mon thru sun (ongoing): paint + sip studio new york: uncork your creativity and unwind with a drink as local artists guide you through creating a featured painting every day. both previously-recorded and live classes are available for streaming. byo art supplies (available for purchase on the site) and drinks. $18-20. >>

mon thru sun: brooklyn brainery’s online courses: build some mental muscle while you quarantine with this week’s selection of classes, including birding in nyc, paint + sip: ice cream, botanical line drawing, kitchen cabinet medicine, soap making basics, and more. various platforms and prices. >>

mon thru sun: caveat’s livestreamed events: stay informed and entertained with this week’s shows, which include nerd search, explanation of benefits, versus: feathers vs. scales, the violet hour: a late night livestream from another dimension, and facts machine live: bugs. youtube, various prices (save 10% with promo code ‘skint2020’). >>

mon thru sun: comedy quarantine: show comedians some love as they lift your spirits during babs gray and teresa lee’s nightly stand-up show. this week’s lineups include dave hill. alison leiby, cameron esposito, and more. presented by naked comedy. instagram, free (donations welcome). >>

mon thru sun: the greene space at wnyc: digital-only programming continues with how to think like bach (mon 7pm), (still) live from new york: works from home, ep. 1 (wed 7pm), short cuts: cameron carpenter, charanams, beethoven (fri 4pm), arturo and adam o’farrill live (fri 7pm), and more. free. >>

mon thru sun: feel closer than ever to the musicians you love as they chat, host listening sessions, and perform. this week: ‘rise up new york’ telethon with mariah carey, barbara streisand, bette midler, billy joel, bon jovi, lin-manuel miranda, and more (mon), kathleen hanna and kathy valentine (tues), japanese breakfast (thurs), ‘the new gig’ benefit with elvis costello, sheryl crow, bootsy collins, and more (thurs). various platforms, free + various prices (many free). >>

mon + tues: sva mfa computer arts thesis presentations: students from the school of visual arts mfa computer arts program will give short talks and share videos of experimental art, 2d and 3d animation, and motion graphics during two evenings of presentations. free. >>

mon, weds, fri: isolate night with scott rogowsky: comedian scott rogowsky (hq trivia) returns with a nightly ‘quarantalk show’ on youtube, facebook, twitch, and twitter with guests joining remotely from around the country. this week’s guests include chris kattan (snl), gata (dave), adnan virk (cinephile), and more. free (donations will benefit city meals on wheels). >>

mon 6pm: black designers: missing in action: graphic designer cheryl d. miller discusses her 1987 print magazine article, ‘black designers: missing in action,’ and her subsequent writings on the lack of equity in the design world, while sharing her thoughts on how black designers can continue to make strides in the field. presented by poster house. zoom, free. >>

mon 7pm (weekly): butterboy: the comedy show helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins with dj donwill returns with david cross (arrested development), liza treyger (comedy central), jean grae (larry wilmore), myq kaplan (netflix), and chanel ali (mtv). presented by littlefield. youtube, $5 (10% of proceeds will benefit coalition for the homeless). >>

mon 7:30pm (weekly): velvet variety: comics from new york’s queer comedy scene team up for a weekly stream, featuring comedians’ favorite stand-up performances from their personal archives, drag, music and original digital content. youtube, free. >>

sponsored: mon 8pm: keep calm + knit on: join new york adventure club for a beginner’s knitting workshop that will give you the skills and confidence you need to learn the basics of an amazing craft, while uncovering its powerful mental and physical health benefits along the way. $10. >>

mon 8pm: franklin park reading series: marae hart (slice magazine) hosts an evening of readings on the theme ‘humor and pathos’ from tochi onyebuchi (riot baby), teddy wayne (apartment), hilary leichter (temporary), and tariq shah (whiteout conditions). zoom, free. >>

mon 9pm: relationship science: connections, online dating, and communication:: take a deep dive into basic human needs, interpersonal attraction, online dating best practices, ways to effectively communicate with partners, and more. led by relationship coach and author dr. marisa t. cohen. zoom, pay-what-you-want ($5 suggested). >>


tues thru 5/18: live from nypl: neil gaiman’s coraline: watch along as neil gaiman, levar burton, rosario dawson and dakota fanning read gaiman’s beloved children’s novel aloud from cover to cover over the course of seven evenings. presented by the new york public library. free. >>

tues 2pm (+ thurs): live with carnegie hall: the online series featuring live musical performances, storytelling, and conversations with world-class artists continues with great american songbook founder michael feinstein’s exploration of gershwin (tues), and a conversation on of the art of song with soprano renée fleming and singer-songwriter rufus wainwright (thurs). free. >>

