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

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Tabatha Coffey book signing
You may know her from her reality show “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” but now Tabatha Coffey’s taking over Borders. Maybe you can ask her what it’s really about as she signs copies of her new book, “It’s Not Really About the Hair.” (Thursday, 7 p.m., FREE, Borders Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle,, 212-823-9775)

Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures
Andy Warhol seamlessly made the leap from making silkscreens to making “Screen Tests” — his film series of four-minute clips depicting famous subjects. Listen to artist Paula Stuttman discuss MoMA’s exhibit, “Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures.” (Monday 6:30 p.m., FREE, New York Public Library mid-Manhattan branch, 455 Fifth Ave.,

The Board Game Olympics
It takes a lifetime of hard work and intense training to get ready for the Olympics. And we take the Board Game Olympics just as seriously. Not quite as competitive as we are? That’s OK. Head to Union Hall tomorrow night to play some free side games and watch the pros battle it out for the gold. (Tuesday, 7 p.m. doors, FREE to play side games, Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope,,

Paris/New York: Crisscross Views
Paris and New York are both cities of culture and art. See the two metropolises through the eyes (or rather the lenses) of each other’s photogs. The French Institute Alliance Française exhibit focuses on the work of six American and French photographers and their views of Paris and New York, respectively. (Closes Saturday, Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E. 60th St.,, 212-355-6100)

Does philosophy still matter?
What do you think: Does philosophy still make a difference in our modern world? A panel composed of distinguished professors, authors and even an indie filmmaker get together to discuss just that. (Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m., FREE, RSVP required to, Tishman Auditorium at the New School for Social Research, 66 W. 12th St.,

Birds of ‘Paradise’
Enjoy a little bit of paradise in this especially snowy winter as you amble through Powell’s Cove Park and peruse the fairest of the fowl. ... Bird-watching, OK? We were trying to be literary. BYO binoculars if you got ’em. (Saturday, 11 a.m., FREE, Powell’s Cove Park, 130th St. and 11th Ave., Queens,

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