snow! head for the hills and go sledding in nyc’s parks. >>

10 holiday markets, pop-ups, and sales happening this weekend. >>

our roundup of 60+ ongoing events: flea markets, outdoor art, soundwalks, and more. >>


thurs thru 12/23 (tues-sat 11am-6pm): chelsea international photography competition exhibition: take in the bold colors and stark subjects as you peruse works by the 30 winning artists of this annual competition. reception sat 6-8pm. agora gallery (chelsea), free. >>

thurs 6pm: mfa fine arts fall 2020 open studios: 44 artists from the school of visual arts mfa fine arts class of 2021 offer a behind-the-scenes look at their artistic practices and latest work. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm: talkin’ to dracula and his crew: the goth subculture in horror: miskatonic institute of horror studies presents a lecture on the link between horror and goth subculture, zeroing in on music, visuals, fashion, and spaces in the 1980s. taught andi harriman, author of some wear leather, some wear lace: the worldwide compendium of postpunk and goth in the 1980s. online, $10. >>

thurs 8pm: rainn’s first (and maybe only) holiday special: actor rainn wilson (the office) hosts a holiday benefit show for nyc-based the acting company, filled with songs, readings, hijinks, and performances by lisa banes, kevin kline, jesse l. martin, lorraine toussaint, tatiana wechsler, and other actors who have performed with the company over the years. online, free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 8pm: nerd nite holidaytacular: be there and be square. nerd nite returns with entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. online, free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 8pm: so long, 2020: new york comedians michelle buteau (survival of the thickest), matteo lane (the comedy lineup), aparna nancherla (corporate), and ophira eisenberg (ask me another) offer a bit of comic relief in the wake of a tumultuous year as they reflect on and bid good riddance to 2020. presented by the new york public library. online, free. >>

thurs 8:30pm: a peluffonnema christmas! comedy show: spend the ha-ha-holidays with comedians caitlin peluffo (colbert) and leah bonnema (buzzfeed), who’ll be crafting, decorating cookies, counting down the best holiday movies of the year, making a list of ‘all-time christmas studs,’ and more along with fellow standups katie hannigan (comedy central) and charles mcbee (mtv). online, free. >>

thurs 8pm: a christi-mas spectacular!: comedian christi chiello (chris gethard presents) hosts a holiday benefit show for brooklyn performance space littlefield, featuring comedians chris gethard (career suicide), jo firestone (fallon), matteo lane (the comedy lineup), cole escola (at home with amy sedaris), and brittany carney (bad news comedy). online, $8 suggested donation. >>

thurs 9pm: padma puts on a virtual comedy show for the georgia runoff elections: join padma laksmi for an evening of comedy, music, and mobilizing to benefit fair fight. features appearances by hassan minaj, alicia keys, waxahatchee, mike birbiglia, phoebe robinson, chelsea peretti, tituss burgess, john early, patti harrison, and many more. online, free (donations encouraged). >>

thurs 9pm: puppet spread fireside roast: gather around the virtual hearth for a cozy evening of seasonal puppetry acts from around the world, presented in the style of a late-night tv talk show. presented by the tank. online, $5. >>


Big Band Holidays
Premieres Dec 19 at 7pm ET
On-Demand through Dec 26

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Big Band Holidays returns with a virtual celebration of the most wonderful time of the year!

Audiences of all ages will enjoy this festive, one-of-a-kind performance from an all-star lineup including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell, Kurt Elling, Rubén Blades, Ashley Pezzotti, and more.

Featuring soulful, big band renditions of classic holiday tunes, Big Band Holidays is an uplifting program that plays to sold-out audiences every December. A treasured tradition for our New York audiences, Big Band Holidays is now available to jazz fans around the world as a family-friendly virtual concert. Your ticket purchase grants you on-demand access to Big Band Holidays so you can re-watch the performance anytime and as many times as you like until December 26.

