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theater King Lear, the greatest play ever written, is also one of the most difficult to perform. Antony Sher's performance makes the RSC production at BAM, April 7-29, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience what all the howling is about. [Photo: Ellie Kurttz]

art Technology being on the hot seat just now, you may want to check out the Guggenheim's exhibit, opening May 4, of One Hand Clapping, in which five artists considers the future of art and, inevitably, technology.

Along the same lines, the tenth edition of Seven on Seven, presented by the New Museum and Rhizome, pairs seven artists with seven tech stars with the imperative to "make something." May 19, tickets.

movie Too much? Everything too much? The IMAX documentary Pandas considers the serious challenges to the survival of these bears, while their unbearable cuteness is an appropriate antidote to, well, everything.

music The new Mary Chapin Carpenter album, Sometimes Just the Sky, is a retrospective in more than one sense. Choosing one song from each of her 12 studio albums (and one new song), Carpenter evinces, with her ever-smokier voice, new meanings and emotions from her extraordinary catalogue of compositions. Sometimes Just the Sky is a beautiful, insistent whisper from the past.

photography Photographer Sara Terry's show at United Photo Industries, opening April 10, is Forgiveness & Conflict: Landscapes from Nelson Mandela's South Africa.

food High River Sauces presents the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, April 21 and 22, at the Brooklyn Expo Center, with over 50 vendors for the heat-seeking among you. Hat tip to High River's own Hellacious Hot Sauce, made with habaneros and smoked jalapeños. It's one of our all-time faves.

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 thru sun: set down your earbuds and watch some of the most popular podcasters record their shows live at the sixth annual nyc podfest, featuring hosts and guests including michael ian black, zach braff, judy gold, kevin mcdonald, deray mckesson, martha plimpton, touré, and more. abrons arts center (les), free-$25.

fri thru sun: scandinavian american theater company presents nordic stage: a festival of new scandinavian theater, featuring seven plays of various genres, styles and subject matter. theatre row, free (rsvp).

sat: The 2018 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade kicks off at 2pm from 6th and 45th, celebrating Scottish pride and, obviously, kilts.

sat all day: ease the pain of your commute with grand central terminal's national beer day specials, including $3 drafts, free tastings and more.

sat 11am-7pm, sun 11am-7pm: the 15th annual museum of comic and cartoon arts festival (mocca), manhattan's largest independent festival of its kind, brings 400 exhibiting artists, plus talks, workshops, lectures, and screenings to metropolitan west + inked48 (hell's kitchen). $7 admission.

sat 12-4pm: it'll be smokin' at the seventh annual nyc bbq cookoff, nyc's only kansas city barbeque society-sanctioned bbq cookoff. staten island's historic richmond town, $15 adv, $18 day of.

sat 5-11pm (monthly): this month's free target first saturday at the brooklyn museum celebrates david bowie with music by mike garson and tamar-kali, a drag performance by bushwig, a book talk by simon critchley (bowie), a screening of ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars (1979), a bowie-themed drink 'n' draw, and more. food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. free admission (note: programming does not include admission to the ticketed 'david bowie is' exhibition).

sat 7:30pm: german singer ute lemper presents 'last tango in berlin,' a program of brecht, weill, brel, piaf, ferre, piazzolla, and more at tonight's installment of the peoples' symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $14.

sun 2pm, 7pm (+ 4/11, 4/14): tell me about it, stud. 40th anniversary screenings of grease come to select movie theaters. various locations, $12.50.


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