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Hello! I am currently pet sitting for friends, and a giant something just started flying around by the window! I do not know if it is a wasp or a flying cockroach because my eyesight is very not good, but either way, it seems like a bad deal! (So if I make any errors in the writing of this week’s Best Weekend Bets, please know it is because I am paralyzed with bug fear!)

Speaking of being crippled by anxiety, wowee! How many times did y’all wash your hands this week? Keep washin’ ’em, but don’t let coronavirus paranoia stop you from enjoying the weekend, ’cause there’s loads going on! From art shows to International Women’s Day celebrations to Purim parties to a show about 9/11 conspiracies explored through the music of Ashlee Simpson (our GIF theme, because honestly I’ll probably never get this opportunity again), there’s plenty to choose from the next few days. Before we get into all of the details, though, here’s what you might’ve missed on BYT this week if you were too busy trying to hold in a sneeze:

ALSO, GET TICKETS TO DEATH BECOMES US (our dope AF True Crime Festival) WHICH IS HAPPENING IN APRIL!

Thursday March 5

Friday March 6

  • And at House of Yes, House of Grooves will feature Eli Escobar all night long! Tickets are $20-$30 each.
  • Meanwhile, Bonobo’s DJ set at Elsewhere is sold out, but Zone One will host a DJ set from Miami Horror, so…not exactly the same thing, but still p. tight! Tickets are $25.
  • More into the intersection of music and comedy? Get to Joe’s Pub for another evening w/ Catherine Cohen! Tickets are technically $0, but there is a 2 drink and/or $12 food minimum!
  • In terms of cinema, you can always get your weekend goin’ on a real upbeat note w/ a screening of Melancholia at Metrograph!
  • More into TV? Pop over to 92Y for a special screening of HBO’s The Plot Against America ft. bonus convo with David Simon, Zoe Kazan, Winona Ryder, Morgan Spector and John Turturro! Tickets are $35.
  • BUT MAYBE YOU JUST WANNA WATCH RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, in which case head on over to C’mon Everybody for a free viewing party!

Saturday March 7

  • Starting with tunes, we’ve got Destroyer at Brooklyn Steel for $30…
  • Sannhet, Dreamcrusher and ariadne are at Rough Trade for $15…
  • …and Mija’s at Elsewhere for $20!
  • But OBVIOUSLY head to Caveat in ye olde afternoon for a new round of The Crossword Show w/ Zach Sherwin! The guest solvers are Aparna Nancherla, Mike Brown and Jo Firestone, and tickets are $15-$20.
  • Or exert your highbrow vibes at a 1pm screening of Persona at Metrograph, IDK!
  • Later, def-o get to Littlefield for A Very Poppy Purim! That’s right, an interactive Purim party ft. parodies of your favorite pop hits, costumes, loads of drinking and more! Tickets are $15.

Sunday March 8

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