the skint is taking the holiday week off, so here are your event listings through the 30th. we’ll be sending out our annual new year’s eve party roundup on wednesday the 26th, and we’ll be back to our regular publishing schedule on thursday, 1/3. scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including holiday markets, movies, bogo ice cream, and more.


fri various times: participate in one or several of 16 outdoor music-making celebrations across nyc at the annual make music winter. some highlights include a handbell march with free pizza, an appalachia-themed hootenanny, and a smartphone soundscape on the high line. free. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by wanjiko eke, gabe gonzalez, gus constantellis, daniel lampert, and alexis powell. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and will benefit immigration equality). >>

fri 7pm: it rhymes and it’s self-explanatory: holiday cheer with cookies + beer at strong rope brewery (gowanus). bring cookies to share. holiday sweater wearers get a free 10 oz beer. free admission. >>

fri 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: comedians and ‘experts’ explore a new scientific topic each month at the scientists comedy podcast show, hosted by blythe robinson (the new yorker) and madelyn freed (the annoyance). tonight’s theme: ‘volcanoes.’ union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

fri 7:30pm: strangers wanted for shannon o’neill’s talk show. the chris gethard show‘s o’neill hosts a talk show where the audience participates by taking on the roles of warm-up comic, sidekick/announcer, guests, and even the house band. ucb theatre (hell’s kitchen), $12. >>

fri 7:30pm (thru 4/21): lola star’s dreamland roller rink sets up shop at industry city through april. tonight’s party theme: ’90’s holidays candyland dreamland,’ with plenty of pop from taylor, selena, miley, and more. $18-20 includes skate rental. >>

fri 7:30pm: make fast friends while dancing to live music at brooklyn contra’s annual holiday waltz + contra ball. intro lesson at 7:30pm. camp friendship (park slope), $15 general, $12 students. >>

sponsored: fri 8pm (+ sat 2pm + 8pm): it’s a wonderful life: a live radio play: in the style of a 1940s radio program, actors perform the story as a christmas eve broadcast with music and live sound effects. join george bailey as he learns what happens to his hometown when he makes a wish to an angel that he was never born. this story of redemption has become an american classic and resonates with all ages. chain theatre (midtown west), $10 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by mara marek (kimmel), naomi karavani (redacted tonight), rob cantrell (comedy central), julia claire, and raghav mehta. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 9pm (ends today): the jingleboobs + chestnuts christmas vaudeville show will cement your place on the naughty list with a night of burlesque and magic acts. sideshow by the seashore (coney island), $15. >>

fri 9:30pm: participate in a modern form of caroling at secretformula’s annual xmas pop sing-along, where you can join others in belting out holiday hits to music videos by the likes of mariah, bowie + crosby, run-dmc, and adam sandler, as well as clips from south park, a charlie brown christmas, and other tv specials. optional: wear your best/worst for the holiday sweater/santa costume contests. bonus: free milk and cookies. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

fri 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over a screening of 1996’s santa with muscles, starring hulk hogan, at tonight’s edition of the ‘movies r dumb’ series. hosted by chris gersbeck. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

fri 11:30pm: join in the black parade, an emo, pop-punk, and 2000s alternative party at knitting factory (williamsburg). 18+. free with rsvp for the first 50, $5-10 adv/$15 dos otherwise. >>

our next event!

It’s been three years since David Bowie left us and returned to his home planet. We’ve been feeling Under Pressure ever since.

So Let’s Dance through these Changes, Young Americans, at Loving The Alien: A Bowie Dance Party.

On Friday, January 11 at 10:30pm, DJ Steve Reynolds (Party Like It’s 1999) will spin the hits and deep cuts from The Thin White Duke’s 50-year career. Music Video Time Machine will provide projections of Bowie’s best videos and movie appearances.

the skint presents:
Loving The Alien: A Bowie Tribute Dance Party
Friday, January 11 at 10:30pm
635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn 11217
$5 adv, $8 door
Facebook event page:


sat 12pm (ends today): get in the spirit of the season with holiday movies for just $5, screening weekly at select regal cinemas. today: elf. >>

sat 7pm (monthly): tonight’s full moon means it’s time again for gathering the coven, lauren maul’s comedic talk show that features magical comedians, practicing witches, and musicians. tonight’s ‘magic of giving’-themed show features artisan aaron sciandra, comedian calvin cato, witch lisa pressman, musicians lacy rose + tahlia robinson, and witchy wares from species by the thousands. the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

sat 7pm-1am: expect fire, explosions, noise music, masked creatures, and the like when estonian performance art troupe non grata returns to last frontier (greenpoint). $10 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): funny folks from all over share stories about where they’re from and the journeys that led them to nyc at the transplants comedy show. tonight: brendan eyre (kimmel), leclerc andre (fallon), jordan scott huggins (love + hip-hop), subhah agarwal (the jim jefferies show), khalid rahmaan (conan), and more. hosted by katie boyle. q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 8pm: local jug band the salt cracker crazies performs their annual salty retelling of emmet otter’s jug-band christmas, jim henson’s 1977 tv special. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>


