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

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Gwyneth Paltrow really cooks!: Gwyneth Paltrow has transitioned from actress to country singer and now, it seems, to cookbook author. We should have seen that coming - her daughter's name, after all, is Apple. This Thursday, Paltrow will be signing copies of "My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness." (Thursday, 12:30 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue, 555 Fifth Ave.,

Monday Night Vinyl Club: Psych, Bikes & Brownies: Head to the Bell House and to find the connection between psychedelic music, bikes and brownies (the venue is encouraging patrons to bring their favorite "mind-bending platters.") Arrive first on your bike and score a copy of the debut LP by the Brooklyn band Nymph. (Today, 8 p.m., FREE, the Bell House, 149 7th St, Gowanus, thebell, 718-643-6510)

MillionTreesNYC citywide Earth Day tree giveaways: Get in the Earth Day spirit - it's on April 22 - and nab yourself a FREE tree this Saturday at any of the tree giveaways throughout the city organized by MillionTreesNYC. Green-ify your home and/or neighborhood - it's the eco thing to do. (Saturday, FREE, check website for specific locations and times,

World Financial Center in the Loop: Let that crafty side out with this event, which will provide you with yarn and instructions to knit or crochet baby hats and booties that will be donated to charity. Crafts and philanthropy, that's how we roll. (Friday, noon-2 p.m., FREE, World Financial Center Courtyard, 200 Vesey St., 212-417-7050)

Maria Menounos: If you're an everygirl, then Maria Menounos has written your guide to life: "The Everygirl's Guide to Life." See? We told you. So you might want to check it out and have the "Access Hollywood" correspondent sign your copy. (Wednesday, 11 a.m., FREE, NBC Experience Store, 30 Rockefeller Plaza,, 212-664-3700)

Nightclubbing: New York Nightlife in the '80s: The '80s club scene in NYC was riddled with celebs such as Andy Warhol, Madonna and Grace Jones. It was the place to be, and photographer Wolfgang Wesener, a.k.a. wowe, was there to capture it on film. (Closes Saturday, Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., FREE, Leica Gallery, 670 Broadway, Suite 500,, 212-777-3051)


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