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After this edition of MUG, we're on a break, back July 8.

theater The summer theatrical migration finds most of the interesting plays and musicals performed outside the city in more sylvan settings, from Williamstown to Stratford. But this year, the Drama League inaugurates counterprogramming with the launch of First Stage Festival, July 29-August 9, during which 10 new works get 10 hours with 10 directors to focus on an aspect of fledgling plays and musicals. Free, but tickets required.

food Tomorrow from 1-5, Italian fine comestibles purveyor Gustiamo hosts its Annual Summer Open Warehouse and Pizza Challenge in the Bronx. Great food shopping and free pizza. RSVP

movie The Chambermaid, directed by Lila Avilés, opens Wednesday, June 26 at Film Forum. While there is a certain desolation to the depiction of a day in the life of a Mexico City chambermaid at an upscale hotel, there is also a keenly observed and heartening humanity and more than a dash of humor.

music Brooklyn-based indie band Wilder Maker plays an ACLU benefit at Trans-Pecos tomorrow, June 22. Their new single, Love So Well, is also lead vocalist Katie Von Schleicher's last recording with the group. [Photo: Annie Del Hierro]

cabaret Cady Huffman as Peggy Lee—all we need to know to get ourselves to The Green Room 42, Wednesday, July 31, 7pm.

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: 1,000 free outdoor performances take over 400 plazas, parks, gardens, and sidewalks in all five boroughs for the 13th annual make music new york day. select highlights include a joe's pub block party, improv everywhere's mp3 experiment in prospect park, and participatory 'mass appeal' concerts.

fri thru 10/6: poster house, the first museum in the u.s. dedicated exclusively to posters, opens in chelsea with inaugural exhibitions alphonse mucha: art nouveau/nouvelle femme and designing through the wall: cyan in the 1990s. $12 general, $8 students/seniors.

fri 5-8pm: decorate a midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games, dance to fiddle music, and picnic on the grass at the annual swedish midsummer festival. robert f. wagner, jr. park and pier a plaza (battery park), free admission.

fri 9:30pm (fridays thru 8/30): fireworks light up the coney island sky, every friday through the summer.

sat + sun 11am-6pm: the seasonal renegade craft fair returns for a summer edition with 200 independent design, craft, and food + drink vendors. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), free admission.

sat 1pm: summer, sea, and sequins merge at the 37th annual mermaid parade, one of the largest events of the season. this year's festivities will be led by king neptune and queen mermaid arlo and nora guthrie. free for spectators.

sat 2pm, sun 1pm: find the rainbow connection at 40th anniversary screenings of the muppet movie, hosted by craig shemin, president of the jim henson legacy, with guests ed christie (puppet designer/builder), calista hendrickson (muppet costume designer), and others. museum of the moving image (astoria), $11-15 tickets include same-day admission to the museum.

sun 11am-5pm: more than 100 small-scale acoustic concerts take over the porches of governors island for porch stomp, an annual folk music and dance festival featuring music jams, a banjo parade, square dancing, and more. governors island's nolan park, free admission.

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