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Snooki dishes on motherhood, signs copy of new book
Poof up that hair, don your leopard-print apparel and head over to Barnes & Noble at Citigroup Center on Wednesday for a book signing by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. The petite reality TV star discusses her foray into motherhood and how she’s been fusing her party girl past with her motherly present in her new book, “Baby Bumps: From party girl to proud mama, and all the messy milestones along the way.” (Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Citigroup Center, 160 E. 54th St., 212-750-8033,

‘Extraordinary Birds’ and ‘Birds Are More Colorful Than They Look’
You can leave your binoculars at home for this bird-watching event. Speak to the artistic scientist in you by attending the latest lectures courtesy of The Linnaean Society. Kick things off with a look at the history of ornithological art, then stick around for a talk on the structure and aesthetics of bird feathers. (Tuesday, 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., FREE, American Museum of Natural History, Linder Theater, enter at 77th St. btwn Columbus Ave. and Central Park West, 212-769-5100,

‘Supertall, Supergreen’
They surround us daily in our thriving metropolis, but there’s much more to skyscrapers than you might think. Stop by the New York Public Library this Wednesday for a discussion about “green” skyscrapers fusing architecture and engineering with natural elements. (Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., doors at 5:30 p.m., FREE, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., 917-275-6975,

Turning her lens on families in her nabe of Washington Heights, photographer Yael Ben-Zion documents the beauty and the challenges experienced by couples that identify as “mixed” in her new exhibition, “Intermarried.” Ben-Zion will be on hand for a reception and signing of the accompanying book this Friday. It runs through Feb. 3. (Reception on Friday, 6-8 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., La Galeria at Boricua College, 3755 Broadway, 212-694-1000, 

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