sun 10am-5pm (+ 12/30): take a ride back in time on vintage 1930’s-era subway cars, running along the f and a/c/d lines in manhattan every sunday thru the end of the year. free with your metrocard swipe. >>

sun 3pm: how can seinfeld help us understand the science of love? psychology professor, relationship researcher, and author marisa t. cohen delves into how we experience attraction and love, with a little help from the show about nothing. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

sun 3-7pm (ends today): traditional german and american christmas carols will be sung at zum schneider bavarian bierhaus’s annual sunday celebrations of the season. zum schneider bavarian bierhaus (alphabet city), free admission. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring performers claudia cogan (last comic standing), jessica henderson (ucb), scarlet snow (honey burlesque), and wanjiko eke. hosted by sophie santos and jess salomon. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos >>

sun 8pm: some say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but host zoe yellen and a group of grinchy comedians will say otherwise at the christmas roast. the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

all weekend

fri thru 12/31 (including christmas day, except for the bronx zoo): donate a new, unwrapped toy at one of the city’s four zoos or the aquarium, and you’ll receive a voucher for free admission to the bronx zoo or the new york aquarium during the wildlife conservation society’s annual toy drive. >>

fri thru 1/2: buy-one-get-one free cones at taiyaki nyc (chinatown and williamsburg). >>

last-minute holiday things to do:
• 25 places to grab a warming seasonal drink this winter. >>
• nine department store holiday windows to check out in manhattan. >>
• take a stroll through the dyker heights christmas lights. >>
• see the new york transit museum’s 17th annual holiday train show at new york city transit museum gallery annex and store at grand central (free) and the new york botanical garden’s 27th annual holiday train show ($20-30).
add your wish for the new year to the confetti that falls onto the times square nye crowd. times square plaza bet. 46th + 47th streets. free. >>

watch holiday movies and tv specials:
• ifc center in greenwich village (thru 12/24): it’s a wonderful life with an in-person introduction by mary owen, star donna reed’s daughter. $15 general, $11 seniors. >>
• syndicated in bushwick (thru 12/23.): batman returns, edward scissorhands, the nightmare before christmas, elf, a christmas story, and eyes wide shut. $7. >>
• the metrograph in the les (thru 12/31): carol, gremlins, meet me in st. louis, the umbrellas of cherbourg, trading places, and others. $15. >>
• the museum of the moving image in astoria (12/22-24): elf and gremlins. $15 general, $11 students/seniors (includes same-day admission to the museum). >>

browse and shop at eight holiday markets:
deck the stalls outdoor holiday market. fulton stall market. sun 11am-5pm. >>
grand central holiday fair. vanderbilt hall at grand central terminal (midtown east). thru 12/24. >>
grand holiday bazaar. grand bazaar nyc (uws). sun 10am-5:30pm (+ 12/30). >>
i found it at the strategist holiday pop-up. 347 west broadway (soho). 11am-7pm thru 12/30. >>
renegade craft fair. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint). sat + sun 11am-5pm. >>
ridgewood market’s nowadays outdoor holiday market. nowadays (ridgewood). sat 2-8pm. >>
smorgasburg x vice night market at villain in williamsburg (friday 6pm-midnight) and the winter smorgasburg + brooklyn flea at atlantic center in fort greene (saturdays 11am-8pm + sundays 11am-5pm thru 3/31). >>
urban space markets (bryant park thru 1/2, columbus circle thru 12/24, union square thru 12/24). various times. >>


mon 5pm, 6pm: join others in singing holiday songs near the washington square park arch (5pm), or inside the normally-closed-to-the-public gramercy park (6pm). both free.

mon 6pm, 9pm: get your christmas eve dance on at the annual techno for christmas orphans party at tba brooklyn in williamsburg (6pm, free) and the misfit xmas party at house of yes in bushwick (9pm, free with rsvp/$10 without).


tues 1pm: take a tour of the history and architecture of the jewish lower east side. $25 general, $20 students/seniors. >>

tues 3pm: spend christmas with nat king cole via rare film and television footage presented by jazz critic will friedwald at film forum (south village). $15. >>

tues 7pm (thru 12/29): myq kaplan is mike kaplan: whip-smart comedian myq kaplan (comedy central presents, last comic standing) workshops a new hour of comedy all week at the creek + the cave (lic). free tues-thurs, $5 fri-sat. >>

tues 9pm: let loose and have a merry funking christmas at house of yes (bushwick). free. >>


wed 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: elementary school teacher, author, and award-winning moth storyteller matthew dicks shares tips and techniques for narrators of all stripes on constructing, telling, and polishing a tale in a talk on his new book, storyworthy: engage, teach, persuade, and change your life through the power of storytelling. in conversation with writer and editor erin barker (the story collider). nypl mid-manhattan, free (rsvp). >>

wed 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features jessica kirson (fallon), sam morril (comedy central), erik bergstrom (comedy central), justy dodge (gotham live), and stone + stone (last comic standing). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

wed 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: sam jay (snl), charles gould (comedy central), ryan donoghue (kimmel), and guitler raphael (risk!). hosted by mike lebovitz. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>


