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movie Elena Ferrante or more precisely "Elena Ferrante", "one of the great novelists of our time" according to the NY Times, is the Italian author of the much-loved Neapolitan Quartet. But Elena Ferrante is a pseudonym and the true identity of the writer is a great literary mystery. It's also the subject of the new documentary Ferrante Fever, which opens today at The Quad. At the 7:10 screening, a Q & A with Ferrante's translator and publisher.

theater Back in the day, 1966, Robert Preston and Mary Martin starred in I Do! I Do!, a two-person musical by Jones and Schmidt, about the 50 years of a marriage. The York Theatre celebrates its own 50-year anniversary with a spring benefit concert version of this show, but with five couples representing the different ages of the characters. It takes place on April 8th, tickets start at $275.

photography The Fridman Gallery shows captivating transformed photos by Nate Lewis at The Armory Show, in the FOCUS section, Booth F10. Thru Sunday.

At the Sheraton Central Park tomorrow and Sunday, as part of the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, there's an exhibition called Celluloid Babylon of photos and composites by William Mortensen that chronicled the more recherché corners of Hollywood's golden years.

music Part of Carnegie Hall's Migrations: The Making of America series, Grenadian-Canadian songwriter Kaia Kater performs with Scottish songwriter Karine Polwart, a fascinating pairing of two talented musicians. Saturday, March 23, 9pm, tickets $35-$45. [Karine Polwart by Paul Heartfield; Kaia Kater by Raez Argulla]

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 sun: bibliophile alert! the 59th annual new york international antiquarian book fair (3/8-10, park avenue armory, $25 general/$10 students) and the annual new york city book and ephemera fair / brooklyn artist's book fair (3/9-10, sheraton central park/times square, $15 general/free for students).

fri thru sun: the annual armory arts week brings eight big art shows with hundreds of galleries to new york, including art on paper, clio, independent new york, nada, salon zürcher, scope, and spring/break. various locations and prices. hyperallergic rounds them up with other exhibitions here.

fri 7pm: just ahead of the 2020 centennial of women's right to vote, feminist trailblazers gloria steinem and sally roesch wagner talk about the women’s suffrage movement, a new anthology of works that shaped and established the suffrage movement. moderated by the new york times gender editor and feminist fight club author jessica bennett. the new school's john l. tishman auditorium (greenwich village/union square), $15 admission ($25 includes a signed copy of the book).

fri + sat 8pm: the chelsea symphony presents its chamber concert series, featuring two pieces written during the two world wars: ravel's tombeau de couperin and fernande breilh-decruck's cinq poémes chrètiens for voice and orchestra with text by poet jean racine. st. paul's church (chelsea), $20 suggested donation at the door, $25 adv for reserved seats.

sat + sun 12-6pm: step inside 40 artist's studios across 11 buildings during the annual self-guided high line open studios. free.

sat 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: be there and be square. nerd nite returns with another night of entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. at tonight's 13th anniversary show, hear talks on the science of the hangover, how sci-fi films can teach us to save humanity, the health complaints and questions of adolescents, plus a speed round of 20 presentations in 20 minutes. wear a nerdy t-shirt to enter the dry t-shirt contest! caveat (les), $15 adv, $18 door.

sun 12-4pm: learn how to make soda bread, take a language or dance lesson, watch musical and dance performances, and more at the irish arts center's annual st. patrick's open day. irish arts center (hell's kitchen), free admission.

sun 2pm: skride piano quartet performs mahler, mozart, and brahms at tonight’s installment of the peoples' symphony concerts classical music series. town hall (midtown west), $17.

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