dine on the deck of a former aircraft carrier: baylander steel beach bar and restaurant is now open at west harlem piers. >>


what the fact?! daily trivia: july 30, 1932: on this day, winslow homer became the world’s oldest olympian when one of his watercolors was entered into the ‘painting’ category of the 1932 summer games in los angeles. (yes, painting used to be an olympic event.) homer was also deceased at the time, making him not only the oldest olympic competitor, at 96 years old, but the only dead one too. discover more weird and unusual moments from history with what the fact?! 365 strange days in history.

ongoing (thursdays thru sundays): wave hill opens: the bronx garden reopens to the public, with limited capacity and free admission thru 8/9 (reservations required). >>

thru 8/5: art mile detroit art exhibition: discover the arts community of detroit during this digital exhibition, featuring digital installations, virtual museum tours, and live events including panel discussions, artist studio visits, film screenings, musical performances, and more. online, free. >>

thru sun: gen con: it’s game on as north america’s largest tabletop-game convention goes virtual, with thousands of events including workshops, seminars, entertainment, and live games, plus opportunities to connect with exhibitors, artists, authors, and more. online, free. >>

thru sun: summerstage anywhere: the annual summer festival continues with performances by mala rodriguez and dj flow (thurs), a hip hop culture talk with crazy legs and grandmaster caz (fri), a curator conversation with summerstage artistic director erika elliott and charlie parker jazz festival producer sam turvey, moderated by jazz musician jerome jennings (sat), and a family day featuring a digital puppet show, an afrobeat dance class, and a performance by hip hop string duo black violin (sun). online, free. >>

thru sun: lolla2020: the fest comes to you during lollapalooza, a four-day virtual event featuring over 150 musical performances and appearances, including archival footage of past lolla sets, brand new live performances, a porno for pyros reunion, conversations hosted by jane’s addiction frontman and lolla founder perry farrell, and more. online, free. >>

thurs 11am-7pm: national cheesecake day: have your (cheese)cake and eat it, too, at eileen’s special cheesecake shop (nolita), where customers will receive a complimentary individual classic cheesecake with any cheesecake purchase. available for curbside pickup or delivery. >>

thurs 6-8pm: les summer night: go on an evening art adventure when 27 art galleries on the lower east side will stay open late to celebrate their current exhibitions. as always, wear a mask and be aware of physical distancing. free. >>

thurs 7pm: ghosting the news: how does democracy suffer when local news dies? washington post media columnist margaret sullivan shares her new book, ghosting the news: local journalism and the crisis of american democracy, about the dangerous shortage of real news outlets around the country and the world, in a conversation with daily beast editor molly jong-fast. presented by strand bookstore. online, free. >>

thurs 7pm (weekly): ask a political scientist: what is ‘belonging’ and how does it affect politics? evidence from the latinx community: social scientist andrea jones-rooy hosts a conversation on the concept of ‘belonging,’ the factors that motivate participation in politics, and the role of the latinx community in us politics. tonight’s guests are university of michigan political science professor angela x. ocampo and comedian igor martinez. all donations made while registering and throughout the show will go to kids in need of defense. online, free (donations encouraged). >>

thurs 7:30pm: michelle bowdler + grace talusan: why is it that one of society’s most serious crimes–rape–goes largely uninvestigated? writer and public health executive michelle bowdler shares her new book, is rape a crime? a memoir, an investigation, and a manifesto, a firsthand account of rape and recovery and an indictment of the way sexual violence is addressed in our society, in a conversation with author grace talusan (the body papers). presented by greenlight bookstore. online, free. >>

thurs 8pm: vocabaret: a variety show for word lovers (‘change’ edition): get your words worth with a lineup of nyc punderdome champs, who’ll fill your night with word games, anagrams, etymological deep-dives, and more. tonight’s guests include adam maid, social media manager for merriam-webster, and comedian julian williams. hosted by sam corbin (buzzfeed), tim donnelly (hq trivia), jerzy gwiazdowski (2019 o. henry punniest in show winner), ally spier (reductress), and nikolai vanyo. online, $5 suggested (50% of proceeds will benefit the southern poverty law center). >>

thurs 8pm: raising our voices for black youth virtual benefit concert: the asase yaa cultural arts foundation presents a concert to raise money for the asase yaa youth summer employment initiative, emceed by rnb and soul artist amma whatt. featured performers include the asase yaa youth ensemble, african djembe ensemble farafina khan next generation, musician kofi hunter, and more. online, donations welcome. >>

thurs 9pm (monthly): at home film festival: comics and creators share homemade shorts during an evening curated and hosted by comedians ashley brooke roberts and sarah tollemache. funds raised during the event will go to the florida rights restoration coalition. online, free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 9pm: sos happier hour: get giddy during style on the spot’s late-night happy hour, a charity event to benefit keep it sacred sister (k.i.s.s.), an organization that supports and provides resources to rape victims. the evening includes guest appearances by chrissy metz (this is us) and kandi burruss (the real housewives of atlanta), a musical performance, a comedy show, giveaways, and more. online, free-$12. >>


