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event If Jessye Norman has anything to say about it, the under-sung Sissieretta Jones will be under-sung no more. Ms. Norman's newest project, Call Her By Her Name!, features the 19th-century opera star, the first African American to sing in the main hall of Carnegie Hall. This sneak-peek is part of An Evening Honoring Jessye Norman, Monday, December 17, at National Sawdust. Tickets are $250.

art Just opened at Met Breuer Julio Le Parc 1959, over 50 works, many gouaches, from the acclaimed 90-year-old Argentinian artist.

movie One of the best, never-seen movies finally gets a public release: Amazing Grace, which documents Aretha singing at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, L.A., 1972. At Film Forum for one-week only, many performances already sold out, so act quickly.

gift Our Gus is a small rag doll that would make good company for a youngster, but is also intended to provide unconditional support to adults who need same from an excellent listener.

food We've never subscribed to the idea that all fruitcake is a punchline. We once had a fruitcake in the French countryside, recommended (if memory serves) in a book by Patricia Wells, that was sublime, one of the best sweets we ever had. This pro-fruitcake view is clearly shared by the organizers of the Fruitcake Redemption Competition, happening this Sunday, December 9, 12:30pm, at Kitchen Arts & Letters.

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 8pm: the chelsea symphony continues its season with a holiday concert featuring seasonally-inspired pieces including an orchestral rendering of the night before christmas with guest narrator annie golden (orange is the new black, hair). a wine reception and silent auction follows. st. paul's church (chelsea), $20 suggested donation.

sat 8pm: the all-volunteer, community-based new york repertory orchestra's 2018-19 concert season continues with a performance of samuel barber's adagio for strings and george bruckner's symphony no. 8 in c minor. the church of st. mary the virgin (times square), free ($15 suggested donation).

sun 1pm: composer and frequent jim henson collaborator paul williams joins jim henson legacy president craig shemin for a clip-filled discussion of his his muppet-related collaborations and signs copies of his newly-released original soundtrack for emmet otter's jug-band christmas. museum of the moving image (astoria), $15 general, $11 students/seniors.

sun 3:30pm: things get mighty brassy at the merry tuba christmas concert. the 45th annual event features hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players gathering for a holiday sing around the rockefeller plaza ice rink (midtown west) with the famous tree in the background. free.

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