governors island reservations are now open!: make a reservation to visit the 172-acre getaway, just a short hop from lower manhattan and brooklyn. the ferry to the urban oasis, open 5/1 thru 10/31 this season, will resume service from manhattan’s battery maritime building, brooklyn bridge park, and red hook. ferry tickets are free-$3, while admission to the island is free. >>

cherry blossom update at the brooklyn botanic garden: the main rows have yet to start blooming, but the area surrounding the japanese hill-and-pond garden is now in peak bloom. >>

the best bird-watching spots in nyc: from pelham bay park to the staten island greenbelt, scout out the top locales for finding feathered friends in every borough. >>

our roundup of 40+ ongoing events: public art, soundwalks, flea markets, and more. >>


thurs thru 5/8 (tues-sat): good for health ~ bad for education: a tribute to otomo: 29 international artists pay tribute to japanese artist katsuhiro otomo’s 1982 post-apocalyptic cyberpunk manga series, akira, during the inaugural exhibition at philippe labaune gallery (chelsea). free (appointment required). >>

thurs thru 4/18: prismatic ground film festival: hosted virtually for its first edition, this new film festival centered on experimental documentary features over 50 films. presented in partnership with maysles documentary center and screen slate. online, free. >>

thurs thru sat: on air fest: feast your ears on this year’s edition of the annual audio extravaganza dedicated to the art of sound and storytelling. featuring talks, panels, workshops, and performances with francis ford coppola, ben folds, roxanne gay, terry gross, hrishikesh hirway, yo-yo ma, jenny slate, julio torres, adia victoria, and many more. online, free. >>

thurs 6pm: egg cream: film screening + talk about the iconic soda drink: drink in the origin story of the beloved chocolate soda beverage (which contained neither egg nor cream) born out of the jewish lower east side during a screening and conversation led by father-daughter filmmaking team peter and nora claire miller. presented by the museum at eldridge street. online, $10. >>

thurs 6pm: titanic sites in the village: learn about the connection between greenwich village and the ill-fated rms titanic during a talk by nyc tour guide and writer dave gardner, who’ll point out local commemorative sites, plaques, graves, and memorials, offer insights into the history of the ship and its passengers, and share photographs, vintage postcards, and other memorabilia. presented by the greenwich village society for historic preservation. online, free. >>

thurs 6pm (available thru 5/20): reverb theatre arts festival: roundabout theatre company and arts for all abilities consortium’s new theater festival showcases original ‘connection’-themed monologues, spoken word performances, dance, and music created by 24 artists with disabilities in collaboration with stage and screen stars ali stroker, lauren ridloff, ryan haddad, jamie brewer, and more. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm: coney island history show + tell: share an item of personal or historical significance related to coney island history–or simply join in the collective nostalgia–during an interactive reminiscence event led by tricia vita and neter antoine of the coney island history project. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm: last chance texaco with rickie lee jones: the grammy-winning songstress behind ‘chuck e’s in love,’ ‘coolsville,’ and ‘easy money’ divulges stories of family, fame, addiction, a tumultuous love affair with tom waits, her trademark red beret, and more in a conversation about her new memoir, last chance texaco: chronicles of an american troubadour, with writer and record producer howie klein. presented by mcnally jackson booksellers. online, free. >>


fridays-sundays thru may, daily memorial day thru labor day: deno’s wonder wheel park in coney island reopens: for the first time since its closure in october 2019, thrill-seekers can visit coney island’s famous seaside amusement park, which will operate at 33% capacity and follow covid-19 safety guidelines. opening day festivities include the annual ‘blessing of the rides’ (11am) and a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring city officials and honoring healthcare and essential workers. visitors can reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance or obtain limited standby tickets in person. prices for rides vary. >>

