Brooklyn Public Library, in collaboration with Prospect Park Alliance, will launch the third semester of University Open Air, a free series of outdoor classes taught by professors, researchers and academics from around the world. Beginning on Wednesday, September 16, classes for the two-week semester will take place at the Boathouse and the surrounding area in Prospect Park located at 101 East Dr., Brooklyn, NY 11225. Classes will be capped at 12 participants; social distancing and masks will be required.

University Open Air is a space for immigrants, many of whom cannot practice their professions in the U.S., to share their knowledge and experience with fellow community members, neighbors and friends. Please note, while UOA courses aim to equip students with valuable skills, they are non‐accredited.

To see a full course schedule and to register for classes, please visit:

For general questions or press inquiries, please email:

University Open Air is generously supported by The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund. WNYC is a media partner of Brooklyn Public Library.

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museums reopening this week: american museum of natural history, bronx museum of the arts, brooklyn museum, el museo del barrio, museum of jewish heritage, the met cloisters, the rubin museum of art, the 9/11 memorial museum, and more. various prices. >>

you can apply to be an official leaf peeper for new york state: this volunteer gig is unbe-leaf-able–channel your fall foliage obsession into scouting out changing leaves for new york’s official tourism website, i love ny. >>


starts today (ongoing): 20 more nypl branches open for grab-and-go service: put in a request for your latest lit, then book it to any of the 50 nypl locations in the bronx, manhattan, and staten island that are now open for contactless pickup and drop-off. >>

thru 1/3: presidential dogs exhibit: from george washington’s foxhounds to the obamas’ portuguese water dogs, get to know the paw-liticians who have graced the white house throughout history. american kennel club museum of the dog (midtown east), $15 general, $10 seniors/students. >>

tues 3pm: star trek day: red alert! join hosts wil wheaton and mica burton for more than three hours of virtual panels and programming that will reunite iconic cast members and creative minds from nine star trek television series. online, free. >>

tues 7pm (monthly): pen parentis: writers who are parents present their work at the pen parentis literary salon. tonight’s 24th season opening gathering features carol lahines, beverly gologorsky, and david dunbar, followed by a q+a. free ($10 suggested donation). >>

tues 7pm: bess myerson: the one and only jewish miss america: learn about bess myerson, a jewish new yorker who was crowned miss america amidst growing antisemitism in 1945, when you tune in to a discussion of the documentary bess myerson: the one and only jewish miss america (free to stream on vimeo), featuring the film’s director, david arond, adl national director emeritus abraham foxman, and bess’s daughter, screenwriter and actor barra grant. presented by the museum of jewish heritage. online, free ($10 suggested donation). >>

tues 8pm: three rings: a tale of exile, narrative, and fate – daniel mendelsohn and jonathan lethem: memoirist and critic daniel mendelsohn discusses his latest book, three rings, a fusion of memoir, biography, history, and criticism about three exiled writers who turned to classics of the past to craft new literary masterpieces. in conversation with novelist jonathan lethem (motherless brooklyn). presented by mcnally jackson booksellers. online, free. >>

tues 8pm: roxane gay – the selected works of audre lorde – in conversation with alexis de veaux: writer roxane gay (difficult women, bad feminist) shares the selected works of audre lorde, a collection of essays and poetry by self-described ‘black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet’ audre lorde. in conversation with writer alexis de veaux (warrior poet: a biography of audre lorde). presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore, free (donations welcome). >>


weds thru sun: ladiescon 2020: the ladies of comicazi, women in comics, and comics in color present ladiescon, a celebration of women, non-binary, lgbtq, and poc writers and artists specializing in comic books, fantasy, and science fiction. the multi-day event includes panel discussions, trivia, a drink + draw, livestream cartoons, vendors, and more. online, free. >>

starts weds (ongoing): indoor malls reopen in nyc: nyc’s indoor shopping hubs are allowed to reopen to visitors at 50% capacity starting today. >>

weds 12-6pm: free dunkin’ iced coffee: cool down with a free small iced coffee (with any purchase) at participating dunkin’ locations. >>

weds 5:30pm: happily ever after hours: visual effects supervisor dennis muren: go behind the scenes with oscar-winning special effects artist dennis muren, who’ll share film clips and stories from his work at industrial light and magic, including the original star wars trilogy, jurassic park, and more. presented by the walt disney family museum in san francisco. online, free. >>

