thru 2/15/2021: virtual gramercy art show: check out new paintings, photography, and more from 50+ artists at the inaugural virtual gramercy art show, sponsored by gramercy neighborhood associates, and vote for your favorite. awards in multiple categories will be announced 11/23. >>

thru 11/21: wholesome film festival: watch 11 short films from around the world promoting optimism in cinema. online, $3.50 with promo code ‘Wholesome50’ (reg. $7). >>

thru sun (ongoing): sidewalk screenings at syndicated: bushwick’s syndicated bar and restaurant continues its sidewalk screening series with moonlight, rushmore, clue, the fifth element, fargo, the first wives club, and the maltese falcon. weather permitting. free admission, with food and drinks available for purchase. >>

thru sun (+ 11/23): the shows must go on: shakespeare season: kick back with the bard as you watch patrick stewart and kate fleetwood in macbeth (thru sun) and david tennant and dominic west in shakespeare’s sonnets (11/23) during a series of free shakespeare productions, streaming on ‘the shows must go on’ youtube channel. free (donations welcome). >>

thru sun (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations continues with verdi’s la traviata, dvořák’s rusalka, puccini’s turandot, and more. online, free. >>

mon 7pm: designing hamilton: costume designer paul tazewell discusses his tony award-winning designs for broadway’s hamilton and reflects on almost three decades of crafting costumes for theater, film, tv, dance, and opera. presented by the national arts club. online, free (donations welcome). >>

mon 7pm: unboxing an antique ghost show / an illustrated history of spookological fakery for fun and profit): fake spirit mediums who used magic tricks to rip off the bereaved? séance it ain’t so! author and antiquarian tony wolf digs into his father’s collection of 1920s ‘spookology’ paraphernalia during a lecture on the history of supernatural swindling in the early 20th century, and the spook-busting investigators–led by harry houdini–who sought to expose the con artists. presented by morbid anatomy. online, $8. >>

mon 7:30pm: story/teller with jonathan lethem, edward norton, and kim stanley robinson: edward norton, who wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a film adaptation of jonathan lethem’s motherless brooklyn, will perform a dramatic reading of lethem’s newest novel the arrest, which takes place in a post-technology world soon disturbed by a new invention. a conversation between lethem and hugo award-winning author kim stanley robinson (new york 2140) will follow. presented by the center for fiction. online, free. >>

sponsored: mon 8pm: the new york public library’s harry belafonte black liberation speaker series: a free series featuring young black authors: join raven leilani—author of the wnyc october book club pick,luster—and kiley reid, author of such a fun age, for an in-depth discussion of their bestselling debut novels and the politics of writing. online, free. >>


In this new series from Symphony Space, the brilliantly hilarious, boundlessly curious, and *occasionally* outspoken actress Jane Curtin sits down with quintessential New Yorkers for conversations exploring what is that thing that inspires such prolific creativity.

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef, author, television star, and philanthropist behind the restaurant Red Rooster Harlem and many more. Jane and Marcus discuss his childhood in Ethiopia and Sweden, his rise to superstardom, and his life in Harlem.



tues thru 1/16/2021: 2020 visions: school of visual arts presents a juried exhibition of multidisciplinary works by alumni from the class of 2020. online, free. >>

sponsored: tues thru sun: visit parklife (gowanus) for tasty tacos, house margaritas and outdoor programming this week: nerd nite trivia (tues 7pm), john trivialta movie trivia + a screening of the nightmare before christmas (weds 7pm), a screening of knives out (thurs 7pm, rescheduled from 11/15), and a screening of planes, trains and automobiles (sun 7pm). food purchase is required, and patrons are required to wear masks when not eating and drinking. >>

tues + weds: international studio + curatorial program’s (iscp) annual open studios: browse the latest works by iscp’s 33 resident artists from 19 countries during a two-day program of talks, screenings, performances, studio tours, interviews, and more. online, free ($10 suggested donation). >>

tues 7pm (monthly): house of speakeasy’s seriously entertaining presents: ‘up in smoke’: during house of speakeasy’s ‘seriously entertaining’ literary cabaret show, a lineup of novelists, poets, historians, journalists, biographers, comedians, and graphic storytellers ruminates on the evening’s theme. tonight, food writer and chef aaron hutcherson, letterman writer merrill markoe, cultural historian and slate staff writer rebecca onion, and poet mike soto riff on the theme ‘up in smoke.’ online, donation-based. >>

