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the skint

playgrounds In the scheme of things, a small accomplishment. But still: the opening of the first fully-reconstructed playground, part of the city's Community Parks Initiative. The program is essentially a reminder to (and by) government that there are other parks in the city besides Central Park. The Van Alst Playground in Astoria, 29th and 30th Avenues [14th to 21st], got $3.3 million for its makeover and was completed in June, four months ahead of schedule.

theater Pipeline is in previews now at Lincoln Center. This new play by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, is about a public school teacher who sends her son to private school. Early word is very positive.

art Uncomfortable but compelling drawings by Jesse Draxler in his new show, Tire Fire, at Paul Booth Gallery, 325 W. 38th [8th/9th] 646.902.4566, opening tomorrow.

book In her book Last Hope Island, Lynne Olson makes the cooperation—in all its fits and starts—among the Allies in World War II, a riveting read. The Poles save the day more than once.

music Michelle Zauner, of the Philly indie rock band Little Big League, also performs solo as Japanese Breakfast. Her first JB album was the well-regarded synthy shoegaze Psychopomp. Her new one, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, out July 14, sounds every bit as good. Tickets go on sale today for her October 12 performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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 8:30pm: free outdoor movie screening: cinema paradiso (1989) at vesuvio playground (south village).

fri 7-10pm (+ 7/21, 8/4, 8/18): explore the studio museum of harlem's courtyard and galleries during the annual uptown fridays! series, featuring djs, guided tours, and drinks (available for purchase). free with museum admission (suggested $7 general, $3 students/seniors).

sat 1-8pm: louis armstrong's wonderful world, an annual music festival celebrating the legacy of the musician in the borough he called home, returns with a day-long program curated by jon batiste and featuring a headline performance by batiste and his band, stay human. flushing meadows corona park (queens), free.

sat 3-6:30pm: performers bernadette peters and malcolm mcdowell co-host the 19th annual broadway cares / equity fights aids broadway barks dog and cat adoption event/fundraiser, with appearances by 50+ broadway stars including janeane garofalo, david hyde pierce, laurie metcalf, bebe neuwirth, and more. shubert alley (bet. 44th + 45th sts and broadway + 8th ave), free admission.

sun 12-5pm: celebrate all things french at fiaf's annual bastille day fête, filling three streets with live music, can-can dancers, wine, food, and frivolity. 60th street bet. 5th ave + lexington ave, free admission.

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