election day voting guide: from registration deadlines to absentee ballot requests, get the info you need to make sure your vote is cast and your voice is heard. >>

where to see fall foliage in nyc parks: discover the best leaf-peeping spots the city has to offer with nyc parks’ fall foliage guide. >>


thru 12/12 (closed sundays): fall exhibitions at the center for book arts: americans looking in curated by emilie ahern and sherri littlefield, morcos key makes/reads by jon key and wael morcos, and construction site by viviane rombaldi seppey will be installed in the center’s galleries and will be viewable online and in-person. opening reception 10/8 at 6:30pm. center for book arts (flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

thru 12/11 (tues-fri): isolation to revolution / rebirth to dissent: the first exhibition since pen + brush’s shutdown, this collection of new works embodies seven artists’ ‘thoughtful reverberation of this moment in time,’ exploring themes of change, hope, and memory as the artists look critically and vulnerably at the world around them. pen + brush (flatiron), free. >>

thru 10/24: litquake festival: san francisco’s seismic literary fest returns online with more than two weeks of author livestreams, workshops, film screenings, kids’ programming, and more, featuring literary luminaries such as amy tan (the joy luck club), tommy orange (there, there), u.s. poet laureate joy harjo (when the light of the world was subdued, our songs came through), and daniel handler–a.k.a. lemony snicket (a series of unfortunate events). online, free (donations welcome). >>

thru sun: nyc x mcm metaverse: new york comic con and mcm london comic con present a four-day event for fans, otakus, cosplayers, readers, and gamers filled with pop culture celebs and creators, new releases, an exhibitor marketplace, and more. online, free (virtual ‘meet + greet’ prices vary). >>

thru sun: east village queer film festival: the wild project’s fourth annual showcase of queer-themed cinema goes virtual with 44 features, shorts, documentaries, and music videos. online, $5. >>

thru sun: nightstream film festival: the boston underground, brooklyn horror, north bend, and overlook film festivals are joining forces for a mix of horror, fantasy, sci-fi, vanguard, and underground features, shorts, panels and events. online, $25+. >>

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: little shop of horrors, the secret life of pets, grease, fantastic beasts and where to find them and the wizard of oz. 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’). >>

thru sat: beers with(out) beards digital craft beer festival: like beer? support women? tune in to bw(o)b, the country’s largest celebration of female brewers and brewery owners, complete with workshops, cooking and mixology classes, talks, roundtables, and more. online, free-$10. >>

thurs 7pm: james hibberd: fire cannot kill a dragon: winter is coming early to the strand as entertainment weekly editor-at-large james hibberd discusses his new book, fire cannot kill a dragon: game of thrones and the official untold story of the epic series, an oral history of the behind-the-scenes struggle to pull off the blockbuster series. presented by strand bookstore. online, $5. >>

thurs 7pm: contraceptives and controversies: during this virtual tenement museum tour, trace the history of birth control from the 1870s-1930s through the lives of two women who lived in 97 orchard, looking at the choices available to them and the people who influenced their reproductive decisions. online, free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 7pm (weekly): ask a political scientist: election season — misinformation: just how dangerous is misinformation, and what can we do to stop it from spreading? social scientist andrea jones-rooy hosts a conversation on where misinformation comes from, what its consequences really are, and what we can do about it. tonight’s guests are mit political science professor adam berinsky and comedian and nasa science writer kasha patel. all donations made while registering and throughout the show will go to free the phd. online, free (donations encouraged). >>

thurs 7pm (monthly): punderdome: a dozen pun-masters have a war of the words in tonight’s online edition of the beloved pun competition. hosted by fred firestone. presented by littlefield. online, $5 suggested donation. >>

thurs 7:30pm: waking the witch: for the paperback release of her book, waking the witch: reflections on women, magic, and power, podcast host, writer, and practicing witch pam grossman will be joined in conversation with actor, writer, and occultist rachel true (the craft). online, $5+. >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): galactic terrors online reading: get in a halloween mood with the galactic terrors live reading series, presented by the horror writers association new york chapter. online, free. >>

thurs 8:30pm: the great work begins: scenes from angels in america: watch a star-studded reading of scenes from tony kushner’s pulitzer prize-winning epic angels in america, featuring glenn close, paul dano, laura linney, patti lupone, andrew rannells, and more. proceeds from the reading will benefit the anti-covid efforts of amfar, the foundation for aids research. online, free (donations welcome). >>

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: crane wilbur’s the bat (1959), starring vincent price and agnes moorehead. online, free. >>


fri thru 11/1: donmar warehouse all-female shakespeare trilogy: st. ann’s warehouse streams phyllida lloyd’s all-female shakespeare trilogy, recorded at london’s donmar warehouse theater in 2016. the trilogy, which includes julius caesar (10/9-15), henry iv (10/16-22), and the tempest (10/23-29), sets the actors as inmates in a women’s prison. online, free. >>

fri thru 18: the gowanus studio space stoop sale: from colorful paintings to wearable art, browse and purchase works by past and present members of brooklyn’s gowanus studio, a collectively-run artist studio. online. >>

fri thru mon: john lennon tributes: on the late john lennon’s 80th birthday, artists come together to honor his music and legacy during hard rock london’s dear john tribute (fri 3pm) and the 40th annual john lennon tribute (10/9-12). the programs will include unreleased footage from previous tributes and new performances of lennon and beatles classics by peter gabriel, kt tunstall, patti smith, rosanne cash, jackson browne, and more. online, free (donations welcome).