fri thru 8/31: ‘and then…’ mfa visual narrative 2020 thesis exhibition: the 2020 graduates of the school of visual arts’s mfa visual narrative program share their thesis projects, using an array of media, styles, and genres to explore themes of personal growth, confidence, and inner strength. online, free. >>

fri thru sun: untitled, art online – virtual reality art fair: immerse yourself in a virtual reality art fair, where you can ‘walk around’ and browse booths, all from the comfort of your home. online, free. >>

fri thru sun: newport folk revival weekend: revive your spirit during the newport folk festival’s online event, complete with an archival tribute concert to mavis staples (fri), an in-your-house livestream party hosted by deer tick and featuring leon bridges, sharon van etten, and more (sat), and a screening of josh goleman’s original film celebrating the 60-year history of the festival, our voices together (sun). free-$20. >>

fri (ongoing): #stillhere: irl – cairns: embark on a solitary poetic journey through green-wood cemetery as you tune in to cairns, a soundwalk by singer, songwriter, and scholar gelsey bell, who encourages the listener to meditate on the land we inhabit, experience a tree-like relationship to time, and uncover the stories of a few historic trailblazers. presented by here arts center. free. >>

fri 6:30pm: corkbuzz chardonnay world tour: learn all about the world’s most popular white wine–the history, terroir, winemaking techniques, and best wines to try–as you take a virtual, chardonnay-soaked trip around the globe. online, $10. >>

fri 7pm: comets and the sh*t they leave behind: rock on–friendly neighborhood astronomer and hayden planetarium video blog producer irene pease discusses the ins and outs of comets and comet dust, from the recent comet neowise to the upcoming perseid meteor shower. presented by littlefield. online, $5 suggested donation. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): the drunk texts: thespians dust off a classical text, or a text made classical, in a performance that combines drinking games and improvisation. tonight: harry the first, or the knave who hath liv’d, a shakespearean retelling of harry potter’s first year at hogwarts. presented by random access theatre. online, $10 suggested donation. >>

fri 8pm (weekly): a drinking game nyc’s virtual ‘drink-along’: sip along with buzzwords from the script as you take in a movie, as voted on by the audience. tonight’s potential films: liar liar or my cousin vinny. online, free. >>

fri 8pm: ’90s hip hop + rnb sing-along: ‘this is how we do it’–sing and rap along to biggie, boyz ii men, tlc, and more during secretformula’s streaming music video sing-along party. online, free. >>


what’s new on netflix, hulu, amazon prime, disney+, and hbo max in august.

sat thru 8/16: rockefeller center flag project: following a call for submissions in may, rockefeller center unfurls a publicly-sourced art installation featuring 192 newly-designed 8-foot by 5-foot flags showcasing new yorkers’ love for their city. in addition, a handful of flags have been designed by artists and notable ny residents including marina abramović, kaws, laurie anderson, and more. rockefeller center (midtown), free. >>

sat (ongoing): free outdoor pools open: six more of the city’s 50+ outdoor public pools will open today, with reduced capacity and strict rules in place. >>

sat (ongoing): prospect park’s lefrak center limited opening: outdoor activities abound at prospect park’s lefrak center at lakeside (prospect lefferts gardens), now open daily. explore the park in a rental boat, kayak, or specialty bicycle, grab a bite to go at bluestone café, and more. >>

sat 9am-9pm: america’s summer roadtrip: go on a virtual roadtrip to 12 us historical sites over 12 hours, including the rebecca nurse homestead, heart mountain interpretive center, thomas edison national historical park, and more. online, free. >>

sat 1pm (+ 8/9, 8/15): ham4change fundraiser: members of the original cast of hamilton present three digital fundraiser events for organizations working to end systemic racism. tonight’s livestream features cast members phillipa soo, renée elise goldsberry, jasmine cephas-jones, christopher jackson, and jonathan groff, with guests including brian d’arcy james, andrew rannells, javier muñoz, and host sasha hutchings. online, $10. >>

sat 3-6pm: social distance comic swap: grab your mask and your mags and spend the afternoon with fellow comic book fans as you swap from a safe distance. anyone comics (crown heights), free. >>

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 online, $8-15. >>

sat 9:30pm, 8/2 2pm: shot4shot: the armory comedy group’s series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. this weekend, the group takes on harry potter and the deathly hallows (sat) and twister (sun). online, free (rsvp). >>

sat 9:30pm: broadway bares: zoom in: broadway’s hottest dancers show some skin and strut their stuff during broadway cares/equity fights aids’ annual striptease fundraiser, streaming online for the first time. free (donations welcome). >>


sun 2pm: spoons toons + booze goes on vacation: hit the road with a bowl of cereal and a cocktail (byo-both) as you travel through secretformula’s afternoon of vacation-themed cartoon episodes, accompanied by live comedy, contests, and cartoon commentary by hosts michael austin and nell casey. online, $8. >>


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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