thurs thru 5/30: a dozen dreams: en garde arts presents a dozen dreams, a theatrical installation that brings to life the dreams of twelve nyc-based women playwrights. complete with sets, lights, videos, and sound, the immersive installation explores dreams of flying, travel, what it means to be an artist in a time of crisis, stories of resilience, and the playwrights’ hopes for a better future. brookfield place (wtc), free. >>

thurs thru 5/27: mini golf at brookfield place: tee time! golf gurus and ‘putter’-fingers alike can take a swing at brookfield place’s new seven-hole mini golf course. free. >>

thurs thru 5/23: virtual dumbo open studios: peruse works from over 100 artists and arts organizations based in dumbo and vinegar hill during art in dumbo’s annual event, which includes online exhibitions, curated guides, studio and gallery tours, artist conversations, workshops, and more. online, free. >>

thurs thru 5/18: nycxdesign: design days: experience the latest innovations in design during nycxdesign’s multidisciplinary series of virtual and in-person events, including open studios, exhibitions, talks, self-guided walking tours, and more. >>

thurs: free krispy kreme for grads: graduating high school and college seniors: wear your grad swag to participating krispy kreme locations, and you’ll score a free dozen doughnuts. >>

sponsored: thurs 7pm: world as family: a journey of multi-rooted belongings with vishakha n. desai and mona eltahawy: vishakha n. desai uses her life experiences to explore the significance of living globally and its urgency for our current moment. she’ll discuss her new memoir, world as family, in conversation with mona eltahawy. presented by brooklyn public library. free. >>

thurs 7pm: reclaiming black spaces: virtual tour: peer into the past and learn about how black and african americans shaped lower manhattan over the centuries, from sebastiaen de britto, one the area’s first black residents in the 1640s, to studio we, a musician’s collective in the 1970s. presented by the lower east side tenement museum. online, free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 7pm: gregory gourdet: everyone’s table with gail simmons: top chef star gregory gourdet introduces his new cookbook, everyone’s table: global recipes for modern health, a collection of 200 dishes free of gluten, dairy, soy, legumes, grains, and refined sugar, and full of globally-inspired flavor, in a conversation with top chef judge, food writer, and culinary expert gail simmons. presented by books are magic. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm (weekly): rock lobster comedy show: feel the motion in the ocean at erik bergstrom (colbert) and sarah summerlin’s (huffpost) standup show, featuring emma willman (crazy ex-girlfriend), sean patton (fallon), casey james salengo (comedy central), sean donnelly (colbert), and bronwyn isaac (showtime). gold sounds (bushwick), suggested donation. >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): galactic terrors online reading series: enjoy stories from beyond the shadows and live q+a with the authors during the galactic terrors live reading series, presented by the horror writers association new york chapter. online, free. >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): vocabaret: a variety show for word lovers (punrated edition): before returning to in-person shows at caveat next month, nyc punderdome champs sam corbin (buzzfeed), tim donnelly (the president show), jerzy gwiazdowski (2019 o. henry punniest in show winner), ally spier (reductress), and nikolai vanyo will try out segments and games they pitched for previous shows that were deemed ‘too hot for the stream,’ assign each other pun challenges, give a behind-the-scenes look at their home recording setups, and more. online, free. >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): would you rather? comedy show: hosts andre medrano and maggie maxwell ask comedians to make tough choices at the would you rather show, returning in-person tonight for the first time since the pandemic began. tonight’s show features brittany carney (comedy central), courtney maginnis (narcisistas), zach zimmerman (the new yorker), and sam morrison (stand up nbc). friends and lovers (crown heights), $10. >>

thurs 8pm (available thru 5/17): broadway’s best shows series: spotlight on plays: catch a star-studded series of virtual readings of some of broadway and off-broadway’s most popular plays. tonight: lillian hellman’s watch on the rhine, directed by sarna lapine and featuring ellen burstyn and carla gugino. online, $18 (proceeds will benefit the actors fund). >>

thurs 8:30pm: wrong answers only: black holes: chris duffy hosts this interactive quiz show in which three clueless comedians offer up enough hilarious wrongs to make a right, playing games and quizzes and learning about exciting new scientific research with the help of an actual scientist. tonight, guest comics emily heller (conan), naomi ekperigin (comedy central), and josh gondelman (desus + mero) cross the event horizon with gravitational-wave astrophysicist chiara mingarelli. online, free. >>


Terra Nova
Saturday, May 15, 4:00pm
Brooklyn Public Library – Central Library, Plaza
RSVP for this FREE outdoor event here

Five Boroughs Music Festival presents Terra Nova, a new concert-length song cycle created by the members of composer-collective Oracle Hysterical and performed in collaboration with the contemporary mixed-instrument quartet Hub New Music. Inspired by a range of ambitious, gritty (and sometimes naïve, cruel, and myopic) explorers, the songs of Terra Nova are by turns darkly ironic, heartrending, and straight-up fun (and occasionally a confounding mix of all three), coalescing into a powerful experience of both text and music.

