thru 2/7/2021: the costume institute at the met’s new exhibition: reflecting on the last 150 years of fashion, the costume institute’s latest exhibition, about time: fashion and duration, explores the cyclical nature of clothing with designs by gabrielle chanel, tom ford, helmut lang, vivienne westwood, yohji yamamoto, and many others. all of the garments are black, except for a dress at the conclusion of the show. the metropolitan museum of art (ues), admission to the exhibition is included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students; pay-what-you-wish for nys residents and ny, nj, and ct students). timed-entry tickets are required, and include same-day entry to both met locations. >>

thru 12/17: only you will recognize the signal: blast off into this new serial space opera from kristin marting, kamala sankaram, and rob handel, about a group of interplanetary travelers stuck in space, unable to erase the past or move into the future. the series will release weekly 10-minute episodes, culminating in a final 70-minute viewing experience. presented by here arts center. online, $5+ donation. >>

thru sun (extended thru sun): taste of times square week: participating times square-area restaurants are offering three course prix fixe menus for $35 thru the weekend. indoor, outdoor, take-out, and delivery options available. >>

thru sun: rogue ensemble theater’s titus andronicus: actors alternate roles and make mayhem during this live, physically distanced production of shakespeare’s bloody revenge tale, performed on the steps of ulysses s. grant’s tomb in morningside heights. $10 suggested donation. >>

thru sun: last chance for governor’s island: reserve a ferry ticket now (free-$3)… the urban escape closes for the season after the weekend. >>

🎃 thurs + fri: house of yes epic halloween sale: refresh your look and get in the halloween spirit with a costume sale hosted by party experts from house of yes. prices range from $1-100. house of yes (bushwick), free admission. >>

🎃 thurs + fri: profs + pints: get schooled when you tune in to profs and pints, a lecture series that brings college professors into bars, cafés, and now your room. this week’s topics: when vampires arose (thurs) and what sparked which burnings (fri). online, $12. >>

thurs 6pm: jane jacobs plaque unveiling: ‘visit’ the former west village home of activist and writer jane jacobs, whose groundbreaking text the death and life of great american cities influenced the way cities around the world were built, planned, and organized. hear from actor marisa tomei, author roberta gratz, village preservation executive director andrew berman, and more during tonight’s plaque dedication in jacobs’s honor. online, free. >>

thurs 6pm: election 2020: what happens next?: with virus rates spiking, revelations about trump’s taxes, and election day around the corner, new york times deputy politics editor rachel dry talks with politics reporters alex burns, astead herndon, lisa lerer, and maggie haberman about what to watch for, what it all means, and what could happen next. online, free. >>

🎃 thurs 6:30pm: the zombie insect apocalypse: learn about the fascinating and eerie lifestyles of fungi, and how they turn insects into zombies for their own survival during this talk by postdoctoral researcher brian lovett. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm: the encyclopedia of new york: learn the abc’s of nyc during a book launch celebration for new york magazine’s the encyclopedia of new york, an a-to-z compendium of unexpected origin stories, hidden histories, and useful guides to our home. hosted by actor, comedian, and singer lea delaria with new york magazine editor and writer christopher bonanos. presented by museum of the city of new york. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm: democracy, propaganda, and the graphic image: hear from sva mfa design co-chair, art director, design writer, and critic steven heller as he delves into the history of propaganda art and design during a talk on his 2011 book, iron fists: branding the 20th century totalitarian state. presented by the school of visual arts. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm: an evening with the glorias: the cast and creators of the glorias, a new film based on gloria steinem’s autobiographical book, my life on the road, discuss how women overcome their differences to question power structures and unite around meaningful action, and share stories about the making of the movie during a conversation moderated by good day new york host lori stokes. panelists include gloria steinem herself, director julie taymor, producer lynn hendee, and actors julianne moore, alicia vikander, kimberly guerrero, lorraine toussaint, and monica sanchez. presented by the cooper union. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm (ends today): ask a political scientist: election season – get out the vote!: what makes people more likely to vote? what kinds of outreach are effective for marginalized communities? social scientist andrea jones-rooy hosts a conversation on what we can do between now and election day to make a difference. tonight’s guests are political scientist chinbo chong, ph.d., and friends vote together founder and ceo cate mayer. online, free (all donations made while registering and throughout the show will go to save our chinatowns and the asian americans for equality’s small business relief fund). >>

thurs 7pm: reparations now! a streamed concert honoring black lives matter: inspired by ta-nehisi coates’s congressional testimony and ibram x. kendi’s book how to be an antiracist, ensemble pi’s ‘reparations now!’ project features works from a diverse group of composers, including georg friedrich haas’s i can’t breathe (in memoriam eric garner) and a musical improvisation, requiem for elijah, based on the last words of elijah mcclain. presented by the center at west park. online, free ($10 suggested donation). >>

