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music Some new, old-school R&B to warm you up this morning: The UK's James Hunter has a new video out called (Baby) Hold On. MOJO magazine has called him the "UK's greatest soul singer." Decide for yourself when Hunter plays City Winery on March 1.

movie Fans of Borgen, the superb Danish political drama, know what a good actor Pilou Asbæk is. His performance in Tobias Lindholm's Krigen (A War), opening tomorrow, is just one reason to see this movie about an army commander in Afghanistan, the repercussions of his time away from his family, and the consequences of a fateful decision in the fog of war. Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film.

comedy At Joe's Pub, Monday, February 29th, guaranteed laughs from the most unlikely source: PowerPoint presentations. In an evening called Speechless, special guests are presented with this challenge: give an extemporaneous talk (app launch, TED talk, employee sexual harassment seminar, etc.) based on PowerPoint images that the performers have never seen before. The premise alone has us chuckling.

architecture Annual Rings: A New Generation of Wood Architecture in Finland, opening 2/16 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl. [Bleecker/W. 3rd] 212.683.0023, showcases 14 buildings from the past two decades that makes innovative, ooh-and-ahhable use of wood.

book Using cholera as a deadly guidepost, Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah will keep you up at night through excellent writing and reporting, plus pathogens. Where Will the Next Pandemic Come From?, a panel including Ms. Shah, takes place at the NY Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th [103rd], on Tuesday, February 23rd, 6pm.

art Marc Chagall's granddaughter, Bella Meyer talks about the great artist on Wednesday, February 17th, 6:30pm, at YIVO, 15 W. 16th [5th/6th], discussing both his art and his dedication to preserving Jewish culture. $15.

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.

sat 1pm: treat yo' self to a galentine's day tour and tasting at liddabit sweets's industry city candy-making facility, with brunchy beverages and discounts on purchases. $18 (advance purchase recommended).

sat 1-3:30pm, sun 12:30-3pm: 12 teams from around the country give free performances in public spaces around manhattan and brooklyn for the 31st annual half moon new york sword dance festival.

sat 3-7pm: it certainly will be cold enough for central park's fifth annual ice festival, where master ice carvers from okamoto studio will hack away at 6,000 pounds of ice and you can dance during a silent disco party. food trucks will have treats and grub available for purchase as well. naumburg bandshell (mid-park from 66th to 72nd sts.), free admission.

sun 1pm: celebrate the year of the monkey at the 17th annual chinatown lunar new year parade + festival. free.

sun 7pm doors, 8pm show: hear fast and funny tales of heartbreak from almost 20 comedians and storytellers at jon friedman's annual valentine's day rejection show: aparna nancherla, myq kaplan, matt koff, giulia rozzi, lane moore, slena coppock, reformed whores, and more. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos.

sun 7:30pm: spend v-day with the complicated relationship between hannibal lecter and clarise starling at sva theatre's free 25th-anniversary screening of jonathan demme's the silence of the lambs (1991).

thru 8/21: the cooper-hewitt design triennial exhibition, 'beauty,' features 250+ works of extravagance, intricacy, transgression and emergence by 63 designers from around the globe. $18 general, $12 seniors, $9 students.

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