Among its songs is a fanciful view from Amelia Earhart’s cockpit by Majel Connery, a playful setting of John James Audubon’s descriptions of wood warblers by Brad Balliett, Dylan Greene’s speculative tone poem of the pre-Columbian exploration of North America by Chinese mariners, Elliot Cole’s haunting setting of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott’s final letter home, and Agamemnon, Doug Balliet’s tension-filled spoken-and-sung cantata depicting the ill-fated king’s reunion with Clytemnestra.


fri thru 3/20/2022: the slipstream: reflection, resilience, and resistance in the art of our time: brooklyn museum senior curator eugene tsai and curatorial assistant joseph shaikewitz respond to the tumultuous year 2020 with an exhibition of 60 artworks from the museum’s collection that speak to feelings of fear, grief, and isolation, as well as joy and love, with a focus on artists of color. nick cave’s truth be told, a new commission for the museum’s façade, will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

fri thru 10/11: safe/haven: gay life in 1950s cherry grove: take in photographs and ephemera from the 1950s gay and lesbian community that found a sanctuary in cherry grove, a secluded beach town on fire island frequented by figures such as truman capote, w.h. auden, carson mccullers, and patricia highsmith. outdoors in the rear courtyard of new-york historical society museum + library (uws), free. >>

fri thru 5/30 (time tba. thursdays thru sundays.): new york philharmonic bandwagon: the new york philharmonic gets in ship shape for this year’s bandwagon music festival, which takes place aboard a traveling 20-foot shipping container tricked out with a fold-out stage. over 100 artists will deliver 39 performances in parks throughout the city, with genre-crossing collaborations with local arts organizations. the festival continues this weekend in harlem’s marcus garvey park. free. >>

fri thru sun (ongoing): roll-a-rama at the twa hotel: it’s wheels up at the retro-themed hotel’s new outdoor roller rink, located on the tarmac around the hotel’s 1958 lockheed constellation ‘connie’ airplane. the twa hotel at jfk airport, $20 admission includes skate rental (or byo). >>

fri thru sun: art in odd places festival: ‘normal’: for the 16th annual art in odd places festival, a public art project stretching across two miles of 14th street from avenue c to the hudson, 100+ artists present works that question the idea of a return to ‘normal’ after the pandemic. using a variety of disciplines including performance, video, visual installations, and sound, the artists critique american politics, policing, wealth distribution, social constructs, and more. free. >>

fri 6pm (monthly thru 8/13): summer on the hudson: harlem moves with limón dance company: get a move on with the limón company dancers, who’ll teach you the ‘energetic and ease-filled’ limón technique outdoors at west harlem piers. all experience levels welcome. free. >>

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 robby slowik (conan), josh johnson (comedy central), daniel simmonson (colbert), maddy smith (wild n’ out), and casey balsham. hosted by lindsay theisen and katie boyle. q.e.d. (astoria), $15. >>

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: beyoncé. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $24-32 admission includes skate rental (lockers available for $3-8). >>

fri 8pm: left breast comedy hour: hosts kimberly dinaro and sally ann hall put it all out there during a socially-distanced evening of standup, musical comedy, and drag featuring kerry coddett (netflix), marcia belsky (comedy central), brittany carney (comedy central), dylan adler (hulu), and drag queen heidi haux (nbc). knitting factory (williamsburg), $10. >>

fri 8pm (biweekly): hack city comedy show: start the weekend laughing when you tune in to this diverse biweekly stand-up show, hosted by asian not asian podcast’s fumi abe and michael nguyen. tonight’s lineup includes bryan yang (let’s be real), pranav behari (mad magazine), and ahri findling (nikki glaser is obsessed). online, free. >>

fri 8pm: grease sing-along: your chills will be multiplyin’ as fast as greased lightning as you sing and play along to secretformula’s rocky horror-style watch party of the hit 1978 movie musical. online, $5. >>

fri 8:15pm (fridays thru 6/4): astoria movies on the waterfront: a star is born: enjoy a free outdoor movie on the astoria park great lawn, starting tonight with a star is born (2018). >>


sat thru 9/30: guadalupe maravilla’s planeta abuelx solo exhibition: artist guadalupe maravilla unveils a new series of sculptures based on ancestral, indigenous, and ritual practices of holistic healing, accompanied by functional sound elements. over the course of the exhibition, maravilla will activate each project on view with a series of public programs, including community workshops and therapeutic sound baths. socrates sculpture park (lic), free (suggested donation benefits the astoria mutual aid network). >>

