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auction Very loud sigh. The Tekserve Collection Auction takes place on Tuesday, August 23, 11am, as the Mac mecca prepares to close down the retail operation. That means they'll be selling all the stuff that's been on the walls and around the store—the early Apple computers, the vintage radios, the typewriters and old televisions, the blue robot—that helped make Apple shopping (and repairing) quirky and memorable. Everything, we might add, that shopping in official Apple stores is not. The highlights are on view August 20 and 22; Roland is handling the auction. If you want to bid, you can also do so on Roland's website during the live auction.

movie Florence Foster Jenkins wasn't the first socialite with delusions and she won't be the last. Her particular failure of self-awareness was that she believed she could sing and sing well. Friends humorously and, it must be said, cruelly enabled this fantasy. See and hear this play out in the new movie Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, directed by Stephen Frears.

music Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) has a new solo album called 4th of July. The mood, though, is autumnal. Neko Case and Laura Veirs do additional vocals. Good stuff all around.

theater The highly-regarded and first play in Richard Nelson's timely trilogy The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family was Hungry. Back at The Public in the Gabriel's Rhinebeck kitchen, from September 10-October 9, play two: What Did You Expect? And play three, Women of a Certain Age runs November 4-December 4.

book Graham Moore's new suspense novel The Last Days of Night, based on real events, brings 1888 New York to life. It also answers the age-old question, How many people does it take to invent a lightbulb? Out August 16.

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.

sat + sun 12-8pm: it's a continent, not a country, and it's got a wide variety of food. at the nyc african food festival, explore the diverse cuisine and drinks with tastings, cooking demos, cookbook publishers, and an all-day sunday brunch. brooklyn navy yard, $30+.

sat 5pm: 1,000 volunteer singers lend their voices to a live performance of the world premiere of pulitzer prize-winning composer david lang's the public domain, closing out this season's lincoln center out of doors festival. josie robertson plaza (midtown west), free.

sat 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (ends today): r+b songstress andra day and philly bluesman son little play the closing night of the bric celebrate brooklyn! festival. rain or shine, but check their website/facebook/twitter for hazardous weather cancellation notices. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation).[Photo: Myriam Santos]

sun 1-3pm: sample the suds from 25 home brewers at matt timms's annual homebrew takedown and vote for your favorites after you get your fill. hill country barbecue (brooklyn heights), $20.

sun 6:30pm (thru 8/20): the 35th annual battery dance festival features outdoor dance performances from more than 30 companies at battery park city's robert f. wagner jr park, as well as four workshops at battery dance studios, and a closing performance at the schimmel center. free.

thru 8/17: podcasters, journalists, scientists, and more come together to explore things we don't know at the festival of the unknown, with informative and comedic takes on academia, an interactive future adventure, tales of scientific mishaps, and more, including live podcast tapings. the wild project (east village), various prices.

thru 8/22: more than 100 bk restaurants offer $28 prix fixe dinners, $15 lunches, and $12 brunches during dine in brooklyn.

thru 8/28: see everything from clowns to coming-of-age stories at the 20th annual new york international fringe festival, with 200 new shows of all genres across 16 venues in the village and lower east side, as well as free outdoor previews. $18 general, $13 seniors.

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