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music Ben Watt, best known as half of Everything But the Girl, has had a fairly extraordinary second act as author, DJ and head of Buzzin' Fly records. Watt returned to songwriting and performing in 2014 with the release of Hendra. Fever Dream, the followup album, is out today and—as good as Hendra was—we think Fever Dream is even better. "There's still so much I want to do," he sings in Winter's Eve. Time may hang heavy on Watt, but, as an artist, he is very much in his prime. You can hear the album streaming on Pitchfork and catch him on June 17 at Mercury Lounge.

poetry Camp Lawless? Must be those New York values. As it happens, yes. The lawless part is poet Amy Lawless—Ms. Lawless will teach a summer poetry workshop series for adults on Sundays, 12-2 from June 12 through August 21st at Bowery Poetry Club and at various locations around the city. $600

recording More poetry. April is Shakespeare's month, having been born in April, 1564 (date unknown) and he died 400 years ago on April 23, 1616. Who better to mark the occasion than Dame Judi Dench, along with the fine actor David Suchet? Exits and Entrances is a recording of short portions of Shakespeare's works, including sonnets, paired with classical music.

history Anti-Semitism 1919-1939 opens at the New-York Historical Society on April 12. Santayana's maxim—Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it—is, alas, as necessary as ever.

tour The Titanic sails from Southampton on April 10, 1912 and, spoiler alert, it doesn't end well since the New York part of the journey turns out to have been aspirational. Dave Gardner gives the definitive Titanic tour in these parts and, for $20, you can hear the details on the ice warnings, the collision, the survivors and all the rest. The upcoming tours take place on Thursday and Friday April 14th and 15th at noon, by the Walgreens at the southwest corner of Astor Place and Lafayette.

book Andrew Solomon, author of the The Noonday Demon, the best book ever written about depression, has a collection of essays out April 19th. Titled Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change, it amply demonstrates the writer's enormous range of insight and depth of understanding on diverse matters across the globe.

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 1-8pm, sat 11am-6pm: purchase some new (old) duds at the manhattan vintage clothing show + sale, featuring 75 vintage clothing + textile dealers. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $15 adv, $20 door.

fri 7pm, sat 2pm: oh, baby: a two-day symposium celebrating roman polanski's 1969 thriller, rosemary's baby begins with a screaming screening of the film and reception on friday, followed by presentations and discussions on saturday. swiss institute (soho), free (rsvp).

fri 7:40pm: actor ethan hawke will do a q+a session with mark ruffin of sirius xm's real jazz following a screening of chet baker biopic, born to be blue, which hawke stars in. ifc center (west village). $14 general, $10 seniors.

sat 12-4pm: queue for 'que at the nyc bbq cookoff. nycs only kansas city barbeque society-sanctioned bbq cook-off returns for its annual feast at staten island's historic richmond town. rain, snow, or shine. $12.75 adv, $15 door.

sat 2pm: they're bad in plaid: hundreds of bag pipers, drummers and dancers march up midtown for the 18th annual tartan day parade. sixth avenue bet. 45th + 55th sts, free.

sat + sun 8pm: the american contemporary music ensemble (acme) performs music by glass, monk, reich, and more as part of the series, 'from minimalism into algorithm, at the kitchen (tribeca). $15.

sun 11am-5pm: beloved performer bernadette peters serves as grand marshal for the inaugural nyc paws parade from madison square park to union square (11am-12pm), where the semi-annual adoptapalooza dog and cat adoption event awaits (12-5pm). greenpoint will host a satellite event at the house of vans as well (11am-4pm).

thru sun: bibliophiles and collectors will have plenty to peruse at these three fairs, all within walking distance from each other: new york antiquarian book fair (fri-sun, park avenue armory, $25 general, $10 students), the nyc book + ephemera fair (sat, church of st. ignatius loyola, $15), and the manhattan vintage book + ephemera fair and fine press book fair (sat, church of st. vincent ferrer, $15).

thru 4/23: japan society's 'japan sings!' screening series explores the little-known art of the japanese musical film with 10 cinematic gems starring teen idols and tv stars from the 50s and 60s. $12-15 general, $9-12 students/seniors.

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