thurs thru 5/6: explore 39 streaming films, including narrative and documentary features, shorts, and episodic titles from this year’s sxsw film festival, as well as online panels and q+a’s. amazon, free (no prime membership needed). >>

thurs thru sun: connect with neighbors and explore the city virtually during jane’s walk nyc 2020 (from home), a reimagining of the municipal art society of new york’s annual festival of walking tours inspired by urban activist jane jacobs. participants can check the mas website each morning at 9am for that day’s activity. >>

thurs thru sun: visit the other art fair’s online studios to discover art by 130 emerging artists, join q+a sessions and studio tours, and take part in creative challenges. free. >>

thurs thru sun: while you’re practicing physical distancing, feel closer than ever to the musicians you love as they chat, host listening sessions, and perform. this week: janelle monae (thurs), washed out (thurs), space songs: through the distance with sting, ben gibbard, dan deacon, and more (thurs), the 1975 (fri), red bull records (fri), colin meloy (fri), ‘love from philly’ with kurt vile, man mean, schooly d and more (fri-sun), and more. various platforms, free + various prices. >>

thurs + fri: revel in pop culture nostalgia with secretformula’s virtual events. this week, drink ‘til your claws come out as you watch x-men: the animated series – the phoenix saga arc (thurs), and lose yourself singing about that sk8er boi you used to know during a 2000s sing-along (fri). zoom, free-$5. >>

thurs 5pm: get your foodie/literary fix with eater’s livestream talks and classes. tonight, learn italian wine 101 as you journey through italy’s wine regions with momofuku sommelier and ramona founder jordan salcito. instagram live, free. >>

thurs 5:30pm: sip your way to serenity during ny adventure club’s virtual japanese tea ceremony with urasenke tea masters, where participants will watch a live tea ceremony demonstration, learn to make matcha green tea at home, get tips on purchasing japanese tea, and learn about the urasenke chanoyu center of new york. $10. >>

thurs 6pm: need a side gig? learn how you can make money online using the skills you already have (or didn’t know you had) during a nypl webinar taught by copywriter, marketing strategy expert, and nypl entrepreneur-in-residence helena escalante. zoom, free (rsvp required). >>

thurs 7pm: virtual unpacking the book: jewish writers in conversation: authors esther safran foer and keith gessen recount journeys to their ancestral homes and consider how the past informs our sense of self and home in a jewish museum livestream conversation about their new books. moderated by tablet magazine deputy editor stephanie butnick. zoom, free. >>

thurs 7pm (weekly): watch comedian ivan anderson write and send emails to strangers during email pro, a livestreamed, improvised comedy show/glitchy email masterclass. viewers can participate by sharing email addresses in the chat. twitch, free. >>

thurs 7pm: (monthly): be there and be square. nerd nite returns with entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. tonight, hear talks about our national parks and the law of the marvel cinematic universe. zoom, $5 suggested donation benefits performers, littlefield staff, and city meals on wheels. >>

thurs 7:02pm: following tonight’s #clapbecausewecare tribute, join in a city-wide singalong of ben e. king’s ‘stand by me.>>

thurs 7:30pm (+ 5/2): great small works theater collective presents another installment of ‘isolating together’ virtual toy theater festival, a livestreamed series of short, miniature shows from toy theater artists around the world. facebook live, free. >>

thurs 8pm: join museum of modern art curator sarah meister and photographer sally mann for a live discussion about the exhibition, dorothea lange: words + pictures. website and youtube, free. >>


