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TRASH at NY Studio Gallery
One man’s trash is another man’s … eh, we won’t bore you with old cliches. See for yourself how trash can be transformed into art at this exhibit featuring five artists who repurpose waste to create … well, interesting images, objects, installations and performances. (Closes Saturday, FREE, Thurs. to Sat.: noon-6 p.m., NY Studio Gallery, 154 Stanton St.,, 212-627-3276)

Special K Weight-Loss Challenge
We know that no woman will reveal her true weight, but get started on that New Year’s resolution early by stepping onto Special K’s large scale in Times Square. Don’t worry, it won’t tell your secret number. Instead, an inspirational word or phrase will appear and video cameras will be there to capture your reaction; you might even get cast in the next Special K commercial. You can also score some swag and design your own Special K meal plan. (Monday FREE, 2-5 p.m., Times Square Studios, 1500 Broadway,

Small Works Show
Feel like Gulliver in the land of the Lilliputians as you stroll through the sixth annual Small Works Show at 440 Gallery. Size does matter here. (Closes Sunday, FREE, Thurs. & Fri., 4-7 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 440 Gallery, 440 Sixth Ave., Park Slope,, 718-499-3844)

Roseanne Barr
From domestic goddess to literary goddess? She may share a name with this writer — different spelling, thank you — but what are her writing chops really like? Find out with “Roseannearchy,” Roseanne Barr’s latest endeavor, which she will be signing Thursday. (Thursday, FREE, 7 p.m., Borders Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle,, 212-823-9775)

’80s Bowl with White Wedding
Kick off the new year by stepping back a few decades. Rock out in your snazzy bowling shoes to ’80s party band White Wedding. Be there or be a pinhead. Yeah, we crack ourselves up, too. (Monday, FREE, 21+, 6 p.m. doors, Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg,

‘This Is Your Brain On Drugs’
A good thing to know before sparking up a doobie (if you’re into that sort of thing) is how drugs affect the brain. Learn the science behind meth, cocaine and marijuana at this installation of the SciCafe at the American Museum of Natural History. (Wednesday, FREE with cash bar, 21+, 7 p.m., Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, Central Park West,

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