|‣ We just found out something called "Staten Island" is part of NYC. MCNY explains how that came to be, starting 9/13.
‣ Should Elaine Stritch really be talking to a brain scientist? Is that wise? Find out when the Broadway legend takes part in the Rubin's Happy Talk series, 9/23, 6pm, $25.
‣ The Center for Book Arts, a wonderful, essential organization, has a crowdfunding campaign going to support artist residencies at the Center. They're looking to raise $8,000 by 9/10.
photography ‣ Photography fans have lots of good stuff to see coming up. At Danziger Gallery, 527 W. 23rd [10th/11th] 212.629.6778, 9/7-9/15, an exhibit of the images by Scott Schuman, better known as The Sartorialist, who's been documenting street fashion since 2005. There's a signing of Schuman's new book tonight, 6-8pm, at the gallery.
Clamp Art, 521 W. 25th [10th/11th] 646.230.0020, has two notable exhibitions. Brian Finke: Construction finds the photographer turning his lens to construction workers as Manhattan raced to build towers in early 2008. Opens tonight, 6pm.
Also opening at the gallery tonight, Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, the work of Henry Horenstein, much shot in the 1970s, through to today.
From September 14, Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life at ICP, 500 images and other testimonials to life under that South African abomination.
Open House NY presents Christopher Payne on September 13, discussing his projects North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City and One Steinway Place.
food ‣ The excellent Family Recipe, 231 Eldridge [Houston/Stanton] 212.529.3133, has started a Bento Box lunch service. For now, Tuesdays and Fridays only.
Cool Cravings & Hot Startups is an event from Openhouse featuring the new wave of dessert companies, and their recipe for success. Tomorrow at 379 Broome [Mulberry/Mott], noon-6pm, $20.
The 8th annual Vendy Awards, honoring the city's best street food vendors, takes place 9/15 on Governors Island.
theater ‣ Once Upon a Time in New York City is a concert for The Actors Fund at Joe's Pub on October 14, 9:30pm—and it's got a great premise. Over a dozen musical theater writers from Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich to Charles Strouse were asked to write a song about someone in their life who changed their idea of NYC. The lineup of performers will be announced soon. Tickets start at $30 plus a $12 minimum.
‣ On a personal note, I want to express how saddened I was to learn that Amy Langfield's website and Twitter feed NewYorkology ceased publication yesterday. I know as well as anyone how hard it is to do local content well. There are a thousand ways to get things wrong and only one way to get it right. Amy got it right day in and out. Her output was formidable, her information reliable, and I appreciate so much her generosity to those of us covering some of the same ground. My hat is off to you Amy, as ever.
email this article
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.
thru 9/8, + 9/15: the annual dancenow festival at joe's pub features new works under five minutes each from 40 choreographers (9-11 per night). the audience and producers vote for winners of a creative residency, space grant, and a $1000 stipend. $15 adv, $20 door.
thru 9/9: cult british playwright philip ridley, 'one of the most linguistically vivid and disturbing dramatists on the planet' (ben brantley, new york times), brings his new play tender napalm to 59e59 theaters for its american premiere. $18.
thru 9/15: the 1930s-styled adventure comedy play space captain: captain of space! mixes live theatre with film and puppetry… and is done entirely in black and white. the kraine theater, $18 with discount code 'skint' (reg $20).
thru 9/15: drama desk-nominated radiotheatre brings the king kong story to your ears with voice actors, sound effects and an original orchestral score. the kraine theater, $18 with discount code 'skint' (reg $35).
fri-9/30: the 7th annual ny clown theatre festival opens with a clown subway parade and procession thru williamsburg, a pie fight at the brick, and a free cabaret preview of the festival's 34 shows.