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tv Schitt's Creek doesn't win you over quickly: the main characters are too self-absorbed for that. But as becomes clear, their self-absorption is actually the basis of the comedy and it's increasingly difficult over four seasons not to fall in love with them as their self-absorption is repeatedly punctured. Season five begins Wednesday, January 16, on Pop TV. Irrefutable: Catherine O'Hara is a comic genius.

film The work of another comedy legend, Elaine May, is part of the four-week festival Far-Out in the 70s: A New Wave of Comedy, 1969-1979 at Film Forum.

museum Expect feline protests, but Museum of the Dog, 101 Park Ave [40th], opens February 8. Given that it's the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, we certainly hope non-purebreds get every bit as much love as their pedigreed kin.

exhibit Opening January 18 at the Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th [Bway/7th], Politics of Place. As the Center points out, "From the mechanisms of colonialism, to intractable wars, displacement has become a catalyst to a contemporary discourse surrounding belonging, homeland and nationhood." We'd only add that climate change is already exacerbating global displacement, with few alternatives in the offing.

theater The Roundabout's new production of Kiss Me Kate starring Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase starts previews at Studio 54 appropriately enough on February 14. Do you want to hear Ms. O'Hara sing So in Love? Of course.

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 sun: the second annual brooklyn podcast festival highlights 16 comedy, politics, and pop culture podcasts, including dr. gameshow, majority report, pop culture happy hour, the bowery boys, the touré show, and more. the bell house (gowanus), union hall (park slope), and bric house (fort greene). various prices.

fri 7:30pm: in anticipation of his upcoming retrospective (2/1-5), filmmaker yorgos lanthimos will discuss his influences and the favourite, followed by a screening of the film. film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 seniors.

fri 7:30pm: the melody and company chamber series presents an all-brahms evening with pianist melody fader, mezzo-soprano re'ut ben-ze'ev, and the momenta quartet, followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception. greenwich house music school concert hall (west village), $15 general, $10 students/seniors (save $5 at the door if you mention the skint).

fri 10:30pm: celebrate the musical legacy of david bowie at the skint's loving the alien: a david bowie tribute dance party, with dj steve reynolds (party like it's 1999) spinning the hits and deep cuts from the thin white duke's 50-year career, plus video clip projections by music video time machine. littlefield (gowanus), $5 adv, $8 door.

sat + sun 12-6pm: 20 to life: a celebration of the sopranos: the paley center celebrates the 20th anniversary of the show's debut with six specially selected episodes—one from each season—that demonstrate the scope of the show's achievement. the paley center for media (midtown west), free.

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