tues 8pm: self-care for women: mindful cycles, healthy bodies, clean beauty: learn how to heal and protect your body inside and out during a class led by herbalist, food entrepreneur, and birth and postpartum doula laena mccarthy, who’ll show how simple herbs and ingredients from your pantry can boost your body’s natural resilience. presented by brooklyn brainery. online, $15. >>

tues 8pm (bimonthly): the secret science club: how does physical exercise improve your brain health? flex your mental muscles during today’s secret science club lecture as neuroscientist and nyu professor wendy suzuki discusses the changes that take place in the brain during exercise, how exercise supports deep learning, how to bulk up your hippocampus, the connection between exercise and memory, and more. online, free. >>

tues 8pm (monthly): mst3k’s the mads online riffing show: the brain from planet arous: mystery science theater 3000 stars trace beaulieu and frank conniff live-riff through 1957 cult classic the brain from planet arous, with a q+a afterwards. online, $10. >>


weds thru 11/27: native cinema showcase: get to know filmmakers and stories from indigenous communities throughout the western hemisphere and the arctic during this annual festival highlighting the best in native film. presented by the national museum of the american indian. online, free. >>

weds thru sun: taste of iceland in north america: take a trip to iceland without leaving home during this annual showcase of icelandic cuisine, music, literature, and film, complete with talks, film screenings, performances, cooking and cocktail demos, and more. online, free. >>

weds 12pm: giving back to nyc: volunteer opportunity showcase: catch livestream presentations from five nyc-based non-profits, who’ll delve into their missions, their progress, and what you can do to get involved. afterward, attend a breakout session with the organization that most interests you. online, free. >>

weds 2-10pm: performa telethon: support the artists, musicians, dancers, designers, producers, and crew of the upcoming new york city-wide performa 21 biennial at a fundraiser featuring live performances, digital shorts, limited edition sales, and more from the likes of laurie anderson, lang lang, cindy sherman, rufus wainwright, and many more. >>

sponsored: weds 7pm: mafia metropolis: rebirth of nyc and organized crime in the 1980s: join new york adventure club as we explore the rise and fall of ‘the concrete club,’ an organized crime syndicate in new york city that flourished during the city’s fiscal recovery of the 1980s. online, $10. >>

weds 7pm: from pizzagate to the presidency: qanon’s infiltration of our democracy: author and qanon anonymous podcast host travis view and new york times technology columnist kevin roose dig into the rise of qanon, its impact on our democracy, and what it means for the future of the nation. presented by the brooklyn historical society. online, free. >>

weds 7pm: drags: step into the glamorous world of new york city drag with photographer, director, downtown publisher, and drags author gregory kramer and drag queen linda simpson, who’ll explore the style, inspiration, and lives of some of nyc’s top drag queens and kings. the presentation includes a live performance by nyc drag stars marti gould cummings and mrs. smith. presented by the national arts club. online, free (donations welcome). >>

weds 7pm (monthly): frontiers lecture: pluto – glaciers, mountains, and dunes, oh my! launch into the american museum of natural history’s latest frontiers lecture, where cathy olkin and john spencer of nasa’s new horizons science team will discuss the earth-like features of pluto, including glaciers, mountains, dunes, landslides, and more as amnh director of astrovisualization carter emmart shows you these features up close. online, $15. >>

weds 8pm (monthly): vocabaret: a variety show for word lovers (‘bad words’ edition): nyc punderdome champs sam corbin (buzzfeed), tim donnelly (hq trivia), jerzy gwiazdowski (2019 o. henry punniest in show winner), ally spier (reductress), and nikolai vanyo exchange wits with $%#^&*@ words that aren’t limited to just four letters. online, donations accepted (25% of proceeds will go to pen america). >>

weds 8pm: secretformula’s thanksgiving special tv party: get sitcom second helpings as secretformula’s streaming party revisits classic thanksgiving tv episodes from the 80s and 90s. online, $5. >>

weds 8:30pm: alamo drafthouse triviadome: nerd out with fellow film fanatics and put your cinema savvy to the test during alamo drafthouse’s movie trivia night. solo players and teams of up to seven are welcome. online, $6. >>

weds 8pm: venture into cures: eb research partnership co-founders jill + eddie vedder host a fundraiser with guests jon batiste, bradley cooper, laura dern, billie eilish, adam sandler, willie nelson, and more. online, free (donations welcome). >>

weds 9pm: stand up for heroes: bruce springsteen, jon stewart, sheryl crow, ronny chieng, and many more perform for the annual stand up for heroes fundraiser, benefiting injured veterans, service members and their families. online, free (donations welcome). >>


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


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

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