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Cheap$kate: The best FREE events in NYC this weekend

"The Wes Anderson Collection"

"The Wes Anderson Collection" (Credit: "The Wes Anderson Collection")

The Wes Anderson Collection
Get an in-depth, inside look at the life and career of Wes Anderson through previously unpublished photos, artwork and other artifacts, accompanied by a chat with award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who will be presenting his “The Wes Anderson Collection” at BookCourt Thursday, an overview of Anderson’s filmography, life and career.
(Thursday, 7 p.m., FREE, BookCourt, 163 Court St., Brooklyn, 718-875-3677, bookcourt.com)

17th Annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest
It’s all in the packaging. Get yourself in the gifting mood by heading down to Bryant Park Friday morning to check out the gift-wrapping Olympics. Eight of America’s best wrappers will compete for $10,000 by showcasing the most creative embellishments and biggest bows while wrapping a toy castle, children’s go-kart and a 7.5-foot wide paddleboat with canopy in the 17th annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest. And you thought that round-edged box was trouble! (Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., FREE, Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd sts., btwn Fifth and Sixth Aves., mostgiftedwrapper.com)

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