what the fact?! daily trivia: daily trivia: july 13, 1871: on this day, the world’s first cat show opened at london’s crystal palace, featuring rare breeds such as manx, french-african, and persian longhair. the main attraction was a pair of siamese cats, a breed never before seen in england. one attendee called it ‘a nightmare kind of a cat.’ discover more weird and unusual moments from history with what the fact?! 365 strange days in history.

starts today: new york public library’s grab + go service: bookworms, rejoice–the nypl is gradually reopening, starting with eight branches where you can pick up and return materials that you’ve reserved online or over the phone. >>

mon 6pm: moonlight + movies: doin’ it in the park: celebrate nyc as the worldwide ‘mecca’ of pick-up basketball with bobbito garcia and kevin couliau, directors of the 2012 documentary doin’ it in the park: pick up basketball, new york city. garcia and couliau will discuss the making of the film and the history, culture, and impact of nyc’s b-ball scene in a conversation with basketball player milani malik, the only woman ever to play professionally in the american basketball association. pregame by watching the film online (link provided with registration). youtube and zoom, free. >>

mon 6:30pm: use the power you have: pramila jayapal and v (eve ensler): pramila jayapal, the first south asian woman elected to congress, shares her new book, use the power you have: a brown woman’s guide to politics and political change, in a conversation with playwright, author, and activist v (the vagina monologues), formerly known as eve ensler. presented by the brooklyn historical society. zoom, free. >>

mon 7pm: the amazing world of sharks: just in time for shark awareness day, dive more deeply into sharks with a presentation by dr. austin gallagher, ceo and chief scientist of beneath the waves, a global ngo working to conserve sharks and their habitats. presented by the explorers club. multiple platforms, free. >>

mon 7pm: black on black: leila taylor, author of darkly: black history and america’s gothic soul, delivers an illustrated lecture on the meaning of black and blackness and how the gothic occupies both of these spaces. presented by morbid anatomy. zoom, $8. >>

sponsored: mon 8pm: max steiner: the composer who revolutionized the hollywood score: explore the turbulent life and triumphant career of max steiner, a three-time academy award winner who wrote highly influential scores for some 300 movies, including king kong, casablanca, and now, voyager. $10. >>

mon 8pm: isn’t she funny: the stand-up comedy show with a dude-free lineup features abbi crutchfield, katie bowman, and ally leftridge. hosted by carly montag, emily walsh, and marisa riley. dudes and non-dudes welcome. zoom, free (rsvp). >>

mon 8pm (thru 7/16): free shakespeare on the radio: shakespeare in the park hits the airwaves with a four-part radio broadcast of richard ii, directed by saheem ali and starring lupita nyong’o, phylicia rashad, andré holland and more. presented by wnyc and the public theater. free. >>


tues 2pm: the old guard: director gina prince-bythewood (love + basketball, beyond the lights) and star kiki layne (if beale street could talk) join academy award-winning filmmaker barry jenkins (moonlight, if beale street could talk) about the new netflix movie the old guard. presented by 92y, free. >>

tues 3pm: tartan talk: get plaid to the bone with fashion designer and author jeffrey banks, who’ll discuss his book, tartan: romancing the plaid, co-authored with doria de la chapelle. presented by the national arts club. zoom, free (donations welcome). >>

tues 4pm: death, sex + money: death, sex + money podcast host anna sale interviews call your girlfriend podcast hosts and real-life best friends aminatou sow and ann friedman about their new book, big friendship, and their experiences with friendship, connection, and life changes. presented by the greene space at wnyc. website and youtube, free. >>

sponsored: tues 5:30pm: the untold story of history’s greatest women cartoonists: explore the greatest women cartoon artists up through the mid-20th century, from the author who wrote the definitive book on the topic, trina robbins. $10. >>

tues 6pm: networking in a tumultuous job market: what stays the same and what doesn’t: master the art of distanced networking during a webinar led by career coach win sheffield. presented by the new york public library. google meet, free. >>

tues 6pm (thru thursday): questions about accessing food, paying rent, finding a job during the pandemic? let’s talk: join an ‘open newsroom’ and connect with fellow new yorkers in discussions on rent and tenants’ issues (tues), working and unemployment (weds), and food access and security (thurs). presented by and brooklyn public library. zoom, free. >>

tues 6pm: art history from home: abstracted bodies: a series of online talks by the whitney musem’s teaching fellows highlights works in the museum’s collection and recent exhibitions to illuminate topics in american art from 1900 to the present. tonight’s session will explore how artists jay defeo, senga nengudi, and christina quarles have used abstraction, metonymy, and metaphor to depict to the human body. zoom, free. >>

