a black lives matter mural was painted in front of trump tower in midtown, and black lives matter boulevard was unveiled near a three-block long black lives matter mural in lower manhattan.

the high line repoening: free, timed-entry reservations have started for the high line, which reopens july 16 at reduced capacity to allow for distancing. a limited number of walk-up passes will also be available at the entrance. >>

bushwick inlet park’s 50 kent reopens: the 1.8 acre north brooklyn pop-up park will be open on a limited schedule, thursdays-sundays 10am-6pm. >>

gallery openings: four major art galleries–david zwirner, kasmin, lehmann maupin, and metro pictures–are reopening with new exhibits this week. >>


what the fact?! daily trivia: july 9, 1887: on this day, at the annual dinner for the john dickinson stationery company, guests were surprised to find flimsy sheets of paper next to their plates instead of the standard cloth towels. it was history’s first recorded use of paper napkins. discover more weird and unusual moments from history with what the fact?! 365 strange days in history.

thurs + fri: experience:nyc small business festival: time out new york is hosting a two-day virtual small business festival on instagram to highlight a variety of local independent stores and venues across all five boroughs. >>

thurs thru sun: cosmetics warehouse online sample sale: revamp your beauty collection with discounted makeup and skincare products from mac, origins, bobbi brown, and more. >>

thurs thru sun: nevertheless film festival: the second annual nevertheless film festival, unique in its requirement that all films have at least 50 percent womxn in leadership roles behind the camera, moves online with 26 films available to stream, plus live filmmaker q+a. $6/film, $29/pass. >>

thurs thru sun: summerstage anywhere: the annual summer festival continues with a salsa dance class from ernesto and denisse (thurs), a hip hop culture talk and q+a with fab 5 freddy and a$ap ferg (fri), a jazz culture talk with singer sheila jordan and bassist christian mcbride (sat), and a beats workshop and dub yoga session with vp records (sun). instagram and youtube, free. >>

thurs 4pm: dine around downtown: cooking at home edition: the lower manhattan restaurant series wraps it up with james beard award winning chef and author rocco dispirito and taïm owner/chef einat admony, who’ll show you how to make a predetermined menu. free (donations welcome). >>

thurs 5pm: the innocence files: how do innocent people end up in prison? learn about the innocence project’s fight against wrongful conviction and the systemic racism in the american criminal justice system during a two-part talk on the new netflix documentary series, featuring the filmmakers and innocence project co-founder peter neufeld, brooklyn exoneree and criminal justice reform advocate derrick hamilton, and executive director of nyu’s center on race, inequality and the law, vincent southerland. presented by 92y. free. >>

thurs 6pm: art history happy hour: enjoy a beverage at home while artist jeffrey gibson, hood museum of art native american art associate curator jami powell, and art historian and indigenous kinship collective cofounder regan de loggans delve into the brooklyn museum’s exhibition, jeffrey gibson: when fire is applied to a stone it cracks, and discuss the place and meaning of monuments, confronting colonial histories in museum collections, and more. presented by the brooklyn museum. facebook, free. >>

thurs 6:30pm: miles davis: birth of the cool: join thirteen and the schomburg center for research in black culture for a virtual screening of american masters – miles davis: birth of the cool, followed by a panel discussion featuring the center’s curator shola lynch, filmmaker stanley nelson, and davis’s son erin davis and nephew vince wilburn. free. >>

thurs 7pm (weekly): ask a political scientist: racial sympathy and political action: social scientist andrea jones-rooy hosts a conversation on the surge of racial ‘sympathy’ and how it can be turned into meaningful action. tonight’s guests are wellesley college social sciences and political science professor jennifer chudy and comedian katie hammond. all donations made while registering and throughout the show will go to the fair fight. youtube, free (donations encouraged). >>

thurs 7pm: america first? with ali-asghar abedi: comedian ali-asghar abedi shows that solving america’s problems takes a sense of humor. tonight, abedi explores how utah demilitarized its police force. presented by littlefield. multiple platforms, $5 suggested donation. >>

thurs 7pm: little voice: grammy-winning singer-songwriter, author, and broadway composer sara bareilles discusses the making of her new apple tv+ show, little voice, about a performer struggling to pursue her dreams in nyc, in a conversation with series co-creator and executive producer jessie nelson and star brittany o’grady, moderated by entertainment weekly’s maureen lenker. presented by 92y. free. >>

thurs 7pm (available thru mon): school of american ballet workshop performances: the school of american ballet keeps viewers on their toes with highlights of recent performances including justin peck’s in creases, balanchine’s agon and scotch symphony, and jerome robbins’s circus polka, featuring live commentary by sab leaders and alumni. presented by lincoln center. free. >>

sponsored: thurs 8pm: the history of secondhand fashion, from trash to vintage treasure: explore the story of how secondhand clothing shopping has evolved from an economic necessity to a fashion statement, and discover new ways we can appreciate and incorporate vintage clothing into our modern wardrobes. $10. >>

thurs 8pm: what is drag, anyway?: is it time for old definitions of drag to ‘sashay away’? learn about how drag became a widespread artistic phenomenon, and how a new understanding of gender and sexuality is transforming the art form, in a class taught by pop culture blogger eric shorey. zoom, $10. >>

