the brooklyn botanic garden reservations open: the brooklyn botanic garden is reopening to the general public on 8/7 (members on 7/31). to control crowd size, a limited number of advance timed-entry tickets are required, and are available to reserve starting today. free during opening weeks, $12-18 otherwise. >>

mon 7pm: exploring sex – a historical study of sex through the ages: discover how global attitudes about sex evolved throughout history as a lineup of scholars and writers give lectures on sexuality in ancient rome, ancient india, and victorian society. presented by the explorers club. multiple platforms, free. >>

mon 7pm: the death of the artist: what are the challenges of making art, finding an audience, and being self-supporting as an artist in the digital economy? essayist and critic william deresiewicz shares his new book, the death of the artist: how creators are struggling to survive in the age of billionaires and big tech, in a conversation with writer e. tammy kim (punk ethnography). presented by mcnally jackson booksellers. zoom, free. >>

mon 7:30pm: defunding the police, building community safety: what does community safety look like when it isn’t dependent on the police? authors maya schenwar and victoria law (prison by any other name) and brooklyn-based community organizers devante tate and ejeris dixon discuss policing in brooklyn, the movement to defund the police, existing community safety strategies, and more. presented by the brooklyn historical society. zoom, free. >>

mon 8pm (weekly): isn’t she funny: the stand-up comedy show with a dude-free lineup features maddy smith, yoshiko watson, jessica clayton, and molly kornfeld. hosted by carly montag, emily walsh, and marisa riley. dudes and non-dudes welcome. zoom, free (rsvp). >>


tues 3pm: engagement burnout: how do we heal ourselves, support each other, and keep doing the work when we are personally impacted by the change we’re fighting for? miski noor, co-director of training at momentum, a program for radical organizers that focuses on building mass movements to scale, delivers a talk on restoring oneself from engagement burnout. presented by the new school. free. >>

tues 3pm: vintage black glamour: from eartha kitt to prince, celebrate famous black actors, dancers, writers, and entertainers of the 20th century with author nichelle gainer, who’ll present photos and stories from her books, vintage black glamour and vintage black glamour: gentlemen’s quarters. presented by the national arts club. zoom, free (donations welcome). >>

tues 6pm: the new corner office: how the most successful people work from home: take charge of your workday and turn being cooped up into a career advantage during this ‘fireside chat’ with author laura vanderkam (off the clock: feel less busy while getting more done). presented by the new york public library. free. >>

tues 6pm (tuesdays thru 8/25): vote for science: science and policy info panels: march for science nyc seeks to bridge the gap between science and activism with a series of panel discussions centered on key voting issues, including climate, healthcare, immigration, and more. free. >>

tues 6pm: history happy hour: happily never after: get caught in a bad romance as you hear some of green-wood cemetery’s most enthralling stories–from tales of the lovesick and the heartbroken to the dirty details of dramatic (and doomed) affairs. zoom, $5. >>

tues 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: she makes me laugh presents comedy at the springs: take in an outdoor evening of standup comedy featuring a lineup of comics from comedy central, netflix, and more, with a portion of ticket sales benefitting the equal justice initiative. the springs bar, lounge and patio (greenpoint), $5 adv, $8 door (+ two-drink minimum). >>

tues 7pm: true or false: a cia analyst’s guide to spotting fake news: how do we separate fact from fiction and avoid falling victim to misinformation? former cia analyst cindy otis shares true or false, her new book about the history of fake news, its consequences, and how we can detect it, in a conversation with yahoo news national security reporter jenna mclaughlin. presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore. crowdcast, free (contributions welcome). >>

tues 7pm: book talk: jennifer egan’s writing: author jennifer egan discusses her early work and how it led her to a new genre for her most recent book, manhattan beach, a historical novel set in manhattan beach, brooklyn, during world war ii. presented by the tenement museum. youtube, free. >>

tues 7pm: garth stein + matthew southworth: the cloven: book one: author garth stein (the art of racing in the rain) and comic artist matthew southworth (co-creator of stumptown) discuss their new graphic novel, the cloven: book one, an coming of age story about a part-human, part-goat mutant searching the pacific northwest for a place to belong. moderated by author and editor maria dahvana headley (the year of yes). presented by mcnally jackson booksellers. zoom, free. >>

