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

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Barefoot Contessa book signing
We’re pretty sure she won’t actually be barefoot, because that’s dangerous (and pretty gross), but Ina Garten, the star of the Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa,” will be signing copies of her cookbook “How Easy Is That?” (Monday noon, FREE, Borders Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, borders.com, 212-823-9775)

The Candy Store reading series
There’s no candy here, but we’re OK with satisfying our sweet tooth in liquid form (with a little kick, of course) as we let the voices of authors Gary Shteyngart and Danielle Evans sweeten our eardrums at this installment of Pete’s Candy Store Reading Series. (Thursday, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, petescandystore.com/reading, 718-302-3770)

JapanNYC Festival
Broaden your cultural and musical horizons and experience the “Winds and Strings of Change: Glories of the Japanese Traditional Music Heritage” in the first of this two-part concert series. (Thursday, 6 p.m., FREE, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, carnegiehall.org, 212-247-7800)

Knights of Bruklyn Homebrewer’s Sentry Final
Gulp down free samples of homemade brews as the winners of the quarterly competitions of this home brewers’ organization pit their pints against each other for beer supremacy. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope, unionhallny.com, 718-638-4400)

Capoeira class
Dance-fight away those calories in prep for packing them on at Christmas dinner. The International Capoeira Angola Foundation is offering a free capoeira class today if you name-drop amNewYork. Yeah, that’s right, we know people. (Monday, 7-9 p.m., FREE, Gowanus Arts, 295 Douglass St., Gowanus, ficanewyork.com, 551-574-0644)

Indoor cycling workout
Cycle your way into a hot bod for the cold winter. SoulCycle is offering three free lunchtime classes at each of its NYC studios from now until after New Year’s. Call after noon Monday to set up your session. (Wed.-Fri., 1 p.m., FREE, SoulCycle Tribeca, SoulCycle East 83rd and SoulCycle West 72nd, soul-cycle.com for specific studio info)

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