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the skint

movie Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright, Dames all, spend a weekend together, captured in the film Tea With the Dames. For the thesbianically-inclined, a slice of heaven.

photography How likely is it that only I am right in this matter?, is the appealingly pointed title of Wolfgang Tillmans' new exhibit at David Zwirner. Mr. Tillmans is one of the artists whose artistry defies, for us at least, easy analysis. He's just so good.

theater One of Tennessee Williams' under-sung plays, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, gets a revival with a superb cast, Kristine Nielsen, Annette O’Toole, Jean Lichty, and Polly McKie, directed by the equally esteemed Austin Pendleton. It's in previews now at Theatre at St. Clements.

music The inestimable Jill Sobule has just released a new album, Nostalgia Kills, which finds the singer-songwriter as trenchant, funny, and tender as ever. Especially charming, I Put My Headphones On, a tribute to the healing powers of music.

event Saving Grand Central Terminal at the station's Vanderbilt Hall, tells NYC's essential preservation story, led by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Municipal Art Society. Opens Monday, September 24.

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 5-10pm: do-si-do and promenade at the annual bryant park square dance. free. [Photo: Jane Kratochvi]

fri 5:30pm: commemorating the united nations' international day of peace, the sound of 500 harmonicas performing david schroeder's climate change-inspired 'the oceans' will flood washington square park tonight. garibaldi stage at washington square park (greenwich village), free.

fri thru sun: fill your shelves with some help from the annual independent art book fair at villain (williamsburg) and the ny art book fair at moma ps1 (lic). free admission.

fri thru sun: 50 world touring bands bring folk, bluegrass, jazz and more to two outdoor and seven artist owned and operated indoor establishments in dumbo and red hook for the fourth annual brooklyn americana music festival. new this year: the women's stage in the archway under the manhattan bridge. free admission.

sat: smithsonian magazine's museum day returns. the 14th annual event offers free admission to more than 20 nyc-area museums, including asia society and museum, museum of arts and design, the intrepid sea, air + space museum, the jewish museum, the national lighthouse museum, and more. note: most of the participating institutions already offer suggested or free/reduced admission hours on select days.

sat + sun 11am-6pm: it's ok to get the blues at the new york denim days festival. the second annual weekend shopping event includes new and established denim designers, workshops, demos and speakers, plus a street bazaar on sunday. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $10 adv, $15 door ($5 students).

sun 12-6pm: nyc's largest street festival, the atlantic antic, returns for a 45th year with 500 food and merch vendors, live music, and chef one's annual dumpling eating contest. brooklyn's atlantic avenue between 4th avenue + hicks street, free admission (pay-as-you-go).


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