Use promo code THESKINT to get $20 tickets (regular price $25).


fri thru mon: miracle on 34th street radio play: believe in christmas miracles when you tune in to a radio play adaptation of miracle on 34th street, a benefit event for the not-for-profit chain theatre with special appearances by city council speaker corey johnson and state senator jose serrano. online, $11. >>

fri thru sun: bushwick open studios: immerse yourself in the bushwick arts scene during this year’s virtual bushwick open studios, a three-day program that includes studio visits, artist talks, exhibitions, meet-and-greets, live painting, poetry, panel discussions, dj sets, gallery tours, giveaways, dance, sound performances, and more. online, free. >>

fri thru sun: secretformula’s virtual events: revel in pop culture nostalgia with music video parties, movie nights, drinking games, and more from event/party producer secretformula. this week, rock around the christmas tree during an xmas pop sing-along (fri 8pm) and stream classic holiday movies, tv specials, cartoons, and commercials all night long during a christmas lock-in slumber party (sat 7:30pm – sun 5am). online, free-$15. >>

fri 6pm: save the senate festival: a host of musicians and celebs including jose feliciano, barenaked ladies, josh groban, rufus wainwright, jim james, neko case, moses sumney, sarah silverman, margaret cho, patton oswalt, and more join forces for a georgia senate runoff fundraiser concert. online, $15 (all proceeds go to fair fight). >>

fri 7pm: christmas treasures from museum of the moving image’s jim henson collection: have a merry muppet christmas while exploring characters, stories, and rare archived materials from momi’s the jim henson exhibition and the jim henson company with momi curator barbara miller, performer dave goelz, jim henson company archives director karen falk, and cheryl henson. online, $10. >>

fri 7pm: the story collider podcast’s science story slam: five storytellers selected at random from audience submissions share true, personal, ‘celebration’-themed stories ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking. hosted by gastor almonte. online, $10. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): the drunk texts: thespians dust off a classical text, or a text made classical, in a performance that combines drinking games and improvisation. tonight: a christmas carol, live streamed from arlene’s grocery store in the lower east side. $10. >>

fri 7pm: heels heels heels: strut in your stilettos, party in your pumps, and bop in your booties during an all-levels dance ‘werkshop’ taught by house of yes resident performers beatriz bb and juan pablo. online, $10. >>

fri 8pm: best women’s erotica 6: feminist erotica podcast celebrates the release of best women’s erotica of the year: volume 6 with a scintillating happy hour and panel discussion featuring editor rachel kramer bussel and contributors jeanette grey, margot pierce, elizabeth safleur, anuja varghese, and elia winters. online, free. >>

fri 8pm (+ sat): rule of 7×7 (monthly): seven playwrights present new 10-minute plays that had to follow seven rules. online, free ($10 suggested donation). >>

fri 8pm (+ sat): a christmas carol… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember from watching one of the film adaptations recently. as the chaos ensues, they’re challenged to create ‘deleted’ scenes and follow assigned rules about their characters. presented by littlefield. online, $5 suggested donation. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): a drinking game nyc’s virtual ‘drink-along’ holiday party: enjoy an evening of movie trivia, games, and festive libations as you sip along to scenes from classic holiday flicks and shows. online, $10. >>

fri 8:30pm: happily ever after hours: director and filmmaker mark dindal: go behind the scenes with director, special effects animator, screenwriter, and story artist mark dindal, who’ll share film clips and stories from his work on disney’s mickey’s christmas carol, the black cauldron, the little mermaid, the emperor’s new groove, and more. presented by the walt disney family museum in san francisco. online, free. >>

fri 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. online, donation based admission (proceeds will benefit dolly parton’s imagination library). >>

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 the santa clause (fri) and home alone (sat). online, free (email rsvp). >>


sponsored: sat thru 12/26: jazz at lincoln center’s big band holidays: audiences of all ages will enjoy this festive, one-of-a-kind performance from an all-star lineup including the jazz at lincoln center orchestra with wynton marsalis, catherine russell, kurt elling, rubén blades, ashley pezzotti, and more. your ticket grants you on-demand access so you can re-watch the performance anytime and as many times as you like until december 26. save $5 with promo code ‘theskint’ >>

