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Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson Talks
Songstress, actress, spokeswoman and now author Jennifer Hudson dishes on her "American Idol" days, her work on "Dreamgirls" and how she lost all that weight in her memoir, "I Got This: How I Lost What Weighed Me Down and Found Myself," which she'll be discussing tomorrow at Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue. (Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue, 555 Fifth Ave., 212-697-3048, bn.com)

Art

The World of Duncan Phyfe - The Arts of New York, 1800-1847
Check out the life and work of cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe at this exhibit, which includes more than 100 pieces in silver, porcelain, metal and wood, among other examples of New York-centric art from the period. (Tues.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closes Feb. 17, Hirschl & Adler, 730 Fifth Ave., fourth fl., 212-535-8810, hirschland adler.com)

Book discussion

Dave Barry
Author Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, an original "SNL" writer, discuss their collaboration on the novel "Lunatics" with Susie Essman. Expect to laugh. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810, bn.com)

Lecture

The War of 1812 in American Caricature
Visualize the War of 1812 through the era's satirical imagery. Art historian Dr. Allison Stagg discusses how caricatures of the period exposed how Americans felt about and responded to the war. Stop by and you're sure to learn something new about this key era in early U.S. history. (Saturday, 2-3 p.m., FREE, Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, 212-923-8008, call to register, nycgovparks.org/events)

Music

Chanda Rule
Take in the musical stylings of Chanda Rule this Friday as part of BAM's 26th annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rule brings her mix of nu-jazz, gospel and soul to the BAMcafé Live series this Friday evening. Come by early for happy hour, 6-8 p.m. (Friday, 9 p.m., FREE, BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100, bam.org)

Shopping

IKEA BYOF Day
Putting off buying that new kitchen table? Get to it this weekend and, while you're at it, bring a friend to IKEA and get a FREE breakfast, 2-for-1 lunch, food samples, a complimentary chair massage and more. Just visit the BYOF (Bring Your Own Friend) tab on the IKEA Facebook page, RSVP, print your in-store BYOF coupon and head to the IKEA in Red Hook, Brooklyn, this Saturday. (Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, IKEA Brooklyn, 1 Beard St.,facebook.com/ikeausa)

Walking tour

Historic New York
From Ice Age glaciers to Dutch traders and the Underground Railroad, New York's history has been witness to plenty of influential events. Learn more from the Urban Park Rangers at Strawberry Fields in Central Park. (Sunday, 1 p.m., FREE, Strawberry Fields, entrance on Central Park West at W. 72nd St., 212-628-2345, nycgovparks.org/events)

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