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, 8.15: Journalist Jimmie Briggs reads from and discusses Innocents Losts, which “explores the lives of child soldiers and war-affected children, focusing on young people in Uganda, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Colombia and Afghanistan.” At The Half King. 7:00pm, no cover.
TUESDAY, 8.16: According to The Hotel Chelsea Blog, “I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar is about director Philippe Garrell’s love affair with former resident Nico. Between 1972 and 1979 she starred in seven of Garrell’s films, but is probably best known for trimming her bangs for 45 minutes in Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls.” Notes Olivier Assayas, “This film is possibly his masterpiece. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about his love affair with Nico, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about his heroin addiction, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also about surviving youth, surviving in an age where everything you stood for, believed in, dreamed of has been crushed.Ã¢â‚¬Â At BAM. Also, Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker screens at the Knitting Factory. 7:00pm, $8. And, at Galapagos, “Becky Poole Presents The Robot Show, featuring sketch comedy, stories, and songs about robots…” 8:00pm, no cover. As for me, I’m going to check out Chicks and Giggles, an all-female stand-up comedy show. 8:30pm, no cover.
WEDNESDAY, 8.17: From 5:00-7:00pm, you can join the queue to chat up Shin-pei Tsay, one of the cooler Gothamist interviewees, at B Bar and Grill during the Project for Public Spaces Patio Party. At 8:00pm, journalist Katherine Lanpher hosts the final live audience taping of Air America’s Liberal Arts summer series at Housing Works, featuring author Melissa Bank (The Wonder Spot) and singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb. 8:00pm, $10 suggested.
THURSDAY, 8.18: Nothing good scheduled for tonight. My advice? Hit Verlaine solo for the $4 lychee martinis during Happy Hour — until 10pm, so you know the place is owned by writers — and make up a pseudonym or two to keep in your back pocket for now. Mine include Frau Mao (for when I suddenly need a below-the-radar but obviously fake hotel check-in name) and Delirious Ampersand (useful if I get assigned a last-minute investigative nonfiction piece to infiltrate a sordid, possibly nefarious inner circle at a psychedelic love-in type thing in a scenario that falls somewhere between Burning Man, Rolling Stone before it sucked, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.)
FRIDAY, 8.19: “Join South Street Seaport Museum and Poets House for a glass of wine and an evening of poetry as Joshua Beckman, author of Things Are Happening, Something I Expected to Be Different, and Your Time Has Come shares selections from his writings and the work of celebrated American poet Walt Whitman. Audience members will have the opportunity to print a selection of WhitmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s work on the very type of letterpress Whitman would have used during his years as a printer. ” Bowne & Co. Stationers at the South Street Seaport Museum. 7:00pm, $6. Also, the Museum of Modern Art screens In The Bedroom, a film — “based on an Andre Dubus story” — that “describes with emotional precision a middle-aged coupleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reaction to unexpected catastrophe.” 8:00pm, $10.
SATURDAY, 8.20: As Smart As They Are, a documentary that explores One Ring Zero’s “Author Project“, has its New York premiere at the Pioneer Theater. 6:00pm, $9 [full disclosure, as always: director Joe Pacheco is a client, and I’m working with him to promote the film]. Also, Opium Magazine celebrates its first print issue at Happy Ending. 7:00pm, no cover. And, late-night, Lady Miss Kier DJs a “loft party” (full details here) — just knowing that gives me the same ecstatic thrill as when Jordan Catalano took Angela to the abandoned house on My So-Called Life. $7 before midnight/$10 after.
SUNDAY, 8.21: HOWL kicks off “8 Days of Countercultural Euphoria” in the East Village with a glittery Opening Night Extravaganza featuring all of the usual suspects. 7:00pm, $12.