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the skint

theater Tons of potential here: a musical version of The Secret Life of Bees, based on Sue Monk Kidd's novel, with music by Duncan Sheik, book by Lynn Nottage, and direction by Sam Gold. Starts May 12 at the Atlantic Theater.

movie "I am Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female film director. I made my first film in 1896 at age 23. I went on to write, direct, or produce more than 1,000 films." That's a documentary we want to see and it unspools as Be Natural next Friday at IFC.

art New York / Chicago is an exhibition of works by British artist Ewan Gibbs using his technique of tiny pen and pencil marks and pinpricks. Opens April 25 at the Richard Gray Gallery, 1018 Mad [78th/79th], by appointment.

book A valedictory volume of essays by the late, much-loved scientist Oliver Sacks: Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales.

poetry There's a celebration of National Poetry Month at Alice Tully Hall on April 24, with poetry readings by an interesting mix of people, including Ellen Burstyn, Stephin Merritt, Toyin Ojih Odutola, David Rockefeller, Jr., and Josh Charles.

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 7:30pm: salsa ensemble 8 y más and dj dayansiiita perform at tonight's installment of the ¡vaya! 63 latin dance music series at lincoln center's david rubenstein atrium (uws). free.

fri thru 5/16: good things come in three at film forum's trilogies series, a four-week, 78-film series highlighting trios of movies by 26 directors. this weekend's offerings: francis ford coppola (the godfather), sergio leone (clint eastwood), and masaki kobayashi (the human condition). film forum (south village), $15.

sat 12-3:30pm: the department of transportation brings back its free bike helmet giveaways. today's giveaway is being held at madison square park (flatiron), with more to come throughout the spring/summer season.

sat 5pm-midnight (saturdays thru 8/17, + 9/28-10/26): the popular queens international night market returns for the season with traditional street foods from around the world for $6 and under. new york hall of science (corona), $5 adv/$8 door admission 4/20 + 4/27, free starting 5/4.

sat 7pm: bronx documentary center hosts a screening of city of ghosts, matthew heineman's 2017 documentary about syrian civilian journalists documenting an isis takeover of their homeland, followed by q+a with subject abdalaziz alhamza and journalist rozina ali. bronx documentary center's st. mary's annex (364 e 151 st), free.

sun 10am-4pm: eggcellent fashions will be on display at the annual easter parade and bonnet festival. fifth avenue between 49th and 57th streets, centered around st. patrick's cathedral.

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