thru 2/25: 21st century japan: films from 2001-2020: from low-budget indies to award-winning major studio releases, this 30-film series from japan society traverses the last 20 years of japanese cinema, including a special kurosawa program and a selection of new films by up-and-comers. online, $8-12. >>

mon thru sun (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations continues ‘black history month at the met’ with wagner’s das rheingold, rossini’s il barbiere di siviglia, philip glass’s akhnaten, and more. online, free. >>

mon thru sun (weekly): sidewalk cinema at syndicated: bushwick’s syndicated bar and restaurant continues its outdoor screening series with brokeback mountain, only lovers left alive, moonstruck, moonlight, wild at heart, true romance, phantom thread, if beale street could talk, and portrait of a lady on fire. weather permitting. free admission, with food and drinks available for purchase. >>

mon 5:30pm: love and courtship virtual walking tour: how did folks in nyc find love 100 years ago? ‘visit’ former romantic hotspots in lower manhattan as you listen to accounts from turn-of-the-20th-century novels, newspapers, and a yiddish love-letter writing manual. presented by museum at eldridge street. online, $10 suggested donation. >>

mon 6pm: beginning knitting: here’s a class that’ll have you in stitches: get started on your first hat or scarf with fiber artist rhiannon platt, who’ll teach you the basic building blocks of knitting. presented by brooklyn brainery. online, $15. >>

mon 6pm: frankie rodriguez goes to hollywood: the advancement of science and art in visual effects: visual effects animator frankie rodriguez delves into the myriad disciplines he explored on his way to a career in visual effects, including graphic design, drawing, 2d animation, and computer science, and how his diverse skill set helped his work on major sequences in films such as star wars: rogue one, avengers: infinity war, and frozen 2. presented by the cooper union. online, free. >>

mon 7pm: privately published: a descent into early 20th century mail order erotica: how did smut publishers use fake scientific lingo to evade post office censors? dive into the bawdy backstory of early 20th century mail-order erotica during an illustrated lecture by author colin dickey (ghostland). presented by morbid anatomy. online, $8. >>

mon 9pm, 10:30pm (weekly): monday night travel with rick steves: hit the (virtual) road with iconic travel expert rick steves, who’ll host a travel happy hour from his living room, complete with behind-the-scenes tales and an audience q+a session. tonight: romantic europe. online, free. >>

mon 10:15pm: the moth storyslam: give your heart a break during a ‘love hurts’-themed edition of the moth’s storyslam, the popular community-based open mic storytelling competition in which anyone can share a five-minute tale on the evening’s theme. online, $10. >>


Animation First, the French Institute Alliance Française’s film festival dedicated to the unparalleled legacy and enduring ingenuity of French animation, will be presented completely online and nationwide from Feb 5 to 15. A festival pass is only $20, and provides access to the entire Festival including more than 75 US and NY premieres of feature-length and short films, works in progress presentations of highly anticipated films, a new US and French student film competition, live talks with acclaimed filmmakers, interactive graphic novels, augmented and virtual reality programs, and more. Plus, this year FIAF is honored to welcome special guest Wes Anderson to curate a selection of his favorite animated films for the Festival.

All of the Festival’s films will have English subtitles and all talks will be in English.

Animation First
February 5-15
Entirely Online
11 days
9 Feature Films
10 Shorts Programs
7 Live Talks & Workshops
Watch the trailer, learn more about the Festival and purchase your $20 Festival Pass here.


tues 12pm: the public art of nyc’s subway: descend into new york’s underground art scene during a virtual tour of permanent public art installations throughout the city’s subway system. presented by untapped new york. online, $10. >>

tues 6pm: modern mobility aloft: architectural and urban historian amy finstein gives a talk on her new book, modern mobility aloft: elevated highways, architecture, and urban change in pre-interstate america. presented by the skyscraper museum. online, free. >>

tues 6pm: food, culture, and what’s next: marcus samuelsson and adam d. weinberg: harlem-based chef, author, and restaurateur marcus samuelsson discusses the current and future state of food and art in new york city, reflecting on the deeply-rooted kinship between black artists and chefs in a conversation with whitney museum of american art alice pratt brown director adam weinberg. online, free. >>

tues 7pm (monthly): pen parentis: writers who are parents present their work at the pen parentis literary salon. tonight’s ‘first generation’-themed salon features esther amini, kris jansma, and tina chang. a q+a follows. free ($10 suggested donation). >>