thurs 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: ho ho bingo! drag queen linda simpson hosts a holiday edition of linda loves bingo at le poisson rouge gallery (greenwich village). free admission, $10 card is good for the whole night. >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by jordan klein (comedy central), kelly mcinerney (funny or die), jacob williams (america’s got talent), and mekki leeper. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), $5. >>

thurs 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by alex ptak (bad news comedy), maria heinegg (the worst thing), matt koff (the daily show), luke mones (comedy central), and more. hosted by tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

thurs 8:30pm doors, 9pm show: the sally can’t dance holiday party pays tribute to the ramones with more than 15 musicians and openers jeremy + the harlequins. the bowery electric (east village), $15. >>

thurs 10pm: don we now our garish apparel one last time at the dirty thursday ugly sweater party. house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

thurs 11pm: cage match: jews vs. christians: improv comedians settle the score at this annual show. ucb theatre (hell’s kitchen), $9. >>


fri, 12/28 thru 1/3: explore new animation from around the globe at the 20th annual animation show of shows, a traveling selection of 15 animated shorts including several that have qualified for oscar consideration. quad cinema (greenwich village), $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

fri, 12/28 12-1pm: shake off your 2018 bad memories at the 12th annual good riddance day, where your written unpleasant or embarrassing memories can be forgotten with the help of a shredder. times square plaza (broadway between 45th + 46th sts). free. >>

fri, 12/28 6pm doors: don your best disco look for the roller wave roller disco party at house of yes (bushwick). $10 adv, $15 door, skate rental extra or byo. >>

fri, 12/28 7pm doors, 8pm show: it came upon a midnight queer: comedians aaron jackson and josh sharp’s annual a gay show for all people holiday spectacular returns with a full lineup of comedians and a live band. the bell house (gowanus), $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

fri, 12/28 7:30pm (monthly): raise a glass at keanu rosé, an intimate comedy show hosted by real-life couple natalie wall and aaron benoit, and featuring a lineup of guest comedians. branded saloon (prospect heights), free. >>

fri, 12/28 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by myq kaplan (last comic standing), anthony devito (comedy central), phil hunt, sean finnerty, and lindsay boling. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri, 12/28 10:30pm: the arkham dance party pays tribute to the twilight zone with goth/industrial/ebm/darkwave/post-punk djs, projections, and absinthe cocktails. bizarre bushwick (bushwick), free. >>

fri, 12/28 11pm: comedians live-riff over a screening of the 1978 star wars holiday special at tonight’s edition of the ‘movies r dumb’ series. hosted by chris gersbeck. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

fri, 12/28 midnight: you know christmas and hanukkah, but what about kwanzaa? all-black improv team my momma’s biscuits takes you through 7 days of kwanzaa. ucb theatre (hell’s kitchen), $9. >>


sat, 12/29 2pm, 7:30pm: the apollo theater in harlem hosts its annual kwanzaa celebration with performances by abdel r. salaam’s forces of nature dance theatre and poet sonia sanchez. $25+. >>

sat, 12/29 7:30pm: drag, music, rituals, and food will be served at the annual great small works year-end spaghetti dinner. judson memorial church (greenwich village), $20 sliding scale admission (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). >>

sat, 12/29 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: see what the hot fuss is all about at this benefit comedy show, with sets by aparna nancherla, andy haynes, carmen lagala, walter kelly, emily winter, and rufat agayev. hosted by meghan frank and amamah sardar. ticket sales this month benefit naral pro-choice america. anyone comics (crown heights), $10. >>

sat, 12/29 8pm (monthly): the side ponytail comedy show‘s monthly saturday edition features stand up by dina hashem (conan), conner mcnutt (comedy central), courtney fearrington (siriusxm), and ashley brooke roberts (fresh out). hosted by julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

sat, 12/29 8pm doors, 9pm show: feel all the feels at live band pop punk/emo karaoke. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $10 >>

sat, 12/29 9pm: lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence will perform a reading of charles dickens’ holiday classic a christmas carol while the audience plays drinking games. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>


sun, 12/30 thru 3/10: the new york theater festival winterfest competition brings 100 plays and musicals, including full lengths, one acts, shorts, and solos to hudson guild theater (chelsea). $23. >>

sun, 12/30 10am-5pm (ends today): take a ride back in time on vintage 1930’s-era subway cars, running along the f and a/c/d lines in manhattan every sunday thru the end of the year. free with your metrocard swipe. >>

sun, 12/30 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news returns with lineup tba. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. cherry tree (gowanus), $5. >>

sun, 12/30 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: everyday decisions comedy talk show: comedian jo firestone (fallon) hosts this live comedy talk show where guest comedians, musicians, children, and friends discuss how they make their everyday decisions. tonight’s guests: janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), michelle buteau (comedy central), marie faustin (mtv), catie lazarus (employee of the month), and sam taggart (ifc). union hall (park slope), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun, 12/30 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: get saved from sadness at church night, a religious parody show ‘reminiscent of a prairie home companion on acid’ and including guest stand-up comedians, drag performers, and musicians. gutter bar (williamsburg), $10 suggested admission. >>

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