arts 12.13.19

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the skint

movie Karen Allen gives a career-high performance in Colewell, about the unwelcome changes in a small Pennsylvania town.

theater Alan Ayckbourn's play Absurd Person Singular, close to 50 years old, holds up well yet is very much of its time, which was the turmoil of the early 70s in Britain. It will be interesting to view it in light of current events, something playgoers can do starting tonight at Theatre Row - Theatre One.

art On the Water's Edge is the new exhibition of works by James Casebere at Sean Kelly, in which water adds a double-edged sword to the proceedings.

music Helado Negro's album This is How You Smile, released earlier this year, was called "sublime" by Pitchfork. It now has a companion piece: Live at KCRW.

holidays The best kind of white Christmas is A Lillias White Christmas, performed by Ms. White at The Green Room tonight through Sunday.

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 (ongoing): stockholm-based photography museum fotografiska opens a new york location in a multi-floored, landmarked flatiron district building. $28 general, $18 students/seniors.

sat 12-4pm: what the dickens? alexander chee (how to write an autobiographical novel), leslie jamison (the recovering), and lisa ko (the leavers) are just a few of the readers who'll be saying, 'bah, humbug!' at the 10th annual housing works marathon reading of charles dickens's a christmas carol. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free.

sat 10pm: be saved from another lonely princemas the skint's annual housequake: all-prince dance party, with dj steve reynolds (party like it’s 1999) spinning hits, new discoveries, deep cuts and songs written for other artists from prince’s 35+ year career. the bell house (gowanus), $5.

sun thru 4/11/2020 (weds-sun 12-7pm): faurschou foundation opens a 12,000 square-foot gallery in greenpoint, with works by yoko ono, robert rauschenberg, ai weiwei, and more featured in its inaugural exhibition. free admission.

sun 11am-5:30pm: jazz up your commute with the annual nyc vintage train underground swing + jazz festival, a grassroots, volunteer-driven day of live music, swing dancing, and vintage fashions that will take place on the uptown d train platform of the 145th st station. free admission with a regular metrocard swipe, tips for musicians encouraged.

sun 1pm: bakers from across nyc fight it out for the best homemade cookie in the city at the annual brooklyn cookie takedown, where you can taste the contenders and vote for your favorites. royal palms shuffleboard club (gowanus), $25.

sun 3:30pm: rockefeller center brings in the top brass for the annual merry tuba christmas concert, where hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players gather to play seasonal songs under the tree. the ice rink at rockefeller plaza (midtown west), free.

sun 5:45pm: led by composer phil kline, a walking ambient chorus of boombox-toting participants will carry their wall of sound from washington square park to tompkins square park for the 27th annual unsilent night procession. meet at the washington square park arch (greenwich village), free.

just a few of the many holiday markets and sales popping up this weekend:

• ceramics studio sale. 92y (ues). sat thru mon. free admission.

• st. nicholas cookie walk. st. nicholas of myra orthodox church (east village). sat 11am-4pm, sun 12-3pm. $20-35.

• strange and unusual holiday market. sideshows by the seashore (coney island). sat 12-7pm, sun 12-6pm. free admission.


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