|landscape ‣ Are we so predictable? A pitch about a dredging conference? "Dredge is one of the greatest unsung ongoing acts of landscape architecture…" MUG will go for it! And so we did. And we think it sounds cool. As the organizers of DredgeFest point out, NYC is a city built on dredge. The event, consisting of talks, panels, and a boat tour, will include people in government, business, designers, and academics. It takes place September 28-29 at Columbia.
rock ‣ We've got a pair of tickets to BoDeans' NYC CD release show tonight at City Winery, 8pm. Their new album, American Made, may be the the band's best album in over a decade. Sarah Borges opens. If you'd like to enter, email us with BoDeans in the subject by 1pm. We'll announce the winner shortly after that. [Photo: Nate Iverson]
movie ‣ Goats, opening tomorrow at Cinema Village is the offbeat, funny coming-of-age film based on the novel by the talented writer Mark Jude Poirier. Directed by Christopher Neil, it stars David Duchovny (safe to say, as you've never seen him), Vera Farmiga, and Graham Phillips. An audience favorite at Sundance.
books ‣ Spy Sites of New York City, by H. Keith Melton, Robert Wallace, with Henry R. Schlesinger, looks back at the ops, safe houses, and residences of spies going back to the city's founding. Hotels, restaurants, subways, and public parks were all settings for various espionage operations.
Another century-spanning take on the city, New York Diaries, 1609-2009 by Teresa Carpenter, is an amazingly entertaining and engrossing daily account of life here. Carpenter will be reading from the book on Wednesday, August 15, 6:30pm, at the South Street Seaport Museum. $12
crowdsourcing ‣ And speaking of books… The absolutely essential St. Mark's Bookshop continues its mission to stock the most interesting collection of books in town, but also to adapt to the changing marketplace. In order to do that, they're raising capital to increase their online presence, among other things, and they've got $14,830 of the $23,000 needed for funding. Time left: 8 days. You know what to do.
‣ Watch Norma in HD, recorded at Italy's Teatro Antico, Taormina, this Sunday, 11am, at BIG Cinemas, 239 E. 59th [2nd/3rd].
‣ Stand-up comedy from The Daily Show staff at 92Y Tribeca, tonight, 9pm, $15.
‣ More Daily Show show: Lewis Black brings his show Running on Empty to Broadway for six performances, 10/9-14, no doubt sending his loving-kindness about the forthcoming election out into the ether. Tickets
‣ Correction from last week's Up Next: Fountains of Wayne's album Sky Full of Holes isn't new: it was released last August.
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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 8pm: dig out your neon crop tops and checkered vans for the cruel summer 80s dance party featuring a live cover band and two djs playing all of the pop, new wave, funk and freestyle hits of the era of excess. plus themed drinks (the rum dmc, the bananarama, the miami vice), a costume contest, more. the bell house, $5 advance with promo code 1980, $10 door.
fri-8/26: with 200 shows over 16 days at 20 venues, the 16th annual new york international fringe festival has something for everyone. check out time out's picks here. all shows $15 adv, $18 door.
sat 6:30pm doors: singer-songwriter lyle lovett and his acoustic group play the last free celebrate brooklyn show of the season at the prospect park bandshell. aoife o'donovan opens. free ($3 sugg don).
sat-8/18: 31st downtown dance festival features free performances from 20 international dance companies at battery park, one new york plaza and dance new amsterdam
sun 11am: ride a 1930s-40s-era subway car to the rockaways during the new york transit museum's summer nostalgia ride for $12.50-25 (reg $25-50)
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