weds 6pm: get lit! literary pub crawl’s virtual greenwich village: raise a glass to the cultural, social, and political icons of greenwich village as you ‘visit’ their favorite haunts during a virtual literary pub crawl. online, free. >>

weds 7pm: maesters, greyscale, and milk of the poppy: medicine in game of thrones: if a physician from 15th century england wound up in westeros, would they be able to treat the local ailments? rare book librarian elizabeth brander delivers an illustrated lecture comparing the medicine practiced by george r.r. martin’s masters to the real-world medical landscape of medieval and early modern europe. presented by morbid anatomy. online, $8. >>

weds 7pm: moonlight + movies – love + basketball: live q+a: this conversation is sure to be a slam dunk–love + basketball (2000) writer and director gina prince-blythewood, former ncaa and wnba star chamique holdsclaw, and women’s basketball coach priscilla edwards will discuss the film, and how women in pro basketball (and beyond) navigate issues of power, representation, activism, and equity. moderated by author and sports journalist william rhoden. presented by the museum of the city of new york. online, free. >>

weds 7:30pm: women + power: economic power: ellevest founder and ceo sallie krawcheck and ms. foundation president and ceo discuss what it will take to have equal empowerment, compensation, and resources across all genders during a conversation moderated by sociologist and author tsedale melaku (you don’t look like a lawyer: black women and systemic gendered racism). presented by the brooklyn historical society. online, free. >>

weds 8pm: jane fonda – what can i do?: my path from climate despair to action: actor and activist jane fonda discusses her new book, what can i do?: my path from climate despair to action, the proceeds of which will benefit greenpeace. in conversation with actor, model, and humanitarian amber valletta. presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore. online, free-$36. >>

weds 8pm (bimonthly): the secret science club: get an inside look at the life of stephen hawking during tonight’s secret science club lecture as physicist and author leonard mlodinow discusses his new book, stephen hawking: a memoir of friendship and physics, about his long-time collaboration with the late theoretical physicist. online, free. >>

weds 8pm: wyclef jean live at the apollo: wyclef jean opens the apollo theater’s fall season with the first-ever complete performance of his grammy-nominated, double-platinum album, the carnival. online, free (donations welcome). >>

weds 8:30pm: design disruptors: activity for all women: from the divacup to the captser fitness hijab, discover design innovations for women, by women during moma’s design disruptors virtual talk series. tonight’s speakers include megababe beauty founder katie sturino, sports bra inventor lisa lindhal, and womanly magazine founder and editor-in-chief attia taylor. moderated by chay costello. presented by moma design store. online, 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.

– the skint

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icymi: nyc museum reopening dates: we’ve put together a list of nyc’s museum reopening dates, which we’ll update as more institutions release their plans. for safety, attendance is limited to 25% capacity, masks must be worn, timed-ticket reservations are required, and other safety protocols will be observed. prices vary, and many locations are offering free tickets for the first few weeks. >>

vessel and edge reopenings: the hudson yards attractions have reopened to the public, at 25% capacity and social distancing protocols in place. tickets are required (vessel: free; edge: $36 general/$34 seniors). >>


thru 10/15: nobody’s fashion week: whose fashion week is it? inclusion and self-expression are in vogue during flux factory’s six-week online exhibition, featuring works and public programs by 20+ alternative artists, designers, educators, and organizers using wearables, textiles, and the body as a medium. free. >>

thru 10/4: intralia, the weird park: move through prospect park while following municipal workers ‘eve’ and ‘ash’ as they discover a series of strange happenings during intralia, the weird park, an outdoor, socially distanced audio play and sound walk from inversion theatre. download the intralia ios app or tune in thru soundcloud. free (donations welcome). >>

thru 10/4: artechouse reopening: intangible forms, multimedia artist shohei fujimoto’s immersive installation at chelsea market’s artechouse, is open to the public once again. $25 general, $20 students/seniors. >>

thru 9/30: insomnia cookies teacher + faculty special: teachers, professors, and faculty members are smart cookies, and to honor their dedication, insomnia cookies is offering a free six-pack of traditional cookies with any purchase through the end of the month. all store locations, valid school id required. >>

thru 9/7: hamptons virtual art fair: gallery hop through 2000+ artworks from around the country and the world during a virtual reality edition of the annual exhibition. online, free. >>

thru mon: last chance to hit the beaches and free outdoor pools, which close for the season after the holiday.

