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

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Brad Meltzer signs 'The Inner Circle'
Though he’s working on decoding real secrets every week for the History Channel, with “The Inner Circle” author Brad Meltzer takes you into the fictional — yet seemingly so real — world of the National Archives’ secrets and mysteries in his latest thrilling novel. (Tuesday, FREE, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St.,, 212-253-0810)

ChamberFest ’11
Put down the iPod and go to this year’s ChamberFest, a showcase of 67 Juilliard musicians who spent the final weeks of winter break rehearsing to make sure you get the best show ever. (Monday-Saturday, FREE, Mon.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 3 & 8:30 p.m., the Juilliard School, 60 Lincoln Center Plz.,, 212-799-5000)

Transit Museum’s Holiday Train Show
Get to Grand Central a bit before you need to catch that train home and check out the New York Transit Museum’s Holiday Train Show. Wander around the 34-foot-long display and take in 3-D minis of iconic city landmarks. (Closes next Monday, FREE, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Grand Central,, 212-878-0106)

‘The Lo-Down’ by Lo Bosworth
From “The Hills” to “The City,” Lo Bosworth has seen her fair share of reality drama. Now she dishes the dirt on her own experiences as well as on her friends’ love lives, too. Get “The Lo-Down” on Wednesday. (Wednesday, FREE, 5 p.m., Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren St.,, 212-587-5389)

Fireside Follies
Kick off this year’s literary education with Fireside Follies, a monthly reading series that showcases various aspects of literature via works by an array of writers. We don’t think there’s an actual fire, but your ear buds will certainly feel warm and cozy. (Saturday, FREE, 7 p.m., Brooklyn Fire Proof, 119 Ingraham St., Bushwick,

Go Vegan in 2011
Want to become a vegan but not sure quite how to start? Here you can learn about the politics and economics of veganism. There’s a suggested donation of $5. No meat allowed! (Wednesday, FREE, 7-9 p.m., Bluestockings Bookstore and Vegan Café, 172 Allen St.,, 212-777-6028)

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