scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including six markets + shopping events, nycxdesign, a lego exhibit of nyc buildings, and more.


fri + sat: make some permanent memories at new york hardcore tattoo shop’s 20th anniversary tattoo jam, offering two days of $20 tattoos done by a range of guest artists. nyhc tattoo shop (les). >>

fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
crazy rich asians. sunset park (sunset park). >>
ralph breaks the internet. bennett park (washington heights). >>
venom. willowbrook park archery range (staten island). >>

fri 7pm: (un)silent film night: students from the new school’s mannes school of music and the school of jazz and contemporary music perform improvised music to series of short silent films by brakhage, chaplin, mélièsm, and kinugasa. the new school’s john l. tishman auditorium (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

fri 7pm (+ select dates thru 9/12): the annual jazz at pier 84 outdoor music series, curated by the jazz foundation of america, continues the season with a performance by percussionist ray mantilla. hudson river park’s pier 84 (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

fri 7pm: shemakesbeats collective presents a showcase of female and non-binary electronic musicians, followed by a dance party. the deep end (ridgewood), free. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: writer, director, rapper, and activist boots riley (sorry to bother you) delivers a lecture on the intersection of art and civil disobedience at the shed (hudson yards). $15-25. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: get a double dose of comedy and politics when podcasts struggle session and the katie halper show team up for a live show at littlefield (gowanus). $10 adv, $13 dos. >>

fri 7:30pm: one book, one new york winning author patti smith and buzzfeed books editor arianna rebolini will discuss smith’s just kids at symphony space. last year’s selection author jennifer egan (manhattan beach) will give an introduction. symphony space (uws), free (rsvp). >>

fri 7:30pm (fridays thru october): lola star’s dreamland roller disco parties return to prospect park with a different theme every friday night through mid-october. tonight: 90’s hip-hop. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $20-22 admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 8pm (+ 5/24, 5/31): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by seth fletcher on black holes and the event horizon telescope, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 8pm: greenpoint gallery hosts another people’s choice open call salon show, with $200 and a solo show going to the winner. free admission. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): slip into something funny at butt dream, ‘new york’s only comedy show in a lingerie store,’ featuring stand-up by lorelei ramirez (adult swim), rob haze (comedy central), george civeris (vulture), lillian devane (nerdist), sam evans, and nonye brown-west. hosted by brian bahe + julie mitchell. the rack shack (bushwick), free >>

fri 8pm: comedian chris calogero (funny or die, vice) performs a 45-minute headlining set at friends and lovers with guests emily winter (the new yorker), kenice mobley (sirius xm), and mike lasher. bonus: your first fat tire beer is free. friends and lovers (crown heights), free admission. >>

fri 8pm (ends today): the annual look + listen festival stages contemporary music performances in contemporary art spaces. tonight: ‘no instruments required’ featuring the bang group and quince ensemble at invisible dog (cobble hill). free. >>

fri 8pm: klaus johan grobe, vinyl williams, and mahogany play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

fri 8pm doors, 10pm show (+ 5/16): the arc, a new 20,000 square foot performance venue in long island city, opens with a series of warehouse parties with shigeto (dj set), flamingosis, and more. $18. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by andy haynes (comedy central), drew michael (hbo), sarah tollemache (colbert), khalid rahmaan (conan, jordan temple (hidden fences), and david spector. hosted by alison leiby. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the live from outer space comedy show at the cobra club in bushwick, celebrating their sixth anniversary tonight, features stand-up by josh gondelman (desus + mero), corinne fisher (guys we f*cked), katie hannigan (colbert), kenice mobley (laughs), joey dardano, and briana murphy. hosted by erik bergstrom (colbert), myka fox (trutv), and max bruno. free admission. >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features ben rosenfeld (laughs), mike recine (conan), seaton smith (seth meyers), sam morril (colbert), liz barrett (grin and barrett comedy), and katie compa (golden spiral comedy). hosted by tyler fischer. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 9:30pm: run the world at secretformula’s girl power sing-along, a communal karaoke where you can sing and dance along to two hours of music videos by women pop, rock, hip hop, and r+b stars from the 80s to today. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

fri 10pm doors: at random access theatre’s the drunk texts, thespians dust off a classical text, or a text made classical, in a performance that combines drinking games, improvisation and audience participation. tonight: star wars: the prequels: a comedy of errors. the players theatre (west village), $10 with promo code ‘skint10’ (reg. $12) includes a drink. >>


At our next installment of this literature and comedy mashup, Ted Chiang and Nathan Englander read from their new books, Exhalation and, followed by hilarious plot interpretations from comedians Michelle Buteau and Rosebud Baker.

