| THE MORNING LINE ‣ Yesterday's poll results: MUG readers said overwhelmingly (88%) that Anthony Weiner should get out of the race. Interesting to compare to a poll we took of MUG readers on June 7, 2011 asking if he should resign his Congressional seat. The majority of those taking the poll, 54%, said no.
crowdsourcing ‣ Remember the awesome chess team of I.S. 318, the one featured in the documentary Brooklyn Castle? They lost their public funding a few years ago and now rely on private support to continue what is considered the best scholastic chess program in the country. Assistant Principal John Galvin, who runs the chess team, has created a DonorsChoose fundraising effort—Support the Chess Team from Brooklyn Castle! Your move.
shopping ‣ We love Brooklyn-based Etsy and run an 'Etsy Hunt' pretty regularly here on MUG. A recent email from a reader alerted us to a problem that has now been addressed by the company. Thanks, at least in part, to a petition by the Snow Leopard Trust, Etsy has updated its prohibited items policy to exclude new and vintage items made with any materials from threatened or endangered animals. Very good news.
movie ‣ Woody Allen is in fine form with Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, opening tomorrow. Tennessee Williams is the muse here—specifically, A Streetcar Named Desire—and the atmosphere is more fraught and pensive than Allen's recent European films.
theater ‣ The much-praised Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which ran on Broadway in 2010, came from the team of Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers. We thought it was talented but, to be honest, sophomoric. So here's hoping that we were too harsh in our assessment and that their musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, now in previews at the Delacorte in Central Park, finds the creators in full bloom.
book ‣ Fin & Lady, a charmer from Cathleen Schine, is a novel about growing up in the Greenwich Village of the 1960s.
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.
thurs 7:30pm (weekly thru 8/21): the 35th annual summer seaside concert series at coney island continues with smokey robinson. w 21 st @ surf ave, free.
thurs 8pm: writer-comedian catie lazarus hosts 'employee of the month', a talk show featuring people who love their jobs. tonight: the view's joy behar, what not to wear's stacy london, the new yorker tv critic emily nussbaum, and comedian janeane garofalo. ucb, $5.
sat 10am-7pm: there'll be local grub and beer from 20+ microbreweries at the new york state food + beer expo. biba of williamsburg (110 kent ave, brooklyn), $10 admission, 10oz beer tickets are $6/each, $20/4.
sat 7:30pm (tickets distributed at 10am): check out a free preview concert of the annual mostly mozart festival at lincoln center's avery fisher hall
some of the free outdoor movies thru sun:
the big lebowski, tompkins square park
willy wonka + the chocolate factory (1971), brooklyn bridge park
star trek (1979), the intrepid
brave, roosevelt island's south point park
working girl, south street seaport