THURS-SUN, 4/29-5/2: BEST BEER GARDENS, GOVERNORS ISLAND OPENS, MARKET OPENINGS, AND MORE

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13 nyc beer gardens to visit this spring: from german-inspired biergartens to outdoor spaces surrounded by street art, check out thrillist’s round-up of the city’s best beer gardens. >>

cherry blossom update at the brooklyn botanic garden: the main rows, filled with 100 trees, are now in peak bloom! advance ticket purchase required. $18 general, $12 seniors/students, free community tickets available. >>

lincoln center’s restart stages: lincoln center ‘restarts’ live performances with 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces with safety protocols in place for artists, audiences, and staff. following a special performance for healthcare workers on april 7, the series picks up starting may 10, with free tickets being offered via lottery that opens two weeks before each performance. >>

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

thursday

thru 9/12: carousel openings: horse around at historic jane’s carousel in dumbo (thurs-sun thru 5/16; mon, weds-sun 5/17-9/12) and the prospect park carousel (thurs-sun thru ?), now open for the season with covid-19 protocols in place. $2-2.50.

thurs thru 5/5: reel abilities film festival: the annual festival celebrating the creative expression and life experiences of people with disabilities returns with drive-in, live, and virtual screenings of features, shorts, and documentaries, along with q+a sessions, panel discussions, and more. various prices. >>

thurs + fri (ongoing) rescheduled from november 2020: ‘reclining liberty’: harlem-based artist zaq landsberg gives lady liberty a break with his new 24-foot sculpture of a weary-looking statue of liberty in repose. morningside park at 120th street + morningside ave, free. >>

sponsored: thurs 6pm evicted: poverty and profit in the american city: 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. free. >>

thurs 6-9pm: school of visual arts mfa fine arts virtual open studios: 32 graduating students share their end-of-year artwork during a virtual iteration of the annual spring exhibition. free. >>

sponsored: thurs 7pm: saidiya hartman’s the end of white supremacy: an american romance: a reading by andré holland: acclaimed screen and stage actor andré holland (moonlight, passing, jitney) reads saidiya hartman’s the end of white supremacy: an american romance, a dramatic monologue that retells—and riffs on—w.e.b. du bois’s ‘the comet,’ a work of speculative fiction that imagines how it might be possible to nurture ‘hope not hopeless, even if unhopeful’ after environmental catastrophe befalls new york city and (temporarily) breaks the stranglehold of racism. the live reading will be followed by a talk-back with hartman and holland. 92y (uws), $20 general, $10 students (in-person and online). >>

sponsored: thurs 7:30pm (ends today): 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: listen, can you hear me now?, written and performed by gloria rosen, tells the story of a child growing up with deaf parents who forbid her to sign, and her struggle to find her own voice as she straddles the deaf and hearing worlds. online, $12 (save 15% with promo code ‘skint15’). >>

thurs 8pm: world travel: revisiting anthony bourdain’s favorite places: author, editor, and longtime friend and assistant of anthony bourdain laurie woolever reminisces about the places that captivated the renowned chef and storyteller as she introduces the newly-published anthology, world travel: an irreverent guide, which woolever co-authored with bourdain. in conversation with the new yorker’s helen rosner. presented by the museum of food and drink. online, $15. >>

friday

fri-sun (thru the season): ‘piazza di belmont’: several restaurants in the bronx’s little italy set up for al fresco dining along arthur avenue, which will be closed to traffic as part of the city’s ‘open restaurants’ program. >>

fri-sun (thursdays-sundays starting next week): the rooftop at elsewhere opens: the bushwick open-air bar + venue opens for food, drinks, and music with a view. >>

fridays-sundays (ongoing): museum of the moving image reopens: after more than a year, astoria’s home of all things cinema reopens its galleries and theater. exhibitions on view include envisioning 2001: stanley kubrick’s space odyssey (thru 9/26), icons: framing images of black women on movie posters (thru 11/28), the jim henson exhibition (ongoing), and more. screening series include ‘complete kubrick’ (thru 9/26) and ‘see it big: the return!’ (thru 7/18). $15 general, $11 seniors/students. >>

fri 7pm (weekly): transplants comedy show: funny folks from all over tell jokes about where they’re from and how they got to nyc at the transplants comedy show, returning to the q.e.d. backyard with standup by leclerc andre (fallon), pedro gonzalez (colbert), reggie conquest (insecure), usama siddiquee (america’s got talent), and mike feeney. hosted by lindsay theisen and katie boyle. q.e.d. (astoria), $15 (covid-19 safety guidelines will be in place.) >>

fri 7-10pm (saturdays thru 10/22): dreamland roller disco: let the good times roll at lola star’s weekly outdoor skate party. tonight’s theme: 90s hip hop. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $24 admission includes skate rental (lockers available for $3-8). >>

fri 7:30pm: sh*tshow: f*ck it edition: comedians with kids use their parenting experiences as fodder at the sh*tshow comedy show, hosted by ophira eisenberg (ask me another) and emily flake (the new yorker). tonight’s lineup (which does, admittedly, include some non-parents) includes gastor almonte (comedy central), shalewa sharpe (2 dope queens), kendra cunningham (last comic standing), and jessica delfino (dumb jokes for smart folks). littlefield (gowanus), $5 (online), $20 (in-person. covid-19 safety guidelines will be in place.) >>

fri 8pm: culture window @ the jewelbox: peer through the looking glass as artists from across brooklyn give vibrant live performances in the window of brooklyn ballet’s storefront. tonight: dancing crane, brooklyn ballet, aliesha bryan, and porch stomp/city stompers. caribbean food and snacks will be available for purchase from norm’s bkn jerkmobile. 160 schermerhorn street (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

