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

Lou Dobbs

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Lou Dobbs signs copies of new book 'Upheaval'

In "Upheaval," newsman Lou Dobbs expands his "Chalk Talks" format to discuss the problems he sees America facing, including unequal distribution of taxes, too much concern over political correctness, a struggling economy and a loss of true American values. Stop by Barnes & Noble to hear the journalist discuss the issues...

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

Cameron Diaz

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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...

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Cheap$kate: The best FREE events in New York City this weekend

Patrick Wilson

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'Insidious' and 'Insidious Chapter 2'

Kick off the new year with some horror -- horror films, that is. Head down to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab this Saturday for a double feature of "Insidious" and "Insidious Chapter 2," flicks that follow the lives of the Lamberts (starring Patrick Wilson, above, and Rose Byrne) as they encounter and try to escape dark spirits that...

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Cheap$kate: The best FREE events in New York City this weekend

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Z100 & Coca-Cola’s All-Access Lounge

Z100’s Jingle Ball, the radio station’s annual celebrity-packed concert, will take place Friday at Madison Square Garden, but you can help kick off festivities for FREE at Z100 and Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge. Scope out performances from Austin Mahone, Paramore, Travie McCoy and more, and listen to tunes as you peruse interactive displays. (Friday,...

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Cheap$kate: The best FREE events in New York City this week

Tierney Sutton

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Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet and jazz singer Tierney Sutton present a holiday music concert

Stop by Brookfield Place Monday afternoon for a special concert, celebrating the music of the holidays, from Hanukkah to India's Diwali to 16th century English carols. Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton teams with two-time Grammy-winning band Turtle Island Quartet for this harmonious celebration of...

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

"The Wes Anderson Collection"

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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,...

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

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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Tree-Lighting Show at Bank of America’s Winter Village at Bryant Park It’s officially the holiday season, and what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by going to a tree-lighting ceremony? Head to midtown’s Bryant Park Tuesday for the eighth annual tree-lighting show at Bank of America Winter Village. Hosted by 106.7 Lite FM’s Bob Bronson and Christine Nagy, the show will feature live...

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

Minions!

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‘Despicable Me’ Minion Monday Pa-poy! Preparing for their debut at the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Blu-ray and DVD release of “Despicable Me 2” on Dec. 10, the little, yellow scene-stealing Minions will have the run of the city today as they take in the sights of the Big Apple. The Minion Mobile will be making stops around the city to distribute FREE giveaways along with one...

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

Steven Assael

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Steven Assael: New Drawings

Stop by the Forum Gallery today to scope out a new exhibit of drawings by New York City artist Steven Assael, known for his figurative paintings and drawings. This exhibit showcases 23 drawings of contemporary men and women, individually and in groups. There will be a reception for the artist tonight from 5:30 to 7:30, and the exhibit will be on view through Feb....

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Cheap$kate: 12th Annual Holiday Train Show

Train show

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12th Annual Holiday Train Show

Chug-a, chug-a, chug-a, chug-a, choo-choo! Stop by the 12th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central this weekend to relive your childhood as you marvel at the workings of a Lionel model train layout that travels through New York City, into the country and up to the North Pole. Walk around and peruse the artwork of Maira Kalman, author and illustrator of the...

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