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You’re more than likely familiar with our weekend guide, but there’s still a lot to mark down on ye olde calendrier during the weekdays. Hence this pocket guide! We’ll cover everything from tunes to books to art to…you name it, basically; if it’s virtual, and good, we’re gonna talk about it:

Monday October 5th

  • The New Yorker Festival kicks off today, and the opening night features a chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci at 6pm ET. VIP passes (which include access to most events, but not all) are $49, but individual ones start at $19.
  • Fast Company’s Innovation Festival also begins today, with loads of panels on deck; today’s programming includes chats with Susan and Robert Downey Jr., Giselle Guerrero (VP of Creative at Impossible Foods), Lena Waithe, Nate Berkus, Scooter Braun and more. Festival passes start at $149.
  • Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg will be in conversation with Michel Martin for Politics & Prose at 8pm ET.
  • Plus it’s spooky season! Take Catland’s Hekate: Goddess of the Witches course at 7pm ET!
  • Or if you’re more into true crime vibes, we’ve got Brooklyn Brainery’s class all about some of the most shocking stuff that happened in NYC at the turn of the 20th century; tickets are $5 a pop, starts at 6:30pm ET.

Tuesday October 6th

Wednesday October 7th

  • As usual, we highly recommend you kick off your day with some v. relaxing vibes via Phillips Collection’s weekly free guided meditation; starts at 12:45pm ET.
  • Later, catch Ira Glass and Malcolm Gladwell in conversation at 6pm ET, as well as Steve Martin and Jerry Seinfeld in conversation with Susan Morrison, as part of The New Yorker Festival.
  • Fast Company’s Innovation Festival also continues today, with appearances from Chip and Joanna Gaines, Ben & Jerry’s, the founders of MasterClass and more.
  • More into seasonally appropriate vibes? Join authors Kristen Sollee and Pam Grossman via Strand Bookstore’s Crowdcast to celebrate the release of Kristen’s new book Witch Hunt: a Traveler’s Guide to the Power and Persecution of the Witch.
  • In terms of tunes, Death Valley Girls are going live on Amoeba Hollywood’s IG at 3pm ET.
  • Plus we’ve got Fenne Lily appearing via KEXP’s YouTube channel at 6pm ET.

Thursday October 8th

  • For starters, 110% tune into Girlhood (It’s Complicated), the virtual opening event to celebrate the kick-off of the new exhibit at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; lineup features messages and performances from Jazz Jennings, Billie Jean King, Beanie Feldstein, Alyson Felix, Momona Tamada, Madame Gandhi, Washington Mystics and more, plus there’ll be a whole bunch of fantastic breakout rooms for great discussions. All starts at 7pm ET, free w/ RSVP.
  • Hirshhorn is also hosting another free artist talk at 7pm ET, this time featuring a conversation between Zoe Leonard and Eileen Myles.
  • Meanwhile, The New Yorker Festival’s lineup tonight features Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma, who’ll talk with Alex Ross and perform live at 8pm ET.
  • But staying in the festival zone, New York Comic Con is going (slightly depressingly) virtual this year; although it blows not to go in-person, the up side is that panels will stream live and for free on YouTube! (NO MORE LINES!) It kicks off today with panels ft. a Doctor Who spotlight w/ Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh at 1:40pm ET, a chat with the cast of Amazon Prime’s The Boys at 4:15pm ET, Jack Black and Kyle Gass in conversation about Post-Apocalypto at 4:55pm ET, a discussion with the cast of Hulu’s Woke at 7:15pm ET and more.
  • Plus Fast Company’s Innovation Festival will welcome Michelle Pfeiffer, Malala Yousafzai, Amy Klobuchar and more.
  • In terms of tunes, we’ve got Lydia Loveless playing a career-spanning set at 9:30pm ET via NoonChorus for $10+.
  • And in book territory, Ruby Hamad will be discussing White Tears/Brown Scars with Koa Beck for Books Are Magic at 7pm ET; free with RSVP.
  • Just wanna tap into witch vibes? Catch Pam Grossman’s conversation with Rachel True (The Craft) at 7:30pm ET! Tickets start at $5.

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