sat thru 6/25: we’re still here… outdoor portraiture exhibition: come face to face(s) with 130+ portraits created by and depicting local brooklyn residents at arts gowanus’s public outdoor exhibition honoring the strength and diversity of the brooklyn community, and its resilience during the pandemic. saturday’s opening day festivities include an artists’ bazaar and live music from brooklyn conservatory of music. j.j. byrne playground (park slope), free. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: swamp in the city: a cajun + creole music festival: revel in cajun and creole music during a weekend-long outdoor music festival, complete with jam sessions (bring an instrument!), picnic concerts, pod partner dancing, and live performances. governors island, free admission (donations welcome), ferry tickets to the island are free-$3. >>

sat + sun 12:30-8pm (+ 5/22-23): downtown live performing arts festival: lower manhattan springs to life with 36 outdoor music, theater, and storytelling performances cropping up throughout the neighborhood. various locations, free. >>

sat 1-3pm (select saturdays + sundays thru 8/29): tour the mount morris fire watchtower: get a rare glimpse inside the historic mount morris fire watchtower, climb to the top for panoramic views of manhattan, ring the bell, and learn the history of the recently-restored structure from nyc parks urban park rangers. marcus garvey park (harlem), free. >>

sat 1-8pm (saturdays 1-5pm thru 6/9): in the wake of slumber: life is but a dream at paradice palase’s fourth annual open call art exhibition, featuring work by 37 u.s.-based artists inspired by this year’s theme, ‘dreams.’ opening reception 5/15. paradice palase (bushwick), free. >>

sponsored: sat 4pm: terra nova: five boroughs music festival presents terra nova, a new concert-length song cycle created by the members of composer-collective oracle hysterical and performed in collaboration with the contemporary mixed-instrument quartet hub new music. on the steps at brooklyn public library’s majestic central library, free. >>

sat 6pm (monthly): tell storytelling: queer folks share their own tales on their own terms during drae campbell’s monthly storytelling show. tonight’s ‘animals’-themed edition features rawya el chab, kenny hahn, and fernando vieira. online, free ($10 suggested donation). >>

sat 9pm: worst summer ever – a comedy fundraiser of summer memories: 25 comics reminisce about their worst summer memories during this marathon benefit show for the asian prisoner support community. hosted by jared goldstein and hannah pilkes. the lineup includes ayo edebiri, jinkx monsoon, rachel sennott, dhruv uday singh, langson kerman, larry owens, natalie palamides, patti harrison, rob huebel, yassir lester, and more. online, $10 suggested donation. >>


sun 11:30am-6pm: community day at the whitney museum of american art: enjoy complimentary admission and outdoor artmaking activities at the whitney today in honor of the completion of david hammons’s new public art installation, day’s end (2014-21), a reimagining of the long-destroyed 1975 artwork of the same name by gordon matta-clark. >>

sun 1pm: aids walk new york: live at home: the largest single-day aids fundraising event in the world returns to the virtual stage with performances and appearances by billy porter, ann-margret, danielle brooks, heather headley, rita moreno, tony goldwyn, liz callaway, alex newell, rosie perez, carson kressley, george takei, and the stars of rupaul’s drag race. proceeds will benefit gmhc and other aids service organizations. >>

sun 2pm: brooklyn symphony orchestra outdoor pop-up performance: listen to a rousing selection of music by vivaldi, mozart, copland, and tchaikovsky, performed live by string players from the brooklyn symphony orchestra. brooklyn museum plaza (prospect heights), free. >>

sun 8pm: mcc theater miscast gala: broadway stars perform roles they’d (probably) never be cast in during mcc theater’s annual fundraiser, featuring a lineup of broadway favorites including annaleigh ashford, cheyenne jackson, idina menzel, renée elise goldsberry, kelli o’hara, aaron tveit, patrick wilson, gavin creel, lachanze, billy porter, and more, along with appearances by hugh dancy, jennifer garner, lucas hedges, laurie metcalf, lin-manuel miranda, marisa tomei, and others. online, free (donations encouraged). >>


stretch out on lincoln center’s new public lawn, the green: lincoln center goes (synthetic) green with tony award-winning set designer mimi lien’s new installation, where visitors can relax, read a free book from the library corner, grab a bite from nuchas empanadas, and more. open thru september. >>

sanford biggers’ giant ‘oracle’ sculpture at rockefeller center: harlem-based multidisciplinary artist sanford biggers turns the rockefeller center campus into a canvas with public art activations including a towering bronze ‘oracle,’ a flag installation, a 125-foot mural, and more. on view thru 6/29. free. >>

our roundup of 80+ ongoing events: beer gardens, public art, soundwalks, flea markets, and more. >>


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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