movie ‣ Horovitz 1: Venerable playwright Israel Horovitz makes his film directing debut with an adaptation of his play My Old Lady, starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas. Too bad they couldn't get anybody. Opens September 10. Horovitz 2: Daughter Rachael Horovitz is one of the film's producers.
theater ‣ Horovitz 3: Beastie Boys band member Adam Horovitz (son of Israel, sister of Rachael), has contributed music to (and performs in) the new Bridget Everett show Rock Bottom at Joe's Pub from September 9-October 11. Other contributors include Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote the score to Hairspray. If you've ever seen Ms. Everett, you know she will own the place—the wine will be uncorked, her top will be unbuttoned (at least), her energy unbridled. She's a joyous, cyclonic talent who, when she wants to, can break your heart.
music ‣ Brooklyn indie-pop band Frances Cone, fronted by Christina Cone, plays Webster Hall with Ron Pope and von Grey, Saturday, September 27, 7pm.
food ‣ So our current, sophisticated and well-traveled palates brought Asian cooking to the American table? Not so much. Via 19th-century cookbook recipes, chef Carl Raymond prepares a curried stew that would have been at home on the Tredwell dining table of the Merchant's House. Saturday, September 13, 6:30pm, tickets are $40.
books ‣ Beethoven 1: At B&N, Bway and 82nd, on September 10, 7pm, Richard Howard and Leo Carey discuss the late Sanford Friedman's Conversations with Beethoven, which tells the story of the composer's last year of life through his notebook entries.
Beethoven 2: Sleeper hit of the fall? Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, a post-pandemic world in which the works of Shakespeare and Beethoven survive.
talks ‣ Afghan tech entrepreneur and social innovator Roya Mahboob, one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People, will talk about the low rate of women's literacy in that country and what is being done to change that, in a conversation at Impact Hub NYC, 394 Bway [Canal], September 10, 7-9pm. Tickets are $15.
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 8pm (thru sun): 200 new yorkers share central park's delacorte theater stage for the public theater's public works musical adaptation of shakespeare's the winter's tale. score free tickets in-person at the park starting at 12pm, or via online lottery.
fri thru 9/14: cult filmmaker john waters gets a retrospective at the film society of lincoln center, including all 12 features from mondo trasho to a dirty shame, as well as clips form his personal collection. waters will make appearances at select screenings. $13+.
sat thru 10/3 (weds-sun): artist beatrice glow brings a floating library to the hudson via the historic lilac museum steamship, with an outdoor reading deck, art installations, performances, and creative and political workshops. hudson river park's pier 25 (west st. + n. moore st.), free.
sat 12-6pm: the annual japan block fair features authentic food, homemade arts/crafts/jewelry, performances by traditional dancers, drummers, samurai, and more. 6th ave bet. washington pl. + waverly pl., free admission.
sun, 2 and 4pm (ends today): governors island's fourth annual rite of summer classical-contemporary music festival ends the season with grand band, a piano sextet, performing philip glass, kate moore, steve reich, michael gordon and paul kerekes. nolan park, free.
sat 3-9pm: long before there was shake shack: celebrate the 200th anniversary of the naming of madison square park with early 1800's and 1900's period-themed performances, artifacts, food + drinks, and games including badminton + croquet. free admission.
weekends this month: 100 artists present works in individual rooms at the seventh annual 4 heads art fair on governors island. free.
sun 12-6pm: brooklyn brain jam: enjoy several hours of entertaining, tipsy learning as the crews from the big quiz thing, the story collider, kevin geeks out, and nerd nite share the bell house stage for six hours of presentations, trivia games, pop culture discussions, and personal stories. $10 adv ($12 door).
where to watch the us open for free:
brooklyn bridge park's pier 1 >>
lincoln center's david rubenstein atrium >>
refinery hotel's gallery/pop-up bar >>