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Free in the city this week

I got such great feedback about last week's Free in NYC post, it's going to be a weekly feature. So, ever the intrepid scourer of deals, I found some great freebies this week.

Live performances

The Black Eyed Peas. Yes THE Black Eyed Peas. Free. The April 18 show at Terminal 5 is part of MTV's World Stage and Volkswagen's 21st Century Beetle promotion, during which the automaker is unveiling and celebrating the new model of its buglike classic. The catch: You must be selected to attend. But somebody has to be chosen, right? And they're looking for 600 somebodies to sit in the audience during the 45-minute concert. Why not you? Get details and sign up here.

Live at Best Buy: Acts are regularly scheduled to play free shows at various Best Buy locations around the city.

John Oates. Saw Hall & Oates back in the '80s at Forest Hill tennis stadium. I remember it well. Actually, I hardly remember it at all. But those were the '80s. You can catch half that act for free at J&R Music (23 Park Row) on Wednesday, April 13, at 12:30 p.m. You might even snag an autograph. 


Catch Liz Taylor at her best in a screening of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tribeca Grand Hotel theater, 2 Sixth Ave.

Ice cream

Tuesday, April 12, is free ice cream day at Ben & Jerry's. Find a scoop shop, where you can get your free cone, and hope for warm weather. Free Cherry Garcia won't be any fun if it's 40 degrees out.

Casting call

I'm guessing this one is for masochists who enjoy being berated: Simon Cowell's upcoming show, "X Factor," is holding a casting call for the metropolitan area Thursday, April 14, at the Prudential Center in Newark (165 Mulberry St.), not quite New York City but within striking distance. Arrive before 8 a.m. -- and send me an email if you get accepted. Get details here.


Looking for a career change? You can get a free introductory class at the New York Bartending School on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The school is at 68 W. 39th St. Register here.


Kids eat free all month long at IHOP restaurants, every day from 4 to 10 p.m. You get one kid's meal for each paying adult, as evidenced by this highly unnecessary youtube video:


My scouring has been supplemented by the bang-up job Danielle Clarke is doing over at livingfreenyc. And for more music freebies, check out myfreeconcert.


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