tribeca’s pier 26 opens to the public: hudson river park’s first new pier since 2010 gives new yorkers a new green space complete with waterfront views, places to lounge, and an elevated ‘tide deck.’ >>

fall foliage report: get your peepers ready for leaf peeping! >>

pumpkin picking near nyc this fall: pick the perfect pumpkin at any of these gourd-geous farms, which offer a range of family-friendly activities. >>

oktoberfest: eight spots to celebrate in manhattan and brooklyn. >>

museums reopening this weekend: the institute for contemporary photography (thrus) and the guggenheim (sat). various prices. >>


thru 10/31: archtober festival: build up your architecture and design savvy during this month-long festival filled with hundreds of virtual and in-person events, tours, and exhibitions. this week’s highlights include the national design awards virtual gala (thurs), a talk on the history of penn station (fri), a walking tour of victorian flatbush (sun), and more. various locations and prices. >>

thru 10/31: digital art month: contemporary and digital art fair’s inaugural digital art month presents 70 artworks exhibited in public spaces around nyc by artists creating augmented reality art through social media filters and video art. free. >>

thru 1/24: we fight to build a free world: jonathan horowitz’s new exhibition, featuring works by 70+ artists including horowitz, kara walker, and andy warhol, looks at how artists have historically responded to social injustice, drawing connections between oppression, bigotry, and xenophobia in america’s past and present. the jewish museum (ues), free thru 12/31 (timed tickets required). >>

thru 10/11: 43rd asian american international film festival: the country’s longest-running festival devoted to films by and about asians and asian americans returns with 17 feature films and 14 short film blocks, as well as workshops, masterclasses, live performances, and special events. online, free-$10. >>

thru sun: correspondences: a sculptural performance installation: reflect on questions of being, interdependence, and coexistence when you take in this new work by ximena garnica and shige moriya, where leimay ensemble performers in gas masks are enclosed in transparent chambers partially filled with sand, and attempt to stand up while unpredictable sand eruptions knock them off balance. astor place (greenwich village), free. >>

thru sun: the 18th annual (virtual) burlesque festival: the new york burlesque festival is coming in hot with four days of digital glitter and glamour, featuring over 30 performers from around the world in three shows, plus burlesque classes and more. online, $15+. >>

thru sun (thursdays-sundays thru 10/31): 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 sit in socially distant pods of two to four people, with cabana-style seating and picnic-boxed refreshments. this week’s films: sleepless in seattle, boomerang, the lego batman movie, tootsie, the iron giant and king kong. headphones and a mobile device or fm radio are required to access audio. $45-50 for a 2-person pod (includes ‘picnic boxes with seasonal delicacies and beverages’). >>

thurs: shakespeare@ home – the tempest radio play: feast your ears on a tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic when you tune in to william shakespeare’s the tempest, presented by jersey city classical theatre company shakespeare@. inspired by serialized radio dramas of the 1930s and 40s, this four-part radio performance provides an accessible interpretation of shakespeare’s classic text for a new audience. online, free. >>

thurs 6:30pm: fighting for the franchise: a century of struggle for voting rights: authors carol anderson (one person, no vote, ari berman (give us the ballot), martha s. jones (vanguard), and rev. dr. liz theoharis (revive us again) discuss the long fight for voting rights and the legacy of voter suppression. presented by the schomburg center for research in black culture. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm: vote, vote again: art in action: how do we make sure that everyone who can vote does vote? learn how to get out the vote during this virtual forum co-hosted by pratt civic engagement fellow amy khoshbin and artist karen finley, who will talk to a panel of political strategists and organizers about creative voter mobilization strategies. presented by pratt institute fine arts. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm (weekly): ask a political scientist: election season — the media: does the news change our minds? social scientist andrea jones-rooy hosts a conversation on the role of the media in democracy and how we can make it a force for good. tonight’s guests are stanford political science professor and mass media expert shanto iyengar and insider senior data editor and numlock news creator walt hickey. all donations made while registering and throughout the show will go to the american red cross. online, free (donations encouraged). >>

thurs 7pm: the new york times offstage theater series – ‘how i miss broadway’: during tonight’s episode, former u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton and broadway stars audra mcdonald, danielle brooks, jessie mueller, and neil patrick harris share what they miss most about the stage, why it must come back, and their hopes for the future of theater. in conversation with new york times theater reporter michael paulson. online, free. >>

