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Rick Springfield

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Rick Springfield
Stop by around mid-day to ogle ’80s heartthrob Rick Springfield as he signs copies of his memoir. You’ll wish you too were Jessie’s girl. (Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue, 555 Fifth Ave., 212-697-3048)

Karaoke Killed the Cat
Quell your curiosity at Karaoke Killed the Cat, the dance party that aims to change the world’s view of karaoke. Hey, we’re already big fans. (Every Friday, midnight doors, FREE, Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Ave., Park Slope, 718-638-4400, unionhallny.com)

Poetry Society of America
Let U.S. poet laureates take you back in time at the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of the Poetry Society of America. The distinguished writers will read from their works and those of their predecessors. Afterward, Natalie Merchant will perform some musical poetry, aka songs. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Cooper Union, 7 E. Seventh St. at Third Ave., 212-254-9628, poetrysociety.org)

Spoons, Toons & Booze
Unleash your inner child as you stuff your face with cereal and take in classic Saturday morning cartoons. Then mix in some booze (sorry, you gotta pay for that). We hear white Russians go well with Cocoa Puffs. (Every Saturday, noon, FREE cereal and cartoons, Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, 347-529-6696 ext. 424, bk.knittingfactory.com)

International Pickle Day
Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Excite those pickle-loving taste buds with samples from around the world at the 10th Annual NYC International Pickle Day. Who knew there were so many ways to pickle? (Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., FREE, Municipal Parking Lot on Broome St., btwn Essex and Ludlow sts., 212-226-9010, lowereastsideny.com/pickleday2010)

Halloween harvest festival
Bust out your skull masks and head to Socrates Sculpture Park for a “Day of the Dead”-themed fiesta. Don’t have a skull mask? No worries, you can make one there. (Sunday, 11 a.m., FREE, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd. at Broadway, L.I.C., socratessculpturepark.org)

Hilary Duff Book Signing
From acting to singing to writing, Hilary Duff has conquered all manner of media. Meet the starlet as she signs copies of her latest foray into fiction, “Elixir.” (Monday, 5 p.m., FREE, Borders Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, borders.com, 212-823-9775)

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