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theater Terrence McNally's play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, a romantic two-hander from 1987 about a first date between a waitress and a cook, returns to Broadway with Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, directed by Arin Arbus. Previews begin May 4 at the Broadhurst, 16 weeks only.

art The Sublime Line is an online exhibition from Jonathan Levine Projects, debuting April 3. It showcases laser cut paper works by Julia Ibbini and sublime isn't too strong a word to describe these creations.

movie Screwball is an obstreperous comedy by Billy Corben about the MLB doping scandal that involved Alex Rodriguez, among many others. Part of the loopy humor here comes from reenactments by kids.

music A new Sara Bareilles album is always happy news. Amidst the Chaos, available April 5, was produced by T Bone Burnett and features quite a lagniappe at the end: a duet of A Safe Place to Land (from Waitress) with John Legend. [Photo: @dnellls]

food Courtesy of the Museum of Food and Drink, a recreation of the big banquet thrown for Nixon on his visit to China in 1972. It's part of MOFAD's Dinner Lab series and takes place Thursday, April 11, with two seatings, 6:30 and 8:30, $125 per person.

book It's been 30 years since Bill McKibben wrote The End of Nature, his early warning about climate change. His new book Falter (out April 16) is, if anything, more disturbing as its subtitle suggests: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Mr. McKibben will be at the Strand on Monday, April 22, 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 thru 4/7: margarita blush's unfolding, an original puppet theatre production that examines the themes of women's wisdom and empowerment, features handcrafted puppets, shadow imagery, live acting, and original live music. the tank (midtown west), $15 adv with promo code 'fnf15' (reg. $20 general, $15 students seniors).

sat 3:30pm doors, 4pm show: the happier hour: philosophy to make your life suck less, a monthly discussion series combining the perks of a bar happy hour with practical philosophy, takes on design with guests dr. kathleen wallace (professor of philosophy at hofstra university) and debbie millman (design matters). hosted by monica mccarthy. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code 'happierfriends' (reg. $15 adv, $20 door).

sat 8pm (+ 5/18): the all-volunteer, community-based new york repertory orchestra's 2018-19 concert season continues with a performance of bellini's sinfonia to 'norma', hovhaness's symphony no 2 ('mysterious mountain'), and tchaikovsky's violin concerto. the church of st. mary the virgin (times square), free ($15 suggested donation).

sat 8pm doors, 9pm show: the visible poetry project, which connects 30 poets with 30 filmmakers to create visual interpretations of poems every day in april, kicks off their season with a launch party at brooklyn brewery (williamsburg). free admission (donations accepted).

sun 12-6pm: moma ps1's annual spring open house celebrates the start of a new season of exhibitions with a day filled with talks and performances. moma ps1 (lic), free admission.

get your fill of film at these film fests/series:

thru sat: the 21st annual african american women in cinema film festival. various locations, free-$15.

thru sun: native cinema showcase at the national museum of the american indian (fidi). free admission.

thru sun: the second annual dr. saul and dorothy kit film noir festival. lenfest center for the arts at columbia university (manhattanville), $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students.

thru sun: the third eye film festival. howl happening (east village), free admission.

thru 4/7: the 48th annual new directors/new films festival. the museum of modern art and the film society of lincoln center. $17 general, $12 students/seniors.

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