SHAKEN: Think of it as a shot of cultural anthropology on the rocks: The Astor Center’s Jenn Smith isn’t just a master mixologist, she’s aces at placing drinks within historical and cultural context. At tonight’s installment of Time Travel Happy Hour, you’ll learn all about (and how to make) cocktails made famous by the characters of pop culture noir—detectives and the femmes fatales who drive them to drink (Philip Marlowe, for instance, favored a Gimlet). 6:30PM.
NAMASTE: Instead of spending your Friday night setting yourself up for Saturday’s hangover, here’s a surefire way to greet the weekend right: At the Flatiron’s Laughing Lotus, a two-hour Midnight Yoga class for participants of all levels, bend, flex and breathe to live music as you shake off every drop of your workweek stress. 10PM.