tues 4pm: the wild west of coronavirus testing and the state scramble to reopen: the new york times washington correspondent sheryl gay stolberg hosts a conversation with ohio governor mike dewine and former cdc director dr. thomas frieden on the struggle to implement adequate testing and contact tracing programs while simultaneously dealing with economic pressures. free. >>

tues 6:30pm: nyc design school showcase night: leading design students from cooper union, fit, parsons, pratt, and sva share their work during this annual exhibition. this year’s theme: ‘urgency.’ zoom, free. >>

tues 9pm (weekly): something good comedy show: join hosts chloe radcliffe (fallon), caitlin peluffo (colbert), and ben katzner for a variety show about ‘how to feel happy in a world of sh*t,’ featuring audience-submission games, a dance-along, and standup by laurie kilmartin (conan) and steph tolev (comedy central). youtube, free. >>


weds thru sun: the brooklyn kitchen online classes: boost your kitchen know-how with interactive cooking classes including dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, and new york-style bagles. zoom, pay-what-you can. >>

weds 3:30pm: capturing history: create a time capsule: learn about 97 orchard street, a once-abandoned building now serving as a kind of time capsule itself, and the westinghouse time capsule buried in queens in 1939, then capture your own experiences by making a 2020 time capsule using objects of your own. presented by the tenement museum. youtube, free. >>

weds 4pm: moca cooks: dumpling-making party: chef kian lam kho, author of phoenix claws and jade trees: essential techniques of authentic chinese cooking, walks you through the steps of making dumplings at home, from hand-folding techniques to achieving the perfect pan-sear, during a webinar hosted by moca president nancy yao maasbach. presented by the museum of chinese in america. zoom, free. >>

weds 4pm: conversations on the city: on history: tune in to a talk on history delivered by museum of the city of new york chief curator and deputy director sarah henry, who oversaw the 2018 mcny exhibition germ city: microbes and the metropolis. free (rsvp). >>

weds 5pm: carve it in stone: monument sculptors karin sprague and tracy mahaffey lead a tour through the memorials they’ve created for green-wood cemetery, followed by a visit to sprague’s workshop and a stone carving demonstration. hosted by green-wood historian jeff richman. zoom, free. >>

weds 7pm: a conversation about stress and mental health in the time of covid-19: jed foundation chief medical officer dr. victor schwartz gives a talk on some of the common emotional responses to stress and offers tips on managing it, with a focus on the way covid-19 can be affecting college students. presented by 92y. free. >>

weds 7pm: virtual absinthe poster + cocktail party: discover the history of toulouse-lautrec’s favorite beverage–absinthe–in advertising during a workshop led by swann auction galleries’ nicholas lowry. afterwards, prepare absinthe cocktails with the green fairy society’s don spiro. presented by poster house. zoom, free. >>

weds 7pm: pop culture trivia: kimmy schmidt edition: just in time for a new interactive special, test your knowledge during five mini-rounds of trivia (loosely based on the netflix series) presented by the skint and the briefly. hosted by rob blatt. facebook and zoom, free (donations welcome). >>

weds 7:30pm: virtual selected shorts: best laid plans: selected shorts is embracing the new abnormal with its first-ever digital performance, presenting short fiction about lofty ambitions and rearranged priorities. featuring actors bobby cannavale (mr. robot), emily skeggs (when we rise), allison williams (girls), and maulik pancholy (30 rock). hosted by symphony space. youtube, free. >>

sponsored: weds 8pm: quack medicines show + tell: join new york adventure club for a virtual show + tell around quack medicines with the museum of interesting things, a traveling interactive exhibition of antiques and inventions inspiring innovation and creativity. $10. >>

weds 8pm: the secret science club: dip into supermassive black holes and other dark parts of the cosmos with yale astrophysicist priya natarajan at this month’s secret science club lecture. zoom, free. >>

weds 8pm: mr. show zoomtacular: bob odenkirk and david cross are getting the mr. show gang back together for a special event to benefit lift, a national organization empowering families to break the cycle of poverty. zoom, $10. >>

weds 8pm: bam virtual gala: actor/director cate blanchett, author zadie smith, and philanthropist/producer jeanne donovan fisher will receive honors for their contributions to the arts and cultural philanthropy during bam’s annual celebration. the evening’s highlights will include performances by st. vincent, brooklyn youth chorus, alvin ailey dance theater, and dancer julie anne stanzak, plus a living room dance party with dj eli escobar and a bam art auction. free (donations welcome. 10% of proceeds will benefit the brooklyn hospital center). >>



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