bryant park picnic performances: the midtown summer series is back with 25 live, free music, dance, and theater events, beginning 6/9 with a four-night run of the new york philharmonic. free tickets will be available to reserve approximately 10 days ahead of each show. >>

dance week registration is open: registration is open for this year’s new york city dance week festival (6/10-19), a series of free virtual and in-person dance, fitness, and wellness classes from studios in nyc and around the world. >>

13 places to go hiking in nyc: take a hike! from the bronx river greenway to the salt marshes of marine park preserve, traverse the best nature trails across the five boroughs. >>

greenpoint’s nature walk and under the k bridge park are finished and open to the public.

immersive rockefeller center audio walk: embark on an interactive audio adventure through rockefeller center’s 22-acre campus, roving its storied buildings, underground passageways, and outdoor spaces as you hear historical anecdotes, fun facts, and navigation tips about the landmark cultural institution. free (app download required). >>

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


thurs (ongoing): time out market new york reopens today: nosh fried oreos, artisanal pizza, tonkotsu ramen, and other foodie delights from brooklyn chefs at time out’s dumbo waterfront market. reopening weekend festivities include music, visual and performance art, happy hours, and more. >>

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 louis katz (comedy central), matthew broussard (fallon), alysia brown (vulture), and matt wayne (ifc). gold sounds (bushwick), suggested donation. >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): good delivery comedy show: comics stand(up) and deliver at natasha vaynblat and james hamilton’s weekly show. tonight’s lineup: fumi abe (jimmy kimmel live!), ryan beck (comedy central presents), shalewa sharpe (hbo), and janet hyde (dude talks to a lady). the outdoor patio at gertie (williamsburg), $10. >>

thurs 9pm: theater of war for frontline health workers: actors frances mcdormand, frankie faison, marjolaine goldsmith, nyasha hatendi, and david strathairn 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 have faced in their fight against covid-19. co-presented by ucsf health and stanford school of medicine. online, free. >>

thurs 9pm (monthly): at home film festival: ‘road trip’ edition: comics and creators share homemade shorts inspired by the theme ‘road trip’ during an evening curated and hosted by comedians ashley brooke roberts and sarah tollemache. online, donation based admission (proceeds will benefit we act). >>


fri thru 6/26: a culture in flames: puerto rican art of resistance in the xxi century: a new art exhibition curated by quintín rivera-toro at the clemente showcases performance art, video, photography, sculptures, murals, and more by 10 artists whose works explore puerto rican identity and issues relating to puerto rico’s colonial and patriarchal political history. the clemente soto vélez cultural + educational center (les), free. >>

fri thru mon: memorial day weekend at the intrepid museum: commemorate memorial day at the intrepid sea, air + space museum (hell’s kitchen), where you can take in a free screening of forrest gump on the flight deck, check out antique military vehicles, and explore displays and activities from the u.s. marine corps and coast guard. on monday, the museum will livestream its annual memorial day ceremony, which includes special guest speakers, the unfurling of a 100-foot american flag, and a wreath laying. various prices. >>

fri thru mon: african diaspora international film festival: the new york adiff celebrates africa month with ‘contemporary africa through african eyes,’ a program of 18 fiction and documentary films from 15 different countries, along with filmmaker q+as. online, $7. >>

fri thru sun: the lower east side festival of the arts: theater for the new city’s 26th annual festival returns to its home base on 1st avenue, where audiences can watch live indoor and outdoor performances by over 180 artists across various disciplines, including theater, music, dance, comedy, poetry, film, and fine arts. for those who prefer to watch from home, the performances will also be available to stream online. free admission. >>

fri thru sun (time tba): new york philharmonic bandwagon: the new york philharmonic gets in ship shape for this year’s bandwagon music festival, which takes place aboard a traveling 20-foot shipping container tricked out with a fold-out stage. over 100 artists will deliver 39 performances in parks throughout the city, with genre-crossing collaborations with local arts organizations. the festival concludes this weekend at st. albans park in queens. free. >>

fri 10am: mary j. blige apollo walk of fame induction: the legendary apollo honors nine-time grammy award-winning artist mary j. blige with an induction into its walk of fame, with remarks by blige, apollo theater chairman charles phillips, and executive producer kamilah forbes. apollo theater (harlem), outdoors and free with limited capacity. >>

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, returning to q.e.d. with standup by ismael loutfi (comedy central), franqi french (standup nbc winner), stephen campbell, adrian rodney, and torrey huggins. hosted by lindsay theisen and katie boyle. q.e.d. (astoria), $15. >>

fri 7pm (+ 6/25, 7/23, 8/6, 9/4): brooklyn cyclones post-game fireworks: end the night with a boom as post-game fireworks light up the coney island sky on select dates thru the season. $22. >>

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 ari shaffir (netflix), ashley gavin (hulu), luis lopez (mtv), and nick hopping (amazon). outdoors at ample hills creamery (gowanus), $10 admission includes two scoops of ice cream. >>

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

fri 8pm: whiskey flicks live: go on an unscripted, booze-soaked rabbit hole during ‘whiskey flicks live,’ where daniel mccoy will present a surprise series of themed movie clips to michael niederman, who’ll respond with an improvised mix of film criticism, social commentary, and personal history. no one knows what’s going to happen (it’ll definitely involve alcohol), and the audience is along for the ride. outdoors in the backyard of the city reliquary (williamsburg), $15. >>

fri 8pm (+ sat, monthly): rule of 7×7: seven playwrights present new 10-minute plays that had to follow seven rules. online, $12. >>

fri 8:15pm (fridays thru 6/24): astoria movies on the waterfront: toy story 4: enjoy a free outdoor movie on the astoria park great lawn, continuing tonight with toy story 4 (2019). weather permitting. >>

fri 9:30pm: quiz with a q! comedy gameshow: join host timothy dunn (hq trivia, queerball) for this night of questions, quizzes, and quomedy. online, free. >>


sat thru 9/12: 14 miles of nyc’s free beaches re-open for swimming this weekend. plan on hitting the rockaways? gothamist shares their updated guide to rockaway’s food here.

