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Cheap$kate: FREE events in NYC this week

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A scene from "Casablanca" Photo Credit: AP

Book signing

John Lithgow
He’s been an alien, an uptight reverend, a minute animated lord and so much more. Now John Lithgow is ready to help educate you on his life and career. He’ll be signing copies of “Drama: An Actor’s Education” tomorrow at Barnes & Noble Union Square. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810,


Human Chess at Riverside Park
So remember that scene in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” when Harry, Ron and Hermione hop on the wizard’s chessboard and play as pieces? Well, this is kind of like that, just without the magic. (Thursday, 3-5 p.m., FREE, Riverside Park, West 89th Street, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument)

Street Fair

Atlantic Antic
Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue will be transformed into the 37th Annual Atlantic Antic this Saturday, with local and national vendors, 10 live-music stages, street-fair goods and a full block of kids’ activities, all spanning four Brooklyn nabes. Bring us back a piece of funnel cake! (Sunday, noon-6 p.m., FREE, Atlantic Avenue, Hicks St. to Fourth Ave.,

Movie Screening

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the all the world, you should walk into this one. The Mad46 Rooftop Lounge atop the Roosevelt Hotel is closing out its Summer Movie Nights program with a FREE screening of “Casablanca.” Reservations are recommended, so email your RSVP to (Tuesday, 9 p.m.-midnight, FREE, Mad46 Rooftop Lounge at the Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Avenue at 46th St., 212-885-6095,

Hula Performance

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Summer’s over, the weather’s getting colder, and all you want to do is escape to warmer climates. Well, a trip to Hawaii is certainly not FREE, but this hula performance at Lincoln Center is. Maybe it’ll help you feel like you’ve escaped the city at least for a little while. (Thursday, 8:30 p.m., FREE, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plz., 212-875-5000,

Rock Concert

BRB: Bring Rock Back
Rock band Bodyface wants you to know that there’s a place for “real” rock music in NYC. And to prove it, the band is organizing a concert that will feature rock bands from all five boroughs, DJs and some special guests. Head to the Lower East Side this Friday to rock out to your heart’s content. (Friday, starts 2 p.m., FREE, East River Park Amphitheater, Montgomery St. to E. 12th St., FDR Drive,


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