movie ‣ Starting March 5 at Film Forum, Particle Fever, an unlikely documentary by filmmaker/physicists (!) Mark Levinson and David Kaplan, that makes the search for the Higgs boson (the 'God particle') seem like the most fascinating thing in the universe—which it may well be. In-person events on March 5, 6pm; March 7, 8pm; March 8, 3:15pm.
art ‣ A Sense of Place: Images of New York is the new show at Birnam Wood Art, 514 W. 24th [10th/11th] 212.242.2270, with works by artists new and old, including Fred Stein's images of mid-century New York and Beth O'Donnell's recent revelations that layer layers on layers. Her work This Is It is pictured above.
theater ‣ A new play by Terrence McNally is always a reason to celebrate: so hosannas to Mothers and Sons, now in previews at the Golden. There's fine work by Frederick Weller and Bobby Steggert and a towering performance by Tyne Daly.
books ‣ Bark is a new collection of stories by the wondrous Lorrie Moore, her first in fifteen years.
Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century, by Kevin Fong, makes for a surprisingly compelling read.
Shlepping the Exile by Michael Wex tells the story of a Jewish community in the Canadian prairies of the 1950s.
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon is a supernatural thriller set in Vermont—get cozy under a comforter and buckle up!
From Helen Oyeyemi (Mr. Fox), Boy, Snow, Bird is a fractured fairy tale. Out March 6
playlist ‣ First-rate jazz from Brooklyn's Snarky Puppy on their new album We Like It Here [Photo: Kathleen Dearman]
Atlas is more sunny indie rock by Real Estate, out next week.
If Real Estate is too cheery for you, there's always Ólafur Arnalds, whose classitronic music is deliciously melancholy. His latest is the soundtrack to Broadchurch, a terrific British mystery series.
The Souljazz Orchestra continues their quest, on their new album Inner Fire, to make great music from sounds all over the globe.
Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles is new work by Suzanne Vega, who always delivers quietly big-time.
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 (thru 3/1): experiments in opera returns to abrons art center with 'radio operas' - a collection of six 10-15 minute works that draw themes and inspirations ranging from a samuel beckett story, a skateboarding legend, founding father thomas paine, stamp collecting, and a martian colony. $20.
sat 7, 9:30pm: 'you like me': classic award-show speeches are humorously reinterpreted by performers at this annual oscars-season event, including justin vivian bond, eliot glazer, rosalyn hart, perez hilton, michael musto, mo rocca, more. ars nova, $15.
sat-sun: enjoy a meatless weekend of speakers, food and wellness demos, free samples, and 100 vendors at the fourth annual nyc vegetarian food festival. metropolitan pavilion, $15 with promo code 'vegtastic' (reg $30). based on venue capacity, $5 reduced end-of-day tickets will be available from 4pm-5:30pm each day. expect a looong line for that.
sat-sun: the 10th annual new york times travel show features 500 vacation destinations, travel tips, international food tastings, book signings, more. jacob k. javits center, $17.
sun various times: 10 places to watch the 86th annual academy awards:
- ardesia wine bar (hell's kitchen): screening. free admission. >>
- big screen plaza @ the eventi hotel (midtown west): a 30 ft. hd screen, ballot with a $100 restaurant gift card prize, trivia, themed drinks. free admission. >>
- brooklyn winery (williamsburg): screening, specialty cocktail. free admission. >>
- bowtie chelsea cinemas (chelsea): screening, raffles, free popcorn + soda. hosted by drag queen/comedian/singer hedda lettuce. $21. >>
- halyards (gowanus): screening, trivia, themed cocktails, popcorn and candy. free admission. >>
- lpr (the village): the big quiz thing's second annual oscars trivia game show before the ceremony, plus more trivia during the commercials. $10 adv, $15 dos. >>
- pine box rock shop (bushwick): screening, ballot with prizes, champagne specials, free popcorn. free admission. >>
- radegast hall + biergarten (williamsburg): screening. free admission. >>
- sidebar (union square): screening, 2-4-1 themed drinks. $10 admission includes a cocktail. >>
- videology (williamsburg): screening, ballot with prizes, themed drinks. free admission (or $10 reservation includes a glass of champagne). >>