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[We're going on a break until after Labor Day. See you in September.]

art Our favorite illustrator, Matte Stephens (who did the cover of our book Shop Talk: New York's 100 Most Interesting Stores), has posted a number of new gouache paintings for sale. There are also dozens of limited edition prints that, for modest prices, bring major joy.

movie Ixcanul, directed by Jayro Bustamante, is a powerful Guatemalan film about a young Mayan woman's experience with the modern world for which she had yearned. Bonus: gorgeous cinematography.

book Women in Science is an illustrated look by Rachel Ignotofsky about 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World. Could not love this more!

TV Late summer binge watching? Here are two that are completely different but tons of fun in their own way. Stranger Things is an extended 1980s popcorn movie (here meaning Spielberg, Stephen King and John Carpenter) pastiche—sci-fi, small town, kids on bikes. Thrills, chills, allusions galore and some laughs… Then there's the one season of The Great British Bake Off (aka The Great British Baking Show) on Netflix, far more gripping than a warm bath has a right to be. The bakers, presenters and judges are lovely, the setting is beautiful and the clever Brits know how to extract every ounce of drama from a choux. (You can watch three seasons if you become a member of PBS/WMHT.)

music Essential listening: NYC-born Emily King's new album The Switch. the soul/pop singer-songwriter looks to be a breakout.

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 8:30pm: inconceivable! the infinitely quotable the princess bride closes out hudson river park's family fridays movie screening series at pier 46 in greenwich village. free.

sat 12-4pm: dig the magnificent structures at the 26th annual coney island sand sculpting contest, open to amateur and professionals of all ages. watch or compete for cash, prizes, and bragging rights. online registration to compete is sold out, but registration is usually available on site. free.

sat 2pm: young writers aged 6-18 read their work alongside published adult writers at the 12th annual fort greene summer literary festival, featuring three black women novelists: kaitlyn greenidge (we love you, charlie freeman), yaa gyasi (homegoing), and nicole dennis-benn (here comes the sun). bric (fort greene), free.

sat 2-9pm: the blues get down and move uptown: the 17th annual blues bbq festival returns at a new location, where bbq and blues mingle with food from dinosaur bar-b-que, mighty quinn's, arrogant swine, and fort gansevoort bbq, alongside live music by gaye + the wild rutz, cash box kings, bernard allison group, sugaray rayford band, and the dirty dozen brass band. hudson river park's pier 97 (midtown west), free admission.

sun 12-6pm: the 'world's largest' india day parade rolls down madison ave for its 36th year of floats, cultural programming, and of course, food. 38th to 25rd streets at madison ave, free admission.

sun + mon 11pm-midnight: for a bit of bliss in tourist central, jherek bischoff's silent orchestra performs their latest album on electronic orchestral instruments, only to be heard by those wearing one of 400 sets of wireless headphones in the middle of times square. free.

thru 9/13: harken back to days when two films were shown for the price of one at film forum's return of the double feature series, beginning with pairings of hitchcock's vertigo + rear window, godard's contempt + breathless, and kubrick's paths of glory + the killing. film forum (west village), $14.

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