TUE, JUN 9: In Fort Greene, FalconWorks is a presenter of “Riot Act! The Police-Teen Theater Project’s Spring 2009 Performance. Young people from throughout Brooklyn combine forces with officers from four NYPD units to create a night of hilarious, moving, and totally unpredictable improvisational theater.” 7PM, FREE. Downtown, “Belladonna* Celebrates the Elders (& our last event of the season!) with readings and events guest-hosted by some of our favorite writers who’ve invited writers who influence and inspire them,” featuring Jane Sprague, Tina Darragh & Diane Ward, at Dixon Place (at that same venue, Martha Wainwright sings the songs of Edith Piaf for a limited engagement of three shows, June 14-15). 7:30PM, $6.
WED, JUN 10: Sunday Salon co-founder Nita Noveno says, “As many of you know I work for the Student Press Initiative and this year had the honor of collaborating with a dynamic team of educators and their 11th graders at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (aka BCAM). I’m excited to have been part of this project and would like to invite you to a special student reading of ‘Take a Position, Create a Vision: Persuasive Speeches & Campaign Posters’ by BCAM’s 11th Grade.‘” At Barnes & Noble, 106 Court Street in Brooklyn. 5:45PM, FREE. And, the Beatrice Series returns to the Slipper Room with the Bushwick Book Club for a night of words and music focused on teenage tales, starring Judy Blundell, National Book Award Winner for What I Saw and How I Lied, easily one of my favorite books, ever. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 7:30PM, FREE.
THU, JUN 11: Ben Greenman, your favorite authority on the heartrending and only somewhat ironic emotional complexity of PDX strippers, the Gowanus Canal, and “lit-roiding,” reads from Please Step Back at Bookcourt. 7PM, FREE [Full disclosure, as always: I am Ben’s publicist].
FRI, JUN 12: Stay in and watch L’Avventura online for free.
WEEKEND: What could be gleefully sharper than the mind of a teenage girl? Imagine an afternoon with the best of them on Sunday, as Girls Write Now’s Annual Spring Reading at the New School features high school students in the program, along with TODAY’s Amy Robach and National Book Award nominee (and Sedaris fave) Jean Thompson, author of Do Not Deny Me [Full disclosure, as always: I am the chair of the board of Girls Write Now, and Jean’s publicist]. 4PM, FREE.
JUN 15: Idlewild Books hosts a launch party for Jean Thompson and Do Not Deny Me, the new story collection earning comparisons to Alice Munro. 7PM, FREE, RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUN 16: “Upstairs at the Square” celebrates three years of innovative and eclectic programming with Carlos Ruiz Zafon & Las Rubias del Norte, discussing and performing their work with host Katherine Lanpher. 7PM, FREE [Full dislosure, as always: I am very involved with this series].
JUN 20: Special note for Los Angeles readers… Mark Sarvas gives a reading of his darkly shimmering debut novel, Harry, Revised at Book Soup, with Damion Searls, whose new story collection What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going, is just out from Dalkey Archive Press (I recently read — and found wildly entertaining — their French gangster anti-love story, Do Not Touch). 7PM, FREE.