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photography Bellevue's South Lobby is one of the most beautiful places in New York right now, thanks to the installation of Ruth's Dream. It's a series of 8-foot tall photographs of Manhattan's wild flowers, illuminated from within, shot by the late artist Ruth Litoff, who suffered mental illness and took her own life.

Ms. Litoff wanted to thank Bellevue for the care she had received there with an art exhibit. She said, "The intention of this show is to create a sanctuary of flowers and light in an inspiring environment for the people of this city; to provide a respite from the noise and speed of the streets, a moment to stroll in a garden of luminosity, and an opportunity to slow down and experience vitality, peace and joy. This sunlit and healing space at Bellevue Hospital is the perfect greenhouse for my flowers."

Her sister, filmmaker Hope Litoff, curated the show—eight years in the making—and is also working on a documentary about her sister's life called Rules to Live By.

book Dave Eggers' latest, Heroes of the Frontier, is out July 26—an unmistakably Eggersian version of the road novel.

movie Sweetie, darling, is there anyone who couldn't use a laugh right about now? Absolutely Fabulous kicks off with Eddie and Patsy inadvertently but fatally dispatching Kate Moss into the Thames.

event New York at Its Core, a major new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, doesn't open until November. But you can become a permanent part of the show as an extra in the interactive Future City Lab, by participating in a film shoot on Saturday, July 30, 10-6 at the museum.

cabaret You may have seen Laura Benanti's impersonation of Melania Trump on Colbert. The actress is well-known and -loved by Broadway audiences—you can hear her show In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention, as well as the 21 other albums (from performers like Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley) in the Live At 54 Below series, currently sale-priced at $12.99.

wine When the warm weather hits, we're good with whites and rosés—for a few weeks. But then we're up for red again, with the AC on and the wine chilled a bit. The Viña Zorzal Graciano, at $10.99, from Spain's Navarra region, is a steal. The Graciano grape often produces fragrant wines with a distinct blueberry vibe. Pick up a bottle at Chamber Street Wines.

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 10am-2pm, 7:30pm (thru 8/17): lincoln center's 50th annual mostly mozart festival, while not skint-priced, does include many free events throughout the fest, including performances in the subway this morning and a preview concert in damrosch park tonight, micro-concerts by the international contemporary ensemble (7/27-8/17), a discussion on mozart's collaborations with librettists (8/7), and a 1,000 voice volunteer choir (you can be one of them! 8/13).

fri 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: jon batiste and stay human + friends play the bric celebrate brooklyn! festival. rain or shine, but check their website/facebook/twitter for hazardous weather cancellation notices. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation).

fri-mon: feel fancy and browse the rings, necklaces, bracelets, timepieces, and more at the annual new york antique jewelry + watch show, which includes more than 100 dealers showcasing pieces from the renaissance to art deco eras. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $20 admission gets you in all four days.

sat 9am-5pm: the west side is all abuzz for the sixth annual high line honey day, featuring beekeepers from the five boroughs, a demonstration hive, family-friendly activities, a local honey market, and honey-themed treats available for purchase. the high line at 14th street (meatpacking district), free admission.

sat + sun 10am-6pm: something stinks at the new york botanical garden, but it's supposed to. a giant amorphophallus titanum, aka corpse flower, is expected to bloom this weekend, releasing an odor compared to rotting flesh. occurring only once every 10 years and lasting for a mercifully brief 24-36 hour period, this could be your only chance to see smell it until 2026. can't make it? a live cam lets you watch it from afar. included with regular admission ($25 general, $22 students/seniors).

sun 7-9pm: the amplified sundays series of free outdoor concerts at riverside park south's pier i returns with michael arenella + quintet.

sun-thurs: 'native to america,' an eight-film series inspired by jack pettibone riccobono's new film the seventh fire and programmed with chris eyre, explores depictions of native american life. highlights include jim jarmusch and eye q+a following the sunday 12:45pm show of dead man and a free screening of lock-up: the prisoners of rikers island on tuesday. the metrograph (les), $12-15.

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