The evening includes a conversation with the authors, a Q&A with the audience, and a book signing on stage following the show. Plus, the audience receives 20% off all drinks at Bar Thalia!

Skint readers can score a $10 ticket using code: MAY


sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
mama mia!: here we go again. bushwick inlet pop-up park (north williamsburg). >>
solo: a star wars story. clove lakes park parkhouse (staten island). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. samuel n. bennerson 2nd playground (lincoln center). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. winthrop playground (prospect lefferts gardens). >>

sat 12pm: spirits-infused ice cream shop tipsy scoop opens its first brooklyn location in williamsburg this weekend, with $1 scoops for the first 100 customers saturday. >>

sat 12-3pm: prepare for liftoff. brooklyn bridge park’s annual waterfront kite festival kicks off the events season with a family-friendly afternoon of kite-making and flying, stem activities, live music, food trucks, and more. brooklyn bridge park pier 5, free. >>

sat 12-4pm: (select saturdays thru 6/22): join others in a 29′ canoe for the north brooklyn boat club’s public paddles. manhattan ave street end park (greenpoint), free. >>

sat 12-6:30pm: warm your heart at the annual parade for love, starting at foley square and marching with colorful outfits, bouquets of flowers, and high spirits. free. >>

sat 1-5pm: taste fresh, locally homebrewed beer and vote for your favorites at the annual pride of brooklyn homebrewing competition and expo. littlefield (gowanus), $30. >>

sat 1-6pm: find your new favorite books and literary magazines from small and indie publishers at the community of literary magazines and presses’ annual press fest. brooklyn public library (prospect heights), free admission. >>

sat 3-9pm: latinx art collectives nowigo and un lugar ideado host jangueo heavy, an all-day party and fundraiser featuring live music, art, dance, and food. 3 dollar bill (east williamsburg/bushwick), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 7pm: bronx documentary center hosts a screening of a gentle magic, a documentary about skin lightening products in south africa and their implications, followed by q+a with producer graeme aegerter. bronx documentary center, free (rsvp). >>

sat 7pm: showcasing the borough’s diversity through movement, dance brooklyn brings ballet, contemporary, african, latin, belly, and other dance genres to one stage. city tech theater (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

sat 7:30pm (season ends today): quatuor danel will perform beethoven, shostakovich, and weinberg at tonight’s final installment of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $16. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: hosts andre medrano and maggie maxwell ask comedians to make tough choices at the would you rather show. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting. tonight’s show features guests scott rogowsky (former hq trivia host), kyle ayers (comedy central), and patrick tobin (colbert). hosted by lane moore (brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

sat 9:30pm: ireland’s bingo loco brings out the party side of bingo with rave rounds, dance offs, lip sync battles, confetti cannons, glow sticks, and more. the bell house (gowanus), $15 adv with promo code ‘skint123’ (reg. $26). >>

sat 9:30pm: instead of making your own way awkwardly through a blind date, watch and laugh as someone else does it. on stage. at in a world: the dating show, host emma vernon sets two pairs of single folks up on blind dates in an environment created by a group of improvisors. the pit (flatiron), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 10pm: ‘tis the season for gay prom, hot rabbit’s annual dance party aiming to give the lgbtq community the type of school dance they always wanted. semi-formalwear encouraged. lot 45 (bushwick), $15-$20. >>

sat 10:30pm (monthly): ten-foot rat cabaret, nyc’s long-running dance/music/comedy/art show, returns to under st. marks theater with live music by nicola vasquez, dance by guilty pleasures cabaret, storytelling and feats of strength by hot todd lincoln, and more. hosted by jillian thomas. st. marks theater (east village), $10. >>

sat 11:45pm: fireworks! keep your eyes on the skies near the statue of liberty. >>


sun thru 6/16: city harvest’s annual feed our kids food drive: donate kid-friendly, non-perishable food to help feed nyc children over the summer when access to school meals may become limited. various locations. >>

sun 8am (sundays thru 8/11): take a free tai chi class in the great outdoors at soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in riverside park (uws). >>

sun 8am, 9:30am-4pm: traditional and contemporary performances, family-friendly activities, food tents, and more await at the 13th annual japan day festival, which is preceded by a four-mile run. central park bandshell, free admission. >>

sun 10:45am, 6pm: linda hamilton and sigourney weaver play strong mother-figures in terminator 2 at nitehawk cinema in williamsburg (10:45am, $10-13) and aliens at the museum of the moving image in astoria (6pm, $11-15 admission includes same-day admission to the museum).

sun 2-10pm (thru 10/20): sunday outdoor dance parties return! tiki disco at bushwick’s the well (every other sunday 5/12-9/15 2-10pm, $10+) and mister sunday at ridgewood’s nowadays (sundays 5/12-10/20 3-9pm, $10-20).

