outerspace: a new, sprawling plant-filled backyard restaurant opens in bushwick. >>

life in a day: how you can take part in the new ridley scott-produced documentary. >>


what the fact?! daily trivia: july 23, 1904: on this day, at the world’s fair in st. louis, the waffle cone was invented. according to legend, when an ice cream vendor ran short on bowls, he borrowed a waffle from an adjacent booth, folded it, and filled it with two scoops of ice cream. however, no one knows exactly which vendor it was. in all, eight different vendors claimed to have invented the waffle cone at the world’s fair that day. discover more weird and unusual moments from history with what the fact?! 365 strange days in history.

thru 8/20: ‘field of sunflowers’ in four freedoms park commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment: a trompe l’oeil art installation on the stairs of four freedoms state park in roosevelt island depicts a field of sunflowers–a symbol of the american women’s suffrage movement–with the text of the 19th amendment, ‘the right of citizens of the united states to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of sex.’ >>

thurs thru sun: summerstage anywhere: the annual summer festival continues with a culture talk with singer-songwriter la india and multi-hyphenate performer la bruja, plus a dj session by la mega’s dj flow (thurs), a hip hop culture talk with kool herc, cindy campbell, and kevin powell (fri), a q+a and performance by jazz instrumentalist miguel atwood-ferguson (sat), and a celebration of afro-latinx, afro-caribbean, and diaspora women artists (sun). multiple platforms, free. >>

thurs thru sat: spirit world virtual music festival: travel to a new dimension as you jam out to three days of livestream hyper-pop, electronic, techno, ambient, hardcore, rnb, rap, and experimental music performances, performed by over 50 international artists – and their avatars – across six ‘stages.’ headliners include spirit twin, pussy riot, hannah diamond, and more. twitch, free. >>

thurs 6pm: behind the brew: beer tasting 101: get hip to hops as you learn to taste the different flavors and types of craft beer like a pro during this workshop led by writer and advanced cicerone, national homebrew gold medal winner mandy naglich. zoom, free. >>

thurs 6pm: margaret sullivan – ghosting the news: local journalism and the crisis of american democracy – with walter isaacson: how does democracy suffer when local news dies? washington post media columnist margaret sullivan shares her new book, ghosting the news, about the dangerous shortage of real news outlets around the country and the world, in a conversation with tulane university history professor, aspen institute ceo, and biographer walter isaacson. presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore. crowdcast, free (contributions welcome). >>

thurs 6:30pm: a brief history of new york city street vending: queue up for a presentation on the history of street vending from the 19th century to today, featuring vendy award-winning owner of royal grill halal food cart, md halam. all proceeds from the event will go to the street vendor project, a nonprofit organization that works to defend the rights and improve working conditions of nyc-based street vendors. zoom, $10. >>

thurs 7pm: adrian tomine: the loneliness of the long-distance cartoonist with wyatt cenac: cartoonist adrian tomine shares his new graphic novel, the loneliness of the long-distance cartoonist, a memoir about his life as an artist, his career in the comic book industry, and the humorous absurdities of how we choose spend our time, in a conversation with comedian, writer, and producer wyatt cenac. presented by books are magic. zoom, free. >>

thurs 7pm: apollo and the odyssey: the shared orbit of nasa’s lunar mission and stanley kubrick’s 2001: a space odyssey: the late 1960s marked a giant leap for mankind–and cinema. discover the points of intersection, influence, and competition between nasa’s apollo program and kubrick’s epic sci-fi film, 2001: a space odyssey, during a conversation with apollo 11 director todd douglas miller, nasa chief historian bill barry, and nasa headquarters multimedia liaison bert ulrich. moderated by momi film curators eric hynes and sonia epstein. presented by the museum of the moving image. free ($10 suggested donation). >>

thurs 7pm (weekly): ask a political scientist: how to stay woke: social scientist andrea jones-rooy hosts a conversation on how we can continue to make progress towards a more equitable and just society. tonight’s guests are penn state professor and author candis watts smith (stay woke, racial stasis) and comedian esther chen. all donations made while registering and throughout the show will go to florida rights restoration coalition. youtube, free (donations encouraged). >>

thurs 7pm (weekly): the story collider: three storytellers share true, personal stories that range from hilarious to heartbreaking during a ‘balancing act’-themed edition of the story collider podcast, hosted by meisa salaita and kellie vinal. bonus: the audience is invited to share 10-word stories as well. free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 8pm: china fashion gala: the annual celebration of chinese design goes online with live performances, a fashion presentation by couture designer xiong ying, and celebrity appearances by lang lang, bette midler, and more. this year’s honorees are estée lauder’s stephane de la faverie, entrepreneur wendy yu, designer philip lim. presented by china institute. zoom, free. >>

thurs 9pm (weekly): let them eat cake: hunks and punks: a rebellious lineup of aerialists, dancers, burlesque artists, and more rock out at the latest let them eat cake performer showcase. zoom, $10 suggested donation benefits stilettos inc. >>

thurs 9:30pm: the terrible zoom date show: online dating just got even weirder–volunteer to go on a blind zoom date (with the help of some wacky get-to-know-you prompts) while the audience watches, or just sit back and watch the hilarious awkwardness unfold. free. >>


fri thru 8/15: ice factory theater festival: chip away at the new ohio theatre’s annual ice factory summer theater festival, going digital for the first time with four new works over four weeks. pay-what-you-wish ($10 suggested). >>