sat thru 12/31: a christmas carol, oy! hanukkah, merry kwanzaa, happy ramadan: the czechoslovak-american marionette theatre presents an inclusive toy-puppet theater adaptation of dickens’s a christmas carol, featuring 30 czech marionettes in slovak, moravian, and ruthenian folk costumes and holiday songs in czech, english, hebrew, slovak, spanish, and swahili, performed by a two-woman a capella choir. online, free (donations welcome). >>

sat thru 12/25 (8pm): empire state building holiday music-to-light show: get in an empire state of mind when you tune in to a technicolor tower light display synced up with carrie underwood’s new song with john legend, ‘hallelujah.’ online, free. >>

sat thru mon: make music winter: the 10th annual celebration of free, participatory music parades, performances, and events goes (mostly) virtual, with scottish christmas music, puerto rican caroling, a harmonica performance, a medieval music sing-along, an immersive choral music installation, and more. online and at the new york botanical garden (bronx). >>

sat + sun 4:30-9:30pm: brooklyn botanic garden winter solstice walks: welcome the winter solstice when you take an illuminated, self-guided evening stroll through the garden, accompanied by celtic music, atmospheric lighting, and opportunities to learn about how the ancient celts incorporated plants and trees into their solstice celebrations. $18 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

sat + sun 2pm: the princess bride virtual experience: hoping for a livestream q+a and virtual photo op with the princess bride cast members cary elwes, chris sarandon, and wallace shawn? as you wish! online, free (photo op sessions, one-to-one chats, and autographs are extra). >>

sat 7pm: broadway baby dance class: give bob fosse a run for his money during a broadway dance workshop inspired by old school movie-musicals, taught by house of yes resident performer beatriz bb. online, $10. >>

sat 7:30pm: it’s a wonderful life act-along: you could be the actor as well as the audience during a zoom edition of metropolitan playhouse’s annual reading of the frank capra classic. online, $5 suggested. >>

sat 8pm: coming clean with mary beth barone: laugh yourself clean as comedian mary beth barone (comedy central) interviews guests from the comfort of her parents’ bathtub. tonight’s lineup: benito skinner, ayo edebiri, alistair green, and jovan, plus a performance by alt-pop band muna. online, $10. >>

sat 8pm: the steel guitar unconvention presents: winter lights: musicians across the country put a steel guitar spin on traditional holiday tunes during this seasonal revue hosted by jalopy theatre. online, free (donations welcome). >>

sat 9pm: tinder live! with lane moore: comedian and writer lane moore (how to be alone: if you want to and even if you don’t) takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting during a livestream edition of her touring comedy show. online, $12. >>


sun 11am: painting, sculpting, and designing with bioluminescence: make your artwork come alive (literally!) when you learn how to create a growing design with bioluminescent fungus during a class taught by artist nikki romanello. presented by brooklyn brainery. online, $7. >>

sun 12pm-midnight: save the arcade: brooklyn’s wonderville arcade and bar hosts an online telethon to stay open. donations encouraged. >>

sun 12pm: the office virtual experience: get a behind-the-cubicles look at the wacky world of dunder mifflin during a livestream q+a and virtual photo op with the office cast members kate flannery, catherine tate, and oscar nunez. online, free (photo op sessions, one-to-one chats, and autographs are extra). >>

sun 2pm: rocky horror picture show virtual experience: do the timewarp again during a livestream q+a and virtual photo op with rocky horror cast members tim curry, barry bostwick, nell campbell, patricia quinn, and meat loaf. online, free (photo op sessions, one-to-one chats, and autographs are extra). >>

sun 6pm: unsilent night: although gathering en masse for composer phil kline’s annual ‘unsilent night’ choral procession isn’t possible this year, you can still light up the city with joyful noise during your own musical walk. kline’s audio tracks can be downloaded and played on smartphones, bluetooth speakers, or anything that will play an mp3. free. >>

sun 8pm: a very poké-spelling bee: hosts anna roisman (hq trivia) and barrett leddy try to stump 25+ pokémon voice actors at this spelling bee-themed fundraiser for brick theater. tune in to see who can catch ‘em all. online, free (donations welcome). >>

sun 8pm: the love show’s feel good family christmas: 20 performers make spirits bright with an evening of holiday-themed dance, song, magic, and burlesque. presented by theatrical dance company the love show. online, $10. >>


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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