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movies Three documentaries that scarcely occupy the same universe, but all worthy of a look. Last Man in Aleppo, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, follows the 'white helmet' volunteers who search for survivors in the rubble after air strikes. It opens May 3… They worked on hundreds of Hollywood movies—from Scarface to The Ten Commandments to Rosemary's Baby. He, Harold Michelson, was a storyboard artist. She, Lillian Michelson, was a film researcher. Harold and Lillian depicts a happy couple who worked quietly in Hollywood. Opens April 28… At Film Forum from April 26, Obit., an entertaining look at the NY Times obit writers.

book South Bronx high school school teacher Stephen Ritz introduced plants and gardening into the curriculum to find class attendance jumped from 40% to 93%! And that was only the start of it. Read the heartening story in The Power of a Plant: A Teacher's Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools, out May 2.

photography The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) is at the Park Avenue Armory from May 4-8. We expect one of the highlights to be the iconic early (19th century) photographic images shown by Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs. Pictured is William Henry Fox Talbot's Oak tree in winter, c. 1842-1843.

music Roots music rarely sounds as good to our ears as it does when Rhiannon Giddens is in the house. She's performing at Alice Tully on Saturday, May 13 in support of her new album Freedom Highway.

Tonight, a look back at The Great Subway Race of 1967. Free, but reserve.

Austin on the screen and on the plate: Richard Linklater's Slacker plus BBQ. At Alamo Drafthouse, Tuesday, April 25.

Raves for Bette Midler.

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 1-4pm: 154 participants of all ages read all 154 of shakespeare's sonnets at the seventh annual shakespeare sonnet slam, kicking off with tv and broadway actor maulik pancholy (30 rock, weeds, it's only a play). central park's naumburg bandshell, free.

fri 6-9pm: tour over 100 artist work spaces and meet the creators at new york academy of art's mfa open studios (tribeca). free.

fri-sat 8pm: butoh dance company vangeline theater presents 'wake up and smell the coffee,' a performance that raises awareness of coffee-related trash buildup in nyc and includes a set made of 1,500 used paper cups. bonus: free java (and optional bailey's) for those who bring a reusable mug. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $16.

sat 10am-4pm: enjoy car-free streets in manhattan, brooklyn, the bronx, and queens this earth day, including a 30-block stretch of broadway from union square to times square which will also host pop up activities including music + dance performances, fitness classes, and more.

sat + sun 10am-6pm: slurpfest! ramen contests hit chelsea (sat) and astoria (sun), bringing an array of noodles to try + judge, plus live music + performances, and a chance to win a trip to japan. free admission, pay as you go.

sat 11am-6pm: get some recipe inspiration at the annual kitchen arts + letters bookstore clean-out sale, where hundreds of damaged, older, and gently used food and wine books will be marked down to just $1-10. kitchen arts + letters (ues), free admission.

sat 6pm-midnight (+ 4/29): the very popular queens international night market, featuring traditional street foods from around the world $6 and under, returns for the season with two sneak preview opening nights. $5 admission will be charged for these first two evenings in an effort to control crowd size, but will be free starting 5/6. new york hall of science (corona), free admission.

sat 10:30pm: it's been a whole year since we lost prince, but we haven't forgotten the funk. celebrate his musical legacy at the skint's sometimes it's prince in april tribute dance party, with a whole night of nothing but hits, b-sides and songs he wrote for other artists spun by dj steve reynolds of party like it's 1999, plus video clip projections by music video time machine. paisley, purple, and funky attire will not go unnoticed. littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 door.

sun 3pm: the hills are alive with the sound… of handbells. the 39th annual english handbell festival rings in another year at the riverside church (morningside heights). $20 general, $15 students/seniors.

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