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fri thru sun: the armory comedy group’s shot4shot series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. this time, the group takes on legally blonde (fri), onward (sat), and a star wars marathon (sun). zoom, free (email rsvp). >>

fri midnight-8pm: nyu’s student-run program board brings their annual strawberry festival online, featuring continuous entertainment ranging from music to comedy to astrology. facebook, free. >>

fri 1pm: the greenhouse: creativity with food: save yourself a trip to the grocery store with the help of chefs matthew orlando (amass) and marcus samuelsson (red rooster), who’ll offer tips on how to make the most of what you have in your fridge during a new york times livestream conversation with international climate reporter somini sengupta. free. >>

fri 3pm: the columbia university society of fellows and heyman center for the humanities present germ city exhibition: a conversation on cities, health, and public humanities, a livestream panel discussion with dr. rebecca hayes jacobs, co-curator of the 2018 city museum of ny exhibition germ city: microbes and the metropolis. zoom, free. >>

fri 5pm (weekly): enjoy a cocktail while you learn about a work of art during the frick’s cocktails with a curator livestream series. tonight, sip a gin and dubonnet or mocktail while aimee ng delves into john constable’s the white horse. youtube, free. >>

fri 5:30pm: treat yourself to a quarantini during rosé wine mansion’s virtual happy hour, complete with drinking games, contests, wine lessons, special guests, a dance party, and more. zoom, free. >>

fri 7pm (weekly): three storytellers from the story collider hold an online story hour where they’ll share true, personal stories that range from hilarious to heartbreaking. this week’s theme is ‘social skills,’ and includes storytellers sean bearden, mark pagan, and angel yau. bonus: the audience is invited to share 10-word stories as well. free (donations welcome). >>

fri 8pm: elizabeth banks, jack black and tenacious d., will ferrell, mindy kaling, patton oswalt, sia, and more join in covid is not joke, an americares virtual comedy fest to support frontline health workers. youtube, donations welcome. >>

fri 8pm: speak american: a comedy show with an accent celebrates everyone that’s come here from a different place. tonight’s lineup features mia jackson (comedy central), steph tolev (comedy central), and morgan jay (bring the funny). hosted by noa osheroff and dylan adler. youtube, pay-what-you-wish. >>

fri 8pm (weekly): sip along with buzzwords from the script as you take in a movie during a drinking game nyc’s virtual ‘drink-along’. instagram, free. >>

fri 8pm until 8pm sun: over 200 celebrities, entertainers and artists including oprah winfrey, quincy jones, questlove, and deepak chopra will appear on the call to unite, a 24-hour livestream event that celebrates our shared humanity in standing in solidarity with those experiencing pain, fear, loneliness, and grief. facebook, twitch, and youtube. free (donations for covid-19 relief welcome). >>

fri 9pm (monthly): hear guests tell true stories they never thought they’d share in public during kevin allison’s risk! podcast livestream show. tonight, nima kharrazi, judith hertog, jamie brickhouse, and ellie dvorkin spill the beans on zoom. $12. >>

fri sun 9:30pm (+ 5/4, monthly): at random access theatre’s the drunk texts, thespians dust off a classical text, or a text made classical, in a performance that combines drinking games and improvisation. tonight: star wars – the prequels: a comedy of errors. facebook, $10 suggested donation. >>

fri 10pm: house of yes’s hot mess drag show goes from irl to url with a weekly livestream show, hosted by madam vivien v. instagram, free (donations welcome). >>


sat thru 5/31: stream the world premiere of semmelweis, a music-theater work by raymond j. lustig and matthew doherty inspired by the true story of ignác semmelweis, the 19th-century physician who pushed for handwashing and antiseptic procedures, but could not convince the medical community. free. >>

sat: create your own print for the annual print day in may, celebrating the art and community of printmakers. share your prints on facebook and instagram, and/or register to be included. free. >>

sat 11am: places new yorkers love: turnstile tours presents a discussion with author and artist john tebeau, whose book, bars, taverns, and dives new yorkers love, features portraits and tributes to nyc’s most beloved watering holes. tebeau will share his artwork and favorite gathering places, and viewers will be invited to share the spots they’re missing most while the city is on pause. zoom, free. >>

sat 12pm (weekly): come into bloom during the daybreaker live global dance experience, where you can warm up with a yoga-into-dance-flow led, get down to miami latin house music, and chill out with a meditation and intention ceremony. $9-15. >>

