our roundup of 30+ ongoing events: flea markets, outdoor art, soundwalks, and more. >>
thurs thru 11/21: portland book festival: read between the lines during portland’s annual literary festival, a two-week extravaganza of panels, presentations, and readings by 100+ authors, including julia alvarez, margaret atwood, brit bennett, isabel wilkerson, and many more. online, free (a few events require book purchase to attend). >>
thurs 6:30pm: podcast mixtape: how to citizen with baratunde thurston: wnyc’s jami floyd interviews writer, comedian, podcaster, and former obama white house advisor baratunde thurston (how to be black) about his expansive career, his new podcast, how to citizen, and what he has learned about civic engagement. presented by the greene space at wnyc. online, free. >>
thurs 8:30pm: you are not alone: an uplifting show about depression: improvisers and artists that battle depression and mental illness create scenes inspired by their personal experiences and show how laughter can be the best medicine. hosted by aaron gold and grant michael serpe. presented by magnet theater. online, $12. >>
thurs 10pm (monthly): green fairy absinthe party: grab a cocktail and don your most glamorous face mask for a ‘masquerade’ edition of green fairy, an evening of absinthe tasting and live performances. online, free. >>
Dan Savage’s dirty movie festival, HUMP! (NSFW) is now online for the world to see! HUMP! has been touring in over 50 movie theaters around the US and Canada for the last 15 years. But like everything else, COVID has forced the festival online. HUMP! is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. HUMP! is an incredible celebration of creative sexual expression! Starting this Friday and running through November 28, Dan is presenting HUMP!’s Greatest Hits! Volume Two, a new collection of his (and audience) favorite short, dirty movies from 2005-2018. You will see films at HUMP! that shock you. You will see films at HUMP! that make you laugh. And you will see films at HUMP! that turn you on. You will also be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. Don’t miss it! More info and tickets here (NSFW).
fri thru sun: tide film festival: the annual showcase of short and feature films written, directed, and/or produced by filmmakers of color returns with three days of screenings, filmmaker q+as, industry panels and workshops, and more. online, $12. >>
fri 12pm: resilience strategies to keep stress at bay: chin up–learn techniques for replacing negative thinking with positive mindset thinking during this webinar led by career counselor and author renee lee rosenberg. presented by nypl science, industry and business library. free. >>
fri 1pm (monthly): astronomy online: solar storms: how do scientists map worlds billions of miles from earth? go on a virtual expedition of the kuiper belt with amnh director of astrovisualization carter emmert as he leads you on a tour of pluto and its five moons. presented by the american museum of natural history. online, free. >>
fri 6pm (weekly): disco tree variety show: grab your picnic blanket for this outdoor music and comedy show, featuring live music by the brooklyn bards and stand-up by host calvin cato and guests. prospect park, free (donations welcome, with a portion of the proceeds going to a local charity). >>
fri 7pm (quarterly): soul sister revue poetry reading series: established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling read from their work during this event that asks, ‘what does soul mean to you?’ online, free (donations welcome). >>
sat thru 11/21: wholesome film festival: in this time of uncertainty, this diy film fest aims to share stories from unique voices that promote a healthy future. online, $7. >>
sat 11am-3pm: pumpkin smash: look smashing as you crush your halloween pumpkins into a compostable pulp during this annual ‘bash’ event. byo pumpkins and safety goggles. chelsea waterside park, free (pre-registration required). >>
sat 11am-5pm (+ 11/14): ave b flea: shop art, jewelry, records, and more at this neighborhood pop-up flea and stoop sale. avenue b bet. 10th + 12th streets. >>
sat + sun 1-6pm: world of witches market + workshops: experience two days of mystical revelry as you attend workshops on magic and shop vendors from around the world selling artwork, ceremonial talismans, herbs, potions, and more. presented by mayday space. online, free-$10. >>
sun 12pm (+ 11/21 in manhattan): cranksgiving brooklyn: the first of two annual bike-oriented thanksgiving food drives/fundraisers changes gears and welcomes walkers to participate. instead of visiting supermarkets to buy food to donate to charity, participants will participate in outdoor games, trivia, and photo ops, with chances to donate directly to charities and win prizes. starts at 12pm at bed-stuy restoration plaza. >>
sun 2pm: outsiders: five women writers who changed the world: during a lecture on her new book, outsiders, author lyndall gordon weaves together the lives of renegade women writers mary shelley, emily brontë, olive schreiner, virginia woolf, and george eliot (pen name for mary ann evans), and argues that their creative genius was, at least in part, a result of their status as outcasts. presented by the new york society library. $10. >>
sponsored: sun 7pm: message from the library: bill: t. jones: 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. his message, entitled, ‘at risk,’ will consider the powers of language, performance and perception, as well as their limits. 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