weekdays (7:30am, 11am, 1pm, 6pm, 8pm): whispering libraries: if these walls could talk… catch curated playlists of music, poetry, oral history, and spoken literature featuring edwidge danticat, ethel quartet, joy harjo, fran lebowitz, john lewis, and more, streamed through hidden speakers outside 10 brooklyn public library branches. free. >>

mon thru sun (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations heads ‘from page to stage,’ highlighting operas adapted from classic literature including tchaikovsky’s eugene onegin, shostakovich’s the nose, verdi’s luisa miller, and more. online, free. >>

mon 3pm: star trek first contact day: april 5th is the day that humans first make contact with vulcans, marking a pivotal moment of exploration in star trek history (in 2063, of course). on this important day, join hosts wil wheaton and mica burton for an afternoon of panels and programming celebrating ‘first contact day’ with cast members and creators from the star trek universe. online, free. >>

mon 8:30pm, 10pm (weekly): monday night travel with rick steves: hit the (virtual) road with iconic travel expert rick steves, who’ll host a travel happy hour from his living room, complete with behind-the-scenes tales and an audience q+a session. tonight: ‘food tours across europe.’ online, free. >>

mon 7:15pm: the moth storyslam: get grounded during an ‘earth’-themed edition of the moth’s storyslam, the popular community-based open mic storytelling competition in which anyone can share a five-minute tale on the evening’s theme. online, $10. >>

mon 7:30pm (monthly): miss manhattan non-fiction reading series: elyssa goodman’s monthly showcase for non-fiction writers returns with readings by gina nutt (night rooms), dr. soyica colbert (radical vision: a biography of lorraine hansberry), angella d’avignon (the new york times), and audrey olivero (longreads). online, free. >>

mon 9:30pm: one-page wednesday: share a page of your latest work (or just listen in), connect with other writers, and get inspired during this two-hour session hosted by natalie serber (shout her lovely name), with featured reader marilyn freeman (the illuminated space). presented by portland’s literary arts. online, free. >>


tues: vaccine eligibility for new yorkers over 16 starts today: starting at 8am today, all new yorkers over the age of 16 will be eligible to sign up for the covid-19 vaccine. this follows last week’s expansion to 30 years of age and older. >>

tues 8am-7pm (tuesdays thru 4/27): taste of grand central market: eat on the cheap while enjoying full-size items from grand central market merchants for just $2 each. grand central terminal market (midtown east). >>

tues 7pm: a year of asian hate: where do we go from here?: the asian american federation and the migrant center of ny present a panel discussion between community leaders, scholars, organizers, and public officials about what has triggered the recent uptick in attacks and the concrete actions we can take to ensure the safety of asian community members. online, free. >>

tues 7pm: hetty mckinnon: to asia, with love cooking demo + convo w/ cathy erway: chinese-australian chef and food writer hetty mckinnon puts a nontraditional spin on the chinese flavors of her childhood, serving up cooking tips, recipes, and memories in a conversation on her latest cookbook, to asia, with love: everyday asian recipes and stories from the heart, with food writer and author cathy erway (the art of eating in). presented by books are magic. online, free. >>

tues 7:30pm: finding the right fit: a framework for creating your new career: learn self-exploration techniques for choosing a career path that aligns with your unique habits, values, and sources of joy. presented by brooklyn brainery. online, $14. >>

tues 7:30pm: word bookstore live: clay mcleod chapman + elijah wood: speak of the devil: author clay mcleod chapman discusses his new horror novel, whisper down the lane, a true-crime-based psychological thriller inspired by the mcmartin preschool trials and the satanic panic of the 1980s, in a conversation with actor elijah wood. online, $5. >>

tues 8pm (bimonthly): the secret science club lecture series: take flight with bird researcher and scientist scott weidensaul (a world on the wing: the global odyssey of migratory birds), who’ll soar through the science of bird migration and the diversity of feathered flocks that criss-cross the planet during today’s edition of the secret science club. online, free. >>


starts weds (ongoing): lincoln center’s restart stages: lincoln center ‘restarts’ live performances with 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces with safety protocols in place for artists, audiences, and staff. expect free and low-cost performances and screenings, dance workshops, an outdoor reading room, family programming, and more. it all launches on world health day, april 7, with a special performance for healthcare workers. >>

weds 12pm: uncover the secrets of nyc: from hidden champagne vaults in the brooklyn bridge to a river running beneath the empire state building, untapped new york’s justin rivers spills the beans on some of the city’s most intriguing secret facts. online, $10. >>

weds 6pm: black lesbian futures – mouths of rain: an anthology of black lesbian thought: editor briona simone jones leads an intergenerational panel of black lesbian writers, publishers, and activists in a conversation about her new collection, mouths of rain, which chronicles the legacy and contributions of trailblazing black lesbian thought leaders barbara smith, audre lorde, mecca jamilah sullivan, and many more. online, free. >>

weds 7pm (monthly): punderdome: a dozen pun-masters have a war of the words in tonight’s online edition of the beloved pun competition. hosted by fred firestone. presented by littlefield. online, $5 suggested donation. >>

weds 8pm: 90s sitcom tv party: laugh, drink, reminisce, and salute your shorts as secretformula’s streaming party revisits classic 90s tv shows like saved by the bell, the adventures of pete and pete, blossom, and more. online, $8. >>


15 places to view cherry blossom trees in nyc: find out where the city is getting pretty in pink (and white) this season. >>

our roundup of 40+ ongoing events: public art, soundwalks, flea markets, 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