fri thru sun: the whole bead show: to bead or not to bead? experience the annual whole bead show in a new way as you peruse beads, gemstones, pearls, and more shown by exhibitors via livestream. free admission. >>

fri thru sun: honk! united festival: here comes the top brass–the 14th annual honk festival brings together activist street bands from around the world for a raucous brass band bonanza, including global livestreams, workshops, and more. online, free (donations welcome). >>

fri thru sun: austin city limits fest: stream three days worth of archival sets from the annual music fest, including queens of the stone age, radiohead, lcd soundsystem, st. vincent, sylvan esso, the xx, paul mccartney, willie nelson, and more. online, free. >>

fri (ongoing): views from the pandemic exhibition: the museum of the moving image presents ‘every movie cough’ and ‘mask-o-vision,’ two playful yet provocative web experiences that explore our anxieties about contagion by recontextualizing scenes from film and television. online, free. >>

fri 10:30am: diseases, biodiversity, and human well-being: what are the ecological drivers of new diseases like covid-19, and what can we do to be better prepared for emerging diseases? amnh center for biodiversity and conservation director ana porzecanski moderates the 2020 mack lipkin man and nature panel on how the conservation of biodiversity can create opportunities to support human well-being. q+a to follow. presented by the american museum of natural history. online, free. >>

fri 7pm: profs + pints: the exorcist’s power: get schooled when you tune in to profs and pints, a lecture series that brings college professors into bars, cafés, and now your room. tonight, george washington university film studies lecturer david wilt delivers a talk on the real-life case that inspired william peter blatty’s 1971 novel the exorcist and its 1973 film adaptation, as well as a number of sequels, prequels, parodies, and imitations. online, $12. >>

fri 7pm (+ 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 theme: shimmer disco. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $24 admission includes skate rental (plus $3-8 for locker/bag check). >>

fri 7:30pm: the 99% invisible city: a field guide to the hidden world of everyday design: from fire escapes to street signs to squiggly graffiti, 99% invisible podcast’s roman mars and kurt kohlstedt zoom in on the small-seeming elements that make our cities work in a conversation about their new book. moderated by author seth godin. presented by greenlight bookstore. online, free. >>

fri 9pm: van halen videos (rip evh): in tribute to the late eddie van halen, music video time machine presents all the vh music videos — both diamond dave + sammy era — as well as their many 80s pop metal and 90s hard rock contemporaries. online, free. >>

fri 9:30pm (+ 10/10): 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 ghostbusters (fri) and the silence of the lambs (sat). online, free (email rsvp). >>


sat thru 3/14: ‘monuments now’ – part ii: ‘call and response’: ‘monuments now,’ an exhibition examining the role of monuments in american society and championing underrepresented histories and marginalized peoples, continues at socrates sculpture park (lic) with the unveiling of 10 new monuments projects by the park’s 2020 artist fellows. free. >>

sat + sun 12-7pm: new york african restaurant week food festival: come together and revel in the food, people, and culture of the african diaspora during a weekend of food tastings, pop-up markets, and music. outdoors at tompkins ave + putnam ave (bed-stuy). >>

sat + sun various times: curbside art gallery opening/walking tour: join the neighborhood curbside canvas project, a program that unities local artists with struggling lower manhattan restaurants to transform pop-up dining patios into street art, for a guided walking tour through 13 tribeca curbside art installations. free (pay-what-you-wish donation). >>

sat 10am-5pm: kings county fiber festival: get a little knotty at the ninth annual fair and marketplace for local crocheters, dyers, felters, and knitters. old stone house + washington park (park slope), free admission. >>

sat 11am-5pm (+ 10/17): wildlife conservation network expo: go wild as you explore the world of wildlife conservation, connecting with conservationists from around the world as they share stories about their work to protect elephants, lions, penguins, sharks, bears, and many other species. speakers include dr. jane goodall, dr. pablo borboroglu, dr. shivani bhalla, and more. online, free (donations welcome). >>

sat 11am-5pm: porch stomp: swing on by this annual music festival, which transforms the porches of governors island’s historic nolan park into stages. returning with a lineup of 70+ artists performing traditional folk, old-time, blues, roots, americana, and bluegrass music, this year’s outdoor festival will observe physical distancing with a reduced capacity. free. >>

sat 3-6pm: social distance comic swap: grab your mask and your mags and spend the afternoon with fellow comic book fans as you swap from a safe distance. anyone comics (crown heights), free admission. >>

sat 5pm: nukhufest: you select the winner of this virtual film festival, which includes a whopping 451 short films to be narrowed down to the top ten ‘nuvees’ for tonight’s finale. the evening’s festivities include a panel discussion about the state of the film industry, reviews of the top ten films, audience voting, and the announcement of the ‘best nuvee’ winner. online, free. >>

sat 6-9pm: essence girls united summit: led by young black women for young black women, the essence girls united summit convenes the next generation of scholars, activists, leaders, and creators for a series of panels and workshops on self-empowerment, self-care, mental health, finances, voting, lgbtqia+ rights, and more. online, free (rsvp required). >>

sat 7pm: picture this!: animators, cartoonists and other artists create on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines. presented by littlefield. online, $10 suggested. >>

sat 8pm: crown heights film festival: stream two and a half hours of new indie shorts by local filmmakers, and then vote for your favorites–the best three films will receive awards and cash prizes. online, free (donations welcome). >>

sat 8pm: world mental health day: remembering daniel johnson: jeff tweedy, lucius, tunde adebimpe, bully, kate davis, molly burch, sabrina ellis + mobley, and more will pay tribute to the late daniel johnston on a livestream for world mental health day. the online event will feature johnston covers, original songs by the guest artists, and tips for well-being during challenging times. >>


please refer to events starting thurs, fri + sat above that continue through the weekend.


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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