intersection 10.11.13

Run the World (Girls)
the skint

Today is the U.N.'s International Day of the Girl Child. Malala Yousafzai didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize but the 16-year-old Pakistani survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt is an extraordinary human being by any light. She was targeted for championing girls' education.

Her book is I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, her organization The Malala Fund. Watch her interview with Jon Stewart:

While we're at it, let's celebrate the achievements of two women. Janet Yellen's appointment as the Federal Reserve chair proves that (sometimes) the best person gets the gig. Wonkblog charts Nine amazing facts about Janet Yellen.

Alice Munro makes only the 13th woman to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature but it's certainly a fitting honor for the Canadian writer. She has said that Dear Life, published last year, will be her last book. Michiko Kakutani has an appraisal.

A 38-minute documentary by Malcolm Clarke about another Alice is one of the most beautiful, life-affirming things we've seen in a very long time. It's called The Lady in Number 6 and it's the story of Alice Herz-Sommer. At 109, she is the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor. She's also the world's oldest pianist. It's the latter that holds the key to her outlook, her strength and her joy. Watch the trailer:

You can rent ($4.99) or buy ($9.99) the movie here.

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 7pm: krzysztof kieslowski historian/columbia graduate film studies professor, annette insdorf (double lives, second chances) introduces a screening of camera buff (1979), kieslowski's drama of a hobby turned obsession. the new school, free.

sat 10am-7pm: the cbgb festival takes over times square with five stages of free concerts, plus food vendors, skate and bmx demos, a climbing wall, a bust craftacular, more. scheduled to perform: my morning jacket, grizzly bear, james murphy (lcd soundsystem) dj set, lisa loeb, the wallflowers, divine fits (spoon's britt daniel), more.

sat 11pm: glam it up as the annual bowie ball ('the world's largest annual tribute') pays homage to the starman with live music, dj's, outrageous outfits, more. lpr, $12 adv with promo code 'skint' (reg $20 online or with costume, $25 dos).

sat-sun 12-6pm: taste of brooklyn bridge park: $20 gets you food tastes from seven brooklyn bridge park food and drink vendors including luke's lobster (1/2 lobster roll), calexico (chicken taco), blue marble ice cream (maple + pumpkin ice creams), brooklyn bridge garden bar (autumn harvest cocktail), more.

sat-sun 300+ nyc private residences and historic landmarks open their doors for tours and talks during the 11th annual open house new york weekend, free. note 1: the website usually gets tons of traffic this weekend, so plan ahead or be patient with load times. note 2: federally-operated sites will be closed. thanks tea party!

thru 10/20: artists' work + performances take-over 30+ public spaces along 14th st from ave c to the hudson for the ninth annual art in odd places festival. opening reception fri 6-8pm @ pedro albizu campos plaza (e. 14th st bet aves b + c). free.

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