The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that appears Mondays at 12:30pm 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 send details to firstname.lastname@example.org by the Thursday prior to publication, with the eventÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s date in the subject line.
MONDAY, 7.24: AmandaFilipacchi reads from Love Creeps at The Half King. Fun fact: “Named one of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“top 25 books of the yearÃ¢â‚¬Â by The Village Voice, Love Creeps has been optioned for film by Michael StipeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Single Cell Pictures, which produced Being John Malkovich.” Highly recommended. 7:00pm, FREE.
TUESDAY, 7.25: Katharine Weber reads from her acclaimed new novel, Triangle, which Entertainment Weekly deemed a “crackerjack historical mystery, [that] may be the most effective 9/11 novel yet written Ã¢â‚¬â€ and it isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even about 9/11,” at McNally Robinson. 7:00pm, FREE [Full disclosure, as always: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m delighted to be working with Katharine to publicize Triangle].
WEDNESDAY, 7.26: Julie Phillips reads from her new book, James Tiptree Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon: “It’s a biography of a woman who wrote science fiction under a man’s name for ten years and had all kinds of intimate correspondences with other writers, all of whom thought they were getting letters from a man.” At KGB. Highly recommended. 7:00pm, FREE. And, says Christine Boyka Kluge, “Join us Wednesday, July 26, 7pm, at Night & Day, for our Brooklyn PP/FF Anthology Party! If you haven’t heard about PP/FF, it’s the newly released Starcherone Books anthology featuring 61 of today’s leading practitioners in the in-between prose-poetry/flash-fiction form that editor Peter Conners has named “PP/FF”… featuring readings by contributors Kazim Ali, Brian Clements, Peter Conners, Geoffrey Gatza, Christine Boyka Kluge, Ted Pelton, Anthony Tognazzini, Jessica Treat, & Mark Tursi. FREE. Also on Wednesday, you can finally tell your kids what you tried to tell your mom back in the day. Get the facts and learn how to stay on message when author and illustrator Ricardo Cortes reads from and discusses ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Just a Plant at Housing Works. 7:00pm, FREE.
THURSDAY, 7.27: At Eyebeam, the Panorama Screening Series Presents Living Culture: “Living Culture interweaves work that is aesthetically informed by genetics with documentation of artworks that appropriate scientific methodologies and political commentary about the ethical nature of scientific discovery… Despite the difference between documentary and aesthetic approaches, it is interesting to see how artists, filmmakers and activists have appropriated a range of similar biotechnological development strategies in order to grapple with such intricate topics as ethics, identity and human physicality.” Highly recommended. 7:00pm, FREE.
FRIDAY, 7.28: On Friday I’ll probably check out “Spring Awakening: A New Musical, book & lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, based on the play by Frank Wedekind, choreographed by Bill T. Jones, directed by Michael Mayer. Written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind and banned for 70 years, Spring Awakening is the haunting and powerful tale of tragic young love. Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik and playwright Steven Sater breathe new life into this expressionist masterpiece with their beautifully dark musical adaptation.” Nice. Through August 5. 8:00pm, $60.
SATURDAY, 7.29: jen bekman presents “Meditations in an Emergency,” a group exhibition of work in various mediums inspired by and interpreting Frank OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢HaraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s poem of the same name. Participating artists, all of whom are represented by the gallery, include Agnes Barley, Mara-Bodis Wollner, Christine Callahan, Christine Collins, James Deavin, Benjamin Donaldson, John Glassie, Anne Hall, Addie Juell, Holly Lynton, Dana Miller, Katie Murray, Leon Reid, Eliot Shepard, Tema Stauffer and Jeffey Teuton [Full disclosure, as always: I am the galleryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s PR director]. Through August 4. The galleryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hours on Saturday are noon – 6:00pm, FREE.
SUNDAY, 7.30: With the tagline “Sometimes one button less is more . . .”, the Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses take the stage at the Bowery Poetry Club. 4:00pm, $6.