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


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Networking: Death to the Resume Rally
If you’ve ever dreamed of destroying your resume in protest of the whole institution of employment, or for whatever other reason, here’s your chance. Destroy your resume at the door to take part in the Death to the Resume Movement at Hudson Terrace. With a complimentary hour of open bar and a chance to network with successful entrepreneurs, we’re there, resume in hand. (Monday, 8-10 p.m., FREE with resume, Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St., RSVP to to attend)

Photography: Cyrus Company photo exhibit
Black-and-white photography holds a place near and dear in our hearts. And what better subject than our beloved city? The Cyrus Company, a luxury furniture boutique in Soho, houses an exhibit of stills from three photogs, with some featured glamour shots of NYC. (Closes Tuesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Cyrus Company, 57 Greene St. at Broome St.,, 212-226-2364)

Holiday festivities: Madison Square Park holiday celebration, tree lighting
It’s no Rockefeller Center tree, but we prefer the neighborhood vibe (as opposed to the tourist vibe) at the Madison Square Park tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy treats from Benvenuto and tunes from Audra Rox and the New York Life Singers. (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., FREE, Madison Square Park, 23rd to 26th sts. btwn Fifth and Madison aves.,

Book signing: Denis Leary: “Suck On This Year”
The a**hole of a**holes has turned his satire to the Twitter phenomenon. Denis Leary signs copies of his book, “Suck On This Year,” at Borders. (And we got that all in at way less than 140 words ... Sweet!) (Wednesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Borders Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle,, 212-823-9775) 

DVD signing: Ken Burns: “Baseball: The Tenth Inning”
The documentary filmmaker picks up where his 1994 series left off, and takes you into the wheelings and dealings of America’s favorite pastime. Burns will be sliding into Barnes and Noble on Wednesday night to sign copies of the DVD set. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes and Noble 86th & Lexington Ave., 150 E 86th St.,, 212-369-2180) 

Launch party: Where Women Cook
Do you know where women cook? Find out at the launch party for Where Women Cook magazine at Chelsea Market. Rub elbows with fellow foodies and the female entrepreneurs featured in the premier issue. (Friday, 2-5 p.m., FREE, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave. btwn 15th and 16th sts., 

Holiday festivities: Santa’s Winter Garden
The big man in red will make his way down from the North Pole to the World Financial Center this weekend before the Christmas crunch down at the workshop. OK, so you might not buy it, but your kids will. Pictures will cost you, but a part of proceeds go to charity. (Saturday-Monday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-7 p.m. Saturday and Monday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St.,, 212-417-7000)

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