It's Benedict Cumberbatch week: he plays a slave owner in 12 Years a Slave and Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate; if you haven't seen his BBC Sherlock series (Martin Freeman is Watson), you're in for a treat.
Return to the Forest, a documentary about Thai elephants being reintroduced into the wild, screens tonight at the NY Wildlife Film Fest with producer Patricia Sims on hand.
On Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm, Ike Iikiw, a P.I. and retired NYC police officer, gives a talk on Grisly Crimes and Unsolved Murders of 19th Century New York at the Merchant's House.
America's First Female Detective
That would be Isabella Goodwin; Elizabeth Mitchell, author of The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin, talks about her life in her final resting place, Green-Wood, on Sunday, October 20, 1pm.
Out now, a beautiful collection of New Love Poems by Terry Benczik.
Over seventy-five artists participate in the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Open Studios event, which takes place October 24-26. [Pictured: detail of work by Diane Englander]
At Sous Les Etoiles Gallery on October 21, 7pm, David Zimmerman talks about his work photographing the displaced men, women and children of Tibet, now refugees in Northern India.
Tom Colicchio and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers cross paths at the second annual Guitar Mash Benefit Concert + Jam at City Winery on November 17, when 150 guitarists convene at this benefit for music education for kids.
Guitar + Singer
Grace Askew, a favorite on season three of The Voice, brings her rootsy sound to Hill Country Live on October 23.
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 4-8pm: union square greenmarket night market: in addition to its traditional market of fresh produce, cheeses and meats, union square hosts an evening event that includes live music, family-friendly activities and area restaurants serving prepared dishes, desserts, wine, beer and hard cider. free admission.
fri 9:30pm: actor dan hedaya introduces a screening of joel coen's blood simple (1984). part of the rubin museum of art's 'cabaret cinema' series. free with $7 bar min.
fri-sun: take a self-guided tour of 50 chelsea artists' work spaces during the high line open studios. preview 6-8pm friday. free.
fri-10/24: susan sarandon, debra winger, larry king, mario cuomo and others will take part in post-screening conversations at the fordham law film festival. crime + law films including the godfather, a time to kill, the invisible war and more are on the program. $15/film.
sat: start your saturday with a good deed by volunteering in your community for it's my park day projects taking place in parks across all five boroughs.
sat 1-4pm: the fourth annual festivale des soupes: brooklyn's smith street turns into soup central when 25 restaurants serve up samples of the stuff. proceeds benefit the local public school culinary arts program. $5/5, $10/12, $20/25.
sun 10am-5pm: come hungry to new york magazine's fourth annual grub street food festival at the hester street fair, where nearly 70 food vendors including dominique ansel bakery, beyond sushi, bunker vietnamese, roberta's, luke's lobster and more will set up shop. free admission, pay-as-you-go.
sun 11am-5pm: the annual japan block fair features authentic food, homemade arts/crafts/jewelry, performances by traditional dancers, drummers, samurais, more. broadway bet 93rd + 94th st, free admission.