sat thru 9/12: designated barbecuing areas: the parks department shows you all the places you’re allowed to set up your ‘cue. >>

sat thru 9/6: coney’s luna park and deno’s wonder wheel park are now open daily thru labor day. ride prices vary.

sat thru the season (various dates): get on the water with free kayaking at pier 26 and north brooklyn community boathouse, and free rowing, sailing and birding at hunts point riverside park in the bronx.

sat thru mon: memorial day weekend at industry city: check out antique and modern cars, trucks, and motorcycles with a coffee in hand, shop from 25 emerging black makers, hunt for vintage threads, enjoy live music and dj sets, and more at various locations throughout the industry city campus. free admission. >>

sat thru mon: camp yampire: life imitating art edition: spend some time in the great indoors at this remote ‘adult’ summer camp, filled with 80 interactive activities over the course of the weekend. online, free. >>

sat + sun (fridays-sundays thru 10/10): tall ship wavertree open for visitors: all aboard! starting today, the south street seaport museum is opening the permanently-moored 1885 tall ship wavertree for self-guided tours. visitors can explore the ship’s outdoor areas and learn how people lived and worked on the 19th century cargo sailing vessel. pier 16, free (rsvp for a timed-entry ticket). >>

sat 10am-3pm (saturdays 5/29-10/30 in lic, sundays 6/27-10/31 in sunset park): open house at brooklyn grange: get your hands dirty, enjoy the view, and swing by the rooftop farm’s market to check out the harvest of the week. free admission. >>

sat 12pm: doctor who virtual experience: hop on board the tardis for a livestream q+a and virtual photo op session with doctor who cast members jenna coleman, billie piper, alex kingston, and arthur darvill. online, free (photo op sessions, one-to-one chats, and autographs are available for purchase). >>

sat 6pm: crazy talented asians + friends: an evening of animation shorts: celebrate apa heritage month with an evening of 11 animated short films, chosen from hundreds of submissions for their exceptional storytelling, art direction, animation, production, and sound design, and their diverse range of stories. presented by flushing town hall. online, free (donations welcome). >>

sat 7pm: noosphere arts ‘we are nature’ rooftop series opening celebration: brooklyn non-profit noosphere arts kicks off its summer series with an evening of rooftop revelry. festivities include dance and music performances, artwork on view, a benefit auction, and a closing dance party on the docks by newtown creek. ‘we are nature’ is noosphere’s forthcoming series of live music, dance, and theater performances, art installations, lectures, and more, all set in and around the kingsland wildflowers native-flora rooftop gardens in greenpoint. last frontier nyc (greenpoint), $20+. >>

sat 8pm (+ sun 7pm): molière in the park – tartuffe: comedian kate rigg and tony nominee andy grotelueschen star in outdoor, staged readings of two-time pulitzer prize winner richard wilbur’s translation of molière’s tartuffe. prospect park’s lefrak center at lakeside. free. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): back to the future… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story of the 1985 film using only what they can remember from watching it once recently. as the chaos ensues, they’re challenged to create ‘deleted’ scenes and follow assigned rules about their characters. presented by littlefield. $5 online, $15 in-person. >>

sat 8:13pm, sun 8:12pm (+ 7/12-13): manhattanhenge: see the sun set in alignment with the manhattan street grid during the twice-annual manhattanhenge celestial event. best viewed when skies are clear from the far east ends of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th sts. note: this event draws a crowd, so be aware of distancing and masking. >>


sun 2pm (ends today): the 34th loisaida festival (virtual): celebrating the puerto rican and latinx heritage of the lower east side and east village, the annual festival features two afternoons of live music, short films, cooking demos, and more. online, free. >>

sun 2pm (+ 6/6, 6/13): scandinavian music festival in fort tryon park: drink in views of the hudson as you get to know the music, culture, and traditions of scandinavia at this annual summer concert series, featuring performances by the new york scandia symphony and guest artists. billings lawn at fort tryon park (washington heights), free. >>

sun 7pm (monthly): please give a f$%k!: a comedy show benefiting food bank for new york city: meg felling and john fox serve up comedy for a cause at this monthly outdoor show, featuring emma willmann (crazy ex-girlfriend), gus constantellis, liz glazer, james mac, and more. crystal lake brooklyn (williamsburg), $5-10. >>


mon thru sun (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations visits ‘aria code,’ highlighting operas whose world-famous arias are featured on the met’s aria code podcast, including bizet’s carmen, the gershwins’ porgy and bess, verdi’s macbeth, and more. online, free. >>

mon 2-6pm: din din: 29th street block party: long island city’s flux factory presents ‘din din,’ a series of outdoor public events that use food and art to build community. the series opens with a block party, an afternoon of ‘neighborhood grilling and chilling’ filled with art, performances, music, food vendors, and more. windmill community garden (lic), free admission. >>

mon 8pm (weekly): the big weird: comedians casey james salengo (comedy central), ryan beck (comedy central), and will winner (the good, the dad, and the ugly podcast) host the big weird stand-up comedy show, returning with performances by gary gulman (last comic standing), anthony devito (colbert), and paul julmeus. littlefield (gowanus), $5 online, $12 in-person. >>

mon 8:30pm, 10pm (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’s theme: ‘europe’s eccentric art.’ online, free. >>


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.

– the skint