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Listen to Esperanza Spalding's version of I'll Look Around, part of the forthcoming Tribute to Billie Holiday album, which also features Babyface, Rickie Lee Jones, Boz Scaggs, Rocco DeLuca, and Patti Austin, out 7/5.

Tonight at Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre [Howard/Grand], Jason Bailer Losh talks about his project Chinese Take Out at Art in General (thru 7/2), which involved 10 artists and local Chinatown restaurants. 6:30pm, free.

The Kennedy Center's revival of Follies, starring Bernadette Peters, comes to Broadway for a limited engagement starting August 7th. Tickets go on sale 7/5.

Map fans will love Mapping the Cityscape, an exhibit opening July 6th at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia [W. 3rd/Bleecker]. On display, NYC maps of all kinds from 1609-2011.

indie rock Friday: Jana Hunter's Lower Dens play a free South Street Seaport show. Sunday: Indie poppers The Hairs play a free show at Fulton Stall Market. More free summer shows. Just Announced… 8/3: Frightened Rabbit. 8/20: The Rapture. 9/23: The Descendents

comedy DUMBO hasn't been known for its sense of humor but that may change now that comedians Aaron Kominos-Smith and Jason Schneider have started a free standup comedy show at 68 Jay St. Bar every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Well-established comedians have already stopped by—so you'll probably have some big laughs, and with no cover charge, little to lose. The next show is July 12th.

food Seattle's Beecher's Handmade Cheese, a fixture at Pike Place Market, has come to New York in a big way. At the new store, 900 Broadway [20th] 212.466.3340, their superb cheeses, a mac 'n' cheese dish that has some claim to being the "world's best", a cafe and another spot in the cellar where you can have a glass of wine to go with all that cheese as well as other small noshes.

book We first became fans of neuroscientist David Eagleman after reading his book Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives, in which he creates an unexpected version of the afterlife, then wipes the blackboard clean and does it again in the next chapter. His new book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, considers our current understanding of the brain, which seems more amazing the more we understand it. Truly mind-blowing.

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-sun midnight: just imagining the music gives us the willies. what's fourth of july weekend without watching jaws? ifc, $13.

fri thru 7/17: bamcinématek pays tribute to marilyn monroe with 14 films: gentlemen prefer blondes (1953), the seven year itch (1955), some like it hot (1959), more. $13.

sat 1pm + 3pm: governors island's first classical-contemporary music fest, rite of summer, kicks off with 40 musicians performing terry riley's 'in c'. colonels row, free.

sat 4pm: art battles: four artists battle time and each other to create works based on a specific theme. stuyvesant town oval, free.

sun 6pm: the brooklyn cyclones celebrate the 4th a day early with a pre-game catch on the field (3:45-4:25pm) and after-game fireworks. mcu park, $8-16.

The Strand (from 2009)

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