thurs (ongoing): cooper hewitt and neue galerie reopen today: head to the upper east side to visit the cooper hewitt smithsonian design museum, offering free admission through 10/31, and the neue galerie, offering reduced admission through labor day weekend: $12 general (reg. $25), $6 students/seniors (reg. $16), and free first fridays 4-7pm.

thurs (ongoing): the drama book shop reopens: shop for all things theater at the century-old bookstore, reopening today in a brand new home on west 39th street with a team of top broadway creators and producers (namely lin-manuel miranda) as its new owners. >>

thurs thru august 2022: high line art: untitled (drone) by sam durant: the high line unveils its latest plinth commission, a fiberglass rendering of a military-style predator drone. sitting atop a 25-foot pole and with a 48-foot wingspan, the sculpture is the same size as the real thing, a pointed reminder of the drone warfare that the u.s. carries out in distant countries. the high line at 30th street and 10th ave, free. >>

thurs thru 9/18 (wednesdays-saturdays 11am-5pm): lonely hearts: international print center new york’s biannual new prints exhibition: 36 artists from around the world debut new prints and print-based works reflecting on the distance, contemplation, and stillness of our collective experience during the last year. international print center new york (chelsea) and online, free. >>

thurs thru 8/15: in the heights: from university to silver screen: from its inception at wesleyan university through the off-broadway and broadway productions and the new major motion picture, an exhibition of 50+ images traces the development of lin-manuel miranda and quiara alegría hudes’s award-winning musical, in the heights. hispanic society museum and library (washington heights), free. >>

thurs thru 6/27: river to river festival: downtown manhattan’s largest free arts festival returns for a 20th year with outdoor, indoor, and online offerings including music, film, dance, walking tours, interactive activities, and more. this year’s festival showcases the work of artists including arthur jafa, esperanza spalding, wayne shorter, okwui okpokwasili, miguel gutierrez, mariana valencia, nora chipaumire, black gotham experience, and others. various locations + online, free. >>

thurs thru 6/27: short play festival: the players theatre’s annual short play festival brings 12 new productions to the west village stage. $15-20 plus ticket fees here (reg. $30). >>

thurs thru 6/20 (started wednesday. we apologize for missing including this earlier in the week): tribeca festival: the 20th annual megafest (fka the tribeca film festival) returns with nearly two weeks of in-person and online events. various prices. >>

thurs thru 6/19: new york city dance week festival: sign up for free virtual and in-person dance, fitness, and wellness classes from studios in nyc and around the world. >>

thurs thru sun: new dance alliance’s performance mix festival: watch 20+ innovators in experimental dance in action at the 35th anniversary edition of the performance mix festival, featuring outdoor in-person and livestream performances, film screenings, installations, and more. the outdoor courtyard at 122 community center (east village), free. >>

thurs 6pm (thursdays thru 6/24): astoria waterfront concert series: enjoy an evening of live music on the astoria park great lawn. tonight: sundaygirl (blondie tribute) and bonjourneyny (bon jovi/journey tribute). free. >>

thurs 6:30pm (thursdays thru 6/24 + 7/15): samba boot camp: shake it during a weekly samba inspired workout class, taught outdoors at randall’s island park. free. >>

thurs 7pm (monthly): vocabaret: a variety show for word lovers (love edition): nyc punderdome champs sam corbin (buzzfeed), tim donnelly (the president show), jerzy gwiazdowski (2019 o. henry punniest in show winner), ally spier (reductress), and nikolai vanyo bring their verbose variety show back to caveat in the les for the first time since the start of the pandemic. also available to stream online. various prices. >>

thurs 7pm (weekly): rock lobster comedy show: feel the motion in the ocean at erik bergstrom (colbert) and sarah summerlin’s (huffpost) standup show, featuring subhah agarwal (a little late with lilly singh), matt wayne (comedy central), ryan beck (the daily show), tina friml (nbc), john rosenberger (amazon), and more. gold sounds (bushwick), suggested donation. >>

thurs 7:30pm (weekly): good delivery comedy show: comics stand(up) and deliver at natasha vaynblat and james hamilton’s weekly show. tonight’s lineup: sarah tollemache (colbert), tom thakkar (conan), taylor garron (reductress), and eddie della siepe (hulu). the outdoor patio at gertie (williamsburg), $10. >>

thurs 8pm: the history of bazooka joe: in conjunction with city reliquary museum’s call of candy exhibition, a panel of candy and comics experts will deliver an outdoor presentation on the history of the iconic bubblegum character and his impact on candy marketing and design. the city reliquary (williamsburg), $7 includes admission to the museum and the call of candy exhibit. >>

thurs 8pm (rescheduled from 6/3 due to rain): comedy + treats!: get your just desserts at comedy + treats, a new outdoor standup show at mia’s brooklyn bakery (boerum hill). featuring chloe radcliffe (fallon), nick hopping (amazon), caitlin reese (comics watching comics), pranav behari (mad magazine), and zach russell. $5. >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): would you rather? comedy show: hosts andre medrano and maggie maxwell ask comedians to make tough choices at the would you rather show. tonight’s show features kenice mobley (fallon), abbi crutchfield (college humor), wendy steiner (bitches brew comedy), shafi hossein, and michael harrison. friends and lovers (crown heights), $5 + one-drink min. >>

