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William Shatner

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Book Signing

William Shatner
The captain is in, and he’s giving you a peek into the “Shatnerverse” with his new book, “Shatner Rules.” Take a long lunch and come hear what kind of $*!# he says this time. Maybe he’ll even help find you a deal on your next vacation — but don’t hold your breath on that one. (Thursday, 12:30 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue, 555 Fifth Ave., 212-697-3048,

Anne Burrell
Learn how to cook like a rock star with Food Network chef Anne Burrell’s latest book, “Cook Like a Rock Star: 125 Recipes, Lessons, and Culinary Secrets.” She’ll be signing copies at Barnes & Noble Union Square tomorrow evening. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810,


Monk at 94
Dying to hear some amazing pianists perform the works of legendary jazzman Thelonious Monk? “Monk at 94” is a FREE mini-marathon of solo performances by piano virtuosos in celebration of Monk’s 94th birthday. (Tuesday, noon-4 p.m., FREE, World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St., 212-945-0505,

Deer Tick
Providence, R.I.-based indie-folk band Deer Tick is coming to Brooklyn tonight for a FREE show to “raise awareness of NYPD police brutality against ‘Occupy Wall Street’ peaceful protesters,” according to the band’s Facebook page. Come check ’em out — and try not to cause any trouble. (Monday, 8 p.m., FREE, Death by Audio, 49 S. Second St., Williamsburg,


Math Encounters’ Mathematical Morsels from ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’
So apparently there are a lot of hidden mathematical gems scattered throughout “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.” Oh wait, you knew that already? Find out more at this FREE lecture by Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald, who will uncover hundreds of humorous mathematical references in your favorite cartoons. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., FREE, Baruch College Conference Center, 55 Lexington Ave., 14th fl., 212-542-0566, register at


FREE women’s self-defense class
Hiya! Karate chop! Ladies, learn how to defend yourselves for FREE this Thursday with a self-defense class for women courtesy of Anderson’s Martial Arts. Also help raise awareness of the 23rd Annual National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Call or email to sign up. (Thursday, 7-9 p.m., FREE, Anderson’s Martial Arts, 394 Broadway, 3rd fl., 212-766-6622,


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