile, which is on AMC tonight.

Tuesday, March 19


COMEDY: Get to Littlefield tonight for Has Guests ft. David Cross, Aparna Nancherla, Gary Gulman and Bonnie McFarlane! Tickets are just $8-$10 each!

CULTURE: We’re kicking off our Death Becomes Us programming at Strand Bookstore with Women Who Kill! Cara Robertson, author of The Trial of Lizzie Borden and Harold Schechter, author of Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men will sit down with Refinery 29‘s Leah Carroll, author of Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder and it’s gonna be REAL GOOD! Tickets are $15 each, but you get a $15 Strand gift card with it, so like, KIND OF PAYS FOR ITSELF.

FILM: Little Cinema is doing a secret 80s throwback immersive film screening at House of Yes tonight! It’s gonna get weird! Tickets are $30+!

FOOD + DRINK: If you’re interested in learning about AI in food, then head to WeWork’s 18th Street location for a big ol’ talk tonight! Tickets are $35 a pop.

FREE: Head to Firemen’s Memorial Garden to watch people jump over fire (you can, too, provided you’re wearing inflammable pants) for Persian New Year!

MUSIC: Catch a $15 show from CHAI, Haiku Hands and Gemma over at Market Hotel tonight!

STAY IN: I am not ashamed to say I liked Twilight: New Moon, and it is on FX tonight. (THE SOUNDTRACK SLAPS, OKAY?!)

Wednesday, March 20

ACTIVE: It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! It’s $15 Yoga for Witches at Catland!

COMEDY: Grab tickets to the late seating of 60-90 Minutes of Comedy w/ Chris Gethard and A Friend over at Union Hall! The first seating is sold out, as the second is likely to be, so ACT FAST!

CULTURE: Swing by the Bell House for a new round of NPR’s Ask Me Another ft. special guests Greta Lee and Leslye Headland of Russian Doll acclaim! Tickets are $15-$20 a pop.

FILM: Ummm there’s a Josie and the Pussycats singalong happening at Syndicated tonight for $20 (the price of which includes a cocktail) // HELL YEAH.

FOOD + DRINK: Bon Appétit’s Carla Lalli Music will present Where Cooking Begins w/ Claire Saffitz at Books Are Magic tonight! Free and open to the public, so GO!

FREE: We’re throwing a Party Monster-themed rave at Bar Schimmi w/ Mixmag for Death Becomes Us tonight! 90s attire strongly encouraged! Free entry w/ RSVP!

MUSIC: If you don’t mind a little trek out to Newark’s White Eagle Hall, then my top pick tonight is 100% a Lucy Dacus, Mal Blum and Fenne Lily show! Tickets are $20-$22 each.


Thursday, March 21

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