indoor dining will return to nyc at 25% capacity on 9/30: eater new york captures the reactions of owners, workers, and chefs. >>

can dollar sushi really be any good?: gothamist’s scott lynch reviews chelsea’s sush1, where all pieces of nigiri, rolls, and sashimi are just $1 each. >>


thru 12/31: ellen reid soundwalk: go on a self-guided, gps-enabled walk through central park featuring a newly-composed soundscape by pulitzer prize-winning composer ellen reid, and performed by musicians of the new york philharmonic and the young people’s chorus of new york city. app download required, free. >>

thru 10/24: filmshop exhibition: filmmaking collective filmshop presents an online showcase of films by members from its new york, new orleans, and los angeles chapters. online, free. >>

thru 9/20: harlem international film festival: the 15th annual annual harlem international film festival showcases 100 films from over 30 countries, but its trademark is the harlem spotlight, highlighting films shot in harlem, produced or directed by harlem residents, or about harlem’s history. online, $8/film. >>

thru 9/13: 6th annual brooklyn americana music festival: man oh mandolin! 60 artists bring folk, bluegrass, roots-rock, jazz, and more to eight virtual stages during this year’s live-streamed festival. online, free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 5:30pm (thursdays thru 10/22): bootcamp at brooklyn bridge park: you’ll hiit the ground running during this all-level cardio, strength, and plyometric-based outdoor fitness class. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 2 play turf, free. >>

thurs 6:30pm: corkbuzz online – natural wine: learn about what makes a wine a ‘natural wine,’ how natural wine is made, and the major regions and notable producers of the style. online, $10. >>

thurs 7pm (weekly thru 10/15): theater trivia: put the spotlight on your broadway, off-broadway, and theater history know-how during the latest season of trivia from theatermania, hosted by broadway’s ellyn marie marsh (pretty woman) and brett thiele (spiderman: turn off the dark) and theatermania’s joseph guglielmo. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm (quarterly): red ink reading series: unraveling: the literary discussion series, focused on women writers past and present, returns with vanessa veselka (the great offshore grounds), raven leilani (luster), elisa gabbert (the unreality of memory), natalie diaz (postcolonial love poem), and meredith talusan (fairest). hosted by michele filgate. presented by books are magic. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm: be water: the legacy of bruce lee: filmmaker bao nguyen, hip hop pioneer and artist fab 5 freddy, author jeff chang (can’t stop won’t stop), and bruce lee’s daughter, shannon lee, discuss nguyen’s new bruce lee documentary, be water, and the action star’s life and influence on social justice movements. part of the made in hong kong film festival. online, free. >>

thurs 8pm (+ 10/30): puppets come home! presents…smells!: celebrate the 150-year legacy of puppetry on coney island when you catch a whiff of the ‘puppets come home!’ series, a showcase of contemporary cutting-edge puppeteers. free (donations will benefit urban neighborhood services inc.). >>


Brooklyn Public Library, in collaboration with Prospect Park Alliance, will launch the third semester of University Open Air, a free series of outdoor classes taught by professors, researchers and academics from around the world. Beginning on Wednesday, September 16, classes for the two-week semester will take place at the Boathouse and the surrounding area in Prospect Park located at 101 East Dr., Brooklyn, NY 11225. Classes will be capped at 12 participants; social distancing and masks will be required.

University Open Air is a space for immigrants, many of whom cannot practice their professions in the U.S., to share their knowledge and experience with fellow community members, neighbors and friends. Please note, while UOA courses aim to equip students with valuable skills, they are non‐accredited.

To see a full course schedule and to register for classes, please visit:

For general questions or press inquiries, please email:

University Open Air is generously supported by The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund. WNYC is a media partner of Brooklyn Public Library.


fri: commemorate september 11: due to the covid-19 pandemic, this year’s memorials and ceremonies will be mostly virtual or closed to the general public.

fri 12:30pm: underground heroes: new york transit in comics: new york transit museum associate curator jodi shapiro leads a virtual ride through underground heroes: new york transit in comics, a recent exhibit on the role of transit in satirical cartoons, comic strips and comic books from the late-1800s to today. presented by the new york transit museum. online, $10. >>

fri 3pm: sounding the visual: jean-michel basquiat and early hip-hop: how did street artist jean-michel basquiat’s works resonate with early hip-hop culture? university of nevada reno professor ruthie meadows discusses how basquiat’s work mobilized and referenced emerging dj, house, and hip-hop culture in 1970s and ’80s new york. presented by the nevada museum of art. online, $10 general, free for students. >>

fri 4pm: dave mustaine — rust in peace: the inside story of the megadeth masterpiece: megadeth lead vocalist and guitarist dave mustaine offers an inside look at the making of megadeth’s iconic 1990 record, rust in peace, and the band’s struggle to handle the pressures of fame and fortune that followed, during a talk on his new book. presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore, free (donations welcome). >>

fri 7pm: the story collider: three storytellers share true, personal stories that range from hilarious to heartbreaking during an ‘animals’-themed edition of the story collider podcast. bonus: the audience is invited to share 10-word stories as well. online, free (donations welcome) >>

