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movie At The International Science and Engineering Fair, 1700 teenagers from 78 countries compete for the honor of Best in Fair. That's the subject of Science Fair, a paean to geekiness that's a lot of fun to watch.

theater Erastus Corning II would still be Albany's mayor if he hadn't died. As it was, he served for 41 years (1942-1983), head of that city's formidable Democratic political machine. The True, written by Sharr White, tells the story of Corning confidante and colorfully profane political operative Dorothea "Polly" Noonan (who was also Kirsten Gillibrand's grandmother) and the power struggle of 1977. Edie Falco plays Noonan, Michael McKean is Corning. The world premiere is in previews now at the Alice Griffin Theater.

food The Bread and Salt Between Us: Recipes and Stories from a Syrian Refugee's Kitchen is by Mayada Anjari and Jennifer Sit and it's hard to say which are better, the recipes or the stories. You'll love them both. The foreword is by José Andrés.

art The radiant and mesmerizing paintings of Barbara Takenaga are on view at the DC Moore Gallery in a show called Outset.

book Yes, there are still Mom & Pop operations in Brooklyn and the new book Brooklyn Mom & Pop celebrates them.

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 (+ 9/20-23): the annual photoville pop-up photography 'village' takes over brooklyn bridge plaza with 85 exhibitions in and around 60 repurposed shipping containers. the indoor/outdoor event also includes talks, demos, workshops, tours, and a food + beer garden. brooklyn bridge plaza (dumbo), free admission.

fri 5-10pm: squeeze this into your schedule: the annual accordions around the world series culminates in a five-hour festival at bryant park, with a wide range of musical styles performed by shashmaqam, joão cirilo pilom batuko band, shilpa ray, canzoniere grecanico salentino, and rimel. free. [Photo: Angelito Jusay]

sat 10am-4pm, sun 10am-6pm: the 13th annual brooklyn book festival, the largest free literary event in nyc, returns with a children's day saturday (downtown brooklyn venues), and a festival day and marketplace featuring more than 300 authors and 250 booksellers sunday (brooklyn borough hall and nearby venues). free admission.

sat + sun: celebrate culture (and food!) at these festivals and parades:

sat 12-3pm: the 61st annual german-american steuben parade. fifth ave from 65th to 86th streets (manhattan).

sat 12-7pm: the seventh annual viva la comida street festival. 82nd st + roosevelt ave (jackson heights/elmhurst).

sun 10am-7:30pm: experience thailand festival. battery park city.

sun 1-6pm: the african american day parade. adam clayton powell jr. blvd from 111th st to 136th st (harlem).

thru 10/13: conceived in the wake of michael brown's death in 2014, antigone in ferguson fuses a dramatic reading of excerpts from sophocles' greek tragedy by a rotating cast of actors including samira wiley (the handmaid's tale), frankie faison (the wire), and paul giamatti (billions) with live choral music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, and citizens from ferguson and nyc. harlem stage, free (rsvp).

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