THURS-SUN, 4/22-25: 5-CENT HOT DOGS, SKATE PARTIES, SHAKESPEARE EVENTS, AND MORE

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nathan’s famous hot dogs 5-cent special: hot dog! on thursdays, you can get a frank for only a nickel when you purchase any regularly-priced food item at nathan’s coney island flagship location. >>

cherry blossom update at the brooklyn botanic garden: the main rows, filled with 100 trees, are now in first bloom! >>

giant union square clock gets a new update: the giant digital clock in union square, which was converted from timekeeper to climate crisis countdown clock last year, is now also showing the percentage of the world’s energy generated by renewable sources. >>

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

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Join Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Dr. Matthew Desmond and Trinity’s Theologian in Residence, the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, as they discuss one of the most devastating crises facing our city and our country: eviction. Their conversation will center on Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, which follows eight families as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation, provides fresh ideas for solving this critical problem, and reminds us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Thursday, April 29, 2021 6pm
FREE
Register here

thursday

thurs thru 6/26: free bird walks: look beyond the city’s iconic pigeon while you search for migrating feathered friends during a series of free guided bird walks in bryant park, the battery, van cortland park, and queens botanical garden. >>

thurs thru 5/16: the royale: lincoln center theater presents an archival screening of marco ramirez’s 2016 obie and drama desk award-winning play the royale, about the life of boxer jack ‘the sport’ jackson, the first black world heavyweight champion. directed by rachel chavkin (natasha, pierre, and the great comet of 1812). online, free. >>

thurs 6:30pm (+ 5/27): researching the paranormal at merchant’s house museum: can science reveal whether the east village’s merchant’s house museum is really haunted? paranormal investigator dan sturges and neuroscientist dr. lee explain how they use the scientific method to investigate the chilling and mysterious happenings reported throughout the museum’s history. online, $10 suggested donation. >>

thurs 7pm: the secret arts: mini golf design: atlas obscura’s the secret arts series brings in some of the world’s rarest experts and artisans to share insights into their craft, from crystal synthesis to mud ball polishing. tonight, putter around with mini golf experts tom loftus and robin schwartzman, who’ll discuss what makes a terrific themed hole, the art of the obstacle, and how you might apply the art of mini golf design to your own creations. online, $15. >>

thurs 7pm (monthly): frontiers lecture: unlocking climate data in corals: dive into the american museum of natural history’s latest frontiers lecture, where amnh curator dr. nathalie goodkin will discuss how sea surface temperature, salinity, and ocean circulation systems change over time, and what they tell us about the future of the earth’s climate. online, $15. >>

thurs 7pm (available to stream thru fri 7pm): black holes | the edge of all we know: what do black holes teach us about the universe, and what do they reveal about the limits of human knowledge? hear from pioneer works director of sciences, barnard college physics and astronomy professor, and author janna levin (black hole survival guide) and physicist and filmmaker peter galison during a screening and conversation about galison’s latest documentary, black holes | the edge of all we know, about humanity’s quest to understand black holes. online, free (donations welcome). >>

sponsored: thurs 7:30pm (thursdays thru may): totally true things: a socially conscious storytelling show: jude treder-wolff hosts this 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: tech babies, written and performed by jessica robinson, is an intimate story about the medical and psychological realities of what seems like the most natural and simple thing in the world — making a baby. online, $12 (save 15% with promo code ‘skint15’). >>

thurs 8pm: she makes me laugh: who run the [comedy] world? find out at this comedy show spotlighting female comics. tonight: christi chiello (comedy central), kerry coddett (flatbush misdemeanors), chanel ali (mtv), pooja reddy (kutti gang), zubi ahmed (kutti gang), and lindsay boling (off limits). littlefield (gowanus), $5 (online), $20-23 (in-person. covid-19 safety guidelines will be in place.) >>

friday

fri thru the season: opening weekend for roller skating at lakeside prospect park: roll back in time at prospect park’s outdoor roller skating rink, now open for the season daily. lola star’s dreamland party also returns every friday night at 7pm (21+ only), kicking things off with a soul train theme. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, various prices. >>

fri thru 5/3: columbia university film festival: take in 22 short films, staged screenplay readings, filmmaker q+as, panel discussions, and more during columbia university’s annual showcase of thesis-level films by mfa film students and recent alumni. online, $20. >>

fri thru sun: camp yampire: virtual travelers edition: spend some time in the great indoors at this remote ‘adult’ summer camp, filled with 85 interactive travel-themed activities over the course of the weekend. online, free. >>

fri (ongoing): the visitation, a sound walk: embark on a mystical journey through jackie robinson park on a site-specific sound walk inspired by the real-life appearance of a one-antlered deer in harlem in 2016. created by stephanie fleischmann, christina campanella, and mallory catlett , the sound walk explores the collective memory of the deer’s visit to the park and touches on the park’s fraught history–from lenape terrain to colonized farmland to the urban oasis it is today. presented by here arts center. jackie robinson park (harlem), pay-what-you-wish. >>

fri (ongoing): bluestockings cooperative opens in the les: new york’s only queer, trans and sex worker-run bookstore and cafe officially opens its new home in the lower east side. >>

fri 6pm (ends today): philosophy film club screenings: this film club is bit ‘nietzsche’: get your phil of thought-provoking cinema and conversation during the new school’s philosophy film club screenings. tonight: quentin tarantino’s once upon a time…in hollywood (2019). online, free. >>

fri 7pm (+ sat): shakespeare in the parking lot: happy 457th birthday, mr. shakespeare: all the world’s a stage–even the parking lot outside the clemente, where the drilling company’s ensemble of actors will pay homage to the bard with two evenings of live ‘songs, scenes, and soliloquies.’ the parking lot at the clemente soto vélez cultural + educational center (les), free (rsvp required). >>

