free online job skills training platform for new yorkers: unemployed and underemployed new yorkers can now access 4,000 free online courses and certificate programs, with a focus on tech, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. >>

annual new york cares coat drive: help a neighbor stay warm through the winter–your $20+ donation will provide a coat for a new yorker in need. >>

our roundup of 40+ ongoing events: flea markets, outdoor art, soundwalks, and more. >>


thurs thru 12/20 (thurs-sun 10am-6pm): bluestockings bookstore soft reopening: shop for radical lit at the volunteer-run, collectively-owned bookstore and activist center, reopening for the holidays in a new space at 116 suffolk street (les). >>

thurs thru 12/3: architecture and design film festival: take a road trip through tokyo with architect ryūe nishizawa, watch a danish architecture firm design and build the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy plant, learn about the first black member of the american institute of architects and his legacy as ‘architect to the stars,’ and more when you tune in to the 12th annual architecture and design film festival. the 16 films in this year’s virtual program highlight architects and designers from around the world, and tackle issues such as racial injustice, urbanization, and utopian societies. online, free-$10. >>

thurs thru sat: secretformula’s virtual events: revel in pop culture nostalgia with music video parties, movie nights, drinking games, and more from event/party producer secretformula. this week, ‘quack’ up while you watch 1986 marvel flop and four-time razzie winner howard the duck (thurs), slay all night during a buffy the vampire slayer tv series watch party (fri), and gobble up thanksgiving-themed episodes of classic cartoons (sat). online, $5-8. >>

thurs 5pm: godlis streets: street photographer david godlis’s images of ‘70s and ‘80s new york city life are captured in his new book, godlis streets, which he’ll discuss with cultural critic luc sante and blondie co-founder and guitarist chris stein. presented by rizzoli bookstore. online, free. >>

thurs 5:30pm (monthly): virtual astronomy live: sounds from space: listen to out-of-this-world sounds from our solar system and the universe as you virtually travel from the earth’s atmosphere to other planets and the sun with nasa research scientist dr. alexa halford and university of iowa assistant research scientist dr. kristine sigsbee, who’ll discuss their work together studying nasa sound files and data from space. moderated by rocket scientist and astrophysicist summer ash. hosted by kerbal space academy creator john ‘das’ galloway. presented by the intrepid sea, air + space museum. online, free. >>

thurs 6pm: digital drink + draw: proximity: how do artists depict closeness, connection, and community? american folk art museum educator and artist natalie beall leads a drawing session inspired by the work of noted self-taught artists such as inez nathaniel walker, whose works often touch on themes of friendship and proximity. participants will be invited to share their work throughout the evening. presented by the american folk art museum. online, free. >>

thurs 6pm: this quarantine life: the art students league of new york launches its first-ever comics anthology, this quarantine life, which captures artist’s individual quarantine experiences, with an evening of conversation featuring league instructor and editor steve walker, four of the anthology’s contributors, and more. online, free. >>

thurs 6pm: the making and unpacking of beyoncé’s black is king: get a behind-the-scenes look at the development and cultural impact of beyoncé’s recent diasporic project, black is king, during a panel discussion featuring music scholars and some of the film’s contributors. moderated by whitney museum assistant curator rujeko hockley. presented by nyu skirball. online, free. >>

thurs 6:30pm: georgia o’keeffe birthday celebration: virtual happy hour: sip a specialty cocktail and learn about the art and practice of the ‘mother of american modernism’ as you peruse works from the collections of the georgia o’keeffe museum in new mexico and dc’s national museum of women in the arts. online, free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 7pm: the decameron project: authors edwidge danticat, rachel kushner, victor lavalle, and tommy orange discuss the decameron project, a new boccaccio-inspired short story collection in which 29 authors were commissioned by the new york times magazine to craft short fiction works in response to the pandemic). presented by books are magic. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm: theater of war for frontline medical providers: actors frances mcdormand, marjolaine goldsmith, frankie faison, and nyasha hatendi perform dramatic readings of scenes from sophocles’ philoctetes and women of trachis to help frontline healthcare providers engage in a healing discourse about personal risk, death and dying, complex ethical decisions, and other unique challenges they face as they fight the covid-19 pandemic. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm (monthly): punderdome: a dozen pun-masters have a war of the words in tonight’s online edition of the beloved pun competition. hosted by fred firestone. presented by littlefield. online, $5 suggested donation >>

