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Cheap$kate: FREE events in NYC this week

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Book Signing

Mario Batali and Michael White
Mamma mia! This Wednesday, the Strand hosts a conversation with chefs Mario Batali and Michael White, and Emilia Terragni, editorial director of Phaidon Press, which publishes the English translation of “The Silver Spoon: New Edition” — a revised version of one of the best-selling Italian cookbooks. Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni moderates.(Wednesday, 7-8 p.m., FREE, Strand Bookstore, 828
Broadway, 212-473-1452,

Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
The famed director of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy” takes a final bite out of his vampire saga with “The Night Eternal,” the third and final book in “The Strain” trilogy, co-authored by Chuck Hogan. Del Toro and Hogan will be signing copies Wednesday at Barnes & Noble Union Square.(Wednesday, 8 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810


FREE week of classes at Dance New Amsterdam
Put on your dancing shoes: Dance New Amsterdam is offering a week of FREE classes for both first-timers and DNA members in a variety of styles, including contemporary, modern, ballet, modern/jazz, yoga, Pilates and the company’s signature Simonson Technique. Check the schedule online and then boogie on over.
(Monday-Saturday, register any day at the front desk starting at 9 a.m., FREE, Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, second floor, 212-625-8369,

Halloween Wackiness

Halloween Metal Mayhem Official Tailgate Party
If you love metal, get ready for some major headbanging with a pre-party for the Misstallica/Show No Mercy/Violent Age show at the Bell House, complete with burgers, hot dogs, happy-hour drink specials and a FREE screening of the 1986 documentary “Heavy Metal Parking Lot.” RSVP on the event’s Facebook page. (Saturday, 5-7 p.m., FREE, the Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Gowanus, 718-643-6510,

Screamin’ Green Halloween
Screamin’ Green Halloween is a FREE Halloween family festival filled with eco-friendly games, treats and parades for the kiddies.(Sunday, noon-3 p.m., FREE, World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St.,

Halloween high jinks on the High Line
Show off your best threads at the first-ever Halloween parade on the High Line. Hang out afterwards on the Porch at W. 15th St. to paint faces, dance, and build a haunted house with the Children’s Workyard Kit. (Sunday, noon-3 p.m., FREE, seating steps on the High Line, W. 22nd St.,


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