siptipsurvive: a live way to tip your favorite out-of-work bartenders, siptosurvive streams drink how-tos with guest slingers on instagram daily. free (tips welcome). >>

the sequestered: a weekly, non-competitive, micro short online film festival. all shot on phones, all under five minutes, all in isolation. new prompts are announced every saturday at 12pm and shared the following friday at 8pm. free to contribute and to watch. >>


thurs thru 5/15: frieze new york: more than 200 galleries will present works by established and emerging artists in a virtual gallery space for this year’s edition of the frieze new york art fair, normally held at randall’s island park. >>

thurs thru sun: stay informed and entertained with caveat’s livestreamed events. this week’s shows include ask a political scientist, america’s next top cult, vocabaret, and we are talking about grief, ok? youtube, free/pay-what-you-can. >>

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: tori amos (thurs), st. vincent (thurs), robyn (fri), virtual lemonaid with david byrne, grizzly bear, and more (fri), dj jazzy jeff ‘break the monotony block party’ (sat), omd (sat), erykah badu + jill scott (sat), city winery mother’s day special (sun), and more. various platforms, free + various prices (many free). >>

thurs 6pm: need a side gig? (q+a follow-up): learn more about how you can make money online using the skills you already have (or didn’t know you have) during a q+a session with copywriter, marketing strategy expert, and nypl entrepreneur-in-residence helena escalante. note: icymi, you can check out escalante’s original webinar from last week on the nypl website. presented by the nypl science, industry and business library. google meet, free. >>

thurs 7pm: new york sings along to carole king’s ‘you’ve got a friend’: following tonight’s #clapbecausewecare tribute, join in a city-wide singalong broadcasting on wkcr and wbai. >>

sponsored: thurs 8pm: join new york adventure club as we take a deep dive into the untold story of seltzer, and how this unassuming drink has come to embody everything from personal health to self-identity. $10. >>

thurs 7pm: nightmares: funny people, scary dreams: join comedian and the new yorker cartoonist emily flake and comedian kat burdick as they talk to funny and interesting people about the messed up things that go through their heads at night. each guest will be presented with artwork based on their worst nightmare. this episode’s guests are singer-songwriter aimee mann, the new yorker staff writer naomi fry, and comedian shane torres (comedy central). youtube, free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): let them eat cake: prom 2020: aerialists, dancers, burlesque artists, and more vie for a seat on the prom court as they thrill you with at-home acts during the latest let them eat cake showcase, hosted by elena delgado. zoom, $5+ suggested donation benefits trickleup nyc artists network. >>

postponed thurs 8:30pm: the neon coven: alive: queer performance/production company the neon coven kicks off their once-a-lunar-month showcase event with jan (rupaul’s drag race), actor and performer jada temple, and more. website and youtube, free. >>

thurs 10pm (mon-fri): comedy quarantine: show comedians some love as they lift your spirits during babs gray and teresa lee’s nightly stand-up show. this week’s lineup includes samantha ruddy (colbert), carmen lynch (conan), alex english (comedy central), jo firestone (fallon), and more. presented by naked comedy. instagram, free (donations welcome). >>


fri thru sun: the annual current affair pop-up vintage marketplace (fri-sat) and renegade craft fair (fri + sat) go virtual on instagram.

fri thru sun: secretformula’s virtual events: revel in pop culture nostalgia with movie nights, drinking games, dance parties, and more from event/party producer secretformula. this week, say bye bye bye to your inhibitions during a boy bands sing-along (fri), and get tipsy watching sunday cartoons (byo booze + cereal). zoom, free-$8. >>

fri 12pm: this is good: journalists from the new york times get together for a book club-style discussion of an article from another news organization. tonight, the club members tackle ‘joe exotic: a dark journey into the world of a man gone wild’ by leif reigstad, published in texas monthly in june 2019. presented by the new york times. free. >>

fri 4pm: ‘is now when i should panic?’: a conversation with roz chast the new yorker cartoonist roz chast discusses particularly timely examples of her work with mcny director of public programs fran rosenfeld, who curated the 2016 mcny exhibition, roz chast: cartoon memoirs. an audience q+a follows. presented by museum of the city of new york. free (rsvp). >>

fri 5pm (weekly): cocktails with a curator: enjoy a cocktail while you learn about a work of art. tonight, sip a widow’s kiss or mocktail while xavier f. salomon delves into j.m.w. turner’s harbor of dieppe. presented by the frick. youtube, free. >>

sponsored: fri 6pm: join new york adventure club as we explore the incredible story surrounding absinthe, and how this misunderstood spirit wound up being illegal in most parts of the world until the 21st century. $10. >>

fri 7pm (weekly): atlas obscura trivia night: test your wits with five rounds of brain-teasing competition at ‘the convocation of the atlas obscura guild of trivial knowledge and fascinating ephemera.’ the winning team will receive a prize (and bragging rights). zoom, $7. >>

fri 7pm (weekly): the story collider: three storytellers hold an online story hour where they share true, personal stories that range from hilarious to heartbreaking. this week’s theme is ‘the outdoors,’ and includes wnyc producer and reporter gwynn hogan, nova producer ari daniel, and cognitive behavioral therapist ali mattu. bonus: the audience is invited to share 10-word stories as well. free (donations welcome). >>