sponsored: thurs 7:30pm: selected shorts: crazy rich asians‘ kevin kwan: join bestselling author kevin kwan for a night of great performances by melora hardin (the bold type), bebe neuwirth (blue bloods), annie q. (the leftovers), and michael urie (ugly betty, younger). kwan curates and hosts an evening of short fiction from writers who have influenced and inspired his work, including edith wharton, doretta lau, and virginia woolf. presented by symphony space. online, $15. >>

thurs 7:30pm (weekly thru 10/18): four streaming plays from ptp/nyc: for its 34th repertory season, potomac theatre project presents ‘virtual(ly) ptp/nyc,’ featuring four streaming plays with one play premiering each week. the series continues with howard barker’s don’t exaggerate (desire and abuse): a political statement in the form of hysteria. online, free (donations welcome, 10% of proceeds will benefit the national black theatre). >>

sponsored: thurs 7:30pm (thursdays thru 12/18): totally true things: a socially conscious storytelling show: jude treder-wolff hosts this new live-streaming series in which performers share true stories that focus on mental health, medical challenges, and social issues, then chat with an expert on the topic. tonight: comic calvin cato performs daddy issues, about caring for his terminally ill father. online, $12. >>

thurs 9pm (weekly thru 10/29): 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: roger corman’s the little shop of horrors (1960). online, free. >>

thurs 9pm (weekly): let them eat cake: shaken, not stirred: 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 ninja pole fitness). >>

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. >>


Totally True Things is a live-streamed, live performance of true storytelling solo shows that focus on mental health, medical challenges or social issues, performed by award-winning artists, comics and writer/performers, Thursdays at 7:30 pm EDT through December 17, 2020. Following each performance, host/producer Jude Treder-Wolff, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, creative arts therapist and writer/performer, facilitates a discussion with the artist that includes an expert on the topic explored in the show. Topics include: mental health issues resulting from adoption, caring for a terminally ill parent, struggles of incarcerated women, encounters with white supremacy, burn-out and recovery.

Coming up:
10/1: Comic Calvin Cato performs “Daddy Issues,” about caring for his terminally ill father.
10/8: “Nazis and Me,” David Lawson’s one-man show about confronting hate.

Tickets are $12/show, or $65 for a subscription to the entire series of 11 shows. Complete information is available at


fri thru 10/9: made in nyc week: the third annual celebration of new york city’s manufacturing community highlights local makers’ innovations in the face of a global pandemic, climate change, and systemic barriers and inequality. the week’s events include factory tours, demos and tastings, interviews, panels, giveaways, an online marketplace, and more. online, free. >>

fri thru 10/9: museum of reclaimed urban space’s eighth annual outdoor film festival: the museum of reclaimed urban space presents ‘reel ecologies: films for a sustainable city,’ a series of screenings and live performances held in community gardens on the lower east side. various locations, $20 admission benefits 6th street community center’s emergency food distribution. >>

fri thru sun: live: get amped up for this virtual guitar show, featuring performances by carlos santana, st. vincent, jason isbell, vernon reid, and many more, along with master classes, interviews, panels, giveaways, and a virtual show floor. online, free. >>

fri thru sun: crystal skillman’s open: the live-stream premiere of a one-woman ‘magic show without magic,’ about a magician trying to save her partner’s life. online, $6. >>

fri 12:30pm: manners matter: courtesy campaigns: ‘courtesy counts!’ new york transit museum educator delia ramos leads a digital discussion about the evolution of courtesy campaigns in the nyc subway system from the 1940s to the present day, examining the various characters and catchphrases used in these campaigns. online, free. >>

fri 1pm: astronomy online: solar storms: join amnh director of astrovisualization carter emmert and nasa goddard community coordinated modeling center deputy director leila mays for a conversation about how scientists protect astronauts from space weather like solar storms, and why our sun’s activity impacts human space travel. presented by the american museum of natural history. online, free. >>

fri 6pm: only what’s necessary: charles m. schulz and the art of peanuts: graphic designer and writer chip kidd discusses the newly-released anniversary edition of his book only what’s necessary, a collection of the best of charles m. schulz’s peanuts comic strip, along with exclusive, rare, and unpublished original art and developmental work. in conversation with comic author and illustrator patrick mcdonnell. presented by strand bookstore. online, free. >>

