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movie ‣ Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, has made an extraordinary documentary titled 13th (for the 13th Amendment), on Netflix, about race in America and mass incarceration of African-Americans.
music ‣ The unpigeonholeable singer-songwriter Jane Siberry has her first new album in five years—Angels Bend Closer will be released on November 18. Ms. Siberry will perform, one night only, on Friday, December 2nd at the Society for Ethical Culture and it's sure to sell out. Tickets.
food ‣ Honk Kong-based Diora Fong Chan and Kei Lum Chan are the Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg of Chinese cooking. China: The Cookbook, just out from Phaidon, has over 650 recipes from all regions. You can join the Chans for a 3-course lunch (recipes from the book) on October 25, at La Chine in the Waldorf. $100, which includes a copy of the cookbook.
Over at the Museum of Chinese in America, Sour Sweet Bitter Spicy, Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America.
event ‣ Since 2004, performance artist Sheryl Oring has been conveying postcard messages from citizens to presidential candidates via a vintage typewriter and retro secretary persona. Ms. Oring will be in Madison Square Park on October 11, noon-2pm, taking dictation, so let your voice be heard. Collected postcards comprise her new book Activating Democracy: The 'I Wish to Say' Project.
theater ‣ On November 1 and 3, 8pm, at Merkin Concert Hall, a celebration of Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel—three generations in the music trade. Four performers will sing songs by Richard Rodgers, his daughter Mary Rodgers, and grandson Adam Guettel, creators of some of the sweetest sounds ever written for the theater.
Richard Rodgers' longtime partner, Oscar Hammerstein, was mentor to Stephen Sondheim, who himself became the most revered musical theater composer of his generation (some would say of any generation). Sondheim has brought a singular and brilliant mind to musical theater, not to mention some of its greatest music and lyrics. In his new book Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical, Robert L. McLaughlin looks at how Mr. Sondheim did it.
retrospective ‣ At the Museum of the Moving Image, a complete retrospective of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, including his extraordinary television series The Decalogue, from 1988—10 one-hour films, each loosely on the theme of one of the 10 Commandments, featuring characters who live in the same Warsaw apartment building. (the skint has more, below).
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 6-9pm (monthly except january): the frick collection starts a first fridays program, offering free admission and programming including talks, music, and open sketching (materials provided) the first friday evening of each month.
fri 7pm (thru 11/6): the museum of the moving image (astoria) hosts a complete retrospective of all of filmmaker krzysztof kieslowski's features, shorts, narrative and documentary films, including four posthumous works based on his unproduced screenplays. for friday's opening, kieslowski historian and columbia university graduate film program professor annette insdorf introduces a screening of the double life of veronique, and a reception follows. $12 admission may be applied toward same-day museum admission.
sat 10am-6pm: it's knit your average festival: 32 east coast crocheters, dyers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners, weavers, and artists come together for the fifth annual kings county fiber festival. old stone house + washington park (park slope), free admission.
sat thru 10/15: the second installment of the bric jazzfest showcases 50+ musicians, from new artists to masters, as well as a jazz film marathon and three nights of concerts. bric house (dumbo), free-$30.
sat 6pm-midnight (saturdays thru 10/29): the queens international night market returns with more than 40 vendors offering food for $5 and under. new york hall of science (flushing meadows corona park), free admission (pay-as-you-go).
thru sun: 40 artists' work + performances take-over public spaces all along 14th street from avenue c to the hudson river for the 12th annual art in odd places festival. this year's theme tackles issues of race connected to politics, religion, sexuality, current events, commodification, privilege, socio-economics, and status quo. free.
thru 2/26: 'gay gotham: art and underground culture in new york,' a new art exhibition at the museum of the city of new york (east harlem), features the work and ephemera of queer luminaries across decades and subcultures, such as mae west, andy warhol, and gertrude stein. suggested admission: $14 general, $10 students/seniors.