The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s weekly events

The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that usually 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 lauren@maudnewton.com by the Thursday prior to publication, with the event’s date in the subject line.

A SPECIAL NOTE TO YOU LOVELY, LOVELY, AMAZINGLY-IN-THE-KNOW SMART SET READERS: I am looking for an unfurnished studio apartment in Manhattan starting November 1. Know of one that’s available? Please drop me a line!

MONDAY, 10.2: “The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is proud to announce Brian Nash’s debut solo show, BRIAN NASH: BOYS FOR PELE, October 2nd 2006 at 7 and 9:30PM. Nash, a pianist in The Duplex’s piano bar for the last 3 years, will be performing Tori Amos’ seminal third record, Boys for Pele, in its entirety. As much of the musical material focuses on the use of the harpsichord, Nash will be playing both piano and harpsichord on the Duplex stage. This show has a $10 cover charge, and a 2-drink minimum. 21+. Space is extremely limited, so reservations are required, and can be made by calling (212) 255-5438 or by visiting TheDuplex.com. NOTE: The 7pm show has SOLD OUT; there are seats available for the 9:30 pm show.”

TUESDAY, 10.3: The Reader’s Room welcomes Marisha Pessl, author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Lorin Stein, translator of Gregoire Bouiller’s book The Mystery Guest. At Mo Pitkin’s. Highly recommended. 7:00pm, FREE.

WEDNESDAY, 10.4: At Housing Works, contemplate “The Modern Dandy” during an evening with Lord Whimsy, Alex Wilcox, Cator Sparks, and Ellen Christine Colon-Lugo on Wednesday, October 4 at 7PM. Lord Whimsy will read a passage from his new book The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One (Bloomsbury). This will be followed by a panel discussion of the notion of modern dandyism, a final analysis of style vs. fashion, and some advice on channeling your inner dandy. A question and answer session and book signing will follow the panel.” 7:00pm, FREE. In Brooklyn, “Union Hall’s ‘Secret Science Club’ is back with more radioactive lectures, volatile book talks, chemical libations, and star-gazing sounds!!… The author of the just-released Challenging Nature:The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2006), [Biologist and Princeton professor, Lee M.] Silver asks: “Does genetic engineering trespass into hallowed zones where mere mortals dare not tread? Are we headed for a Brave New World—and if so, what are we afraid of?”… According to Smithsonian, when [Composer Bradford] Reed plays the pencilina—striking it with sticks, plucking, and bowing—he “sounds like Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Rich playing ‘Dueling Banjos.’” Or Anton Karas meeting Metallica….Before and in the Tweens: Groove to tunes and video inspired by Deoxyribonucleic Acid!…Imbibe the Beastly Brew of the Night: the futuristic “Chimera,” a strange blend of cocktails that should NEVER have been mixed. AH-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!” At Union Hall. 7:00pm, FREE.

THURSDAY, 10.5: Japan Society presents “Tokyo Vaudeville Show Theater Company in Ryoma’s Wife, Her New Husband and Her Lover… Set at the dawn of the Westernization of Japan in the Meiji period (1868-1912), the story of this award-winning cynical comedy follows the woman behind Ryoma, the notorious Oryo, and her loves after her husband’s assassination. Written by Koki Mitani, one of the most sought-after comedy playwrights in Japan, this production stars renowned TV actor B-saku Sato and Mitsuru Hirata.” 7:00pm, $35.

FRIDAY, 10.6: “Several Riot Lit authors (N.Frank Daniels, Tony O’Neill, and Jolene Siana) will be reading at the KGB Bar…The Riot Lit Collective can be found at RiotLit.com and myspace.com/riotlit.” 8:30pm, FREE.

SATURDAY, 10.7:openhousenewyork weekend, America’s largest architect and design event, opens doors throughout New York City each October. Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend, October 7 & 8 and explore 180 sites from boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to clubs, factories to firehouses, lighthouses to lookouts, monuments to mansions, skyscrapers to substations, and so much more!”

SUNDAY, 10.8: “The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses” present a “Love and Lust Reading” at Bowery Poetry Club, featuring Larissa Shmailo, Iris N. Schwartz, Madeline Artenberg, Dorothy Friedman August, Frank Simone, Jean Lehrman, Erica Miriam Fabri, and Matthew K. Johnson. Highly recommended. 5:00pm, $6.


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