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.
TUESDAY, 2.8: David Remnick discusses “his unique perspective on possible future developments” for the New Yorker, in a talk at the General Society. 6:00pm, $15. Also, Alison Pace, former Sotheby’s staffer and author of If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, reads from her chick-lit romp through the always-ripe-for-satire art world (at least it’s not about a publicist, right?) at Lenox Hill Bookstore. 7:00pm, FREE.
WEDNESDAY, 2.9: Samantha Hunt (The Seas) and Maxine Swann (Serious Girls) read from their work at Cupcake, the reading series for New York’s best women writers (that I co-direct). 7:30pm, FREE. Elsewhere that same evening, media critic Bryan Keefer joins authors Karen Greenberg and Joshua Dratel for a discussion of their new book, The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib, at Barnes & Noble Union Square. 7:00pm, FREE.
THURSDAY, 2.10: David Plante reads from American Ghosts: A Memoir at 192 Books. 7:00pm, FREE. And: “After a three-month hiatus, art/pop starlets Fischerspooner and Deitch Projects reopen ‘Excellent Workshop,’ their weekly salon showcasing artwork, photography, film and music by the glittery duo and their pansexual friends. Every Thursday, 7:00 – 11:00 pm, until March 31, which doubles as the release party for their new album, Odyssey. FS Studios, 110 North First Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.” [via Hint mag.]
FRIDAY, 2.11: “ROOM creates a space for us all to inhabit. Wynne Greenwood and Fawn Krieger build a utopian living room out of wood, foam, cheap carpet, and video projections that envisions new ideas about community and home. An immersive video environment during the day, the installation serves as a stage in the evening for the art punk band Tracy + the Plastics…. Exploring notions of identity and communication, the band hangs out, re-imagining 1970s feminist consciousness-raising groups and questioning the present state of radical feminism.” At The Kitchen. 8:00pm and 10:00pm, $12 each performance (See also: Thu, Feb 10th @ 8pm; Sat, Feb 12th @ 8pm and 10pm $12; Exhibition Hours: Mon-Sat, Feb 7-12, 12-6pm, FREE).
SATURDAY, 2.12: BOSOZOKU photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga are on display at M Wakasa Presents through March 5th. “This exhibition is the first in the United States featuring Masayuki Yoshinaga’s photographs of bosozoku, Japanese teen motorcycle gangs. Yoshinaga’s color photographs, approximately 30 in the show, honestly tell the sensational stories of the bosozoku bike gangs who dedicate their young energy to the thrills of breakneck speed driving (boso) on city streets at night.” Saturday hours: 10am-6pm, FREE. [via Educated Community]
SUNDAY, 2.13: In an evening entitled, “Addicted To Love: Reading to Benefit the Soup Kitchens at Holy Apostles and the Village Temple,” authors Ian Frazier (Dating Your Mom), Susan Jane Gilman (Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress), Molly Jong-Fast (Normal Girl), Susan Shapiro (Five Men Who Broke My Heart), Peter Hyman (The Reluctant Metrosexual, and Dave Itzkoff (Lads), read from their work at Fez. 6:30pm, $10.