art ‣ Cross-disciplinary artist Matana Roberts' compelling show, I Call America, consisting of videos, tapestries and musical performances, is at the Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring [Hudson/Varick] 646.345.9831, through July 10.
tv ‣ Looking for something to binge-watch over the holiday weekend? Hacker-thriller Mr. Robot offers plenty of smart (and timely) ideas and writing, along with the haunting performance of Rami Malek. Season 1 is available on Amazon Prime and iTunes. Season 2 launches July 13 on USA.
talk ‣ Maritime archaeologist Dr. James Delgado talks Titanic and the last expedition to the shipwreck in 2010. The event is on Sunday, July 17, 3pm, at the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island.
crowdfunding ‣ My Song is My Weapon, a new online platform of music, art and social protest, co-founded by Jill Sobule, is in the formation phase and would welcome your support. Other artists involved include Todd Rundgren, Amanda Palmer and Margaret Cho.
book ‣ Out July 12, Ingredienti: Marcella's Guide to the Market by Marcella Hazan and Victor Hazan. Mr. Hazan used his late wife's notebooks for this guide to buying and cooking with the best market ingredients.
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.
4th of july weekend warm weather activities hit list:
bbq: where to grill.
beaches and pools: where to swim.
free kayaking (various days/times): piers 26 and 96, brooklyn bridge park, and red hook's valentino pier.
the brooklyn flea in fort greene (sat) and dumbo (sun), smorgasburg in williamsburg (sat) and prospect park (sun)
sat + sun 6pm: the brooklyn cyclones baseball season continues at coney island's mcu park with two promo nights that include post-game fireworks this weekend: a salute to seinfeld with second spitter bobbleheads (sat) and hot dog appreciation day with free hats for the first 2,000 fans (sun). $10-17.
sat-mon various times: free outdoor movies: blackfish at james j. walker park in the west village (sat), on the waterfront at athens square in astoria (sun), and top gun at bryant park (mon).
mon various times: coney island celebrates the fourth with the annual nathan's famous hot dog-eating contest (10am-1pm), fireworks (9:30pm), and of course the beach, boardwalk and luna park rides (all day).
mon 9:25pm (approx.): the 40th annual macy's fourth of july fireworks display will launch more than 50,000 shells over 25 minutes from four barges between 23rd + 37th streets and one barge below the brooklyn bridge for viewing from manhattan, brooklyn and queens. note: the televised pre-show begins at 8pm.
mon thru 7/17: 30 restaurants offer $17.89 and $35.78 prix fixe lunch and dinner menus during french restaurant week. bon appétit!
thru 8/31 (various times mon, weds, fri, sun. closed holidays.): explore a bit of central park's wild side at hallett nature sanctuary, a four-acre patch of restored woodlands near the southeast corner of the park that's now open to the public. free.