movie ‣ In 2015, we watched Miles Joris-Peyrafitte work on a small, one-day project and what we saw couldn't have been clearer: here was an exceptionally sensitive, gifted young director. It wasn't just a confidence in his own vision—plenty of directors have that—but also an uncanny way of connecting with performers. Anyone could see he was a talent to watch. Tomorrow, his first feature, As You Are, opens.
music ‣ Lovely, healing, quietly defiant—a song for the resistance, perhaps: listen to Jayme Stone's version of the African-American hymn There is More Love Somewhere. It's a cut off his forthcoming album Folklife, which "blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears." He'll be at Joe's Pub on March 29, performing with the musicians on the album: Moira Smiley (who duets with Stone on the More Love track), Sumaia Jackson and Joe Phillips. [Photo: Vanessa Heins]
food ‣ Jonesing for Fesanjun Khoresh? It could happen. The pomegranate and walnut chicken stew is just one of example of the deliciousness of Persian cooking, detailed by Naomi Duguid in her new book Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan. At the Anthroposophy NYC, 138 W. 15th [6th/7th] on Wednesday, March 22, 6:30pm (presented by Culinary Historians of New York), there's a reception featuring Fesanjun Khoresh and other dishes, after which Ms. Duguid will talk about the cuisine. Tickets and more info.
writing ‣ There's a Celebration of Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) at Symphony Space on Wednesday, March 1 when Denis O'Hare, Lynn Cohen, Kate Burton, Carolina Ravassa and Pepe Nufrio perform stories by the revered Brazilian writer.
art ‣ Renowned Uruguayan conceptual artist Luis Camnitzer has a show at Alexander Gray, 510 W. 26th [10th/11th] 212.399.2636, called Short Stories, where time is considered in various media.
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 6:30-9pm (monthly): you don't have to be quiet during the library after hours, a new monthly event at nypl that's more about celebrating than reading. tonight's kick-off is all about the library's 'love in venice' exhibition, featuring cocktails + snacks, music + dance lessons, guided tours, and more. costumes encouraged. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building, free (rsvp).
fri + sat 8pm doors, 9:30pm show: fall into a burning ring of fire at the johnny cash birthday bash, an annual celebration of the music of johnny cash with live music by alex battles and his band the whisky rebellion. littlefield (gowanus), $15 adv, $20 dos.
fri-sun: a treasure trove of new and gently used books, cds, dvds, and records will be sold for just $1-$2 each at park slope united methodist church's 24th annual book sale. $5 admission 2/24, free admission 2/25-26.
sat 11am-3:30pm: check out what's hoppening at the first annual nyc fermentation festival, a gathering of 30+ vendors offering samples and sales, along with demos, activities for kids, and adult beverages. part of new york city beer week. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $20 admission.
sun various times: nine places to watch the 89th annual academy awards:
brooklyn bazaar (greenpioint): open oskars brewery beer bar 7-8pm, food and drinks available for purchase. free admission.
brooklyn winery (williamsburg): wine, craft beer, and small plates available for purchase. two-drink minimum. free admission.
le poisson rouge (greenwich village): the big quiz thing's fifth annual pre-oscars trivia game show, followed by the ceremony. two food or drink item minimum at tables. $10 adv, $15 dos.
littlefield (gowanus): the skint's third annual screening party includes a red carpet, photo booth, voting ballots, free fresh popcorn, a free glass of champagne with rsvp, and themed drink specials. free admission.
northern territory (greenpoint): taste of streep giveaways. free admission.
playwright irish pub (midtown west): pre-ceremony trivia, voting ballots, a red carpet, photo booth, food and drink available for purchase, so many teevees.
q.e.d. (astoria): trivia (during commercial breaks), popcorn, catered snacks, and voting ballots. $12.
samsung 837 (meatpacking): three-story screen. free admission.
videology (williamsburg): screening in the main space (11' screen) and bar (6' screen plus a wide-screen tv). drink and food menu available. free admission.