|photography ‣ Three new and noteworthy photography shows this week. At Winston Wächter, 530 W. 25th [10th/11th] 212.255.2718, Portion Control is a show of works by Christopher Boffoli, who creates food tableaux with tiny people and imaginative activities for them. People play peppercorn soccer, scale a rock candy wall, fish in a bagel hole (above), and harvest salt sprinkled on chocolates. They remind us a bit of Tom Otterness' small bronze sculptures in the 14th and 8th subway station in that beneath the charm is a shadow of admonition.
Liu Bolin continues to hide in plain sight at Eli Klein, 462 W. Bway [Houston/Prince] 212.255.4388, in the show Mask—the artist blends with a wall of graffiti, supermarket shelves of vegetables, or, as in the image above, twice on a TED stage.
Among the most striking things about the The Flight Attendant Years: 1978-1986, the work of then-stew Lucien Samaha, is the relative innocence of those days. At Lombard Fried, 518 W. 19th [10th/11th] 212.967.8040
music ‣ It's the trio of John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Milford Graves playing Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday, 7:30pm, part of the celebration beginning this month, leading up to Mr. Zorn's 60th birthday in September.
shakespeare ‣ The Comedy of Errors starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater is in previews at the Delacorte in Central Park. By all accounts a fun and funny production, and how could it not be with those two good actors?… Also at the Delacorte on June 17, What Are We Worth?
Shakespeare Money and Morals, an evening to include readings from the plays by Vanessa Redgrave, Christine Baranski, Alan Alda, Lily Rabe and many others… Opening tomorrow, a Much Ado About Nothing set in the current day with Amy Acker as Beatrice, directed by Joss Whedon.
movie ‣ Twenty Feet from Stardom is a new documentary movie
about some of the great backup singers of our time.
book ‣ Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Annalee Newitz, editor of io9, is a pretty mind-blowing, utterly fascinating account of the earth's travails over its 4.5-billion-year existence, how human beings have survived mass extinctions and how we could so again in the future.
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 6pm doors, 8pm lecture: the drunken botanist: the plants that create the world's great drinks author amy stewart discusses mixology, botany and how to combine the two. select cocktails will be served. the horticulture society of ny, free (rsvp).
thurs-sun 6:30pm (thru 6/30): 'the other free shakespeare in the park': back for its tenth season, hudson warehouse theater company presents the complete works of william shakespeare (abridged). three actors will cover all 37 plays in just 97 minutes, and hamlet in less than one. the north patio of the soldiers' and sailors' monument in riverside park (w. 89th st + riverside drive), free.
fri 8:30pm (fridays thru 9/5): the 6th annual outdoor films on the green festival screens french films in parks around the city. this year's theme of 'love, à la français' brings french cancan, we won't grow old together, a summer's tale, wild reeds, more. wnyu djs spin music before each film. tonight: françois truffaut's mississippi mermaid (1969), starring catherine deneuve and jean-paul belmondo. central park's cedar hill. free.
sat-sun 10am-6pm: the annual figment art festival returns to take over governors island with 200+ participatory art projects including an artist-designed mini golf course, an interactive sculpture garden, a treehouse, live performances, much more. take the free ferry from manhattan's battery maritime building or brooklyn bridge park's pier 6. free admission.
sun 12-4pm: chinatown meets the old jewish l.e.s. at the annual egg rolls + egg creams festival: chinese opera and acrobatics, klezmer music, yiddish + chinese language lessons, mah jongg, more. rain or shine. the museum at eldridge street, free.
sun 1-6pm: escape the confines of your tiny apartment and explore interiors of 10 history-rich, beautifully restored homes on the victorian flatbush house tour. $20 adv, $25 day of.