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An Evening of Dylan Poetry & Musings
Mixing the work of Bob Dylan with improv? Yeah, it just might be as good as it sounds. Novelist Rick Moody and poet David Lehman will discuss Dylan, their improv-writing website QuickMuse and whatever else might pop up. The times may be a-changin’, but this event sounds like a classic. (Wednesday, FREE, 7 p.m., 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St.,, 646-395-4344)

‘The Encyclopedia of New York City’ book signing
Think you know all there is to know about our city? Before you say yes, better check out Kenneth Jackson, who’ll be at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Wednesday with some special guests to discuss the latest edition of “The Encyclopedia of New York City,” which features more than 1,000 new entries. Want to change your answer now? (Wednesday, FREE, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St.,, 212-253-0810)

Winter Arts and Crafts Event
Show off just how crafty you are this Saturday at this arts and crafts event for all ages. The kiddies might also like the appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog. (Saturday, FREE, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sky View Center lower lobby, 40-24 College Point Blvd., Flushing,

The Arctic Plants of New York City
It’s hard to imagine any plant life surviving a NYC winter. Find out what vegetation can brave the cold at James Walsh’s “The Arctic Plants of New York City,” a collection of pressed plants accented with Walsh’s research. (Closes Sunday, FREE, Thurs. & Fri., 3-6 p.m., Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m., Observatory, 543 Union St., Park Slope,

On Stage in Fashion
Clothing’s a basic need for anyone and certainly an important part of the entertainment biz. See the fruits of the fashion collaboration between celebs and designers at this NY Public Library exhibit. (Closes Saturday, FREE, Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., Mon. & Thurs. to 8 p.m., New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave.,

Two Truths and a Lie
We’ve played this game! See how good you are at picking the liars at this live event at Union Hall, which blends all forms of storytelling. Some are true, others false — you pick. (Thursday, FREE, 7:30 p.m., Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope,, 718-638-4400)

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