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the skint

art In 2016, Olivia Laing's affecting memoir The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone was published. Now at Clamp Art, The City (And a Few Lonely People), a group show inspired Laing's book.

music Patty Griffin, the supernal singer-songwriter, has a new album out March 8 and she'll perform on April 6 at Town Hall. Listen to River (a Griffin original, not the Joni Mitchell song of the same name).

cabaret As always, the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center is a stellar lineup of talent. Among the performers this season, Jenifer Lewis and Christine Ebersole as well as Martha Plimpton, who will be performing Aimee Mann songs, each of which Plimpton connects to a different U.S. president.

movie The 5 Browns: Digging Through The Darkness is a documentary about the classical pianist siblings and the abuse the three sisters suffered by their father. At IFC. Director Ben Niles will be on hand for a Q & A at the January 28, 7:30pm screening.

talk This one should be fascinating: choreographer Elizabeth Streb, long intrigued by human flight, talks about this with neuroscientist John Krakauer. Saturday, February 9, 3pm at the Rubin. Tickets are $28.

petition One of the greatest, most innovative drummers of all time, Max Roach spent much of his childhood living in Bed-Stuy. A petition to Community Board 3 has been started to name a street in his honor. You can sign it here.

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 + sat 8pm: catch two nights of new choreography for a cause at danspace project's artist-as-curator series, 'food for thought.' danspace project (east village), $5 + two cans of food to benefit the momentum project, or $10 with no cans (cash only).

fri thru sun: get lost in a world of wool at vogue knitting live, an annual three-day crafty person's paradise filled with workshops, vendors, fashion shows, free lessons, and more. new york marriott marquis (theater district), $20 (classes + lectures extra).

fri thru sun: save 25-75% on display and slightly damaged art books at the taschen sale (soho).

fri thru 2/3: 10 days of winter weather programming takes over bryant park's winter village for frost fest, including bumper cars on ice (1/26-2/3), a silent disco (1/27), live ice carving (1/27), an ice ball (1/30), a skating showcase with olympian johnny weir and athletes from special olympics new york (2/1), and more. bryant park (midtown west), various prices.

fri thru 5/12: immerse yourself in the world of tolkien: maker of middle-earth, an exhibition featuring one of the largest collections ever assembled of j.r.r. tolkien's original drawings, manuscripts, and maps related to the hobbit, the lord of the rings, and the silmarillion. the morgan library + museum (midtown east), $20 general, $13 students/seniors, free fridays 7-9pm.

sat thru 2/17: the metrograph hosts a retrospective of eight films produced by david o. selznick from 1932-1949, including gone with the wind, spellbound, the third man, and others. the metrograph (les), $15.

sat 11am-3pm: skiing in central park? skiing is believing at the annual winter jam, an afternoon winter sports festival filled with snow-blown grounds just for the occasion. other activities include snowshoeing, curling, ice bowling, and sledding. central park's naumburg bandshell area (enter at 72nd street). free.

sun 2pm, 5pm (+ 1/29-30): 80th anniversary screenings of the wizard of oz come to select cinemas for three days. various prices.

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