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arts The Shed opens April 5, instantly transforming the (formerly) wild west of the far west side into a center for the arts. It kicks off with a five-night concert series called Soundtrack of America celebrating the impact of African American music on contemporary culture. And from April 6-May 19, Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, with Renée Fleming and Ben Wishaw, a show about Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy.

theater White Noise is the new play by Suzan-Lori Parks at The Public starting March 5. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's new work focuses on the aftermath of a racially-motivated incident involving the police.

design Out February 19, Furniture Boom, 384 pages of mid-century modern Danish goodness (and some trippy weirdness as above) from 1945-75.

movie Yes, a shaggy dog story but the small mockumentary St. Bernard Syndicate, directed by Mads Brügger, is both awkwardly funny and even touching.

theater For many Sondheim fans, MUG included, there can never be too many recordings of Follies and that's especially true in the new release of last year's National Theatre production with Imelda Staunton. Just glorious.

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 thru 2/5: the film society of lincoln center presents a yorgos lanthimos retrospective showcasing alps, dogtooth, the favourite, the killing of a sacred deer, kinetta, and the lobster. $15 general, $12 students/seniors.

fri thru 2/28: try a different hot chocolate flavor every day this month at city bakery's annual hot chocolate festival. featured flavors include salted caramel, coconut chai, creamy stout, chili pepper, darkest dark, bourbon, and more. city bakery (flatiron), prices tba.

fri 1-8pm (+ sat 11am-6pm): refresh your wardrobe with the help of more than 80 vintage clothing + accessories dealers at the semi-annual manhattan vintage clothing show + sale. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $15 adv, $20 door.

fri 4-6pm: cool carving: two large-scale ice sculptures, one of twentieth-century artist's model audrey munson and one of the statue of liberty's hand and torch, will be created live at madison square park and remain on display for several days as they melt. free admission.

fri 6pm: olympic figure skaters johnny weir and gabrielle daleman, canadian-national champions andrew poje and kaitlyn weaver, and athletes from special olympics new york perform at the bryant park frostfest skating showcase. bryant park (midtown west), free.

sat 2-6pm: the apollo theater in harlem celebrates black history month with its annual open house, an afternoon of dance, music, storytelling and film. free (rsvp).

sat 7pm: writer robert seidman (ulysses annotated) and cabaret performer billy hough celebrate james joyce's 137th birthday with a discussion on ulysses at mcnally jackson books (nolita). free.

sat 7pm to sun 7am: go beyond the good place with a night of philosophy and ideas, an annual 12-hour marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music at brooklyn public library—central library (prospect heights). free.

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