mon thru sun: litfilm: catch documentaries and feature films about toni morrison, ursula k. le guin, truman capote, roberto bolaño, and other noteworthy authors during the brooklyn public library’s third annual film festival dedicated to the private lives, artistic processes, and political struggles of writers. the weeklong event also features panel discussions and talks with many featured filmmakers and writers. online, free. >>

mon thru sun: new yorker festival: the annual new yorker festival goes virtual with a melange of conversations, performances, and events, featuring movers and shakers such as dr. anthony fauci, margaret atwood, jerry seinfeld, steve martin, yo-yo ma, natasha lyone, maya rudolph, fiona apple, and more. note: elizabeth warren and alexandria ocasio-cortez were slated to serve as keynote speakers, but withdrew in solidarity with the new yorker’s unionized editorial staff, who have been in an ongoing labor dispute with the magazine. online, various prices. >>

mon thru sun (ongoing): sidewalk screenings at syndicated: bushwick’s syndicated bar and restaurant continues its sidewalk movie screening series with jennifer’s body, carrie, the craft, the silence of the lambs, the babadook, videodrome, and hocus pocus. weather permitting. free admission, with food and drinks available for purchase. >>

mon thru sun (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations includes wagner’s tristan und isolde, siegfried, das rheingold , and more. online, free. >>

mon 7pm (weekly thru 10/19): books beneath the bridge: read all about it–the annual books beneath the bridge series goes virtual with weekly readings by authors selected by six brooklyn-based indie bookstores. the authors will share works reflecting on current events and exploring themes of migrant voices, gender-queer perspectives, black girl culture, protest poetry, and more. tonight: crown heights’ cafe con libros presents a conversation with author shayla lawson, who will read from her recent book, this is major: notes on diana ross, dark girls, and being dope. online, free. >>

mon 7:30pm (monthly): miss manhattan non-fiction reading series: elyssa goodman’s showcase for non-fiction writers continues with readings by lauren michele jackson (white negros), jessica gross (hysteria), sarah kasbeer (a woman, a plan, an outline of a man), kyle turner (the new york times), and voxigma lo (w). online, free. >>


sponsored tues thru sun: visit parklife (gowanus) for tasty tacos, house margaritas and outdoor programming this week: nerd nite trivia (tues 7pm), vice presidential debate watch party and trivia (weds 8pm), and a screening of get out (sun 7pm). food purchase is required, and patrons are required to wear masks when not eating and drinking. >>

tues 7pm (thru may): amateur astronomers association lecture series: the amateur astronomers association kicks off its lecture series with the universal timekeeper: reconstructing history atom by atom, by dr. david helfand. online, free. >>

tues 8pm (bimonthly): the secret science club: how will the universe end? dive into quantum mechanics, supernovas, dark energy, and the fate of the cosmos during tonight’s secret science club lecture as astrophysicist katie mack discusses her new book, the end of everything (astrophysically speaking). online, free. >>


weds thru 1/17 (weds-sun): 100 drawings from now: 100 artists from around the world respond to the isolation and upheaval of 2020 in this exhibition of new drawings at the drawing center (soho). free (timed reservation required). >>

weds 4pm + 7pm (monthly): what’s the point: why math really matters: from the edge of our solar system to battling an artificial intelligence takeover, discover the applications of mathematical modeling during a talk by chartered mathematician, chartered scientist, and president of the institute of mathematics and its applications (uk) dr. nira chamberlain. part of the ‘math encounters’ lecture series at the national museum of mathematics. online, free. >>

weds 6pm: science confronts race and racism in a pandemic: evelynn hammonds, professor of the history of science and african and african american studies at harvard university, discusses why covid-19 has disproportionately impacted marginalized groups during tonight’s installment of the new york history of science lecture series. online, free. >>

weds 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: served up presents: project pride: converse, connect, and enjoy ‘a bit of friendly gay-hem’ during tonight’s event from served up, a socially distanced, live outdoor event series focused on sparking converstion around meaningful topics. between live music, drag, and performance art, after queerful consideration podcast hosts lisa yang and chris naime will delve into the subject of queer representation in the media and on the screen. food and drinks available for purchase. the plaxall gallery (lic), free (rsvp). >>

weds 7pm (monthly): hive minds and political divide in the digital age: psychologist sarah rose cavanagh discusses how social media and smartphones magnify our ultra-social natures and warns of their looming risks–echo chambers, political polarization, and dangerous conspiracy theories–at tonight’s installment of ‘scicafe,’ the american museum of natural history’s evening cocktail + conversation series. presented by the american museum of natural history. online, free. >>

weds 7:30pm: calls to remove: on confederate statues in america: how can america overcome the effects of 400 years of slavery when monuments to confederate generals and slave traders still stand? journalist connor towne o’neill examines the link between protests over confederate monuments and the surge of white supremacy during a panel discussion on his new book, down along with that devil’s bones: a reckoning with monuments, memory, and the legacy of white supremacy. filmmaker and activist bree newsome bass, african and african diaspora studies scholar joshua crutchfield, and cal state university history professors and authors ethan j. kytle and blain roberts will join o’neill in conversation. presented by the center for fiction. online, free. >>

weds 7:30pm: carnegie hall opening night virtual gala: the 130th anniversary season at carnegie hall kicks off with a starry opening night gala, featuring performances by jon batiste, renée fleming, angélique kidjo, lang lang, wynton marsalis, james taylor, and more. online, free (donations welcome). >>

weds 8:30pm: myq kaplan’s birthday comedy show:: comedian myq kaplan (comedy central, netflix) celebrates another trip around the sun with a wacky evening of stand-up by kaplan, josh gondelman (desus + mero), and liz glazer (outtv). hosted by teresa lee. online, $10-15. >>

weds 9pm: vice presidential debate: the sole vice presidential debate between kamala harris and mike pence will be moderated by susan page, usa today‘s washington bureau chief. topics have not been announced as of press time. airing live on youtube and major tv networks. >>

sponsored ticket deals

thru 12/31: new-york historical society: whether you’re a devoted new york city history buff or a newbie to our past, you’re guaranteed a fascinating glimpse into the city’s storied past. $10 plus ticket fees (reg. $22). >>

thru 10/31 (weekends): hudson river fall foliage cruise: welcome autumn with a circle line cruise up the hudson river to hook mountain in rockland county while enjoying autumnal sights and onboard oktoberfest specials available for purchase. $47 plus ticket fees (reg. $59). >>


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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