thurs 8pm (+ 9/10, 10/30): puppets come home!: celebrate the 150-year legacy of puppetry on coney island when you tune in to the ‘puppets come home!’ series, a showcase of contemporary cutting-edge puppeteers. free (donations will benefit urban neighborhood services inc.). >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): let them eat cake: flower power – hippies vs. hipsters: a groovy lineup of aerialists, dancers, burlesque artists, and more light up the latest let them eat cake performer showcase. zoom, $5+ suggested donation benefits women’s community justice association. >>


fri 10am: governors island reservations open: with opening day scheduled for 7/15, you can now reserve yourself a spot on the reduced-capacity ferry (free-$3) and island (free). >>

fri + sat 11am-6pm: the whole bead show: shop for beads, gemstones, kits, and more from 45+ vendors at the first-ever virtual edition of the annual whole bead show. facebook, free admission. >>

fri 2pm: the future is female: in conversation and performance: discover women composers from around the world, ranging from the 18th century to the present, during an afternoon with pianist, writer, and producer sarah cahill, in conversation with the boulanger initiative’s laura colgate and joy-leilani garbutt. facebook and youtube, free. >>

fri 5:45pm: japanese street food: you’ll be cooking with gas as you learn to make everything from bolognese to brunch during the brooklyn kitchen’s at-home, interactive culinary classes. tonight: japanese street food. zoom, free. >>

fri 7pm (weekly): the story collider: three storytellers share true, personal stories that range from hilarious to heartbreaking during a ‘home’-themed edition of the story collider podcast, hosted by erin barker. bonus: the audience is invited to share 10-word stories as well. free (donations welcome). >>

fri 8pm: public safety vs. economic collapse: how could the u.s. have better navigated the tension between ensuring public safety and preventing economic collapse at the start of the covid-19 pandemic? cuny urban studies lecturer andrés bernal explores the monetary actions taken by policymakers to address the crisis, and possible alternative routes that could have been taken. zoom, $10. >>

fri 8pm (available thru 9/8): live from lincoln center: broadway fridays: take a trip to the theater while you’re home, courtesy of online streams of select live from lincoln center broadcasts. tonight, tune in to a 2013 production of rodgers and hammerstein’s carousel, starring kelli o’hara, nathan gunn, john cullum, and more. website and youtube, free. >>

fri 8pm: emo sing-along: feel your feelings as you sing/scream along to music videos by jimmy eat world, my chemical romance, paramore, and more at secretformula’s streaming party. zoom, free. >>

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: splash or surf ninjas. instagram, free. >>


sat thru 7/31: free slurpee: to reduce potential crowd sizes, 7-eleven isn’t holding their traditional ‘free slurpee day’ on 7/11 this year, but you can still get a coupon for one on their app thru the end of the month. during this time, the company will be donating one million meals to the feeding america network of food banks. >>

sat thru tues: fiaf’s bastille day celebration: bonne fête nationale! french institute alliance française’s annual bastille day soirée moves online with four days of performances, film screenings, rosé and champagne tastings, cooking events, dance parties, kids’ activities, and more. multiple platforms, free-$12. >>

sat 1pm: becoming filmmaker nadia hallgren on becoming a visual storyteller: filmmaker nadia hallgren, director of the michelle obama documentary becoming, discusses her journey as a visual storyteller, from studying photography at icp as a teen growing up in the bronx to transitioning into cinematography and directing. audience q+a to follow. presented by the institute for contemporary photography. zoom, $12. >>

sat 5:30pm: 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. hosted by lindsay theisen. q.e.d. (astoria) and zoom, $8-15. >>

sat 7pm: picture this!: animators, cartoonists and other artists create on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines. presented by littlefield. multiple platforms, $10 suggested. >>

sat 8pm: brenda jones and krishan trotman – queens of resistance: authors brenda jones and krishan trotman celebrate women superstars of congress with their four-part queens of resistance book series, which they will discuss with social justice leader, advocate, and activist tamika mallory. presented by dc’s politics and prose bookstore. crowdcast, free (contributions welcome). >>

sat 8:20pm (+ sun 8:21pm): manhattanhenge: see the sun set in alignment with the manhattan street grid during the twice-annual manhattanhenge celestial event. note: this event tends to draw a crowd, so if you do go please wear a mask and be aware of distancing, or consider tuning in to a talk with museum of natural history astrophysicist jackie faherty on friday at 1pm. >>


sun 4pm: from fufu to cheb: enjoying west african cuisines in nyc: go on a virtual survey of west african food in all five boroughs with food photographer and writer dave cook of eating in translation. $5. >>

sun 7pm (+ 7/19, 26): toni basil 60’s go-go series: the ‘hey mickey’ pop singer takes a deep dive into the history of the 60s each week on zoom. $10. >>

sun 7pm: 16mm film bouncing ball sing-along: follow the bouncing ball as you sing along to vintage cartoons, listen to original vinyl records, and check out antiques from denny daniel’s traveling show, the museum of interesting things. zoom, $10. >>


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.

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