tues 7pm (monthly): pen parentis: writers who are parents present their work at the pen parentis literary salon. tonight’s gathering, celebrating women writers, features gae polisner, joanna hershon, and elizabeth kadetsky, followed by a q+a. free ($10 suggested donation). >>

tues 7:30pm (weekly): glass houses comedy show: comedians throw standup stones at rebecca kaplan’s comedy show, featuring eman el-husseini (pbs), carolyn bergier (funny or die), ishmael gaynor, jessica rotondi, sheria mattis, and jonathan ziegel. zoom, free. >>

tues 9pm: sweet: comedian seth herzog (fallon) covers a wide range of topics with guests michael ian black (wet hot american summer) and mike brown (full frontal with samantha bee). instagram, free. >>


weds thru 9/19: free comic book day summer: normally held one day a year, this year the comic book industry is offering several titles each week for stores to release on their own schedules. the 45 free titles will come from a variety of publishers including marvel, dc, image, dark horse, and more. >>

weds thru sun: the homebound theater project: a volunteer cohort of homebound actors and playwrights unites to raise money for no kid hungry with a series of evening performances. this week’s plays star santino fontana, cherry jones, judith light, amber tamblyn, and more. $10+. >>

weds thru fri: free ice cream: enjoy a free scoop of ice cream during the grand opening of the good batch creamery in clinton hill. >>

starts today: governors island reopens: reserve yourself a spot on the reduced-capacity ferry (free-$3) to visit the island oasis (free). >>

starts today: pace gallery reopens: get your contemporary art fix at chelsea’s pace gallery, reopening today with exhibitions by julian schnabel, arlene shechet, kenneth nolan, and paul graham. free (reservation required). >>

weds 10:30am: talk saves lives: learn about suicide prevention during a community-based presentation on the scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to help. presented by the new york public library, the mayor’s office for thrivenyc, and the nyc chapter of the american foundation for suicide prevention. free. >>

weds 12pm: this is good: journalists from the new york times get together for a book club-style discussion of an article from another news organization. tonight, the club members tackle ‘history will judge the complicit’ by anne applebaum, published in the atlantic. guests include actor and activist bradley whitford (the west wing, get out) and chief washington correspondent carl hulse. presented by the new york times. free. >>

weds 2pm: inside unorthodox: a conversation about the netflix series will explore the show’s portrayal of holocaust memory, german-jewish relations, yiddish language, and more. guests include co-creator alexa karolinski, actor eli rosen, and born to kvetch author michael wex. presented by the museum of jewish heritage. zoom, free. >>

sponsored: weds 7:30pm (weekly thru 9/30, weather permitting): outdoor cinema and trivia at parklife: enjoy cocktails and food (available for purchase) while watching a movie and playing pre-show trivia at parklife’s outdoor space in gowanus. tonight’s film: clueless. presented by the skint and the briefly. free admission. >>

weds 7:30pm: herbal hair care: give your locks some love as you learn to make rinses, conditioning treatments, and other homemade hair care products using everyday herbal ingredients. presented by brooklyn brainery. zoom, $16. >>

weds 7:30pm: selected shorts: little rebellions: hear stories about the small insurrections that can make or break a relationship, written by authors amelia gray, haruki murakami, robert sheckley, and elizabeth winthrop, and read by actors nate corddry (perry mason), ann dowd (the handmaid’s tale), jane kaczmarek (malcolm in the middle), and randall park (fresh off the boat). presented by symphony space. youtube, free. >>

weds 7:30pm (1st + 3rd wednesdays): gettin’ by with liz barrett: cut yourself some slack with comedian liz barrett, who covers everything that makes us anxious, and discusses how to let the small stuff go. tonight’s topic is anxiety with guest alison leiby (the marvelous mrs. maisel writer). zoom, free (donations welcome). >>

weds 8pm: no one asked for this: a quarantine game show: comedians go head to head as they crack jokes, come up with names for fake sitcoms, and find the bright side of the saddest topics during zach sims and dan wilbur’s comedy game show, complete with games, laughs, and, randomly, christian rock. tonight’s lineup: aparna nancherla (comedy central), christian finnegan (conan), shalewa sharpe (hbo), and jordan carlos (mtv). zoom, $10. >>

weds 9pm: hoff’s public domain horrorfest: comedian hoff matthews livestreams classic public domain horror movies interspersed with comedy host segments. tonight: roger corman’s the wasp woman (1959). twitch, free. >>


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.

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