fri thru 6/6 (closed mondays except memorial day): sound installation at brooklyn botanic garden: contemplate the earth’s changing climate at the site of an 18,000-year-old hilly ridge that formed during the last ice age as you listen to ben rubin and brian house’s site-specific sound installation, terminal moraine, a meditation on tree growth, glacial ice recession, and the threshold between the earth’s distant past and not-so-distant future. included with garden admission ($18 general, $12 seniors/students, free community tickets available). >>

fri 1-8pm, sat 11am-6pm: manhattan vintage clothing show: update your wardrobe with something old from more than 40+ vintage clothing + accessories dealers. after a year hiatus, the event is returning with updated health and safety protocols. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

fri 7pm: goodbye to all that (revised edition) with sari botton + guests: sari botton, the writer and editor behind goodbye to all that: writers on loving and leaving new york, debuts a new edition of the anthology with the help of contributors leslie jamison, lisa ko, emily raboteau, and rosie schaap in a conversation moderated by isaac fitzgerald. presented by books are magic. online, free. >>

fri 7pm: reinvention and restlessness: from grunge to couture, find out how 90s fashion reflected the evolving ‘culture, attitudes, and creative forces’ of the era during a talk by colleen hill, author of reinvention and restlessness: fashion in the 90s and costume and accessories curator at the museum at fit. presented by the national arts club. online, free (donations welcome). >>

fri 7pm (+ 4/23): philosophy film club screenings: this film club is bit ‘nietzsche’: get your phil of thought-provoking cinema and conversation during the new school’s philosophy film club screenings. tonight: william klein’s qui êtes-vous, polly maggoo? (who are you, polly maggoo?) (1966). online, free. >>

fri 8pm: secretformula’s back to the 90s: 1995 sing-along: revisit the music of alanis, whitney, shaggy, oasis, and more as secretformula’s streaming music video sing-along party revisits top tunes from 1995. online, free (donations welcome). >>


sat thru 10/31: kusama: cosmic nature at the new york botanical garden: snag a ticket to this highly-anticipated exhibition by japanese artist yayoi kusama, a sprawling display of works and installations spread throughout the 250-acre new york botanical garden, including the artist’s vibrant sculptures and famed infinity mirror rooms. initially postponed due to covid-19, the exhibition will now run thru 10/31. gothamist has a sneak peek here. $15-35 general, $7-32 students/seniors. >>

sat (launch date): the juxtapose tenement: get lost in the poetic imaginations of five fictional residents of a tenement building during happenstance theater’s interactive online performance art installation, which centers on themes of ‘discovery, creation, play, attachment, and letting go.’ online, $10 suggested donation. >>

sat 9am (available thru april 2022): satellite collective online exhibition: worldwide game of telephone: get dialed in to an online exhibition of hundreds of original, interconnected works that were created telephone game-style by 950+ artists from 70 countries, transforming from poem to painting to film to dance and beyond. online, free. >>

sat 12:30pm: ‘sounds from scotland’ at bryant park: get plaid to the bone during the american-scottish foundation’s annual tartan week celebration, which includes a ‘sounds from scotland’ performance featuring members of the nyu and saffron united pipe band and shot of scotch. bryant park’s fountain terrace (midtown west) and online, free. >>


sun 12pm: star trek: the next generation virtual experience: hop on board the u.s.s. enterprise for a livestream q+a and virtual photo op session with star trek: tng cast members jonathan frakes, marina sirtis, and alice krige. online, free (photo op sessions, one-to-one chats, and autographs are available for purchase). >>

sun 2pm: annual gathering of remembrance: observe holocaust remembrance day with the museum of jewish heritage, offering a virtual program that includes remarks from holocaust survivors and public figures, music, and a candle-lighting ceremony. online, free (donations welcome). >>


we know there’s no shortage of sources for news and safety updates. what is scarce is periodic distraction. so for the time being, in keeping with our efforts to support our performance and cultural community, the skint will be sending out periodic emails about local event streams and other related resources to help occupy your time. if you know of something that might fit the bill, feel free to send us the details using the contact form on our website.

stay safe and healthy.

– the skint