arts 01.20.17

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the skint

circus Same circus, different clowns? Not at all. Atlas Circus, started by college students in 2014, makes its New York debut on February 17 at Dixon Place. The show is titled The Optimist and you'll find an unexpected emphasis (for a circus) on narrative. As Ringling Brothers prepares to shut down, the circus impulse doesn't change—its expression does.

book New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick contemplates the idea of time and particularly Why Times Flies. The subtitle is 'a mostly scientific investigation' but, inevitably, philosophy slips in. The book is available next week—no time at all.

theater The optimism that composer and lyricist Jerry Herman has brought to his Broadway scores may seem ill-suited to the current mood of the country, but it's precisely when the world is unsettled that musicals step up to provide a welcome alternate reality. La La Land, with a score by Justin Hurwitz, would be a great movie at any time, but it seems especially necessary just now. Hurwitz knows how to build numbers to thrilling crescendos much as Herman famously did in his title numbers. The elder JH, now 85, must surely be pleased that his brand of Broadway musical is going to be part of this year's theatrical zeitgeist. The York Theatre kicks things off on January 24 with Hello Jerry, a one-night multimedia presentation celebrating the composer's life. Staged concert readings of Milk and Honey (January 28-February 5) and Dear World (featuring Tyne Daley, February 11-19) follow… And there's a lot of anticipation for the revival of Hello Dolly!, beginning previews March 15 at the Shubert, starring Bette Midler and David Hyde PierceWALL-E, the charmingly pointed Pixar movie from 2008, uses two numbers from Hello, Dolly as the human touch against a garbage-strewn and abandoned world.

movie The Red Turtle is the gorgeously animated story of a man shipwrecked on an island.

music Julie Byrne's alt-folk music and voice are instantly transporting. Hear for yourself on January 27th at Rough Trade, at the release show for her new album Not Even Happiness.

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.

sun 8am: feel inspired to get in shape while you cheer on the runners at the new york road runners fred lebow manhattan half marathon in central park.

sun 2-4pm: soup's on! slurp up samples of soups, chowders, stews, and ramen and vote for your favorite at the annual brooklyn soup takedown. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $20.

thru sun: the annual nyc big flea market comes to manhattan center with hundreds of vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, collectibles, and more. $15 admission includes all three days.

thru 5/21: 'i'm nobody! who are you? the life and poetry of emily dickinson', a new exhibition at the morgan library + museum (midtown east), examines the life and work of the 19th century poet with nearly one hundred manuscripts and letters, photographs and other visual materials, plus lectures, film screenings, writing workshops, and a concert featuring patti smith and jesse paris smith. $20 general, $13 students/seniors, free fridays 7-9pm (related events extra).


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