arts 05.10.19

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art Deadliest year for interracial violence in this country? Look to 1919, a year of over two dozen race riots, largely instigated by whites against blacks, with the 13-day Chicago race riot the most shocking in its virulence. Artist Casey Ruble's show at Foley Gallery, opening May 15, takes an interesting approach to this centennial of unrest. Using National Portrait Gallery's works from 1919, all of which featured white subjects, Ruble creates ink-on-paper versions of dozens of the National Portrait Gallery works, stripping out the subject so that only an outline of the person remains. It's a reminder to keep looking.

movie Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Kenneth Branagh are all you need to know about All is True. For the record, it's the story of Shakespeare's last years, spent in Stratford-upon-Avon. Given how little is known about Shakespeare's life, don't take the title at its word.

jazz French jazz singer Cyrille Aimée takes on Sondheim on Move On: A Sondheim Adventure. This has no business working, but in this singer's sweet and tender way, it does.

design The Ecocapsule, designed by Nice Architects in Slovakia, is a tiny, sun- and wind-powered portable home—stylish, too—that will be displayed as part of NYCxDESIGN week at the Design Pavilion, 47th [Bway/7th]. Today from 5-6pm, you can meet the Ecocapsule creator Tomas Zacek there.

podcast If you're looking for a new podcast to fill your downtime with fascinating stories, you can't do better than Reply All, hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. Technology plays at least a small role in each story but the canvas is broad and reliably interesting.

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 (+ 5/17-19, 5/31-6/2): over 100 makers will set up shop in bryant park (midtown west) at the urbanspace meet the makers market. free admission.

fri thru 5/22: nycxdesign, an annual celebration of of design, showcases over a dozen design disciplines through exhibitions, panels, open studios, and more in all five boroughs.

fri 7:30pm: one book, one new york winning author patti smith and buzzfeed books editor arianna rebolini will discuss smith's just kids at symphony space. last year's selection author jennifer egan (manhattan beach) will give an introduction. symphony space (uws), free (rsvp).

sat 12-3pm: prepare for liftoff. brooklyn bridge park's annual waterfront kite festival kicks off the events season with a family-friendly afternoon of kite-making and flying, stem activities, live music, food trucks, and more. brooklyn bridge park pier 5, free. [Photo: Alexa Hoyer]

sat 7:30pm (season ends today): quatuor danel will perform beethoven, shostakovich, and weinberg at tonight's final installment of the peoples' symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $16.

sun 8am, 9:30am-4pm: traditional and contemporary performances, family-friendly activities, food tents, and more await at the 13th annual japan day festival, which is preceded by a four-mile run. central park bandshell, free admission.

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