movie ‣ In time for Mother's Day, Charlize Theron stars in Tully, directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, a comedy-drama about parenthood.
art ‣ Among the seemingly endless possibilities at Frieze New York, now through May 6, Cheim & Reid (Booth A18) features works by Tal R titled a ship called New York, imagining where the open sea and NYC meet.
series ‣ Rooftop Films opens its summer season on Saturday, May 19 with a program of short films from around the world. Green-Wood Cemetery is the guest star. Tickets
theater ‣ The Broadway season is over, marked by the announcement of the Tony nominations. Keep yourself delightfully entertained with a little-known musical, The Grass Harp, which ran briefly at the Martin Beck in 1971. The cast included Barbara Cook, Carole Brice, Karen Morrow, Max Showalter, and Russ Thacker. The insanely tuneful score was by Claibe Richardson, lyrics by Kenward Elmslie, based on a novel by Truman Capote. The glorious orchestrations were by Jonathan Tunick. The album has just been remastered and reissued by Bruce Kimmel's Kritzerland—you are in for a treat—more than enough to keep you entertained until the fall season gets underway.
food ‣ Johnna Holmgren, creator of the Fox Meets Bear blog, has a new book out May 15 that we're excited to read: Tales from a Forager's Kitchen: The Ultimate Field Guide to Evoke Curiosity and Wonderment with More Than 80 Recipes and Foraging Tips.
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: the annual frieze art fair returns to randall's island park with almost 200 international contemporary art galleries. as in past years, the frieze ticket price is out of the skint's range, but there are several lower-priced satellite fairs around nyc that are more affordable, including cultural traffic at the hester street fair (free), salon zürcher at zürcher gallery (free), superfine! in the meatpacking district ($12-17), fridge art fair at nu hotel ($15), and others.
fri thru sun: the eighth annual jane's walk: explore the city with one or several of 200+ citizen-led walking tours inspired by urban activist jane jacobs. various locations in all boroughs, free.
fri 6-11pm: the rubin museum kicks off artist and museum fellow chitra ganesh's residency with a night of gallery tours, discussions, music by dj rekha, 2-for-1 happy hour 6-7pm, a screening of 1956 sci-fi classic forbidden planet introduced by ganesh ($10), and more. part of the museum's ongoing k2 friday nights series. rubin museum of art (chelsea), free admission.
sat various times: breakout the seersucker and giant hats for these free/inexpensive kentucky derby viewing events:
harlem haberdashery (harlem)
pier a harbor house (battery park)
public hotel (les)
tanner smith's (midtown west)
the bell house (gowanus)
the bonnie (astoria)
sat + sun: you don't have to be religious to get to know the history, art, and architecture of the city's houses of worship at this year's sacred sites open house, sponsored by the landmarks conservancy. this year's theme, 'sacred sounds and settings,' focuses on music and performances. various locations, free admission.
sun 1-6pm: get jiggy with it at the 17th annual irish arts center dance festival, a day of dance performances, live music, language lessons, activities for the kids, and more. pier i at riverside park south (uws), free.