the skint is taking some time off, so here are your event listings through january 4. we’ll be back to our regular publishing schedule on tuesday, january 5. while we’re counting down the days until this tumultuous year is finally over, we’re well aware that ringing in 2021 won’t look like years past. without the crowds in times square or the dance parties ‘til dawn, we’re all celebrating in quieter ways this year. wishing you safe and happy new year.
– the skint

monday, 12/21

sponsored: 12/21-26: 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’ >>

12/21-12/27 (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ opera presentations serves up ‘holiday fare,’ including mozart’s the magic flute, puccini’s la bohème, humperdinck’s hansel and gretel, and more. online, free. >>

12/21-12/27: sidewalk screenings at syndicated: bushwick’s syndicated bar and restaurant continues its sidewalk screening series with a christmas story, the muppet christmas carol, it’s a wonderful life, and wall-e. weather permitting. free admission, with food and drinks available for purchase. >>

12/21-23: times square’s 2021 numerals arrive: snag a selfie with the famous seven-foot tall numerals at times square plaza between 46th + 47th sts. free. >>

12/21 6pm-midnight: phil niblock’s six-hour winter solstice concert: minimalist composer and videographer phill niblock brings his annual evening of acoustic + electronic music and mixed-media film + video to the virtual sphere. presented by roulette. online, free (donations welcome). >>

12/21 7pm: jews and chinese food: a christmas love story: mofad and gefilteria co-founder jeffrey yoskowitz, journalist hanna raskin, cookbook author grace young, writer and producer jennifer 8 lee, and filmmaker cheuk kwan discuss the origins of the longstanding cross-cultural ritual. presented by the museum of food and drink. online, free. >>

12/21 7pm: broadway’s moulin rouge! the musical: arts journalist and why we theater podcast host ruthie fierberg interviews karen olivo, aaron tveit, danny burstein, sahr ngaujah, and robyn hurder, the stars of broadway’s moulin rouge! the musical, about the making of the show and how its central theme of celebrating artists and the struggles they face has particular resonance this year. presented by 92y. online, free (donations welcome). >>

12/21 7pm: butterboy: the comedy show helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins with dj donwill returns with rhea butcher (conan), samantha ruddy (colbert), ian aber (nbc stand up for diversity finalist), will miles (comedy central), kenny deforest (james corden), and clark jones (crashing). online, $5 (a portion of proceeds from tonight’s show will benefit ali forney center). >>

12/21 8pm: #standwithteachers: bruce springsteen, jackson browne, margo price, eddie vedder, and matisyahu headline #standwithteachers, a holiday fundraiser to benefit teachrock, stevie van zandt’s online platform that provides free music-infused education resources to k-12 teachers and students. the evening also includes appearances by steve buscemi, edward norton, bobby cannavale, whoopi goldberg, and more. online, $25. >>

12/21 9pm: the ally coalition’s seventh annual talent show: lana del rey, bleachers, the chicks, brittany howard, maggie rogers, sleater-kinney, st. vincent, rufus wainwright, haley williams, and more will join forces to raise money for homeless lgbtq+ youth during tonight’s benefit show. online, free (donations welcome). >>


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tuesday, 12/22

sponsored: 12/22 5:30pm: santa claus: history of the world’s most legendary new yorker webinar: join new york adventure club as we journey back in time to uncover the origins of santa claus, who became a symbol of generosity, joy, peace, prosperity, patriotism, and politics since his modern adaptation took new york city by storm over 200 years ago. online, $10. >>

12/22 7pm: yuletide tales: comedians and storytellers divulge cringeworthy holiday tales that’ll have you laughing ‘til you’re holly and jolly. hosted by wnyc’s blindspot podcast host jim o’grady and featuring ophira eisenberg (ask me another), adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), andy christie (the liar show), angel yau (netflix), and more. presented by the greene space at wnyc. online, free. >>

12/22 7:30pm (weekly): glass houses comedy show: comedians throw standup stones at rebecca kaplan’s comedy show, featuring erik marino (snl), khalid rahmaan (conan), annam choudhry, suzanne lea shepherd, and jake vevera. online, free (donations welcome). >>

wednesday, 12/23

sponsored: 12/23 8pm: a christmas carol: the surprising story behind dickens’ classic webinar: join new york adventure club as we explore the remarkable true story behind charles dickens’ a christmas carol, and how dickens-who rose from poverty to riches and fame-channeled bitter family secrets and rage at social injustice into one of the most uplifting, timeless stories ever told. online, $10. >>

12/23 8pm: secretformula cinema: scrooged (1988): meet the ghosts of bill murray when you play and drink along during secretformula’s scrooged streaming party. online, $5. >>

12/23 9pm: hoff’s public domain horrorfest: just in time for the christmas horror-day, comedian hoff matthews livestreams a classic public domain horror movie interspersed with comedy host segments. tonight: theodore gershuny’s silent night, bloody night (1972). online, free. >>

friday-sunday, 12/25-27

12/25 8am: crossing delancey christmas day screening: in honor of the jewish tradition of going to the movies on christmas day, catch a screening of the 1988 comedy crossing delancey, followed by a discussion with actor peter riegert, screenwriter susan sandler, and sirius xm radio host jessica shaw, as well as a pickle-making demonstration by lox at café bergson executive chef david teyf. presented by the museum of jewish heritage. online, free (donations welcome). >>

12/25 11am-4pm: free admission to the jewish museum: continuing its popular tradition, the jewish museum will be open on christmas day. >>