tues 7:30pm (weekly): glass houses comedy show: comedians throw standup stones at rebecca kaplan’s comedy show, featuring myq kaplan (comedy central), elain williams (america’s got talent), kelsey caine (the new york times), otto fernandez (vulture), and brett singer. online, free (donations welcome). >>

tues 8pm: ultimate (virtual) nyc trivia night: from architecture and theater to transportation and pop culture, put your knowledge of the city’s 400-year history to the test during this trivia night hosted by the museum of the city of new york and the gotham center for new york city history. online, free ($5+ suggested donation). >>

tues 8pm (monthly): mst3k’s the mads online riffing show: the choppers: mystery science theater 3000 stars trace beaulieu and frank conniff live-riff through 1961 crime film the choppers, followed by a q+a with carolina hidalgo (movie sign with the mads). online, $10 (a portion of proceeds will benefit friends in need food shelf). >>


weds thru 3/10: love letters: signed, sealed, delivered: leave notes, wishes, and mementos of your affection at love letters, a large-scale installation in the heart of times square. winner of the 13th annual love in times square design competition, the sculpture is made of repurposed and donated plywood from building façades across nyc, and forms the shape of two interlocking hearts. times square plaza, free. >>

weds 12pm: herbal aphrodisiacs + love potions: kindle your desire and soothe your nerves with plant elixirs during a workshop led by herbalist dawn petter. presented by brooklyn brainery. online, $12. >>

weds 4pm: lunar new year chinese papercutting workshop: learn to make papercut designs symbolizing luck and happiness in honor of the lunar new year at this workshop presented by the new york public library. online, free. >>

weds 5:30pm: icp talks: cheriss may on documenting democracy: dc-based photojournalist and professor cheriss may discusses her work documenting democracy and social unrest during a turbulent year, and breaks down how she uses inclusive storytelling in her photos and projects during a conversation with icp managing director of programs david campany. presented by the international center of photography. online, $9. >>

weds 6pm: herbal allies for a healthy and happy heart: follow your heart as you try out herbal and mineral based remedies to keep your multifaceted muscle healthy, happy, and strong. taught by herbalist micaela foley. presented by the alchemist’s kitchen. online, free. >>

weds 6pm: funeral diva: pamela sneed in conversation with karen finley: poet, professor, and performer pamela sneed reflects on her coming of age as a queer black woman during the aids era in a conversation about her essay-and-poetry memoir, funeral diva, with artist, author, and nyu professor karen finley. presented by nyu center for the humanities. online, free. >>

weds 6:30pm: love in a hopeless place: writing modern romance: a diverse panel of award-winning romance novelists, moderated by alyssa cole (a princess in theory), discusses the power of a happily-ever-after story to uplift readers during difficult times. presented by the new york public library. online, free. >>

weds 7pm: performance and body mapping workshop: explore your sense of identity as it relates to your body during a workshop led by artistic director, choreographer, and performer anabella lenzu. participants will use texts and drawings to share their own stories of their bodies. presented by the school of visual arts. online, free. >>

weds 7pm: body lovers: seniors from the greenwich house comedy workshop, taught by jo firestone (fallon), read love letters to their favorite body parts during a raunchy valentine’s day-themed evening of comedy. presented by littlefield. online, donation-based. >>

weds 8pm: black smoke: the history of african american barbecue: rocket scientist and bbq historian howard conyers, pitmasters ed and ryan mitchell, and culinary historian adrian miller (black smoke: african americans and the united states of barbecue) pay homage to the black ’cue masters at the spits and pits of american barbecue. a screening of a virtual reality short film featuring kansas city’s jones bar-b-q will follow. presented by the museum of food and drink. online, $15. >>

weds 8pm: romance at the movies trivia night: from rom-coms to tearjerkers, lower east side film festival directors shannon walker and roxy hunt pop the question(s) during an evening of romantic movie trivia. online, free. >>

weds 8pm: carole king’s tapestry – 50th anniversary tribute: you might just ‘feel the earth move’ when singer-songwriters carly simon, annie lennox, dar williams, jill sobule, and others perform covers from carole king’s iconic 1971 album. presented by bardavon. online, free (donations welcome). >>

weds 9pm: hoff’s public domain horrorfest: comedian hoff matthews livestreams a classic public domain horror movie interspersed with comedy host segments. tonight: eugenio martín’s horror express (1972), starring christopher lee and peter cushing. online, free. >>


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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.

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