🎃 thurs 7pm (monthly): punderdome: election/halloween edition: a dozen pun-masters have a war of the words in tonight’s online edition of the beloved pun competition. tonight’s halloween edition includes a pun-costume contest that will run thru election day. hosted by fred firestone. presented by littlefield. online, $5 suggested donation. >>

sponsored: thurs 7:30pm: uptown showdown: neat freaks vs. pack rats: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off in a battle of wits about which is superior, being a neatnik disciple of marie kondo, or a hoarding heir of the beales of grey gardens. tonight’s guests: michael ian black (wet hot american summer), kerry coddett (the iliza shlesinger sketch show), chase mitchell (the tonight show), aparna nancherla (corporate), kevin townley (the talent show), and kate willett (reply guys). hosted by matthew love. presented by symphony space. online, $7 with promo code ‘skint’ (plus $1 service fee). >>

🎃 thurs 7:30pm: secretformula’s spooky scary double feature: dress in character while you watch halloweentown (1998) and mom’s got a date with a vampire (2000) while secretformula’s streaming party revisits the cult classic disney channel halloween movies. online, $8. >>

thurs 8pm: broadway’s best shows series: race: tony award-winning actor phylicia rashad directs a livestream performance of david mamet’s 2009 play about ‘america’s most controversial topic,’ starring original broadway cast members david alan grier and richard thomas along with ed o’neill and alicia stith. online, $5+ admission benefits the actors fund. >>

thurs 9pm: every vote counts: a celebration of democracy: artists, entertainers, performers, and community leaders come together to honor the importance and impact of voting during this global citizen broadcast special hosted by alicia keys, america ferrera, and kerry washington. the celeb-studded evening includes performances by alicia keys, brandi carlile, dan + shay, offset, and shawn mendes, plus appearances by amy schumer, billie eilish, chris rock, eva longoria, leonardo dicaprio, lin-manuel miranda, lizzo, and more. online, free. >>

thurs 9pm (monthly): at home film festival: comics and creators share homemade shorts during an evening curated and hosted by comedians ashley brooke roberts and sarah tollemache. tonight’s show will feature shorts from shalewa sharpe (hbo), matt koff (the daily show, steve o’brien (team submarine) and more. online, free (donations will benefit the center for reproductive rights). >>

🎃 thurs 9pm: hoff’s public domain horrorfest: just in time for halloween, comedian hoff matthews livestreams classic public domain horror movies interspersed with comedy host segments. tonight: george romero’s night of the living dead (1968). online, free. >>


Multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer Bill T. Jones has been commissioned by Brooklyn Public Library to present the next Message from the Library lecture. On November 8 at 7:00 pm, his message, entitled “At Risk,” will consider the powers of language, performance and perception, as well as their limits.

Message from the Library lectures ask leading cultural figures to reflect on today’s most precarious issues and is part of BPL’s mission to convene diverse voices in the Library’s safe space to have meaningful dialogue about the political, economic, social and cultural issues of the day.

