music ‣ The band Twin Danger, led by Sade saxophonist Stuart Matthewman and Brooklyn rocker Vanessa Bley, brews up a potent mix of jazz and rock and roll. They'll be at Pianos, 158 Ludlow [Stanton/ Rivington] on May 4, 8pm. Ms. Bley says, "You'll be swinging, dancing, maybe a little teary eyed. Probably spill some wine on yourself, get a few bruises. You know, the usual jazz show."
bar ‣ Gallow Green, the verdant rooftop space of the McKittrick Hotel, has reopened for the season. Nice at night and also for their Sunday brunch.
art ‣ At Planthouse, 55 W. 28th [Bway/6th] 212.564.5502, FOLD, a group exhibition opens, featuring artists who do a lot of bending, folding and origami-type stuff with their materials.
book ‣ William Helmreich, author of The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City, talks about his flâneuring ways at Bartow-Pell, Thursday, April 23, 7:30pm, $10, reservations appreciated: 718.885.1461.
sports ‣ Wave Hill, the public garden and cultural center, is celebrating its 50th anniversary, making 50 the new 30. The grounds are decked out with The Lightening by Christ Doyle, the centerpiece of the Night Lights at Wave Hill series of events. Many happy returns!
shopping ‣ Design on a Dime, at Metropolitan Pavilion, is open to the public today, 10-7, and tomorrow, 10-5. It's free admission to shop dozens of top designers—furniture, home accessories, art and more. Up to 70% off retail. Proceeds benefit Housing Works.
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 1pm: shakespeare sonnet slam: the bard's fans take to central park's naumburg bandshell for a reading of all 154 sonnets in numerical order. free.
fri 6, 7:30pm: 10 jazz ensembles and musicians perform throughout the metropolitan museum of art's galleries for the jazz + colors series. included with regular museum admission (recommended $25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students).
fri 7pm-7am: a night of philosophy: a free, 12-hour marathon showcasing over 80 events, including lectures by over 60 philosophers, performances, art installations, screenings, readings, music and more. bonus: free coffee throughout the night, and free croissants at dawn. cultural services of the french embassy (972 fifth ave @ 79th st.) and the ukrainian institute of america (2 e. 79th st. @ fifth ave.). note: admission is first-come, first-served, and facebook interest is extremely high with 14k rsvps.
sat 12-2pm: cute overload as dachshunds and their owners gather for the 23rd annual dachshund spring fiesta under the washington square park arch. free.
sat 4-11pm: wall to wall johnny cash: two dozen country, bluegrass, blues, folk and indie-rock artists pay tribute to the man in black for seven hours at symphony space. free.
sat 9pm: if you leave: pretty in pink 80s prom: dig out your volcanic ensembles for the skint's pretty in pink 80s-themed prom with alternative favorites spun by dj steve reynolds, throwback video projections by stephen pitalo, a 'try a little tenderness' duckie dance off, photo booth, costume contest, themed drinks and more. $5 adv, $7 day of.
festivals, craft fairs, markets and food fests:
sat (saturdays thru 10/31): hester street fair opening day. free.
sat: seventh annual prospect heights craft fair. free.
sat-sun: sakura matsuri cherry blossom festival at the brooklyn botanic garden. $20-25.
sat-sun: west side community garden's annual tulip festival. free.
sat-sun: 36th annual spring crafts on columbus. free.
sat-sun: nyc hot sauce expo. $10.
sun: toasted wedding event. $8 adv, $12 day of.