sat 1pm: running in place with eddie izzard: new york times assistant sports editor talya minsberg talks to comedian eddie izzard, who recently completed 29 marathons in 29 days as part of his ‘make humanity great again challenge.’ free. >>

sat 6-10pm: the brooklyn museum’s virtual free first saturdays continue with ‘spring remix,’ an evening of music, performance, and art-making. highlights include a cinco de mayo happy hour, a talk by out of place: a feminist look at the collection curators catherine morris and carmen hermo, live music by brooklyn-based band strings n skins, and a dj set by bembona. zoom, free. >>

sat 7pm: crafting the creatures and characters of jim henson’s world: a panel of puppet designers discuss what it took to bring such characters as elmo, miss piggy, and fizzgig from sketch to screen. free ($10 suggested donation benefits the museum of the moving image). >>

sat 7pm: molière in the park presents a livestream performance of richard wilbur’s translation of molière’s comedy the misanthrope, directed by lucie tiberghien and featuring special appearances by samira wiley and stew. a q+a follows. youtube, free. >>

sat 7pm: wonderville arcade bar unveils wonderverse, a new minecraft amusement park with rides and attractions inspired by wonderville games. opening night festivities include a lineup of live musical performances, an afterparty, and plenty of time to play in the wonderverse or watch along on twitch. free-$5. >>

sat 7:30pm: musicians, comedians, comic musicians, and musical comedians perform on rob paravonian’s odd rock comedy hour. twitch, free. >>

sat 7:45pm (bi-weekly): arts on site’s performance party presents a live showcase filled with local music, dance, film and theater. zoom, $10 suggested donation. >>

sat 8pm (weekly): bring your friends and your problems to improvised tarot, a livestream improv night where comedians will do fake tarot readings for audience members. hosted by brittany brave. free. >>

sat 8pm (weekly): khalid’s mostly musical comedy ting: comedian khalid rahmaan (conan) hosts a lineup of stand-up and musical comedians every week on zoom. this week’s show features jay malsky (mtv), jourdain fisher (fallon), twins max + nicky (vintage basement), and more. free (rsvp, $5 suggested donation). >>

sat 9pm (weekly): share a laugh with comedians from comedy central, james corden, conan, and more during katie boyle and stephen campbell’s live from the living room standup show, where viewers can watch and interact with comedians while they are in quarantine. zoom, $5. >>


sun 10am: explore the city from indoors with soundscapes, digital maps, archives, and illustration tools during roundhouse’s urban {care} lab, a livestream workshop hosted by curators noémie despland-lichtert and brendan shea. zoom, suggested donation will benefit justice for migrant women farmworkers’ covid-19 relief fund. >>

sponsored: sun 11am: 92nd street y’s xyz virtual summit: a day of inspiring content and conversations: hear from senator cory booker, emily ratajkowski, simon sinek, sopan deb, ramy youseff, jessamyn stanley, yung pueblo and more as we come together online to explore solutions for the change that’s urgently needed right now. free (rsvp). >>

sun 3pm: film forum and the new republic present capital in the twenty-first century, a live virtual roundtable discussion on thomas piketty’s book and film that examines wealth, power, and today’s growing inequalities. zoom, free. >>

sun 3-9pm: immerse yourself in live music during the bang on a can marathon, a six-hour livestream music festival featuring more than 40 artists, including meredith monk, vicky chow, claire chase, vijay iyer, maya beiser, shara nova, nathalie joachim, and more. hosted by co-founders/artistic directors michael gordon, david lang, and julia wolfe. free (donations welcome). >>

sun 3:30pm: this isn’t ‘the good place.’ how can we make it better? tune in to a new york times livestream discussion about our ethical obligations beyond the covid-19 crisis, featuring philosopher todd may, advisor to the tv show the good place. hosted by ‘the stone’ series moderator simon critchley and new york times opinion editor peter catapano. free. >>

sun 6pm: mystery science theater 3000 presents a special live riff-along on facebook, twitch, and youtube. 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 at home. if you know of something that might fit the bill, feel free to send us the details using the contact form on our website.

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