Register for this free Zoom event today at

This event is accessible for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Message from the Library is made possible through support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).


fri thru 3/7: winter village at bryant park opens: following new york state covid-19 safety guidelines, the annual outdoor holiday holiday shopping and ice skating destination will feature fewer shops and more spacious walkways, with timed rink reservations required. the shops are currently scheduled to be open thru 1/3, the rink thru 3/7. free admission, $21-36 for skate rentals (or byo). >>

🎃 fri thru 11/2: camp yampire: halloween edition: spend some time in the great indoors at a halloween-themed edition of this remote ‘adult’ summer camp. online, free. >>

fri thru sun: sovereignty: an exploration of a new american play: tune in to a pair of live-streaming, new york premiere performances of mary kathryn nagle’s new play, sovereignty, about a young cherokee lawyer’s struggle to preserve the violence against women act’s restoration of her nation’s jurisdiction in a case before the u.s. supreme court. directed by laurie woolery. post-show discussion with the author and guests to follow. presented by theatre for a new audience. online, free. >>

🎃 fri + sat: virtual crypt crawl: take a peek into the crypt of the cathedral church of saint john the divine while hearing stories of the entombed and learning the origins of halloween as a celtic new year celebration that later transformed into all hallows eve. online, $10. >>

🎃 fri + sat: backyard big screen @ hudson yards: upgrade your movie night with an outdoor screening series presented in partnership with tribeca film festival and hudson yards. attendees will sit in physically-distant pods of two to four people. this week’s films: the birds, coraline, the addams family, and bride of frankenstein. free (first come, first served). >>

fri 5pm: the fabric of crime: fashion historian and author dr. alison matthews david (fashion victims: the dangers of dress past and present) gives us a glimpse into how 19th and early 20th century citizens, criminals, and police used dress to commit and detect crime, and how the fabric of everyday life could be fashioned into weapons, disguises, and serve as evidence in criminal trials. presented by the national arts club. online, free (donations welcome). >>

fri 6pm: nypl techtalks: podcasting in quarantine, featuring back issue: techconnect at the new york public library presents a panel talk with the hosts and creators of pineapple street media’s podcast back issue, sharing a tour of their quarantine studios and discussing launching their new show, tech tips + tricks, and industry secrets. online, free. >>

fri 6pm: dan rather — what unites us: what does it really mean to be an american? iconic journalist and news anchor dan rather shares personal stories and contemplates american values in a discussion on his collection of essays, what unites us: reflections on patriotism. in conversation with new york times reporter jennifer steinhauer. presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore. online, free (contributions welcome). >>

🎃 fri 7pm: lola star’s dreamland roller disco: skate six feet apart as you live out your retro roller disco fantasy at a themed, dress up, immersive roller skating party. tonight’s theme: zombie disco. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $24 admission includes skate rental (plus $3-8 for locker/bag check). >>

🎃 fri 7-10pm: mf gallery’s 18th annual halloween art show: put on your halloween costume for this annual underground pop art show in gowanus. free admission. >>

🎃 fri 8pm: in search of the sanderson sisters: a hocus pocus hulaween takeover: bette midler, sarah jessica parker, kathy najimy, and a star-studded cast join forces to raise funds for new york restoration project. elvira, mistress of the dark, will host the hour-long documentary-style show. online, $10. >>

🎃 fri 8pm: puppets come home! presents…spooky sights!: celebrate the 150-year legacy of puppetry on coney island during a halloween-themed puppet slam. online, free (donations will benefit urban neighborhood services inc.). >>

fri 8pm: nerd nite: be there and be square. nerd nite returns with entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. presented by littlefield. online, $5. >>

fri 8pm: the muff: experience all the drama of a traditional storytelling show at this live parody of the moth. hosted by harmon leon. online, free. >>

🎃 fri 9pm: found footage festival’s haunted webinar: found footage experts joe pickett (the onion) and nick prueher (the colbert report) unearth the spookiest/weirdest vhs covers and clips from their collection, including halloween music videos and scary makeup + mask making how-tos, and a tape that claims to be actually cursed. online, $9. >>

🎃 fri 9pm (monthly): a drinking game nyc’s virtual hocus pocus party: join fellow hocus pocus enthusiasts in live reenactments, drinking games, trivia, a costume contest, an ‘i put a spell on you’ dance class, and more. online, $5. >>

🎃 fri 9:30pm (+ sat): shot4shot : the armory comedy group’s series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. this time, the group takes on halloweentown (fri) and scream (sat). online, free (email rsvp). >>

🎃 fri 10pm (weekly): let them eat cake: trick-or-freak edition: go undercover with a lineup of aerialists, dancers, burlesque artists, and more during the latest let them eat cake performer showcase. online, $10 suggested donation (a portion of sales will benefit the black sex workers collective). >>


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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