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Cheap$kate: This week's best FREE events in New York City

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz (Credit: Cameron Diaz (Getty))

Cameron Diaz discusses and signs copies of 'The Body Book'

Stop by Barnes & Noble Union Square tonight to hear Cameron Diaz talks about how to take care of your amazing body. The actress and author shares nutrition and health tips in her latest book, "The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body." She'll talk about healthy eating and the key role of physical activity in a woman's life while also signing copies of her book (and only this book). (Monday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810, bn.com)

Zoe Strauss: 10 Years -- An Evening of Poetry

In a seamless blend of photography and poetry, the International Center of Photography tonight hosts the Poetry Society of America for an evening of poetry in conjunction with the photo exhibit "Zoe Strauss: 10 Years." The photographer will be in attendance, along with guest poets Cynthia Cruz, Alex Dimitrov, Wayne Koestenbaum and Frank Sherlock. (Monday, 7 p.m., FREE, RSVP required, ICP Museum, 1133 Sixth Ave., 212-857-0000, icp.org/events)

SciCafe: Which Came First: The Bird or the Bird Brain?

You think pigeons are bad? Imagine a Tyrannosaurus Rex in midair. New research shows a deeper evolutionary connection between dinosaurs and birds, indicating that dinosaurs may have evolved the brainpower needed for flight long before they actually took to flying as birds. American Museum of Natural History paleontologist Mark Norell and research associate Amy Balanoff will discuss their latest findings, including iridescent feathers and skull comparisons, at the latest installment of the SciCafe. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m., FREE with cash bar, 21+, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., enter at 77th St., 212-769-5100, amnh.org)

Jay Scheib's 'The Disinherited'

Be a part of a whole new moviegoing experience as you take in a live feature film of a play adaptation shot in real time. Catch the Times Square Arts presentation of "The Disinherited," Jay Scheib's "live cinema performance" of his adaptation of Chekhov's "Platonov," at the AMC Empire 25 this Wednesday and for the following two Wednesdays (Jan. 15 and 22). Scheib will film -- using cameras on the stage in full view of the audience -- and live-edit the film of the play performed at The Kitchen, which will be simulcast as a stand-alone feature film to the AMC Empire 25 screen. Did you get all that? (Wednesday, 8 p.m., FREE, AMC Empire 25, 234 W. 42nd St., timessquarenyc.org/disinherited)

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