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the skint

movie Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul and the late Alan Rickman star in Eye in the Sky, about a mission to take terrorists off the field—and the nine-year-old girl who walks onto it.

music Brooklyn indie-pop band Lucius has made the leap into the limelight, fueled by their new genre-leaping album Good Grief.

art At Winston Wachter, 530 W. 25th [10th/11th] 212.255.2718, site/sight, a show of large paintings by Peter Waite that depicts places and spaces devoid of people but not of feeling; they have the vibration of a bell just as it stops ringing.

theater To our ears, Starting Here, Starting Now by Richard Maltby and David Shire, a revue about love lost and found, remains one of the best of its kind. Great theater songs. At the York Theatre, March 12-20.

spaces Let's take a quick trip down memory lane. What is now the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (more on that in a moment) was, 20 years ago, one of the worst spaces in Manhattan. It was then called 1 Harkness Plaza and this is what MUG had to say about it at the time:
The shops have given up here, the only signs of life in this interior courtyard are the dozen palms that soldier on under the grimy glass. A jumble of bad design and neglect: burned out bulbs, missing acoustical tile, the terrible red, orange and purple color accents, the corrugated metal siding. A piano has a big sign that says, "Please do not touch the piano!" but spontaneous group singalongs seem highly unlikely. This is the worst kind of public space, so ugly and deadening that no one would choose to spend a moment here when they could be anywhere else on earth. Truly, hell's waiting room.

Turns out, architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien knew exactly how to rehab hell's waiting room. And thanks to the philanthropy of David Rubenstein, the privately-owned public space, programmed by Lincoln Center, is now one of the city's consistent delights. There are performances and events in the space most nights, all of them free. We couldn't have imagined such a sweet outcome for such a dismal space. Fortunately, there were those who could.

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 6-9pm (thru 8/1): bring a small-sized offering to be added to performance artist genesis breyer p-orridge's try to altar everything evolving art piece, and get one of a thousand hand-crafted 'psychic cross' pendants in return. opening reception friday 6-9pm. rubin museum of art (chelsea), free fridays 6-10pm (reg. $15 general, $10 students/seniors).

fri 6-10pm: more than 100 art students open their studios for the annual hunter mfa/bfa open studios at their three-floor tribeca building. friday night's opening includes a silent auction. free admission.

fri 7:30pm + 9:30pm: grammy nominated cuban pianist and composer manuel valera and his band new cuban express play two sets at the cave at st. george's church (gramercy). $10.

fri 9:30pm: bamcafé live continues its season of free events with compositions that incorporate jazz, world music, and electronic influences performed by publiquartet, in one of two shows curated by wqxr's terrance mcknight.

sat various times: smithsonian magazine's museum day live! returns for a march edition with free admission to 15 nyc museums, including cooper hewitt, intrepid sea, air + space museum, the morgan library + museum, mount vernon hotel museum + garden, museum of chinese in america, and more. register for free tickets on their website (one ticket admits two). note: several of the participating institutions already offer suggested or free/reduced admission hours on select days.

sat 10am-4pm: kick off of the spring gardening season at the brooklyn botanical garden's 35th annual 'making brooklyn bloom' event: free gardening talks, workshops, film screenings, and more. free with regular gardens admission ($12 general, $6 students/seniors, free 10am-12pm).

sun 7:30pm + 9:30pm (two shows, doors open 30 minutes before): have some red beans and rice to add to the cajun vibes at a tribute to late new orleans r+b rock + roll hall of famer allen toussaint, performed by adam schatz and a gathering of 10 musicians. manhattan inn (greenpoint), $12 adv, $14 door admission includes food.

thru 3/24: film forum presents a two week, 31-film festival spotlighting the 'it girls' of the 1920s-30s, including clara bow, louise brooks, marlene dietrich, greta garbo, barbara stanwyck, and many others. this week: mantrap, trouble in paradise, girls about town, the blue angel, and more. $14.

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