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film Utterly disturbing in premise, in the telling, and in impact, The Act of Killing is a documentary opening tomorrow about members of Indonesian death squads. The men, who are movie fans, reenact their experience of their murders, using some of their favorite film genres. Appalling and revelatory.

books Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish is the final novel (in verse!) of the late David Rakoff… If Washington couldn't sink any lower in your estimation, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! in America's Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich will convince you that you've been too generous… In The Light Between Oceans, author M. L. Stedman takes the hoary premise of a baby left on a doorstep and transports it to an isolated Australian lighthouse, creating an involving and affecting novel… Does anyone have anything good to say about Florida these days? Not Carl Hiaasen, whose Bad Monkey satirizes his home state with all seriousness, but in the funniest way possible… Todd McLellan's Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living finds beauty in the most unexpected places—the inside of all manner of objects, from an accordion to a lawn mower, each turned into a crazy, wonderful still life… Speaking of crazy, Ronald H. Blumer has written Wiped: The Curious History of Toilet Paper, which a reader told us is "a serious cross-cultural history of our attitudes toward 'that which we all do, but never discuss' and, she says, is a " funny, fascinating and (believe it or not) a page-turner." It actually looks interesting to us, but maybe it's not a good choice for your book club.

music In its sixth season, the Opera Singers Initiative gives its members and guests a chance to Do Something Different with the music of the underrated Manuel de Falla, as well as Debussy and Ravel. It takes place at Le Poisson Rouge on July 23, $15. Sounds refreshing.

food At powerHouse Arena on July 30, 7-9pm, it's the launch of The Catch: Sea-to-Table Recipes, Stories & Secrets by Ben Sargent, who will talk with Peter Kaminsky.

Fatty 'Cue Brooklyn fires up their Smoked Out Sundays on July 21, noon-6pm. It's a backyard party with brisket tacos and pulled pork sandwiches, self-serve keg and live music. $35

On July 20 and 27, The Korea Society bring kimchi to AMNH, with demonstrations from Kheedim Oh, founder of Mama O's and Lauryn Chun, founder of Mother-in-Law's Kimchi.

crowdsourcing Small's, the West Village jazz club, has started a worthy new Musician Revenue Sharing Project. They have an extensive archive of audio and video recordings of club shows and they want to distribute funds to the musicians based on the number of times a recording is heard. The money raised will go toward building a new website, buying new video cameras, audio equipment and mics.

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.

thurs 7:30pm: doc. edie + thea: a very long engagement portrays the lesbian couple behind the defense of marriage case. filmmakers susan muska and gréta ólafsdottir talk with tyler clementi foundation executive director steven guy after the screening. dixon place, $12 adv, $15 door.

fri 7pm (thru 8/1): the annual metropolitan opera free summer recital series brings performances to parks in all five boroughs. tonight: brooklyn bridge park.

sat 10am-4pm: the annual city of water day festival celebrates our waterfront with free boat tours and ferry rides, family activities, more. governors island, liberty state park, other locations. free.

sat 11am-5pm: hudson square's charlton st bet. 6th ave + varick st gets covered in real grass for an urban lawn party: yoga and cardio boxing classes, a clothing swap, 'express' manicures, kids activities, a pet adoption center + doggie pool, free tastings and treats like popsicles, cotton candy and cupcakes, more.

sat 12-5pm: free admission, tours activities, and performances by aunts dance await at the new museum block party. sara d. roosevelt park and the museum. [Photo: Zack Sultan]

sat 8:30pm: if ghosts haunt green-wood cemetery, would they appreciate the polka? historian jeff richmond narrates a nighttime flashlight tour of green-wood's 'residents' with live accordion accompaniment. $20.

sun 7pm doors, 8pm show (+ 7/28): moma's abby aldrich rockefeller sculpture garden opens for the free summergarden jazz and classical music series. tonight: members of the new juilliard ensemble.

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