|Four steps to General Tso chicken mastery:
1) Start by reading The Curious History of General Tso's Chicken, an excellent overview by Francis Lam.
2) Go see the new documentary The Search for General Tso, directed by Ian Cheney, at IFC.
3) Put your new-found knowledge in context by reading The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8 Lee, who is also one of the producers of The Search for General Tso.
4) Do it yourself—perfectly— thanks to the elaborate research for the best home version by J. Kenji López-Alt and the ultimate recipe.
skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious
Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: badass austin 18-piece orchestral indie band mother falcon plays littlefield. northampton's and the kids opens. $13 adv, $15 dos.
sun 1-3pm: sample the art, crafts, music and dance classes on offer at the 92y school of the arts open house. bonus: free scones, coffee and tea. free admission.
sun 1-4pm: 10+ amateur and professional chefs compete at the seventh annual cassoulet cook-off at jimmy's no. 43. $30 admission includes a glass of beer, wine or cider.
sun 5pm doors, 6pm show: american lyric theater presents a workshop reading and performance with metropolitan opera tenor keith jameson and chamber orchestra of why is eartha kitt trying to kill me?: a love story, a new one-act opera in development. lpr, $15.
thru 1/11: the annual nyc podfest features live tapings of 20 podcasts including the daily show without jon stewart, todd barry, gilbert gottfried tell your friends, dale radio live!, and more. fontana's and the bell house, $5-20.
thru 1/13: the annual association of performing arts presenters (apap) conference means tons of inexpensive theater and dance performances throughout the city.
some series picks:
american realness @ abrons arts center (thru 1/23)
catch @ the invisible dog (1/10)
live artery @ new york live arts (thru 1/11)
ps 122's coil festival (thru 1/17)
prototype @ various venues (thru 1/17)
under the radar @ various venues (thru 1/18)
thru 1/18: the museum of the moving image's fourth annual 'first look' screening series includes 40 international features and shorts, plus personal appearances. free-$12.