the great outdoors ‣ After this past winter, every day now seems like an outdoor festival. The ten-day Outdoor Fest, starting May 30 celebrates the least intuitive part of New York City: being in nature.
music ‣ Nigerian Fela Kuti was a great musician and political activist. Another gift to the world is his youngest child Seun Kuti who, with Egypt 80, play Highline Ballroom on June 10. Tickets from $25. The new album, A Long Way to the Beginning, is out May 27.
movies ‣ Patrice Chéreau's Queen Margot, a roiling, passionate, gory, film starring Isabelle Adjani about France, 1572, has had a new restoration for its 20th anniversary.
theater ‣ One night only: Patti LuPone returns to Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, a role which launched her career. This time out, her son and cousin perform with her, along with alum from The Acting Company, which Ms. LuPone co-founded. It takes place Monday, May 19, 7pm, at the Jacobs Theatre. Tickets are from $52, with proceeds going to support that company.
sale ‣ Fans of Jonathan Adler will want to head to a warehouse sale of his work—pottery, furniture, lighting, rugs and more—from 5/13-5/15, 10-8; 5/16-5/17, 10-7, 260 5th [28th/29th]. You'll save up to 70%.
food ‣ Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns executive chef Dan Barber has a new book out on May 20: The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, a wide-ranging exploration of health, ethics, sustainability and enjoyment. Mr. Barber talks food with Ira Glass on June 11 at the 92Y.
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 thru 5/17: your dreams are a part of the performance as you're encouraged to fall in and out of sleep as part of jim findlay's dream of the red chamber (a performance for a sleeping audience), an installation play and love story based on cao xueqin's 18th-century novel. the brill building, 1619 broadway (49th st), free.
fri: 9pm-3am: $25 might sound like a lot, but at tonight's 24th annual 'night of 1,000 stevies' fan worship and tribute event at irving plaza, that comes to just $.025 per stevie nicks.
fri: 11pm: house of cards actor michel gill ('president walker') is tonight's guest on jamie leelo's new 'brunch night' talk show at the pit. $10.
sat-sun 10am-sunset: socrates sculpture park's spring opening weekend includes kite flying, outdoor yoga + tai chi, and four new art works. free admission.
sun 8am-4pm: the eighth annual japan day @ central park features live performances, activities, food tents, a four-mile run, more. enter at 69th st + 5th ave, free admission.
sun 12:30, 2, 3:30pm: merchant's house museum's mother's day tribute to eliza tredwell (she had eight kids!) includes a house tour + talk about women's roles in the home during the 19th century. included with $10 admission (moms admitted free with accompanying child of any age).
the cherry blossoms at the brooklyn botanic garden are now in peak bloom. $10 admission (free sat 10am-12pm).
some free alternatives to the $43 frieze art fair:
satellite ny (chelsea)
nada fair (l.e.s.)
pool art fair (flatiron)
williamsburg every second friday
greenpoint gallery night
tribeca open artist studio tour
les spring art walk