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

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Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman in conversation with James Shaheen
Break out the robe, sandals and sunglasses - you'll need all three to channel your dude-ness tomorrow as Jeff Bridges and his Buddhist teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman converse with James Shaheen about their latest book, "The Dude and the Zen Master." The book provides an insight into Bridges' and Glassman's dialogue about life, laughter, movies and more. Stop by Barnes & Noble in Union Square Tuesday evening for a totally chill time. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810,

Book Launch
Jonathan M. Katz
Award-winning journalist and author Jonathan M. Katz will be in the city tomorrow and Wednesday talking about his new book, "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster." Katz, said to be the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, details his firsthand account of the January 2010 earthquake and the aftermath that followed. If you miss him in DUMBO Tuesday, he'll also be at Barnes & Noble at 82nd and Broadway on Wednesday. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, 718-666-3049,, RSVP to RSVP@power; Wednesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway, 212-362-8835)

Enoc Perez: The Good Days
Check out Enoc Perez's second solo exhibition with Acquavella Galleries, opening this Friday and running through Feb. 9. The exhibit will feature all-new works, including paintings on canvas and Perez's first public display of sculptures, which are inspired by his collection of vintage swizzle sticks. (Opens Friday, FREE, Acquavella Galleries, 18 E. 79th St., 212-734-6300,

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen
Stop by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts this week for your last chance to catch this exhibit on Katharine Hepburn's personal collection of performance clothes, wardrobes that she wore for publicity, and examples of "rebel chic" from her casual and rehearsal wear. The exhibit ends this Saturday. Also on display are film stills, posters and playbills that span Hepburn's theater, film and TV career. (Closes Saturday, Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., Mon. & Thurs. to 8 p.m., FREE, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum, Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, 917-275-6975,

Learn to Ride - Adults
Feel like you missed out on an iconic childhood moment by never learning to ride a bike? Don't worry, because here's your chance to correct that misstep. Stop by this FREE, two-hour class put on by Bike New York, where you can learn to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer a bike. And then you can ride off into the sunset on your own two-wheeler. (Sunday, 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., FREE, PS/IS 180 at 120th St. and Manhattan Ave., bikenewyork .org/learn/adults/learn-to-ride)


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