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

fri 8pm: beauty and the beast sing-along: belt out each ‘song as old as rhyme’ during secretformula’s streaming sing-along screening of the 1991 disney classic, featuring a guest performance by nyc-based disney cover band the little mermen. online, $5. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): a drinking game nyc’s virtual ‘drink-along’: sip along with buzzwords from the script as actors perform a livestream reading of a cult classic movie. tonight’s film: bring it on (2000). online, $10. >>

saturday

sat + sun: the new york pizza festival: home edition: pizza ‘aficiona-doughs,’ rejoice: this year’s virtual rendition of the bronx’s annual pizza fest is sure to deliver. hear about the art of pizza-making from renowned pizzaioli buddy valastro, nancy silverton, anthony mangieri, tony gemignani, jonathan goldsmith, giorgia caporuscio, and more, who’ll show you how to make a variety of styles of pizza at home. participants can also interact with fellow ‘za lovers, win prizes thru giveaways and competitions, and order from participating local pizzerias, which will offer special pizzas for the weekend, with $1 of each pie sold benefiting the organization slice out hunger. online, free admission (donations benefit slice out hunger). >>

sat + sun 10am-6pm: west side community garden’s annual tulip festival: the west side community garden (uws) springs into brightly-colored bloom with nearly 100 varieties of tulips expected to flower in april and may. visitors are also welcome to visit during the week, when the garden tends to be less crowded. 123 w 89th street (between amsterdam + columbus avenues), free admission. >>

sat (all day): independent bookstore day: show your love for nyc’s indie bookshops during this annual focus on shopping local. >>

sat 12pm (rain date sunday): west 111th street block yard sale: shop for books, games, housewares, jewelry, and more during the west 111th street block association’s neighborhood rummage sale. >>

sat 12pm: women’s history of greenwich village walking tour: get to know some of the women artists, entrepreneurs, and activists who made their mark on the village and paved the way on a walking tour led by social justice tours. starts at 73 bleecker street, $18. >>

sat 12-5pm: street arts: earth day celebration: this afternoon’s west 103rd open streets programming includes dance, art, and music by jody sperling/time lapse dance, jill sigman/thinkdance, the max dolgin trio plus, chelsie necktow and eric parker, and met orchestra musicians, along with muralling and free family movement classes. west 103, bet west end ave + broadway, free. >>

sat 1pm: 11th annual shakespeare’s birthday sonnet slam: if you’ve been longing to compare someone to a summer’s day, join willful pictures’s annual event, in which 154 people perform shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. online, free. >>

sat 1pm, 7pm: 48hr puppet film project: the la guild of puppetry presents screenings of the 84 shorts created during a 48hr film project, in which filmmakers were challenged to create a short film using a designated theme (gratitude), object (wood), and action (laughing). a panel of judges will select the best in show, and first, second, and third place winners will receive cash prizes. online, free. >>

sat 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm (rain date sunday): shakespeare on stratford: brave new world repertory theater brings a joyful afternoon of live shakespearean sonnets, madrigal music, afro-haitian dance, and more to nine porches in brooklyn’s ditmas park. free ($15 suggested donation). >>

sat 6pm: born in the bronx: a visual history of the birth of hip hop: photographer joe conzo jr. celebrates the re-release of his book born in the bronx: a visual history of the birth of hip hop and reflects on his career documenting the evolution of hip hop in a conversation with rapper, dj, and hip hop pioneer grandmaster caz. presented by the bronx documentary center. online, free. >>

sat 7:30pm: star trek: the next generation tv party: laugh, drink, reminisce, and fight federation foes as secretformula’s streaming watch party revisits four episodes from star trek: tng. online, $10. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): shrek… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story of the 2001 film using only what they can remember from watching it once 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. >>

sunday

sun various times: 93rd academy awards: how to watch this year’s oscars and the pre-shows. >>

sun 12-4pm: 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. >>

sun 1-7pm: socially-distanced pop-up shop: support local women-owned businesses when you shop for beauty, skincare, and hair care products, candles, clothing, decor, and more at new women space (east williamsburg). free. >>

sun 4pm (available to stream thru 4/29): 18th annual will-a-thon: billy shakes turns 457 years young this year, and the workshop theater is celebrating with an afternoon of sonnets and scenes. the workshop theater (midtown west), free (rsvp required, donations welcome). >>

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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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