sponsored: fri 8pm: pennsylvania station: the most beautiful train station ever built: join new york adventure club as we travel back in time to explore the magnificence of the original pennsylvania station (1910-1963), one of the world’s most beautiful train stations, which defined the age of elegant rail travel in the 20th century. online, $10. >>

fri 8pm: back to the 90s sing-along: 1990: take a trip 30 years into the past as secretformula’s streaming party revisits music videos from janet jackson, madonna, nkotb, depeche mode, skid row, and more. online, free. >>


sat thru 9/20 (7:30-11pm): ‘open’ – east village night walk: see the light when you visit ‘open,’ the flint collective’s series of temporary light installations occupying a selection of east village storefronts. free. >>

sat thru 10/17: static apnea // the american vicarious: how long can you hold your breath? would it be long enough to save yourself or someone you love? one at a time, audience members will descend through a tunnel of blue light toward a performer behind a wall of glass at christopher mcelroen’s new performance art installation, static apnea. the performance lasts 9 minutes and 2 seconds–the female record for static apnea. the invisible dog art center @ 47 bergen street (boerum hill), free (rsvp required). >>

sat + sun (8am-5pm weekends): chelsea flea returns: search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage, collectibles, and a handful of food vendors at the chelsea flea market, reopening by the founders of the brooklyn flea and smorgasburg for the first time since december 2019. 29 west 25th street (bet 5th + 6th aves), free admission. >>

sat + sun (11:30am-7pm weekends thru 9/27): smorgasburg to go at prospect park: brooklyn foodies, take note. smorgasburg is back in prospect park for three weekends, with 7-10 vendors participating. customers can order online, then pick up their orders from the lefrak center at lakeside. >>

sat 10am-4pm: bike jumble: browse bargain bikes, parts, gear, and accessories at this seasonal outdoor bicycle flea market. old stone house (park slope), free admission. >>

sat 1-4pm (+ 9/19, 9/26): living mural: take in bite-sized live theater as you stroll through the central park mall, where physically distanced, masked actors perform classical monologues and new works continuously throughout the afternoon. free. >>

sat 1-8pm: we’ll meet again group art show: 60+ artists respond to the human desire for togetherness, and the ways in which covid-19 has changed the way we congregate, in a new group exhibition at dobbin st event space (greenpoint). free. >>

sat 5-8pm (on view thru 10/4): fivemyles gallery art show openings: celebrate the opening of apparatus, an exhibition of sculpture and work on paper by joan waltemath and grayson cox, and being seen, an exhibition of photographs by ann rosen, at tonight’s fivemyles gallery (crown heights) reception. free (rsvp for a time slot). >>

sat 7pm: picture this!: animators, cartoonists and other artists create on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines. performers include josh gondelman, alex english, mary houlihan, and teresa lee. hosted by brandie posey and mike l. mayfield. presented by littlefield. online, a portion of suggested donations will benefit the aclu. >>

sat 8pm: keith and the girl present: silent trailers live!: keith malley has seen every movie ever (basically). chemda khalili hasn’t seen any of them (basically). in their new game show, the keith and the girl podcast hosts challenge comedians to go head-to-head against keith in guessing a movie title based on chemda’s description of the trailer. chaos ensues. online, $10. >>

sat 8pm: night of too many cages comedy show: revel in all things nicolas cage during this telethon-style, interactive livestream show created by the daily show’s sebastian dinatale and zach dilanzo. hosted by comedian chris gethard and featuring special guests, sketches, and other national treasures, the show will raise money for artists striving to end poverty (astep). online, free (donations welcome). >>

sat 9pm: goth industrial cardio dance party: stay home edition: break a sweat while working out to the sounds of nine inch nails, kmfdm, and more. online, donation-based admission. >>


sun 10am (sundays thru 10/25): yoga at brooklyn bridge park: find your ‘om’ away from home as you flow through a socially-distanced outdoor vinyasa class. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 6 picnic tables, free. >>

sun 3pm (thru 9/17): 20th annual young lions fiction award: they’ve got the write stuff: watch one-on-one interviews with the five finalists of the nypl’s young lions fiction award, a yearly prize awarded to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or collection of short stories. stay tuned after the final interview on sept. 17 for the announcement of this year’s winner. online, free. >>

sun 7pm: the princess bride cast reunites for benefit reading: craving a princess bride reunion? as you wish! the cast of the film, along with special guests, will come together for a live script reading followed by a q+a moderated by comedian patton oswalt. the one-time-only event will benefit the democratic party of wisconsin. online, donation-based. >>

sun 8pm: mcc theater miscast gala: broadway stars perform roles they’d (probably) never be cast in during mcc theater’s fundraiser, featuring the original cast of hairspray and a lineup of broadway favorites, including phillipa soo (hamilton), leslie odom jr. (hamilton), norbert leo butz (dirty rotten scoundrels), ingrid michaelson (natasha, pierre, and the great comet of 1812), beanie feldstein (hello, dolly), and more, including presenters julianna margulies, judith light, and raúl esparza. online, free (donations welcome). >>


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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