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Ina Garten book talk
It's time to get barefoot in your kitchen. Just please be sure to wear shoes when you make your way to Barnes & Noble Union Square Tuesday to meet Ina Garten. The Food Network's Barefoot Contessa will be dishing on her latest cookbook, "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust." Be prepared for your mouth to water. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810,


Comedy Outliers
Be prepared to laugh it up and up your mood with pre-holiday hooplah at this FREE monthly comedy show hosted by Mike Brown. Stop by Lilly O'Briens this Saturday to see the comedy stylings of Mike Lawrence, Kareem Green, Liz Miele and others. (Saturday, 7 p.m., FREE, Lilly O'Briens, 67 Murray St., 212-732-1592,


Nudes: New Work by Ilene Vultaggio
You know those designs on AriZona cans? Well the artist, Ilene Vultaggio, will be showcasing her never-before-seen drawings at "Nudes" through Jan. 5. (Opening reception Thursday, 6-8 p.m.; Tues.- Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; FREE, Tria Gallery, 531 W. 25th St., ground floor #5, 212-695- 0021,

Author Event

Ric Ocasek in conversation with James Truman
The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek will give you just what you needed as he talks about his new book, "Lyrics and Prose," with James Truman this Thursday. The book showcases Ocasek's lyrics, early handwritten notes and set lists, album artwork and photos. (Thursday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810,

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