art ‣ British artist Johnny Miller pairs his work with woodblock prints of Japanese master Hiroshige in a show called Floating Between Worlds Shin Gallery, 322 Grand [Orchard] 212.375.1735. The results are fascinating.
movie ‣ This sounds like the worst documentary idea ever: a look into the world of adult tickling. Surprise, Tickled turns out to be an engrossing and unpredictable story, told well and well worth telling.
shopping ‣ Spring and pre-fall sample sale of men's stylish outerwear and raincoats from Sanyo at up to 70% off, 525 7th [38th/39th] Suite 1813, 800.997.2696, 6/22, 9-6; 6/23, 9-5.
food ‣ Hail the herring at the Astor Center with matjes from Russ & Daughters, wine from Astor Wines, and herring dishes from chefs Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone. Yum. Thursday, June 30, 6pm, $79.
book ‣ Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing is the story of two half-sisters in 1700s Ghana—one of whom is sold into slavery—and the echoes of their lives down generations. A major debut novel.
music ‣ Playbill reports that Broadway stars have recorded What the World Needs Now is Love to benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida. Called Broadway for Orlando, it's been organized by Seth Rudetsky and will be available for download on Monday. Here's the amazing lineup of performers:
Ann Hampton Callaway
Darius de Haas
Renée Elise Goldsberry
James Monroe Iglehart
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Sarah Jessica Parker
Marissa Jaret Winokur
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 4-9pm (+ 7/15, 8/19): the union square greenmarket's summer fridays series keeps the market open late with live music, prepared foods from neighborhood restaurants, and a beer, wine and cider garden. free admission, pay-as-you-go.
fri 8pm: 92y offers a free (pay-as-you-wish, rsvp recommended) performance of james lecense's the absolute brightness of leonard pelkey, featuring original music by duncan sheik (spring awakening) and followed by a conversation on the one-man-show's themes.
fri 8pm (+ 6/20-6/22): another quintessential nyc summer experience, the new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for their 51st season with free concerts in each borough followed by a fireworks display. (note: the staten island performance is indoors and rsvp is required.) tonight: the music of beethoven and mozart at prospect park's long meadow.
fri-sun: coney island feels like summer this weekend. catch the first friday night fireworks of the season at 9:30pm (free), right after the brooklyn cyclones baseball team's season opener at 7pm ($10-17). return on saturday for the 34th annual mermaid parade at 1pm (free). sunday, just relax on the beach. you've earned it.
sat 10am-6pm, sun 11am-4pm: pamper your pet at the new york pet expo at the brooklyn expo center (greenpoint). free nail trims, discounted vaccinations, a costume contest, exhibitors, and more await. petless? there'll also be adoptions on site. $8 admission.
sat + sun 11am-6pm: prepare to meet your makers at the brooklyn makers market, where 120 local artists and artisans will hawk their one-of-a-kind wares. historic williamsburg savings bank, free admission.
sat 4-6pm: participants contribute their own barbaric yawp during the 12th annual marathon reading of walt whitman's 'song of myself', held outdoors at brooklyn bridge park's granite prospect (killer view!). free.
sun 12-4pm: the egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas festival celebrates the local chinese, jewish, and puerto rican communities at the museum at eldridge street's 16th annual block party filled with food, arts + crafts, workshops, and entertainment. free admission.