thurs 8pm: pie: a history!: here’s a class that’s easy as pie: culinary historian and author sarah lohman (eight flavors: the untold story of american cuisine) delves deep into the origins of pie, from meat pies and ‘coffins’ to pie eating contests to the pumpkin spice flavor craze, and beyond. presented by brooklyn brainery. online, $7. >>

thurs 8pm: discover + live your purpose: get unstuck and learn how to live in alignment with your purpose during a 90-minute workshop taught by career coach angela choi. presented by new women space. online, $15 sliding scale. >>

thurs 8pm (biweekly): filth comedy show: get down and dirty with comedians courtney maginnis and casey james salengo as they interview fellow comics and get them to share their dirtiest, weirdest, grossest stories and jokes. tonight’s lineup includes shalewa sharpe (hbo), jay jurden (fallon), dan licata (snl), and christina glaston (comedy central). online, $5. >>

thurs 8pm: broadway’s best shows series: uncle vanya: danya taymor directs a livestream performance of neil labute’s world premiere adaptation of anton chekov’s uncle vanya, starring alan cumming, constance wu, samira wiley, k. todd freeman, and ellen burstyn. online, $5+ admission benefits the actors fund. >>

thurs 9pm: rape victims are horny too! comedy show: comedians and rape survivors kelly bachman and dylan adler use comedy and songs to navigate their trauma, inviting the audience to laugh, cry, and laugh some more. online, $15. >>

thurs 9pm (monthly): at home film festival: comics and creators share homemade shorts during an evening curated and hosted by comedians ashley brooke roberts and sarah tollemache. online, $5 (proceeds will benefit the innocence project). >>



Banjo / Cello / Guitar / Mandolin / Ukulele / Violin / Voice

Bantam Studios presents a four-week VIRTUAL semester to put 2020 to rest and get moving again towards the future. Grab your instruments out of your closet and spend the last few weeks of the year playing music with each other.

Full Fall 2020 Class Schedule

* If you are a completely new beginner on your instrument (never touched the instrument before), we will be starting a full virtual semester in January 2021 that will cover all the basics of being a complete beginner, so please stay tuned. That being said, we are flexible and will try to work with you, so please reach out to us if you have any questions!



fri thru 1/10: the bronx zoo holiday lights: encounter luminous leopards, glowing gorillas, and shimmering sea turtles when you embark on five animal lantern safaris showcasing wildlife regions around the world, then stick around for ice-carving demonstrations, costumed characters, wildlife theater, and more. $34.95 general, $31.95 seniors. >>

fri + sat: wbls circle of sisters expo: the largest convention for black women in new york city returns with interactive celebrity panels and workshops, rnb and gospel concerts, community networking, and shopping from over 100 black and women-owned businesses. online, $10 (a portion of proceeds will benefit the loveland foundation, which provides mental health resources and therapy for black women and girls). >>

fri 7pm: heels heels heels: strut in your stilettos, party in your pumps, and bop in your booties during an all-levels dance ‘werkshop’ taught by house of yes performers beatriz bb and joni. online, $10. >>

fri 8pm: brooklyn public library literary prize celebration: find out the winners of this year’s bpl literary prize, honoring two books that embody the library’s mission of ‘addressing the urgent social, political, and artistic issues of our time.’ selected by a panel of bpl librarians, this year’s finalists include nonfiction works by saeed jones, ian urbina, and ruha benjamin, and fiction by rivers solomon, ocean vuong, and amal el-mohtar + max gladstone. online, free. >>

fri 8pm (biweekly): hack city comedy show: start the weekend laughing when you tune in to this diverse biweekly stand-up show, hosted by asian not asian podcast’s fumi abe and michael nguyen. tonight’s lineup includes jessica kirson (fallon), michael cruz kayne (colbert), and jenny yang (vulture’s ‘comedians you should know’). online, free. >>

fri 8pm (+ sat): rule of 7×7: seven playwrights present new 10-minute plays that had to follow seven rules. online, free ($10 suggested donation). >>

fri 8pm (monthly): a drinking game nyc’s virtual ‘drink-along’: sip along with buzzwords from the script as you watch addams family values. online, free. >>

fri 9:30pm (+ sat): shot4shot : the armory comedy group’s series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. this time, the group takes on tommy boy (fri) and ferris bueller’s day off (sat). online, free (email rsvp). >>


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.

– the skint

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