tues 7pm: unspeakable acts with sarah weinman and casey cep: author sarah weinman (the real lolita) presents unspeakable acts: true tales of crime, murder, deceit, and obsession, a new anthology of recent true-crime writing, with casey cep, author of (furious hours: murder, fraud, and the last trial of harper lee. presented by books are magic. zoom, free. >>

tues 7:30pm (weekly): glass houses comedy show: comedians throw standup stones at rebecca kaplan’s comedy show, featuring ashley galvin (comedy central), kyle lewis (amazon), april brucker, matt levy, stefania d’andrea, and freddy g. zoom, free (donations welcome). >>

tues 8pm: a backcountry evening: gather ‘round the (virtual) campfire for a celebration of american camping culture, outdoor education, and public land conservation, featuring large carnivore ecologist dr. rae wynn-grant, mountain guide and storyteller monte montepare, and singer-songwriter tré burt. co-hosted by atlas obscura’s rachel bouton and jason ward of birds of north america. zoom, $5 (all proceeds will go to the greening youth foundation, which provides outdoor programing and conservation training to underrepresented youth). >>


weds 10am-9pm: marsfest: just before nasa launches the perseverance rover to mars, the american museum of natural history celebrates the red planet with a day of live-streaming events, including a talk on the mars 2020 mission by amnh earth and planetary sciences chair denton ebel, a virtual field trip to mars with caltech professor and nasa scientist bethany l. ehlmann, and a space-themed comedy show. multiple platforms, free. >>

weds 6pm (various dates thru 9/24): screenwriting fundamentals: get started on that screenplay you’ve been meaning to write during this crash course in screenwriting, which includes the basic elements of a screenplay, proper structure and format, techniques for how to explain your story to others, and more. presented by bric. $10. >>

weds 6:30pm: corkbuzz online: the italian islands: go island hopping in italy as you learn about local wines from elba, sicily, sardinia, salina, and pantelleria. zoom, $10. >>

weds 7pm: urban legends: the south bronx in representation and ruin: author and bard college assistant professor peter l’official shares his new book, urban legends, a cultural history of life, work, and art in the bronx that looks beyond the narratives of the failing ‘inner city’ and the cultural renaissance of hip hop. in conversation with writer hua hsu (the new yorker). presented by mcnally jackson booksellers. zoom, free. >>

weds 7pm: get lit with all of it: colson whitehead: wnyc’s all of it host alison stewart hosts a virtual book club series with tonight’s guest author colson whitehead, who’ll discuss his most recent novel, the nickel boys. the episode also includes a performance by composer, musician, and colbert bandleader jon batiste. presented by the greene space at wnyc. website and youtube, free. >>

weds 7:30pm: squawkin’ sports with mike birbiglia and j. hope stein: it’s all fun and games during squawkin’ sports, patrick saur and david j. roth’s series of book talks with grown-up authors writing about grown-ups playing kiddie games. today’s grown-ups are comedian mike birbiglia and poet j. hope stein, who’ll discuss their book, the new one: painfully true stories from a reluctant dad. presented by greenlight bookstore. instagram, free. >>

sponsored: weds 7:30pm (weekly thru 9/30, weather permitting): outdoor cinema and trivia at parklife: enjoy cocktails and food (available for purchase) while watching a movie and playing pre-show trivia at parklife’s outdoor space in gowanus. tonight’s film: my big fat greek wedding. rain date: thursday. presented by the skint and the briefly. free admission. >>

weds 8pm: land ownership, race, and power: black farming in america: learn about land ownership, land access, power, and what it means to be a black farmer in america during a conversation with june and angie provost, fourth-generation sugarcane farmers fighting to rebuild their ancestral home and empower black farmers and farm workers. hosted by chef and uptowne cafe + bakery owner adrian lipscombe and author k. rashid nuri (growing out loud: journey of a food revolutionary). presented by the museum of food and drink. zoom, free. >>

sponsored: weds 8pm: james bond retrospective: the sean connery bond cannon: join new york adventure club for a multimedia retrospective on the first four james bond films — dr. no (1962), from russia with love (1963), goldfinger (1964), and thunderball (1965) — led by bond scholar and pop culture historian arlen schumer. $10. >>

weds 8pm: pop music breakdown: paranoid android: songwriter and multi-instrumentalist scott greenberg shares an analysis of radiohead’s ‘paranoid android’ in a talk presented by brooklyn brainery. zoom, $6. >>


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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