book ‣ A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell has the subtitle The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II. Sounded like a reach to us. But that's because we hadn't heard about Virginia Hall, an astonishing woman whose accomplishments during the war should be celebrated widely, even if being celebrated widely was something she would have hated.
music ‣ Part of singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens' appeal, beyond his exceptional songwriting skills and ethereal vocals, is how elusive he remains all these years later (he's now 43). His latest is a two-song EP, Love Yourself/With My Whole Heart, two songs as joyous and affirming as anything he's written. He's releasing these two songs about love in celebration of Pride Month, with a portion of proceeds going to the Ali Forney Center and the Ruth Ellis Center. Is Stevens making a statement about his identity? Maybe, maybe not.
movie ‣ The Quiet Earth is a post-apocalyptic film from 1985 that derives much of its power from the very quiet of the title. At the Metrograph today and tomorrow.
art ‣ Two site-specific artworks by Andrea Arroyo called Evidence of Movement, grace the Friendship Garden, 499 W. 150th [Bway/Amst] and the Family Garden, 431 E. 114th [1st/Pleasant] through September. The artist will be at the Friendship Garden for a reception, June 15, 2-4pm. Presented by the New York Restoration Project.
food ‣ The new Essex Market, 88 Essex [Delancey] features an impressive roster of vendors selling fruits and veggies, cheese, fish, beef, bread, coffee, ice cream, beer, chocolates, and much else. Plus Shopsin's.
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 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
• bohemian rhapsody. astoria park (astoria).
• hairspray. old stone house (park slope).
• where do we go now? (et maintenant on va où?). washington square park (greenwich village).
fri 5-10pm: bryant park's annual themed dance party series wraps up the season with a latin dance festival celebrating salsa, bachata, and merengue, with live bands and dance instructions throughout the night. hosted by talia castro-pozo. weather cancelation updates will be posted on the park’s social media channels. bryant park (midtown west), free admission.
fri 7pm: the 44 charlton variety show, hosted by julian fleisher (wnyc's the naked american songbook), returns with a pride edition including singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist stephin merritt (the magnetic fields), comedian bowen yang (snl), and rapper nappy nina. the greene space at wnyc (south village), $15.
fri thru sun: beach balls of the volleyball kind come to manhattan for the annual association of volleyball professionals nyc open, where top professional female and male pro players will compete over three days. food and drinks will be available for purchase. gansevoort peninsula in hudson river park (west village/meatpacking), free admission.
sat 10am-7pm, sun 10am-5pm: shop handmade items like clothing, jewelry, handbags, home decor, and more from 175 craftspeople at the annual craftnewyork outdoor market. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free admission.
sat 11am-5pm festival, 7:30pm parade: the annual brooklyn pride street festival and twilight parade take over park slope's fifth avenue. free admission.
sun various times: get theatrical at these tony awards watch events:
• syndicated (bushwick). free.
• madame tussauds (times square). free (rsvp required).
• sva theatre (chelsea), which will pre-game with screenings of hello, dolly! and all that jazz. free.
sun 10am-4pm: no metrocard or omny needed to board the vintage buses parked at the new york transit museum's 26th annual bus festival. brooklyn bridge park, bridge plaza at 11 water street (dumbo), free admission.
sun 3pm, 6pm, 8pm: symphony space's 41st annual wall to wall music marathon celebrates the life and legacy of john coltrane, exploring the wide span of his career through music, dance, film, and conversation. peter jay sharp theatre at symphony space (uws).