fri 8pm: 80s sing-along: ‘dance with somebody’ as you belt out your favorite 80s songs ‘all night long’ during secretformula’s streaming music video party. online, free. >>

saturday

may thru august 2022 (exact start date unavailable at press time): high line art: untitled (drone) by sam durant: the high line unveils its latest plinth commission, a pale fiberglass rendering of a military-style predator drone, designed to move with the wind like a weathervane atop a 25-foot pole. with a 48-foot wingspan, the sculpture is the same size as the real thing, a pointed reminder of the drone warfare that the u.s. carries out in distant countries. the high line at 30th street and 10th ave, free. >>

sat thru 12/4 (select saturdays): saturdays on the house at the guggenheim museum: in addition to its pay-what-you-wish admission every saturday 4-6pm, the guggenheim museum is now offering free admission all-day long on select saturdays thru the end of the year, courtesy of the folks at the macallan scotch whiskey. tickets, which are regularly $16-25 general/$12-18 students, must be reserved in advance, and are released a few days in advance. >>

sat thru 10/31: governors island opens for the season: make a reservation to visit the 172-acre getaway, just a short hop from lower manhattan and brooklyn. the ferry to the urban oasis, open to the public thru the end of october this season, offers service from manhattan’s battery maritime building, brooklyn bridge park, and red hook. ferry tickets are free-$3, while admission to the island is free. >>

sat thru 6/30: sixth annual new york opera fest: this year’s virtual opera extravaganza spotlights the scope and variety of new york city’s opera scene, featuring 20+ nyc-based companies whose performances run the gamut from traditional concerts to interactive virtual reality experiences and more. presented by the new york opera alliance with support from opera america. online, free+. >>

sat + sun: gabbing with gays: visit long island city for this ‘site-specific, audiovisual walking tour of emotional intimacy in the lgbtqia community’ that was inspired by discussions during the pandemic. pay what-you-wish. >>

sat (various times): riverkeeper sweep: participate in the 10th annual riverkeeper sweep, a daylong initiative to help improve conditions along the hudson river, with 28 cleanup and planting projects scheduled across the boroughs. >>

saturdays: royal palms shuffleboard club opens: shuffle on over to the beloved gowanus shuffleboard venue, which is now accepting reservations for courts on saturdays. a $50 reservation gets an hour of court time for 1-8 players. >>

sat 9am: 23rd annual blessing of the bikes: riders of all faiths (or lack thereof) are welcome to the annual blessing of the bikes, a brief outdoor ceremony that includes a sprinkling of bikes with holy water, a moment of silence for cyclists we’ve lost in the past year, and a group bell-ringing. the cathedral church of st. john the divine (morningside heights), free (donations accepted). >>

sat 10am-7pm: hello kitty cafe truck: crazy for kitty? the hello kitty cafe truck returns to the shops at skyview in flushing, selling feline-themed merch and treats for just one day. expect lines. >>

sat 11am-6pm (saturdays thru the season, expanding to include sundays later in the season): the hester flea opens in the les: under new management by the folks at the brooklyn flea and smorgasburg, the reopened market location will operate at reduced capacity and feature 3-4 food vendors and 15 shopping vendors selling a curated mix of clothing, jewelry, ceramics, and more. free admission. >>

sat + sun 11am-7pm (+ 5/8-9): the spring makers show: a lineup of 40 local makers, artisans and artists will set up shop at city point (downtown brooklyn) selling accessories, apparel, art, and more. >>

sat 12-4pm (select saturdays + sundays thru 10/17): new york marble cemetery: filled with ‘residents’ dating back to the 1800s, the east village cemetery once again opens up to visitors thru mid-october. enter at 2nd avenue between e. 3rd + e.3rd streets. free. >>

sat + sun 12-7pm: (virtual) oddities flea market: macabre mavens can shop for taxidermy, medical history ephemera, anatomical oddities, jewelry, original art, and more at this bizarre bazaar. online, $5 ticket provides access both days. >>

sat 2pm: masters of horror virtual experience: face your fears during a livestream q+a and virtual photo op session with john carpenter (halloween, the thing), nick castle (halloween, escape from new york), and adrienne barbeau (the fog, escape from new york). online, free (photo op sessions, one-to-one chats, and autographs are available for purchase). >>

sat + sun 4pm: westfest dance festival: normally held in the historic westbeth artists’ residence in the west village, this season’s virtual westfest includes two programs of site-specific dance performances by new and established movement artists. each of the 13 choreographers and companies will present their work in a site they have chosen, and no two locations will be the same. online, free. >>

sat 9pm: model majority aapi history 201 comedy show: laugh and learn with asian-american sketch comedy team model majority, who’ll be kicking off the coalition of asian pacific americans’ 42nd annual asian pacific heritage month with an evening of sketch comedy centered on aapi history. online, free (donations will raise money for asian mental health collective). >>

sunday

sun thru 5/16: macy’s flower show: take in the colors of the wild displays that make up the annual macy’s flower show. this year’s theme: ‘give. love. bloom.’ macy’s (herald square), free admission. >>

sun 10am-5pm (opens today. starting 5/8, the market will be open saturdays + sundays thru the season.): greenpoint terminal market opens: take in waterfront views of the manhattan skyline as you shop from 100+ vendors selling everything from art and antiques to international food at the revamped greenpoint terminal market. opening day festivities include live music and comedy, skateboarding lessons, bingo and trivia games, arts + crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, and more. 2 noble street (greenpoint), free admission. >>

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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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