arts 04.14.17

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the skint

movies MoMA and the British Film Institute present Making Faces on Film, a series showcasing 'black representation, empowerment, and exploitation' from the earliest days of movies (they'll be showing Lime Kiln Club Field Day, 1913, the earliest known film with a black cast) through the 1970s.

theater Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's play Indecent tells the true story of Sholem Asch's Yiddish play from 1907 about a pious Jewish man who runs a brothel in his basement. When the play, which includes a lesbian kiss, opened on Broadway, it was shut down for obscenity. A compelling evening of theater—don't miss. [Photo: Carol Rosegg]

music Ask a musician to name the all-time great pop songwriters and Jimmy Webb's name is certain to come up. His hits include MacArthur Park, Up, Up and Away, Wichita Lineman and By The Time I Get to Phoenix. Mr. Webb has written his memoir called The Cake and the Rain (a nod to his notorious lyric from MacArthur Park), out April 18. And on May 3, there'll be a celebration of his music at Carnegie Hall, with performers including Graham Nash, Art Garfunkel, Judy Collins, Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo (of the 5th Dimension), Mr. Webb, and Ashley Campbell. Campbell is the daughter of Glen Campbell, who is suffering from Alzheimer's. All of the proceeds from this concert will go to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Tickets.

art Amy Douglas, whose day job is restorer of Staffordshire ceramics, also creates artworks from broken or damaged 19th century Staffordshire figures by combining unexpected elements. She calls these witty, visual portmanteaus The Unfortunate Souvenirs of Our Time, and you can see them at the Jack Hanley Gallery from April 21.

book If you want someone to accompany you on a walk around New York City, you couldn't do better than to have Justin Davidson (NY Mag architecture and classical music critic) by your side. Next best thing, his new book, out April 18, called Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York.

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.

opens fri: because we new yorkers can't get enough of our movie theaters. quad cinema's reopening brings more cinema (and a bar!) back to the village. for the 'first encounters series' (4/15-21), notable new yorkers from greta gerwig to john turturro screen and discuss a film they've always wanted to see. $15-18.

fri 1:30-2:30pm (fridays thru 10/13): get off the fence and partake in some free group beginner fencing lessons, which return to bryant park's fifth avenue terrace for the season today. equipment provided. pre-registration required, but drop-ins welcome if space allows.

fri-sun various times: ifc center (west village) screens chasing trane: the john coltrane documentary, with q+a from director john scheinfeld, saxophonist benny golson, and dr. cornel west at select screenings. $15 general, $11 seniors.

sat 11am-6pm (saturdays thru 10/28): the outdoors hester street fair opens for the season with more than 40 food, design, art, craft, and vintage vendors setting up shop in seward park (les).

sat 1pm: public radio international's across women's lives correspondent jasmine garsd interviews nobel peace prize nominee and isis survivor nadia murad about her experiences and the challenges of taking isis to court. q+a follows. brooklyn public library main branch (prospect heights), free (rsvp).

sun 10am-4pm: eggstreme easter fans don festive finery for the annual easter parade and easter bonnet festival. fifth avenue bet. 49th and 57th streets. free.


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