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the skint

music We wrote about Julian Velard in 2005 that he "applies his enormously appealing, blues-soaked voice to some irresistible pop music." Since then, he's made a number of fine albums including If You Don't Like It, You Can Leave from 2014, a NYC tribute. Velard has just released a new album, Fancy Words for Failure and performs at Joe's Pub on July 8.

movie The rom-com lives. All you really ask of a rom-com, unfashionable as it may be, is lots of charm and characters you love. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, along with Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, deliver the goods in The Big Sick, based on a true story, directed by Michael Showalter.

art Last week to catch a show of work by acclaimed (Brooklyn-born, Queens-raised) figurative artist Alex Katz at Timothy Taylor (closes June 30). Seventy years before Every Person in New York, Mr. Katz was doing subway drawings, the subject of this show.

book MIT PHD candidate Jonathan Sun tweets as alien being Jomny Sun. Jomny's whimsical philosophy is best summed up by his most famous tweet: "look. life is bad. evryones sad. we're all gona die. but i alredy bought this inflatable boumcy castle so r u gona take ur shoes off or wat." Jomny has a new book out titled Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too and his human side will be at the Strand on 6/27, 7pm (ticket purchase required).

out of town It seems like there's a new story hourly about Hudson, NY being the new Brooklyn (or variations thereof). It is a charming and idiosyncratic place that is in the throes of gentrification, for good or ill. Should you visit (and you should), the best place to eat in town, by far, is a newcomer called Aeble. Transplanted city folks—chef-owner Charles Brassard (he cooked at Judson Grill, August, and Little Giant) and host-owner Anna Utevsky—have been sending out first-rate and unfailingly delicious food since they opened in January. (Whatever you do, do not pass up the lamb ribs appetizer.) Service and wine list are also aces. The lighting and decor need some serious love, but don't let that deter you from all the pleasures this kitchen has to offer.

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 (ongoing): leo and kate had it very different, indeed. the south street seaport museum's latest exhibition 'millions: migrants and millionaires aboard the great liners, 1900-1914' examines the dichotomy between first class and third class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century. south street seaport museum (financial district), $12 general, $8 students/seniors, free every other friday thru summer starting 6/30.

fri 10am-4pm: see (and taste) what's cooking from more than 100 vendors at the annual brooklyn eats food and beverage trade show. new york marriott at the brooklyn bridge (downtown brooklyn), $10.

fri 5-8pm: have a sweet-ish time at the annual swedish midsummer festival, featuring traditional food, live music, games, flower wreath making, and a midsummer pole to decorate. robert f. wagner, jr park (battery park), free admission.

fri 5:30-10pm: governors island stays open late for solstice, giving the public a rare chance to catch the sunset from our city's oasis. food + drinks will be available for purchase. free admission, $2 round-trip ferry ride.

fri 6pm (thru 8/12): theater of the resist, an eight-week series of politically charged music, dance and conversations, begins at the met breuer (ues) tonight with 'the egyptian jon stewart' bassem youssef. free with regular museum admission (suggested: $25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students), rsvp recommended.

fri 9:30pm (fridays thru 9/1): grab some funnel cake and take in a fireworks show, returning to the coney island sky every friday through the summer.

sat 11am-6pm: the rubin museum of art celebrates new york music month and its new 'the world is sound' exhibition with free admission all day today (reg. $15 general, $10 students/seniors, free fridays 6-10pm.).

sun 6pm, 8pm (+ mon 7:30pm): white wave's soloduo dance festival returns for a second year with solos and duets from 24 local + international choreographers. dixon place (les), $15-20 general, $12 students/seniors.

sun 8pm (sundays thru 8/13): watch prolific actor, writer, producer and the daily show correspondent aasif mandvi workshop a new one-man show at the people's improv theater (flatiron). $10.

Midtown (from 2015)

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