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the skint

r&b "When I sat down at the table, I was a younger man…" sings William Bell, on his new album This Is Where I Live. The soul singer, songwriter and producer, who began recording at Stax in 1961, proves he still deserves a place at the table. Bell plays a free show at Pier 97, Hudson River Park, tomorrow, August 6. Doors open at 2pm.

cello Maya Beiser does things with a cello that neither Bach nor you ever imagined. Her new album, TranceClassical, has some pretty cool stuff: music by Imogen Heap, Lou Reed, Hildegard von Bingen—and Bach, too. She performs at Le Poisson Rouge on September 13.

jazz Talented jazz vocalist Scott Morgan releases his first album, titled Songs of Life, next month and performs two sets at Jazz at Kitano on September 15, 8 and 10pm.

movie musicals BAMcinématek screens 29 MGM musicals released between 1929-1949, starting August 26. Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz, On The Town and lots of other goodies.

rock Springsteen's autobiography, Born to Run, September 27.

musical Broadway favorite Victoria Clark directs Newton's Cradle, a new musical about autism by mother-and-son team Kim and Heath Saunders at the New York Musical Festival. Remaining performances are tonight at 9pm, tomorrow at 1pm, and Sunday at noon and 4pm.

movie All Things Must Pass, the documentary about Tower Records, is available on demand and comes to DVD on September 13.

singer-songwriter This one's a surprise. Did you ever want to hear (They Long To Be) Close to You again? No? Singer-songwriter Rumer's forthcoming album, This Girl's In Love: a Bacharach and David Songbook, contains the cut, which she transforms into a gorgeous, wistful torch song. Listen here.

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 7pm, 7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 46th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with m. ward and margaret glaspy at damrosch park (7:30pm), plus é renato, vinícius cantuária and ricardo silveira at hearst plaza (7pm).

sat 7am-1pm (+ 8/13, 8/20): seven miles of nyc's streets open to the public for car-free fun during the ninth annual summer streets. extending from the brooklyn bridge to central park, pedestrians can walk, run, bike, and participate in free activities like a water slide, a zipline, free bike rentals, yoga + fitness classes, bike helmet giveaways (8am-12pm @ 24th st.), and more.

sat-sun 9am-5pm: 200 teams from around the world compete at the 26th annual hong kong dragon boat festival, alongside lion and dragon dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, live music, crafts, a food court, a race team helmed by the mayor, and more. flushing meadows park (queens), free admission.

sat 4-8pm: join in a traditional hindu lamp ceremony for peace and protection by decorating a palm leaf boat, filling it with a lighted candle, and sending it out on the east river. the ceremony will be accompanied by a dance performance and a participatory percussion ensemble. brooklyn bridge park's pebble beach, free. [photo: julienne schaer]

sat 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: the hubble cantata combines a musical performance by a 20-piece ensemble and a 100-person choir with a virtual-reality trip through the cosmos and a 360-degree sound installation. cardboard vr headsets (provided) and a downloadable smartphone app (free) enable the magic. rain or shine, but check their website/facebook/twitter for hazardous weather cancellation notices. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation).

sun 11am-6pm: the debut of the queens book festival brings readings, discussions and signings from over 100 authors, plus exhibitors, activities, and food to kaufman astoria studios. free admission.

sun 6pm doors, 7pm show: at tonight's central park summerstage show, igmar thomas + the revive big band present: a journey through the legacy of black culture, featuring esperanza spalding, bilal and nicholas payton. free.

thru 8/11: the dim all the lights: disco and the movies screening series features a dozen films that celebrate the utopian promise of disco, occurring in conjunction with the world theatrical premiere of derek jarman's will you dance with me?. scheduled: saturday night fever, thank god it's friday, gay sex in the 70s, the last days of disco, and more. the metrograph (les), $12-15.

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