the first few weeks of the year are usually pretty light on new events, and this year is understandably lighter than usual…


david bowie birthday playlist: in an alternate universe, we would’ve been presenting our annual ‘loving the alien’ david bowie tribute party at littlefield this weekend. since we can’t celebrate together in person, dj steve reynolds has put together a playlist of 74 tracks to mark the thin white duke’s 74th birthday. enjoy! >>

beetle house opens ‘fire-and-ice’ bar: blow hot and cold at the tim burton-themed east village restaurant and bar, where guests can cozy up in an outdoor space with hot cider, hot toddies, and other hot-cold drinks, including zero-degree vodka that creates a cloud of steam when infused with a hot cider martini. >>

our roundup of 40+ ongoing events: flea markets, outdoor art, soundwalks, and more. >>


fri 6pm: new year’s know-it-all quiz night: put your literary know-how to the test during new york society library’s book-themed trivia night. online, free (donations welcome). >>

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

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 ismael loutfi (patriot act), jason choi, and more. online, free. >>

fri 8pm: secretformula’s back to the 90s: 1992 sing-along: treat yourself to a little tlc and ‘jump around’ as secretformula’s streaming sing-along party revisits top tunes from 1992. online, free (donations welcome). >>


This is definitely the month to focus on your career, especially if you work in creative fields. Budgets are refreshed, inboxes are shoveled out, and your mind is a bit more clear.

That’s why Mediabistro, New York’s legendary creative careers community, is offering a four week online workshop to boost your career for 2021.

The Mediabistro Media Career Makeover will give you the tools, personal brand uplift, and grit to energize your freelance or full-time career with guidance from guest speakers and personalized feedback from a coach.

Over four weeks (starting on January 27th), you’ll participate in weekly sessions, workshop exercises, and community networking.

By the end of the program, you’ll have:
• An individualized job search plan with personal goals
• Updated resume, LinkedIn, and social channels to drive your brand and search
• Specific job or freelance leads you can pursue
• New industry connections and an expanded network
• A proven follow-up and negotiation plan to land your next role
• Personalized guidance from a program coach

Special offer for skint readers: As a reader of the skint, you can get a full 33% off the regular price right now with code theskint33 (about $100 in savings)! This discount was supposed to expire on 12/31, but Mediabistro extended it for the skint readers!

BOOK NOW before costs go up – offer expires on Friday, 1/15 – and do your career a giant favor to start off the year.

saturday + sunday

sat thru 1/15: postcards from the edge virtual sale: peruse and pick out original, postcard-sized artworks by both well-known and emerging artists at this 23rd annual fundraiser for nonprofit visual aids. each work (there are more than 1,000) sells for $85, with the artist’s identity revealed only after purchase. online, free. >>

sat thru 1/12: live artery festival at new york live arts theater: screen new theater and dance performances by resident commissioned artists raja feather kelly, bill t. jones/arnie zane company, kimberly bartosik, and alexandra chasin + zishan ugurlu. online, $5. >>

sat 11:30am (+ 2/13): gowanus canal shoreline art walk: take in the street art as you rove the quirky shoreline and streets around the gowanus canal on this tour led by local artist, gowanus dredger, and tour guide rich garr. $16-19. >>

sat 7pm: art slam!: two artists, prompted by a poem, have 30 minutes to convert a canvas into a work of art during this virtual painting duel hosted by ms. halliwell with tunes spun by dj rimarkable. when the time’s up, the audience picks a winner and both finished works will be auctioned off. presented by nuyorican poets cafe. 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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