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The Smurf floats through Times Square during the

The Smurf floats through Times Square during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Getty) Credit: The Smurf floats through Times Square during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. (Getty)


85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
We know, we know - it's the totally cliche NYC thing to do on Thanksgiving, but this year's parade has new balloons, including one by Tim Burton. Don't worry; your favorites, like Kung Fu Panda, will still make their way down the route. You kind of want to go now, don't you? (Thursday, parade starts at 9 a.m., FREE, 77th St. and Central Park West, down Seventh Ave., ending at 34th St., 212-494-4495,


Kurt Vonnegut
Here's your chance to bone up on the legendary American novelist, as author Gregory S. Sumner and Sidney Offit discuss Sumner's new book, "Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels." The conversation takes place tomorrow at Barnes & Noble. So it goes. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway, 212-362-8835,


Incomparable Women of Style: Selections from the Rose Hartman Photography Archives, 1977-2011
See shots of iconic moments in the city's fashion, style and cultural history, captured by photographer Rose Hartman from 1977 to 2011. Anna Wintour, Grace Jones, Donna Karan, Madonna, Diane von Furstenberg - you get the drift. Some never-before-seen images of other NYC style icons will also be on view. (Closes Jan. 20, Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., noon-9 p.m., FREE, FIT's Gladys Marcus Library, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., 212-217-4360,

The Beatles: Hidden Gallery
With so many photos of the Beatles out there, who would think there would still be ones that haven't been discovered until now? "The Beatles: Hidden Gallery" brings to Carnegie Hall more than 30 recently found candid shots of the Fab Four taken by British photographer Paul Berriff from 1963-64. The exhibit is open to the public for the next four Saturdays. FREE tickets can be acquired at the Carnegie Hall box office. (Saturdays to Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., FREE, tickets required, Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800,


60 Years of Sex on the Newsstand
It's time to get down and "Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!" with Mike Edison, former publisher of High Times magazine, who will be presenting an illustrated lecture on "60 Years of Sex on the Newsstand" as part of the New York Public Library Lecture Series. Edison's latest book, "Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! - Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers," covers 60 years of the cultural influence of dirty mags. (Tuesday, 1:15-3 p.m., FREE, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St.,

Secret Science Club: Paleoanthropolgist William Harcourt-Smith
Heads up, science fantatics: Paleoanthropologist William Harcourt-Smith will be discussing some recently discovered hominid and primate species, new research on human evolution, and his expeditions to a 20-million-year-old fossil site in Kenya and northern Sudan tonight at the latest installment of the Secret Science Club. (Monday, doors at 7:30 p.m., FREE, 21 and older, the Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Gowanus, 718-643-6510,

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