fri thru sun: a current affair virtual pop-up vintage marketplace: explore a treasure trove of vintage apparel, accessories, and jewelry from more than 200 retailers and private dealers during this online pop-up market. >>

fri + 8/1 (ongoing): free outdoor pools open: the city is opening 15 of the 50+ outdoor public pools across the boroughs, with reduced capacity and strict rules in place. >>

fri 2pm (various dates thru 10/2): make a movie on your phone: become the scorsese of cell phone cinema as you learn about scriptwriting, storyboarding, frame composition, editing apps, and more. presented by bric. zoom, free. >>

fri 3pm (fridays thru 8/28): folding fridays: in-crease your paper folding skills with origami expert kathleen sheridan, who will teach unique origami models to learners of all ages. presented by the national museum of mathematics. $10. >>

fri 5pm: the perlman music program virtual summer gala: toby and itzhak perlman and special guest alec baldwin take you behind the scenes of the perlman music program during a lively evening of chamber music performances, featuring the 2020 summer music school students, the 2020 chamber music workshop young artists, faculty and alumni. free. >>

fri 6pm (various dates thru 9/30): make a stop-motion animation film: become an animator in just three hours as you learn how to create your own stop-motion animation using the equipment you have at home. presented by bric. $5. >>

fri 8pm: chris frantz – remain in love – with bob boilen: chris frantz, drummer and co-founder of talking heads, shares his new memoir, remain in love, a detailed account of the band’s beginnings, from day-to-day life on tour to frantz’s complicated working relationship with frontman david byrne. in conversation with bob boilen, creator and host of npr’s all songs considered and tiny desk concerts. presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore. crowdcast, free (contributions welcome). >>

sponsored: fri 8pm: murder mystery trivia: join new york adventure club for a virtual murder mystery experience with the historic mount vernon hotel museum, a former day hotel in the upper east side that was once a country escape for new yorkers living in the crowded city at the southern tip of manhattan during the 19th century. $10. >>

fri 8pm: model majority comedy: must see tv night: asian-american sketch comedy team model majority, whose members have been featured on snl, comedy central, samantha bee, and more, presents an evening of sketch comedy inspired by tv shows and commercials. youtube, free (donations will benefit the naacp legal defense fund). >>

fri 8pm: one hit wonders sing-along: ‘whoomp, there it is’–macarena your way through one hit wonders of the ’80s and ’90s during secretformula’s streaming music video sing-along party. zoom, free. >>

fri 9pm: an inconvenient talk show: climate justice: ‘al gore’ (played by comedian and former biochemist rollie williams) takes on the policy, science, and issues behind climate change with a focus on racial justice during a livestreamed episode of an inconvenient talk show. guests include climate experts dr. ayana elizabeth johnson and sonal jessel, and comedians gianmarco soresi, monique moses, taylor ortega, asher perlman, and tristan griffin. co-hosted by mamoudou n’diaye and mark vigeant. youtube, free. >>

fri 9:30pm: 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 hocus pocus. zoom, free (email rsvp). >>


sat thru 7/31: mobile dance film festival: hold the phone–the third annual mobile dance film festival goes online with 30 films from around the world that have been shot entirely on mobile devices. presented by 92y. $5. >>

sat 5pm: come on down, you’re already here! contestants compete for prizes on chris duffy’s at-home game show. zoom, free. >>

sat 7pm-2am: community bread launch: queer-owned livestream and resource platform community bread launches with a night of dj sessions and artist conversations centered on otherness, collaboration, and community. the platform will connect global audiences with marginalized artists experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic. donations welcome. >>

sat 5:30pm (weekly): transplants comedy show: funny folks from all over will tell jokes about where they’re from and how they got here at this live(!) backyard comedy show. q.e.d. (astoria) and zoom, $8-15. >>

sat 7pm: jim henson’s world: craig shemin, president of the jim henson legacy and author of the muppet character encyclopedia, and performer stephanie d’abruzzo return for another informal online conversation about the work and creations of jim henson. tonight’s guest is fran brill (puppeteer of sesame street‘s prairie dawn and zoe), the first woman puppeteer that henson hired to join his company in the early 1970s. presented by the museum of the moving image. free ($10 suggested donation). >>

sat 7:45pm (weekly thru 8/29): linda loves virtual bingo: drag star linda simpson hosts a night of bingo with prizes on zoom. $10. >>

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

sat 8pm: honey, i shrunk the kids… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story of the 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. multiple platforms, $5 (a portion of proceeds will benefit the loveland foundation). >>

sat 8pm (+ sun): bric celebrate brooklyn! festival: live everywhere: bring home the bandshell when you tune in to a virtual edition of the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival, which will include musical performances by common, angelique kidjo, ?uestlove, the tallest man on earth, and more. hosted by comedian michelle buteau. multiple platforms, free. >>


sun 11am: history in a cup: 200 years of coffee in brooklyn: perk up during a presentation examining the history of the brooklyn coffee industry from the ‘grounds’ up. zoom, $5. >>

sponsored: sun 7:30pm (rescheduled from 7/22): outdoor cinema and trivia at parklife: enjoy cocktails and food (available for purchase) while watching a movie and playing pre-show trivia at parklife’s outdoor space in gowanus. tonight’s film: a league of their own. presented by the skint and the briefly. free admission. >>


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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