The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that appears Mondays and highlights the best of the week to come. Special favor is given to New York’s independent booksellers and venues, and low-cost and free events. Please submit details to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the date of the event in the subject line.
MONDAY, 8.1: It’s in French and you love it; start your week off right with The Beat That My Heart Skipped. Monday’s showtimes at the Angelika Film Center: 11:00, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15. Also, every week the editor of Living With Legends: The Hotel Chelsea Blog sends me a list of local literary and cultural events that involve current or former residents. I find this very charming. This week’s highlight: “Last chance to catch James Paterson’s drawings, paintings and animation at Bitforms. His father, Robert, came to town for the opening in July and stayed in 822 the room famed for being the site of the photo shoot for Madonna’s Sex Book. Here’s what Robert had to say about the Chelsea ‘We had an amazing time at the Chelsea and I plan to make it my regular stop. James liked it so much he would like to live there for a while. All his friends who dropped by felt the same so the old girl still has a pull. She may be a bit tired but she still has class as do her residents and staff.'”
TUESDAY, 8.2: Jen Bekman hosts an opening reception for an exhibition of work by winners of the gallery’s refreshing “Hey, Hot Shot” competition, which periodically seeks to discover untapped photographic talent. Noted: some British guy named Martin Amis is among the winners… 6:00-8:00pm, free.
WEDNESDAY, 8.3: Journalist Katherine Lanpher returns to Housing Works to kick out the jams at a live taping of Air America’s Liberal Arts. Featured authors on Wednesday evening are memoirists Sean Wilsey (On The Glory of It All) and Jeanette Walls (The Glass Castle), who will likely both contribute plenty of provocative commentary on the nature of celebrity — and publicity — in the literary world. One Ring Zero is the musical guest. 8:00pm, $10 contribution suggested.
THURSDAY, 8.4:, Rooftop Films presents “a cinematic booze cruise on board the Rocks Off Temptress Cruise Ship.” I love this idea, and certainly wish that more literary events would take the “booze cruise” concept and really run with it [full disclosure, as always: Late Bloomer director Craig Macneill, a PR client of mine, has a film in the program]. 7:00pm, $25 in advance.
FRIDAY, 8.5: Rooftop Films, fast becoming a Smart Set staple, presents the Found Footage Film Festival: “A hilarious live comedy event and screening featuring odd clips from videotapes found in thrift stores, garage sales, in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. Guest curators Geoff Haas, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher will host the screening and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities.” 8:30pm, $8.
SATURDAY, 8.6: The Pillowman, currently playing on Broadway, is “an exhilarating and viciously funny new comedy-drama about a fiction writer who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of bizarre incidents occurring in his town.” Saturday’s performances are at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; ticket prices vary. Also playing, some varying distance from Broadway, Manuscript: “when a manuscript is discovered that can guarantee success, three ambitious students set into motion a manipulative quest for vengeance and fame in this calculating comedy by Paul Grellong.” Saturday’s performances are at 3:00pm and 8:00pm; ticket prices vary.
SUNDAY, 8.7: The Atomic Reading Series celebrates its one-year anniversary at Lucky 13, “Brooklyn’s only full-time Punk/Metal/Deathrock/Alternative Bar.” 7:00pm, no cover.