fri 7:30pm: koji alchemy panel discussion: chefs rich shih and jeremy umansky share their new book, koji alchemy: rediscovering the magic of mold-based fermentation, an exploration of modern culinary uses of koji, the microbe that produces the umami flavors of soy sauce, miso, and other staples of japanese cuisine. shih and umansky will be joined in conversation by contraband ferments ceo cheryl paswater, nyrture new york natto founder ann yonetani, and moderator mark phillips. presented by greenlight bookstore. zoom, free. >>

fri 7:30pm: myq kaplan’s comedy album release show: comedian myq kaplan (netflix) celebrates the release of his new album based on his critically-acclaimed edinburgh fringe festival show, a.k.a., with an evening of stand-up featuring radu bondar and jo firestone. zoom, $10+. >>

fri 8pm (+ 5/9): rule of 7×7: seven playwrights present new 10-minute plays that had to follow seven rules. zoom, free (rsvp required). >>

fri 9pm (weekly): risk! podcast live: hear guests tell true stories they never thought they’d share in public during kevin allison’s livestream show. tonight, kevin allison, lily be, jeff simmermon, jack perri, and sandi marx spill the beans on zoom. $12. >>

fri 9pm (+ 5/16 with maysles center): spaceship earth: reimagining the future: filmmaker matt wolf, environmental scientist andrew reid bell, and biospherians linda leigh and mark nelson discuss wolf’s new documentary, spaceship earth, with momi science on screen curator sonia epstein. the film tells the story of eight theatre artists who in 1991 spent two years isolated in a self-designed, closed ecosystem. presented by museum of the moving image. free (donations welcome, $3.99 to stream the film).  >>


sat 11am: the 22nd annual blessing of the bicycles: for this year’s non-denominational ceremony presented by the cathedral church of st. john the divine, reverend patrick malloy offers a blessing for the safety of all cyclists, particularly messengers and delivery people who play an essential role in supporting nyc. free. >>

sat 11am-4pm: ecological city: art + climate solutions virtual pageant: parade in place from home as over 100 remote participants share live dance, music, theater, and poetry performances. facebook and zoom, free. >>

sat 12pm (weekly): join a garden of neon for the daybreaker live global dance experience, where you can warm up with yoga and get down to beats. $9-15. >>

sat 3pm: black women’s day of meditation: meditate for overall peace and honor feminine energy in this collective experience. zoom, free. >>

sat 5pm: twas ever thus record listening party: 78 record collector and musician john heneghan wil play early american recordings relating to severe economic depression and health crises from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. hosted by jalopy theatre. facebook, free (donations welcome). >>

sat 6pm: symposium on wikipedia and covid-19: four active wikipedia contributors will discuss and answer questions on the ways they collect and share information about the pandemic on the platform and sister sites. facebook and youtube, free. >>

sat 7pm: jim henson’s world: craig shemin and friends: performer stephanie d’abruzzo and puppeteer/producer bill barretta – who performs dr. teeth, rowlf, and the swedish chef, among others – will join jim henson legacy president craig shemin for a a+a and show and tell session. hosted by the museum of the moving image. zoom, free (donations welcome). >>

sat 7pm: lippert + lowry fireside chat: poster personalities angelina lippert, poster house chief curator, and nicholas lowry, director of swann auction galleries, will share stories and images of rare, unusual, and cool posters found in their travels and collections. hosted by poster house. instagram, free. >>

sat 7pm: virtually pitch your single friend for a quarantine date: deals will be sealed at youshoulddate.ppt, where single friends are pitched via brief, entertaining powerpoint presentations in the style of a startup pitch deck, and followed by audience q+a. hosted by littlefield. xoom, $5. >>

sat 8pm: watch a comedy show unfold inside a google doc as standups post their jokes live during marissa’s google doc quarantine party, hosted by marissa goldman. youtube, free. >>

sat 8pm: practice social disdance at a cyber saturday digital dance party hosted by gliterbox and house of yes. multiple platforms, free. >>

sat 9:30pm: 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 the office. zoom, free (email rsvp). >>


sun 11am: mother’s day heirloom show and tell: join in a live guided conversation about objects that conjure memories of our mothers. participants are invited to submit items in advance. hosted by the museum at eldridge street. free. >>

sun 11am: mother’s day with the new york botanical garden: the nybg brings their annual mother’s day garden party online, featuring a virtual tour of the maureen k. chilton azalea garden in peak bloom, paper magnolia making, and a curated spotify playlist. facebook, free. >>

sun 6pm (quarterly): the soul sister revue reading series, featuring established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling, asks ‘what does soul mean to you?’ seventh anniversary event tonight. zoom, free. >>

sun 6pm (weekly): memorial for us all: each week, lincoln center will premiere a new secular community remembrance in the form of a short concert honoring and celebrating those who have left us too soon. tonight’s installment will be led by cellist yo-yo ma. free. >>


didn’t get your stimulus payment yet? here’s what to do. >>

anywhere you are can now become the city, thanks to missing sounds of new york, the new york public library’s album of nyc sounds. >>

recreate magnolia bakery’s iconic cupcakes. >>



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