fri 7pm: netflix’s the boys in the band: stars of netflix’s the boys in the band–zachary quinto, jim parsons, and matt bomer–and tony-award winning director joe mantello will speak with entertainment weekly’s david canfield about the new film, based on the 1968 broadway play about a group of gay men in nyc who gather for a birthday party. presented by 92y. free (donations welcome). >>

fri 7pm (weekly thru 10/16): 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 week’s theme: 90s hip-hop. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $24 admission includes skate rental (plus $3-8 for locker/bag check). >>

fri 7:30pm: secretformula’s spooky scary double feature: casper / teen witch: get nostalgically creeped out as secretformula’s streaming party revisits two kids’ halloween movies from the 80s and 90s. online, $8. >>

fri 9:30pm (+ 10/3): 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 it (fri) and the nightmare before christmas (sat). online, free (email rsvp). >>


sat thru 10/11: nyc yarn crawl: stay in the loop as you visit manhattan and brooklyn yarn shops, which will be offering discounts, workshops, and more during this annual celebration of knitting, crochet, and all things fiber. >>

sat + sun: 15th annual brooklyn book festival: nyc’s largest free literary bonanza continues with a children’s and ya day (sat), and a festival day (sun) featuring a star-studded lineup of writers, including lee child, salman rushdie, claudia rankine, joyce carol oates, colson whitehead, arundhati roy, and more. online, free. >>

sat + sun: lungs harvest arts festival: the annual lungs (loisaida united neighborhood gardens) festival brings two days of music, dance, art installations, films, readings, and more to community gardens throughout alphabet city and the east village. free. >>

sat + sun: wall of lies mural: radio free brooklyn will display a giant outdoor mural containing more than 20,000 lies told by donald trump since he has taken office, all fact-checked by the washington post. the station will also host a voter registration drive and live broadcast (sat 3-6pm) in which members of the public will be invited to read as well. pine box rock shop, free. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm (weekends thru 11/15): bronx night market: the borough’s food fest is back, with 50+ local food and drink vendors serving up cuisines from over 20 countries at affordable prices. fordham plaza (bronx), rsvp required. >>

sat 3pm: artcurious: stories of the unexpected, slightly odd, and strangely wonderful in art history: discover some of the quirkiest, funniest, and most fascinating backstories to the world’s greatest artists and masterpieces when art historian, curator, and podcast host jennifer dasal discusses her new book, artcurious. presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore. online, free (contributions welcome). >>

sat 4-7pm: bushwig in the park: drag performers take over bushwick’s maria hernandez park for an afternoon of fabulousness. donations welcome/encouraged. >>

sat 5pm: dance rising: hyper-local dance out: they’re dancing in the street: professional nyc dancers, most of whom have been out of work since the beginning of the pandemic, will take to the windows, streets and rooftops to dance, reaffirming the importance of professional dance and calling upon the community for support. various locations across the boroughs, free. >>

sat 5-8pm: hardly strictly bluegrass: let the music play on: catch brand-new performance footage from 35+ artists, including emmylou harris, bonnie raitt, boz scaggs, shakey graves, and more, during this one-time broadcast from the hardly strictly bluegrass festival. online, free. >>

sat 7pm: jim henson’s world: craig shemin, president of the jim henson legacy and author of the muppet character encyclopedia, and performer stephanie d’abruzzo return for another informal online conversation about the work and creations of jim henson. tonight’s guest is matt vogel, who performs kermit, big bird, the count, and many other henson characters. presented by the museum of the moving image. free ($10 suggested donation). >>

sat 8pm: spoons toons + booze – halloween after dark: laugh along with live comedy, commentary, and contests while watching halloween-themed cartoon episodes from the 1940s through the present during secretformula’s streaming watch party. online, $8 >>


sun thru 12/13 (weds thru sun 12-6pm): bound up together: on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment: in this group exhibition, 26 artists reflect on the ongoing struggle for intersectional human rights, and the ways in which women’s experiences and histories are inherently entangled in structures that deny intersectionality. smack mellon (dumbo), free. >>

sun 7pm: veep reunion to raise money for wisconsin democratic party: to help get former veep joe biden back into the white house, star julia louis-dreyfus and other members of the veep cast are coming together for a virtual reunion and fundraiser. online, donation-based. >>


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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