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, 9.26: Nichelle Newsletter and “tongue-in-cheek” cabaret duo At Least It’s Pink take the stage as part of the purposefully provocative SMUT series, hosted by Desiree Burch (and followed by “A Night of Classic Burlesque Hosted by World Famous Bob,” – who advises girls everywhere to “Pack all of your dreams into your prettiest dress and follow it to a city where they can come true.” At Galapagos Art Space. Recommended. 8:00pm, no cover. Also, Wah-Ming Chang takes part in a “Bad Dates” themed evening, along with Jen Conley, Schuyler Bishop, Helen Phillips, and host Karen Heuler, at Cornelia Street Cafe. 6:00 – 8:00pm, $6 cover includes one house drink. And, it’s worth noting that I love when you write in with tips and dirt. Anne Fernald sends the former regarding a new series: “I don’t have the emails for the women in charge of the reading, but I went to the first reading in a new series last night @ Mo Pitkins. Free readings on Mondays at 7. They’re at 38 Ave. A (btw 2 & 3). Last night, Natasha Radojcic read from new work & Summer Pierre sang a song & Lisa Selin Davis read from Belly. It’s a bar w/food, so you can eat or drink to your heart’s content as you listen. About 30 folks were there. I’ll post something more poetic on my blog momentarily, but wanted to pass on the facts to you.” The series is called Readers’s Room, hosted by Leigh Newman and Emilie Stewart, and this week features Josip Novakovich and Lynne Tillman. 7:00pm, no cover.
TUESDAY, 9.27: Poets Ann Humphreys and Rynn Williams light up The Casa Readings, at Casa Cupcake, 545 Ninth Avenue at 40th Street. 7:30pm, free. And, “With his new book Fever, music critic Tim Riley argues that while political and athletic role models continually disappoint, the gender-defying role models of rock and roll have endured. Riley will be joined in this lively discussion by Jenny Eliscu, contributing editor at Rolling Stone.” At Housing Works Used Book Cafe. Recommended. 7:00pm, free.
WEDNESDAY, 9.28: First and foremost, check out How To Kick People, a comedic reading series that I find consistently enchanting. 7:30pm, $8. Also, there’s something called “The London in the Village Festival,” which includes authors Jacqueline Winspear and Tony Broadbent conducting a “‘Know Your Cockney Rhyming Slang‘ contest, with the winner to be crowned ‘Brit for a Day’ and given fantabulous prizes.” At Partners & Crime, 44 Greenwich Avenue (at Charles Street). 7:00pm, free.
THURSDAY, 9.29: Michael Turner, author of The Pornographer’s Poem, “a first-hand account of the life of an unnamed pornographic filmmaker, who at age sixteen gets his first taste of adult cinema,” reads from his work at McNally Robinson. Highly recommended. 7:oopm, free. Also, author Francisco Goldman discusses his work with Nora Rawlinson at the General Society, “as part of an ongoing Small Press Center series of interviews with preeminent writers.” 6:00pm; free, but call (212) 764-7021 for reservations, as seating is limited. And, Amanda Filipacchi joins esteemed company to read at the Opium magazine reading series, at Happy Ending. 8:00pm, free.
FRIDAY, 9.30: On Fridays, I usually go see an independent film with a friend – most recently, Green Street Hooligans – and then discuss its merits (or lack thereof) over drinks. See also: New York Film Festival, Film and Media Screenings at the Museum of Modern Art.
SATURDAY, 10.1: Give dance a chance, and “catch the premiere of Richard Daniel’s ” Telling Tales,” an evening of solo dance, duets, and a quintet. The fourth section is a new, commissioned score featuring a composition by Hotel Chelsea resident, Gerald Busby.” 8:30pm, $20. [via, who else? The Hotel Chelsea blog]
SUNDAY, 10.2: From a friend of 990000.com: “please spread the word that a week from SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, i’ve assembled what promises to be a mind blowing evening of underground art rock music videos for the OCULARIS series in brooklyn. it’s called “23 REASONS TO SPARE NEW YORK” and will leave a psychedelic taste in your mouth. epileptics beware. musicians include: Animal Collective, Antony and the Johnsons, Black Dice, Devin Flynn, Disbelief Street, Ex-Models, Foetus, Japanther, Jason Forrest, Liars, Mitgang Audio, Mixel Pixel, My Robot Friend (with Bingo Gazingo), Fat Bobby of Oneida, Regina Spektor, Ted Leo, and Vaz (among others), by such filmmakers as Andrew Kuo, Cody Critcheloe, Danny Perez, Annie Simpson/English Kills, Glen Fogel, Karen O, Mighty Robot, Plutino, Punkcast, Retard Riot, Starter Set, and Waverly Films (again, just a sample here), plus shorts by Big Noise, Kent Lambert, and Tom Moody. Maybe a surprise or two in there as well…the details are up at Ocularis.net.” At Galapagos Art Space. 7:00pm, $6. And, Marcy Dermansky [full disclosure, as always: one of my clients] reads from her buzzed-about debut novel, TWINS, as part of KGB’s Sunday Night Fiction Series, along with novelists Edie Meidav, author of Crawlspace, and David Cates, author of X Out of Wonderland. 7:00pm, no cover.