sun 3pm: music journalist vivien goldman presents her new book looking back at the history of women in punk music and what drew them to the genre, revenge of the she-punks: a feminist music history from poly styrene to pussy riot, at mcnally jackson (soho). free admission. >>

sun 4-9pm: mommie dearest: a queer mother’s day celebration: the camp level will be high at this joan crawford-inspired party, with music by iconic moms, drag performances, and mommie dearest screening on a loop. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy). free admission. >>

sun 4-9pm (monthly): this month’s second sunday open studios at red hook’s pioneer works features open studios with current artists in residence, live music + dj sets, stargazing, poetry and programming workshops, hands-on artmaking, and more. free with rsvp (donations welcome). >>

sun 6pm: momprov: improvisers and their mothers perform together for a special mother’s day comedy show at magnet theater (midtown west). $7. >>

sun 7pm: (monthly): it’s a great week for women at this reading series hosted by an all-female group of comedy writers and featuring guests becky blades (do your laundry or you’ll die alone), emily flake (the new yorker), and more. velvet brooklyn (williamsburg), $5. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news returns with kate willett (netflix), kath barbadoro (roast battle), kevin tit (the hard times), maurice licorish, and jose sanchez. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. cherry tree (gowanus), $5. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: advice; live! comedians christi chiello and carly ann filbin offer up guidance on everything ranging from your career, to your significant other, to your dinner plans at this new live advice column show. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: pregame game of thrones at winter is up next, a got character-driven interview and trivia show. hosted by jenny gorelick (arya stark) and mark vigeant (jon snow). caveat (lower east side), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

sun 8pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): mrs. doubtfire. habana outpost (fort greene). >>

sun 8pm (+ 5/19): at new material night, professional comedians test works-in-progress and give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at their process. tonight: aasif mandvi (the daily show, hosted by nat towsen (esquire). the pit underground (gramercy), $10. >>

sun 8pm: dinowalrus, holy tunics, kissing is a crime, and colatura play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

sun 8:30pm (monthly): the show’s name is cold pizza, but at least the slices, laughs, and admission are free. hosts chloe radcliffe and micah walsh get things started in featherweight’s attic with sets by anthony devito (comedy central), julia shiplett (tbs ‘comics to watch’), joel boyd, grant lyon, mara wiles, and gabriel pacheco. featherweight (east williamsburg), free. >>

sun 9pm: next slide please: bound to be more entertaining than your last meeting, five comedians prepare and deliver powerpoint presentations on any topic they want. hosted by reed kavner. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

all weekend

fri thru 5/19: get to know the city’s natural areas with dozens of free events in all five boroughs during the 11th annual nyc wildflower week. >>

fri thru 5/22: nycxdesign, an annual celebration of of design, showcases over a dozen design disciplines through exhibitions, panels, open studios, and more in all five boroughs. >>

fri thru 1/20:  the cooper-hewitt design triennial exhibition, ‘nature,’ co-organized with cube design museum, presents projects ranging from experimental prototypes to consumer products, immersive installations, and architectural constructions from more than 60 international design teams. cooper hewitt (ues), $16-18 general, $10-12 seniors, $7-9 students, pay-what-you-wish saturdays 6-9pm. >>

fri thru sun: six markets and shopping events this weekend:
• fri thru sun (+ 5/17-19, 5/31-6/2): the urbanspace meet the makers market. bryant park (midtown west), free admission. >>
• sat 10am-7pm: brooklyn owl’s second annual unicorn celebration. brooklyn owl (park slope), free admission. >>
• sat 11:30am-6pm: knitty city’s moms + makers market and benefit for moms demand action. the loft at 150 w 83rd st (uws), free admission. >>
• sat 12-5pm: the vegan shop-up pop-up market. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free admission (under 21 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian). >>
• sat + sun 12-6pm: a current affair pop-up vintage marketplace. industry city, $15 admission. >>
• sun 10am-5:30pm: ny handmade collective’s spring pop-up. grand bazaar nyc (uws), free admission. >>

sat + sun 12-7pm (+ 5/17-19): for the launch of his new book, new york city brick by brick: the art of lego construction, lego artist jonathan lopes will bring an exhibit of his recreated nyc landmark buildings to city point brooklyn. book signing saturday 12-3pm. free admission. >>

sat + sun 1-6pm (on view thru 7/7): brooklyn waterfront artists coalition’s (bwac) annual spring art show takes over two floors of a 25,000 square foot gallery on the brooklyn waterfront. opening reception saturday. bwac gallery (red hook), admission not listed as of press time, but it’s usually free/$5 suggested. >>

check our website for a list of more than 40 ongoing events. >>

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