thru mon (ongoing): sidewalk screenings at syndicated: syndicated bar and restaurant (bushwick) is now showing movies on the sidewalk every night, continuing this week with eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, scott pilgrim vs. the world, the rental, john lewis: good trouble, and midsommar. weather permitting. free admission, with food and drinks available for purchase. >>

thru sat: 11th annual nyc unicycle festival: have a wheely good time at the bindlestiff family circus’s nyc unicycle festival, a scaled-down weekend of socially distant single-wheeled rides through manhattan, brooklyn, and staten island. free. >>

thurs 6pm: recipes for disaster zine launch and zoom dinner: nom along with the editors of recipes for disaster, a new quarantine cooking zine, as they celebrate the zine’s launch with readings from contributors, followed by a q+a. presented by the creative publishing and critical journalism program at the new school. online, free. >>

thurs 6:30pm: how much information is too much?: what information do we need to know, and what role should policymakers play in determining which data we receive? harvard university legal scholar cass sunstein (too much information: understanding what you don’t want to know) talks with wired senior writer lauren goode about how we can make information work for us. presented by zócalo public square. online, free. >>

thurs 8pm: michael schmidt – donald trump v. the united states: how do you stand up to the most powerful man in the world? pulitzer prize-winning new york times washington correspondent michael s. schmidt tells the story of the white house officials who tried to confront and contain trump in a conversation on his new book, donald trump v. the united states: inside the struggle to stop the president, with washington post white house reporter ashley parker. presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore. online, free (contributions welcome). >>


fri thru sun (fridays thru sundays thru 10/4): red hook beer garden opening: a group of red hook residents is launching a new weekend beer garden and family-friendly gathering place, with beer from sixpoint brewery, plus food trucks, flea markets, bocce, and more in the works. profits will benefit two local art non-profits. >>

fri-sun (thru 10/31): six more locations added for expanded outdoor dining: there are now 81 streets that are closed off to vehicular traffic for outdoor dining every weekend. >>

fri-sun: oaklash: the bay area’s drag and queer performance festival goes online with live performances, music, topical talks, and more. free (donations welcome). >>


sat-mon: camp yampire: spend some time in the great indoors at a labor day weekend ‘state fair’ edition of this remote ‘adult’ summer camp. online, free (rsvp). >>

sat + sun 11am-5pm (+ 9/12, 9/19, 9/26): free wavertree admission: while the south street seaport museum’s indoor spaces remain closed due to the covid-19 pandemic, the permanently-moored tall ship wavertree will welcome back visitors for free on select days this month. timed-entry ticket required. >>

sat 12-5pm: soho art walk: street and graffiti artists from around the world create storefront murals right before your eyes during this live outdoor painting event taking place along soho’s greene street. free. >>

sat 12-8pm (ongoing, daily): head up a little higher on the high line: as the high line begins its second phase of reopening, visitors can now stroll from gansevoort street up to 30th street starting today, with an additional entrance point available at 23rd street. free (timed-entry ticket required). >>

sat 12-8pm: moma ps1 warm up: the iconic summer bash goes virtual with eight hours of dj sets and performances streamed live from the museum’s courtyard (closed to the public), and broadcast online and to several outdoor venues across the city. free (donations will benefit nycnightlife united). >>


sun 7pm: nick cordero memorial tribute: broadway on demand presents an evening of performances and commentary by friends, family, and castmates from broadway’s a bronx tale, bullets over broadway, waitress, and more in honor of drama desk and tony-nominated actor nick cordero, who passed away in july from covid-19. online, free (proceeds benefit save the music foundation). >>

monday (labor day)

reminder: governors island is open today. reserve yourself a spot on the reduced-capacity ferry (free-$3) to access the island. >>

thru mon: last chance to hit the beaches and free outdoor pools, which close for the season after the holiday.

mon thru sun (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: the met opera’s free series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations this week includes gounod’s roméo et juliette, berlioz’s la damnation de faust, bizet’s les pêcheurs de perles, and more. online, 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.

– the skint

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