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 by the Thursday prior to publication, with the date of the event in the subject line.
MONDAY, 10.31: “The Reader’s Room, co-hosted by Emilie Stewart and Leigh Newman” presents “a line-up of chilling, thrilling noir writers, picked by the editors of the new book series Hard Case Crime.” Featured readers include Charles Ardai (aka Richard Aleas), Max Phillips, Jason Starr, and Megan Abbott. Mo Pitkins. 7:00pm, no cover. In Brooklyn, Clay McLeod Chapman, who drives me crazy in the best way, takes the stage for SMUT’s “Halloween Super Dirt.” Actually, Galapagos is treating tricks? a trickin’ treat? all night with Halloween-themed films (Ocularis, 7pm) and appropriately festive burlesque at 10. Full schedule. Highly recommended. 8:00pm, no cover.
TUESDAY, 11.1: Jean Nathan, author of The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, a poignant portrait of the heartbreaking life of childrens’ book author Dare Wright, reads from the book at The Educational Alliance. Recommended. 7:00pm, free.
WEDNESDAY, 11.2: If you like your pop packaged with bubblegum, teenage girls, and like, appalling? displays? of like, shameless? nepotism? definitely do check out The Like at Tower Records. The band performs live at 6:00pm, free.
THURSDAY, 11.3: Via our anonymous yet charming correspondent at Living with Legends, “Undercover Lover, the recently rediscovered unproduced 1961 musical comedy with book and lyrics by acclaimed playwright/lyricist former Hotel Chelsea resident Arnold Weinstein in collaboration with legendary poet Frank O’Hara. With music by John Gruen, orchestrations by William Bolcom and direction by Obie-Award winner Barbara Vann… [at] The Medicine Show Theatre.” 8:00pm, $15.
FRIDAY, 11.4: Self-described as “party music for smart people,” the Claudia Quintet means you, dummy. At Whitney Live (nee “Soundcheck”, the superior moniker?). 7:00pm, “Whitney Live programs are free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6 to 9 pm.”
SATURDAY, 11.5: Laila Lalami, (Moorish Girl – maybe you’ve heard of it?) Portland-based author of the much-praised Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits reads from her debut novel at Cornelia Street Cafe, with Nathalie Handal, Sholeh Wolpe, and Matthew Shenoda. Highly recommended. 6:00pm, $8 cover includes one house drink.
SUNDAY, 11.6: Why not plan a grand adventure? Me, I’d love to visit Venice, especially since I read about the collection of masterworks on permanent display at Peggy’s palazzo… Currently got my eye on: City Secrets Florence, Venice and the Towns of Italy and The Antique and Flea Markets of Italy, both available through the sublime Little Bookroom (20% off everything online!). Any marvelous books set in La Serenissima that I should add to my reading list? Let me know.