mon thru sun: 1-54 contemporary african art fair: dedicated to contemporary art from africa and its diaspora, this year’s virtual fair features exhibitions from 26 international galleries, along with performances, conversations, and screenings. knotted ties, a curated selection of works from female artists who use textiles in their practice, will be on view at christie’s rockefeller plaza thru 5/26. free. >>

mon thru sun (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations visits ‘unhinged mad scenes,’ highlighting some of opera’s wildest descents into madness including bellini’s i puritani, verdi’s nabucco, tchaikovsky’s the queen of spades, and more. online, free. >>

mon 5pm: utilizing job boards and search engines in your job search: join a webinar led by hr consultant natalie grune, who’ll share tips and tricks for optimizing your online job search. presented by the new york public library. online, free. >>

mon 6:30pm: shop talk: beyond the scenes with prop artisans: a new series from the new york public library for the performing arts pulls back the curtain on offstage creative roles, kicking off today with an episode on the eclectic world of props, featuring veteran prop designers faye armon-troncoso, jay duckworth, and eric hart. online, free. >>

mon 8pm: from a clockwork orange to vertigo: 50 movie posters that changed entertainment marketing: in honor of the 50th annual clio entertainment awards, which recognize excellence in the entertainment marketing industry, a panel of preeminent movie poster designers and executives discuss their top 50 movie posters of all time. presented by poster house. online, free (donations welcome). >>

mon 8pm: night of covenant house stars benefit: audra mcdonald and john dickerson host a star-studded benefit show for covenant house, an organization providing housing and supportive services to youth experiencing homelessness. scheduled to appear or perform: meryl streep, jon bon jovi, jon hamm, dolly parton, ryan reynolds, stephen colbert, rachel brosnahan, ariana debose, vanessa williams, sara bareilles, laurie metcalf, dionne warwick, and many more. online, free (donations welcome). >>

mon 8pm (weekly): the big weird: comedians casey james salengo (comedy central), ryan beck (comedy central), and will winner (the good, the dad, and the ugly podcast) host the big weird stand-up comedy show, returning with performances by josh gondelman (desus + mero), samantha ruddy (colbert), megan gailey (conan), and more. littlefield (gowanus), $5 online, $12 in-person. >>

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’s theme: ‘norwegian favorites.’ online, free. >>


tues thru 9/19: baseball at coney: batter up! for a cheaper alternative to the big leagues, get tickets to see the brooklyn cyclones play on their home turf at mcu park. the beachfront stadium will open at limited capacity at the start of the season, with proof of full vaccination or a negative covid-19 test required for entry. $18-22. >>

tues thru sat: pen america world voices festival: writers, translators, thinkers, and activists from around the world come together for this annual literary festival, five days filled with talks, panels, readings, and workshops featuring jhumpa lahiri, nikole hannah-jones, viet thanh nguyen, alison bechdel, kiese laymon, george saunders, joy harjo, edwidge danticat, and many others. online, various prices. >>

tues 7pm (tuesdays thru 9/7): sunset meditation at socrates sculpture park: close out your day with mindful breathing and walking, gentle stretching, and meditation at socrates sculpture park (lic). free. >>

tues 8pm (+ 5/19): jcc rooftop screenings: take in an open-air film on the rooftop of the marlene meyerson jcc (uws). tonight’s screening: us kids (2020), kim a. snyder’s documentary chronicling the march for our lives movement through the eyes of its youth leaders. $15. >>


weds thru 5/27: human rights watch film festival: the 32nd annual hrwff features 10 films from around the world that tackle police brutality, disability rights, the opioid crisis, criminal justice reform, and more, along with in-depth discussions with filmmakers, film subjects, and human rights watch researchers. co-presented by film at lincoln center and ifc center. online, $9. >>

weds thru 5/21: sva short film fest: class of 2021: stream a dozen narrative shorts by the school of visual arts’ graduating mps directing class of 2021. online, free. >>

weds 12pm: lost new york: the mansions of fifth avenue: peer into the lifestyles of the gilded age’s rich and famous during today’s episode of untapped cities’ ‘lost new york’ series. chief experience officer justin rivers leads a virtual tour along manhattan’s glamorous fifth ave, where he’ll talk about cornelius vanderbilt’s mansion, the ‘fancy dress ball’ thrown at alva vanderbilt’s ‘petit chateau,’ the not-so-modest brownstone where mrs. astor presided over nyc’s high society, which mansions have been repurposed as major nyc landmarks, and more. online, $10. >>

weds 5:30pm (wednesdays thru 9/1): outdoor fitness on the waterfront at brookfield place: hiit your stride during this week’s outdoor sweat sesh, a high-intensity, low-impact workout class. brookfield place (wtc), free. >>

weds 7:30pm (thru 5/22): new mony!: an extraterrestrial girl whose family is in the human cloning business awakens to her true calling in maria camia’s whimsical sci-fi puppet theater piece. dixon place (les), $18 general, $12 students/seniors (in-person and online options). >>

weds 8pm (bimonthly): the secret science club lecture series: learn about dark matter and the dark side of science with physicist and author chandra prescod-weinstein (the disordered cosmos: a journey into dark matter, spacetime, and dreams deferred), who’ll delve into particle physics, the early universe, the latest theories about dark matter, and how science is shaped by cultural forces during tonight’s edition of the secret science club. online, free. >>

weds 8pm (weekly): i hate you the least comedy show: popping up at llohi rooftop bar in east williamsburg, the i hate you the least comedy show returns from hiatus with an evening of outdoor jokes by sean patton (fallon), ashton womack (the daily show), amamah sardar (sirius xm), corinne fisher (guys we f@#cked), jared freid (u up?), and chris hamilton (tidal). presented by julie ray, kelly taylor, and andrew casertano. $10 adv, $15 door. >>

weds 8pm: she makes me laugh: who run the [comedy] world? find out at this comedy show spotlighting female comics. tonight: gina brillon (hbo), mary beth barone (comedy central), ophira eisenberg (ask me another), alise morales (our cartoon president), natalie wall (awkward sex…and the city), erica spera (tbs ‘comics to watch’), and ilana rubin (reductress). littlefield (gowanus), $5 (online), $15 (in-person). >>


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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.

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