12/25-27 (12pm): the rare miles davis, billie holiday, and ella fitzgerald: get jazzed up with lesser-known and superlative recording of jazz icons miles davis (fri), billie holiday (sat), and ella fitzgerald (sun). presented by the national jazz museum in harlem. online, free. >>

12/26-1/10: journey around my bedroom: go on an adventure in your imagination with this interactive musical by dianne nora and hyeyoung kim, weaving together victorian toy theater, contemporary puppetry, original songs, and audience participation. presented by new ohio theatre. online, pay-what-you-will admission. >>

12/26 4pm: a christmas story virtual experience: we triple-dog-dare ya to tune in to a livestream q+a and virtual photo op with a christmas story cast members peter billingsley, ian petrella, zack ward, scott schwartz, yano anaya, and tedde moore. online, free (photo op sessions, one-to-one chats, and autographs are extra). >>

12/26 8pm: spoons toons + booze – halloween after dark: laugh along with live comedy, commentary, and contests while watching cartoon episodes from the 1940s through the present during secretformula’s streaming watch party. online, $8. >>

12/27 7pm: apollo theater kwanzaa celebration: regeneration night: the apollo theater presents its annual evening of dance, music, poetry, and revelry featuring performances by abdel r. salaam’s forces of nature dance theatre, spoken word artist mumu fresh, poet marc bamuthi joseph, members of the harlem children’s zone youth academy of dance and wellness, and more. hosted by wbls’s imhotep gary byrd. online, free (donations welcome). >>

monday-wednesday, 12/28-30

12/28-1/3 (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations visits ‘pavarotti week,’ including puccini’s tosca, verdi’s rigoletto, donizetti’s l’elisir d’amore, and more. online, free. >>

12/28-31: sidewalk screenings at syndicated: bushwick’s syndicated bar and restaurant continues its sidewalk screening series with toy story, finding nemo, raiders of the lost ark, and purple rain. weather permitting. free admission, with food and drinks available for purchase. >>

12/28 12pm: good riddance day: give 2020 the boot! submit your unwanted memories (we sure have a lot of them) from this past year to be ceremonially shredded to pieces during this annual times square event. online, free. >>

12/28 12pm: preparing for what’s next: i am…procrastinating, overwhelmed, and need flexibility: as the new year draws near, learn how to address the challenges of procrastination and feeling overwhelmed when it comes to your job search and career goals during a webinar taught by career coach louisa tatum. presented by the new york public library. online, free. >>

12/30 8pm: secretformula’s 80s tv party: feel some ‘growing pains’ and find out ‘who’s the boss’ as secretformula’s streaming party revisits classic sitcoms from the 1980s. online, $5. >>

12/30 9pm: patti smith birthday performance: powerhouse punk rocker and poet patti smith celebrates her birthday by playing a livestream concert with her band. online, $10. >>

thursday, 12/31

12/31 various times: virtual new year’s celebrations: roundups from time out new york and billboard.

12/31 9pm: time’s up’s new year’s eve bike ride + outdoor after party: nyc direct action environmental organization times up hosts its 19th annual evening of new year’s eve festivities, including a bike (or skate) ride from the washington square park arch up to central park’s belvedere castle, followed by an outdoor dance party with fireworks. as with any in-person event, wear a mask and maintain physical distance. free admission. >>

12/31 11pm – 1/1 11pm: the poetry project’s 47th annual new year’s day marathon: this 24-hour broadcast combines poetry readings with dj sets, music videos, short films, hypnosis, ritual offerings, cooking segments, and more from a cast of more than 200 poets, writers, artists, musicians, dancers, and theatre-makers. online, free (donations welcome). >>

12/31 11:30pm: nye comedy mega show 2021: laugh 2020 off the stage with the help of stand-up by fred armisen (portlandia), reggie watts (james corden), natasha leggero (comedy central), moshe kasher (comedy central), brent weinbach (comedy central), and andrew michaan (magic for humans). online, $10. >>

friday-monday, 1/1-1/4

1/1: coney island polar bear plunge fundraiser: in lieu of the annual subzero swim this year, which is canceled due to covid-19, the coney island polar bear club and the alliance for coney island are teaming up for an online fundraiser to support area nonprofits. >>

1/1 11am: free vita coco national hangover day recovery kit: in honor of national hangover day, vita coco is teaming up with postmates to deliver a free kit including coconut water, a hot breakfast sandwich, warm socks, a head massager, earplugs, and more. for every kit distributed, vita coco will donate five dollars to children’s nutrition education nonprofit abc food tours. >>

1/1 3pm: merchant’s house museum new year’s day celebration: travel back to the mid-19th century to meet members of the tredwell family and hear about how they’re ringing in the new year with social calls to family and friends. online, free (donations welcome). >>

1/1 8pm (available on-demand thru 1/8): 17th annual hank-o-rama: nyc-based hank williams tribute band the lonesome prairie dogs will warm your cold, cold heart while they play some of the influential country star’s greatest hits with guests lenny kaye, tom clark, jordan mclean, sean kershaw, and more. presented by the bowery electric. online, $10. >>

1/4-30 (weekends 12-6pm): downtown 2021: in this new exhibition inspired by downtown 81, edo bertoglio’s 1981 film starring jean-michel basquiat, artists using painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and video took inspiration from downtown as not only a geographic location, but also ‘an idea, a state of mind, and a generative space.’ la mama galleria (noho/east village), free. >>


ikea gingerbread höme: build teeny tiny flat-pack style gingerbread furniture with six downloadable designs from ikea. >>

our roundup of 50+ ongoing events: flea markets, outdoor art, soundwalks, 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.

– the skint

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