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the skint

movie You may have had your fill of politics and politicians right about now. Still, the documentary Weiner is squirmy, at times funny, and compelling/appalling.

theater I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein, playing five shows at the 92Y, May 21-23, is a reminder of the many melodies—lilting, enchanting, and unmistakably Richard Rodgers—that the composer created in his later years. (To prove the point, have a listen through Rex, from 1976, which has one choice Rodgers tune after another.) Among the performers at the 92Y is Betsy Wolfe, for whom, one has the feeling, Rodgers might have written whole shows.

book Cooking as a guy thing: Short Order Dad by Robert Rosenthal, reminds guys (and everyone else) that you don't need to be a foodie or trained to cook well—that a good attitude, a sense of humor and fun, and decent ingredients, can make all the difference.

art Julia Rothman's Looking at Art has a charm that perfectly curdles when you realize that no one is actually looking at the art. Available from Jen Bekman's 20x200, from $60.

out of town KentPresents: a little bit of Davos, a little bit of TED, at the "festival of ideas" in Kent, Connecticut, August 18-20, for a maximum of 300 attendees. There will be 70 speakers, some you'll love…others perhaps not so much… including Michael Pollan, Henry Kissinger, Roberta Smith, Faye Wattleton, Eric Cantor, André Aciman and Frank Delaney.

music Melancholy rules! Beth Orton has a new album—Kidsticks— out May 27. She plays le poisson rouge on Tuesday, June 14.

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 + sat various times: have your last laughs at the fifth and final annual ny funny songs fest, where comedy musicians use guitars for giggles, drums for drollery and harmonicas for humor. highlights include a unicorn parade, a 50 funny songs marathon, a night of dirty songs, bitchcraft, parties, and more. various locations, free-$10.

fri + sat 7:10pm: actor and producer penélope cruz will do q+a following the 7:10pm screenings of ma ma at landmark's sunshine cinema (les). $14.50 general, $11 seniors.

sat + sun various times: explore the historical architecture of more than 150 churches, synagogues, and temples across all five boroughs during the new york landmarks conservancy's sixth annual sacred sites open house weekend. free.

sat 10am-5pm: the annual west 102nd + 103rd streets block association spring bazaar features more than 40 sellers of used household items, electronics, jewelry, clothing and toys, plus food and a 50/50 raffle. west 103rd st., bet. west end avenue and riverside drive.

sat + sun 11am-6pm: more than 225 independent makers sell clothing, jewelry, home decor, paper goods and more at the renegade craft fair, alongside food trucks, free treats, and a raffle. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), free admission.

sat + sun 12-6pm: the 17th annual sonya (south of the navy yard artists) artwalk returns this weekend as 40 artists throughout fort greene, wallabout, clinton hill, and bed-stuy open their studio doors to visitors, plus workshops, live painting, and more. rain or shine. free admission.

sat 1-7pm: 1-3pm parade, 3-7pm festival: the 10th annual dance parade and festival includes 10,000 dancers of more than 80 styles performing down broadway, university place, east 8th street, and st. marks place, culminating at tompkins square park for more performances, lessons and a dance party. free.

sat 3pm, 6pm: filmmaker spike lee introduces a pair of film satires relevant to this election year, elia kazan's a face in the crowd (1957) and billy wilder's ace in the hole (1951), as well as his documentary short about the 2000 presidential election, we wuz robbed. metrograph (les), $15.

sun 12-5pm: the 15th annual passport to taiwan festival brings night market style delicacies, arts + crafts, performances, exhibitions and more to union square north. free admission.

sun 3pm: the greenwich village orchestra wraps its 29th season with selections by gershwin, hindemith, mozart, and tchaikovsky. mingle with the musicians at the post-concert reception. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $20 suggested general donation, $10 seniors.

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