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the skint

movie We've always found backstage peeks irresistible and The Paris Opera is quite the enterprise to peek behind, as this new documentary proves. Is there drama, passion, and politics? Thankfully, yes.

theater The Other Side is an "intimate recreation of a true Victorian séance" and if October isn't the season for that, what is? Mentalist Jason Suran runs things for an audience of 13 in a private residence. You must be 21 or older, formal attire required, tickets are $130. Come on, you're as curious as we are.

music A new voice: Canadian Elisa LeGrow takes on the Chess Records catalogue in a new album, Playing Chess, arriving this winter. That means new interpretations of Chuck Berry, Etta James, Bo Diddley as you can hear in this version of You Never Can Tell. Catch Ms. LeGrow at the Mercury Lounge on November 9, 6:30pm.

food Old Monk, 175 Avenue B [11th] 646.559.2922, had us at Contemporary Indian Soul Food.

event Cinematic hats off to Grand Central, courtesy of Rooftop Films, on Thursday, October 19 in Vanderbilt Hall, including a screening of North by Northwest and a talk by architect and film historian James Sanders. Details

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 7-9pm: you don't have to be quiet during the library after hours, a monthly event at nypl that's more about celebrating than reading. tonight's 'halloween masquerade' theme includes a literary costume parade co-judged by project runway's tim gunn, displays of ghoulish archival photos + rare books, 16mm short film screenings, music, things to keep the kids busy, and more. food + beverages will be available for purchase. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown west), free (rsvp).

fri thru sunday: more than 60 visual and performance artists take over spaces along 14th street from avenue c to the hudson river for the annual art in odd places festival. opening reception friday 6-8pm on 14th street bet seventh + eighth aves. free. [Photo: Marcus Zilliox]

sat 10am-3pm: increase your personal library without breaking the bank (we're talking just $1 each) at the annual big brooklyn book sale, returning to brooklyn public library's central library plaza (prospect heights). free admission.

sat + sun various times: 240 architecturally significant historic and contemporary buildings and public spaces offer tours and talks during the 15th annual open house new york weekend. 140 sites can be visited free-of-charge without reservations; the remaining 100 required $5 reservations which are sold out.

sat thru 10/21: all that jazz. the third annual bric jazzfest features dance, documentary screenings, panel discussions, and three nights of concerts. bric house (fort greene), free-$30.

sun 12-3pm: more than 200 costumed canines parade through carl schurz park (ues) for the annual halloween howl + healthy hound fair. free.

sun 12-5pm: get pickled at lower east side pickle day, an annual street fair filled with 20 picklers and 30 restaurants offering cukes, kimchee, beets, and more. orchard street between east houston + delancey streets (les), free admission.

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