photography ‣ ICP celebrates the 70th anniversary of the blue-chip Magnum Photos agency, a repository of art and history, with an exhibit titled Magnum Manifesto, opening May 26.
art ‣ What to wear for all of eternity? The China Institute makes a persuasive case for the jade suit in its exhibition, Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou. Starts May 25.
music ‣ Elizabeth Powell, the hub of indie band Land of Talk, has dealt with a lot of incoming from life since the group's formation in 2006. Life After Youth, released today, is a comeback of sorts, and it is most welcome. They play the Bowery Ballroom on June 14. [Photo: Tyler Knight]
restaurant ‣ In a little slip of a place called Rabbit House, 76 Forsyth [Grand/Hester] 212.343.4200, Yoshiko Sakuma—owner, chef, pastry chef and sake sommelier—has created a restaurant that serves Japanese tapas and 'international comfort food,' affirming that good things—even outsized delights—come in small packages.
movie ‣ Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a new documentary about the Sung family, Chinese immigrants who owned the Abacus Federal Savings bank in Chinatown. Abacus was the only bank to face criminal charges after the 2008 crash. Cyrus Vance was the Javert-like prosecutor who pursued the bank with a vigor that the facts ultimately call into question. The director and the Sung family will be at three IFC screenings this weekend.
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 12-9pm: japan society (midtown east) celebrates its 110th anniversary with free gallery admission, tea and sake tastings, live jazz, and more.
fri-sat 7pm (fridays + saturdays thru 6/3): free outdoor shakespeare season takes many forms, as evidenced by the drilling company's production of the merry wives of windsor set in an upper west side co-op. bryant park's upper terrace, free.
sun 6:45pm: all in with chris hayes host chris hayes discusses his new book, a colony in a nation, at lehman college's lovinger theatre (bronx). free.
thru 8/19: the annual rooftop films series returns with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. opening the season fri + sat: a program of short films, live music by innov gnawa, and an after party with free beer (fri 8pm doors, the old american can factory, $15), and band aid, filmmaker q+a, and live music from joe lister-jones + adam pally (sat 7pm doors, house of vans, free).
street fair and festival season is upon us! some notable ones occurring this weekend:
the west 102nd + 103rd streets block association block party and yard sale (sat 10am-4pm)
viking fest (sat 10am-5pm)
essex street market block party (sat 12-5pm)
ninth ave food festival (sat-sun 10am-6pm)
nyc vegetarian food festival (sat-sun 11am-6pm, save 40% on admission with promo code 'bestofvegan')
park slope's fabulous fifth avenue street fair (sun 10am-6pm)
greek jewish festival (sun 12-6pm)
discover new art at these free open studios:
tribeca open artist studio tour (fri 6-8pm, sat-mon 1-6pm)
the clemente soto velez cultural and educational center's open studios (fri 6-9pm, sat 2-9pm)
industry city open studios (sat-sun 12-6pm)
trestle art space at sunset park open studios (sat-sun 12-6pm)
lic arts open studios (sat-sun various times)