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Cheap$kate: This week's best FREE events in NYC

Rachael Ray

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Rachael Ray
Queen of the kitchen, talk show host and Food Network darling Rachael Ray will be on hand to sign copies of her latest cookbook, “Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook.” (Today, 6 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St. btwn Broadway and Park Ave. South, bn.com, 212-253-0810)

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 8 auditions
So you think you can dance? Prove it at the auditions for the show’s eighth season. Bust out your best moves for the producers today and perhaps earn yourself a callback to appear before the judges tomorrow. (Today, registration starts at 8 a.m., FREE, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilmore Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. btwn Ashland Pl. and St. Felix St., Brooklyn, fox.com/dance)

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange
Treat those earbuds to some original tunes at the monthly installment of the Brooklyn songwriters exchange, hosted by Rebecca Pronsky, at Union Hall. (Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. doors, FREE, Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Ave., Park Slope, unionhallny.com, 718-638-4400)

The Other End of the Line
Artist Francis Cape draws inspiration for this exhibition from the High Line’s history as a freight train railway connecting the city with upstate New York. A trailer parked on Gansevoort houses works from upstate artists. (Closes Sunday, today-Fri.: 2-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Gansevoort Plaza at Gansevoort and Washington sts., thehighline.org)

Brooklyn Flea
Peruse the aisles of the Brooklyn Flea before the market moves indoors for the winter. Take some cash along, just in case you find that hidden gem. Remember, browsing is always FREE. (The last outdoor day is Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE to look, 176 Lafayette Ave. btwn Clermont and Vanderbilt aves., Fort Greene, brooklynflea.com)

Tree planting
Grab a shovel and help green-ify the Bronx. Do your part for the environment by planting trees with the GreenApple Corps and Sustainable South Bronx. (Today, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, French Charley Playground at Bronx Park, E. 204th St. and Webster Ave., nycgov
parks.org/events, 646-879-6588)

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