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Did you miss the excellent Zen series set in contemporary Rome (though with a 60s vibe) starring Rufus Sewell? The three murder mysteries, based on the Michael Dibdin novels, can be streamed online at PBS thru the end of the month.

Today's performance of Broadway in Bryant Park, 12:30-1:30, features the casts of Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Rent, Wicked, and Death Takes a Holiday.

Red wine in summer? That's why there's air conditioning. Wine expert Anthony Giglio discusses reds that get better with a short chill, at an ICE class on 8/8, 7pm, called Hot Days, Cold Reds.

How a 78-square-foot apartment works.

indie rock Friday: Pop heroes Ra Ra Riot play a FREE show in Prospect Park. Sunday: Friendly Fires + Cults get you dancing for FREE in Central Park. Just Announced… 8/10: Band of Horses. 11/2: Feist

movie Mysteries of Lisbon, a delicious, four-hour, period wallow based on the Portuguese classic, opens tomorrow at IFC.

food Rosa Mexicano's annual Ice Cream Festival returns August 10th (through September 4th). You'll find unusual flavors such as sweet avocado ice cream with fresh strawberries; piloncillo (brown sugar) ice cream with Mexican carrot cake pieces and smoked cashews; and chocolate Negra Modelo ice cream with candied bacon. You can learn how to make these flavors on Saturday, August 20th, 10am, at the Union Square location. It's $30 ($15 for kids), which includes a three-course lunch. Register, 212.397.0666, ext. 27.

out of town Push the season—the fall season, that is—with this deal at Maine's Inn By The Sea, at Crescent beach, not far from Portland.

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.

thurs 9am: score free tickets to andrea bocelli's performance 9/15 at central park's great lawn (limit 4/household)

thurs 7:30pm (every thurs thru 8/18): the queen of soul herself, aretha franklin, plays the 33rd annual seaside summer concert series at coney island, free

thurs-sat @ 8pm (thru 8/13): shakespeare in the park(ing) lot: the drilling company performs hamlet in, yes, an actual parking lot on ludlow and broome. free.

fri @ dusk: free outdoor movies tonight: e.t. the extra-terrestrial (the intrepid), how to train your dragon (hudson river park, pier 46), young frankenstein (narrows botanic gardens, bay ridge)

sun: free admission and special programs at all six heart of brooklyn cultural institutions (brooklyn botanic garden, brooklyn children's museum, brooklyn museum, brooklyn public library, prospect park and prospect park zoo). free carousel rides, contests, raffles, plus brooklyn icons mini golf at grand army plaza.

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