thurs 8pm: laf dance saloon: hosts jeffrey emerson (netflix) and jill weiner (wikifreakz) save the best for laughs at laf dance saloon, returning after a yearlong hiatus with an outdoor evening of standup by connor creagan (nbc), courtney maginnis (comedy central), menuhin hart (comedy central), mary cella (the new york times), nick hopping (amazon), norlex belma (sirius xm), and zilla vodnas (hbo). the backyard of basik (williamsburg), free. >>

thurs 8:15pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): freak show (2017) at the pool deck at mccarren play center (williamsburg/greenpoint). >>


fri (ongoing): new york, new music: 1980-1986 exhibition: from run dmc to talking heads to madonna and beyond, immerse yourself in the early 1980s new york music scene at the museum of the city of new york’s new exhibition, which features more than 350 objects, including video footage, photographs, flyers, artifacts, and more. museum of the city of new york (east harlem), suggested admission: $20 general, $14 students/seniors. >>

fri thru 6/18: a+j summer happening festival: event and performance producers amanda + james present a series of outdoor multidisciplinary performances in park locations throughout the city. free. >>

fri thru sun: the bronx book festival: the bronx is reading hosts the fourth annual bronx book festival, a weekend packed with readings, panels, and workshops with 80 authors and agents, including meg medina (mercy suarez changes gears), nicola yoon (everything, everything, the sun is also a star), lilliam rivera (never look back), jasmine guillory (party of two), and more. online, free. >>

fri thru sun: mark morris dance group on the plaza: throughout the weekend, the mark morris dance group and student company will present outdoor performances and offer dance classes for all ages and abilities. the plaza at 300 ashland (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
art of brooklyn film festival’s evening of short films at sunset park. >>
gremlins at pier 35 (les). >>
raya and the last dragon at saw mill playground (bronx). >>
the princess bride at old stone house in j.j. byrne playground (park slope). >>
toy story 4 at astoria park. >>

fri: free corn from café habana: get an earful at café habana (nolita), who’ll be serving up an a-maize-ing deal in honor of national corn day: 500 free orders of grilled mexican street corn. >>

fri 7pm (weekly): transplants comedy show: funny folks from all over tell jokes about where they’re from and how they got to nyc at the transplants comedy show, moving indoors at q.e.d. with standup by andre d. thompson (colbert), gabby bryan (hbo), ariel elias (the marvelous mrs. maisel), and andrew schiavone (sirius xm). hosted by leland long. q.e.d. (astoria), $15. >>

fri 7pm, 8:30pm (weekly): stand up à la mode: comedy show meets ice cream social at the stand up à la mode comedy show, featuring free ice cream by ample hills creamery and stand-up by brittany carney (comedy central), gianmarco soresi (netflix), nick hopping (amazon), jill weiner, and grant sheffield. outdoors at ample hills creamery (gowanus), $10 admission includes two scoops of ice cream. >>

fri 7-10pm (fridays): dreamland roller disco: let the good times roll at lola star’s weekly outdoor skate party. tonight’s theme: gaga vs. madonna. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $24 admission includes skate rental (lockers available for $3-8). >>

fri 7:30pm: the eyelimpics: it’s ok to stare at city reliquary’s staring contest, a refereed tournament where all attendees are welcome to compete. awards will be granted for performance, eye-themed costumes, props, and optical puns, so don your most eye-ronic, eye-catching outfits and see if you can out-stare them all. $15. >>

fri 8pm: feel the news with marcela onyango: radical lefty and comedian marcela onyango tells you whether you should be mad, glad, or sad about the news during her new comedy variety show, featuring standups april boddie (adult swim), andrea coleman (wack or woke?), sheria mattis, and vanessa jackson. friends and lovers (crown heights), $5 + one-drink min. >>

fri 8pm: left breast comedy hour: hosts kimberly dinaro and sally ann hall put it all out there during a socially-distanced evening of standup, musical comedy, and drag featuring the el-salomons (fallon), caitlin reese (comics watching comics), nonye brown-west (npr), sami schwaeber (sirius xm), margo reiss, and drag queen gina tonic. knitting factory (williamsburg), $10. >>

fri 8pm (weekly): live from outer space comedy show: erik bergstrom (colbert), myka fox (mtv), and max bruno host an evening of out-of-this world stand-up at the cobra club (bushwick). donation-based. >>

fri 8pm: secretformula’s back to the 90s: 1997 sing-along: revisit the music of hanson, spice girls, third eye blind, and more as secretformula’s streaming music video sing-along party revisits top tunes from 1997. online, free (donations welcome). >>


$5,000 city artist corps grants for artists: nyc’s new arts recovery program will give 3,000 musicians, performers, painters, dancers, and more the opportunity to create new work and lead community activities across the five boroughs. applications are now open. >>

solstice in times square reservations are open: find the calm in the chaos at the annual solstice in times square yoga event, where you can participate in one of seven socially-distanced, limited-capacity outdoor yoga classes at ‘the crossroads of the world.’ the free fest, happening on sunday, june 20, will also feature a ‘yoga village’ with booths, giveaways and activities. open to all levels, and an option to participate online is available as well. >>

our roundup of 80+ ongoing events: outdoor fitness classes, public art, flea markets, beer gardens, and more. >>


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 openings, 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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