| THE MORNING LINE ‣ "I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." —Winston Churchill
movie ‣ The stray cats of Istanbul are the stars of the documentary Kedi. They make the most of their brand: looking adorable while throwing shade.
art ‣ As always timed for Westminster Dog Show week, Mascot Studio, in their new location at 122 W. 26th [6th/7th] 212.228.9090, has their 18th annual Dog Show, where there are oils, acrylics, and prints of man's best friend. The opening reception is Thursday, February 16, 5-8pm.
food ‣ Jimmy Carbone, proprietor of Jimmy's No. 43 and organizer of the annual pork fest Pig Island, has a collection of recipes from the latter. I Like Pig is an ebook, available for $1.99.
music ‣ A talented, local singer-songwriter who deserves to be better known: Danny Chait plays Pete's Candy Store tomorrow night, 9pm. Check out his song Unspun here.
design ‣ If you haven't seen the Pierre Chareau show at the Jewish Museum, catch it while you can—it runs through March 26. The French architect and designer is best known for the Maison de Verre (1932) but, as the show reminds us, he created many other equally exquisite interiors and custom furniture pieces. The exhibit uses virtual reality tools to excellent effect.
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 5-9pm: take a look at the more complicated side of love at brooklyn historical society's free friday 'mad dangerous love' edition, with talks on aphrodisiacs, poisons, and hysteria, plus cartoon shorts screenings, dark chocolate brownies from baked, exhibition tours, and more. bonus: beer by brooklyn brewery. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), free.
sat 3-7pm: chill out at the annual central park ice festival, where over 6,000 pounds of ice will be transformed into a replica of one of central parkâ€™s historic statues by master ice carvers from okamoto studio, you can dance at a silent disco of 80s-90s music, and purchase grub from food trucks. central park's naumburg bandshell, free admission.
sun 12-2pm: try all the recipes and vote for your favorite at the brooklyn chocolate takedown, where local chocolatiers of all levels compete to be crowned champ. royal palms shuffleboard club (gowanus), $20.
sun 2pm: at today's opening reception for city reliquary's new exhibition, 'heroes of the knish: making a living and making a life,' curator laura silver will give an illustrated talk on the sultry side of the potato pie. beverages will be available for suggested donation. city reliquary (williamsburg), $10 admission includes a knish and pickles. [Photo: Barbara Pfeffer]
thru sunday (various times): shopping for february 14th? these valentine's day gift markets have got you covered:
fri-sun 11am-8pm: lovecraft at 735 broome street (les)
fri-sun 1-10pm: love mart pop-up shop/gallery/show at 79 greene street (soho)
sun 10am-5:30pm: sweethearts bazaar at grand bazaar nyc (uws)
sun 1-7pm: greenpointers valentine's market at greenpoint loft
thru 2/15: sign up for free and reduced-admission health and fitness classes during the annual union square sweat fest.
thru 2/16: kedi, a documentary tribute to the street cats of istanbul, screens at the metrograph (les), followed by a q+a with director/producer ceyda torun select times thru sunday. $15.
thru 4/15 (tues-fri 12-8pm, sat 10am-5pm): 'paris refashioned 1957-1968,' the museum at fit's latest exhibition, examines the combined influence of french haute couture, ready-to-wear, and popular culture during the era, and includes a selection of more than 30 garments and accessories by yves saint laurent/christian dior, pierre cardin, coco chanel, and more. a book of the same title accompanies the show. free admission.