food ‣ Back Forty West, 70 Prince [Crosby] 212.219.8570, hosts its annual Calçotada (background here), in which barbecuing spring onions turns out to be a lot more fun (and tastier) than it might sound.
illustration ‣ The buildings, pop culture and history of the city make up New York Island, a delightful, hand-drawn illustration, months in the making, by Nathan Doverspike. Back his Kickstarter project and you can have a print of your own. Note that the image above is a detail from the larger work.
movie ‣ The Seven Five is a documentary about Brooklyn in the late '80s, the dirty cop Michael Dowd, and the biggest police corruption scandal in NYC history.
photography ‣ New and old technology join hands for the Get Up Ny project: Submit a photo (with the hashtag #GetUpNY) to their Instagram gallery and, if they like its creativity and style enough, they'll wheatpaste it around town.
book ‣ The great Kate Atkinson follows up her acclaimed novel Life After Life with an equally compelling companion novel: A God in Ruins.
theater ‣ As much of the arts community heads for greener pastures until the fall, TedxBroadway has released videos from their 2015 event, focused on the arts, to tide you over. Pictured above: Leslie Koch's talk Find Your Knish: The Transformation of Governor's Island.
‣ The 17th annual Village House Tour takes place this Sunday.
‣ Ecclesiastical Tiffany is the subject of the next gathering of The NY Metropolitan Glass Club on May 5.
‣ Area NYC, 58 E. 11th [Bway/Univ] 212.924.7084, has a sale on bedding with select duvet covers, sheets and blankets at 50% or more off, May 5-12 (closed Sunday).
‣ The sketch comedy group Blogologues performs their favorite sketches to date on May 8 and 9 at The Pit, 123 E. 24th [Park Ave. S./Lex]
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.
the new whitney museum is now open in the meatpacking district. pay-what-you-wish fridays 7-10pm (reg. $22 general, $18 students/seniors).
fri-sun: jane's walk nyc: participate in one or several of 200+ free guided walks in every borough, while commemorating the life and legacy of urban activist jane jacobs.
sat (various times): independent bookstore day, a new initiative to show love to local book shops, debuts 25 stores with limited editions, readings + signings, discounts, free drinks, and after parties. free admission.
sat 11am-3pm: the randall's island cherry blossom festival (a more intimate affair than last weekend's festivities at the brooklyn botanic garden) features music and dance performances, kite flying, and more. randall's island urban farm, free.
sat 11am-6pm: slightly damaged books will be on sale for just $1-10 at the kitchen arts + letters bookstore's annual sale.
sat 12-5pm: find your next getaway or local day trip at the fourth escapemaker local food + travel expo, featuring food and wine samples, travel prizes, and more. brooklyn borough hall, free (rsvp required).
sun 2pm: the museum of the moving image screens i am big bird, a documentary about the man inside our favorite eight-foot yellow bird, carroll spinney. spinney will be in attendance. $15.
thru 5/28 (11am-9pm): the seasonal return of the mad. sq. eats outdoor food market brings 28 vendors, including asia dog, bombay sandwich co., melt bakery, people's pops, red hook lobster pound, mayhem + stout, mexicue, momofuku, roberta's, and more. worth square (25th st. @ 5th ave.).