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 [at] maudnewton.com by the Thursday prior to publication, with the date in the subject line.
MONDAY, 11.5: Downtown, the Sierra Club presents a talk by author Daniel Lerch on “Post Carbon Cities,” at John Street Church. 6:30PM, FREE. Uptown, at the 92nd Street Y, readings by David Markson and Will Self are introduced by Anne Beattie and Rick Moody (who will not be reading). 8PM, ticket prices vary.
TUESDAY, 11.6: Talents II, the second in a series of exhibitions showcasing new photography and art criticism from Berlin, opens at the Goethe-Institut, with an opening from 6:30 – 8:30PM, following an artist talk at 5PM. Both events are free and open to the public [Full disclosure, as always: I am the publicist for this exhibition, as well as the Goethe-Institut’s new media documentary project, 1000stories.com].
WEDNESDAY, 11.7: Barnes & Noble presents the last show in its “Upstairs at the Square” series until 2008, featuring Nellie McKay, whose new album is Obligatory Villagers , and Antonio Monda, whose new book is Do You Believe? (although the New York Times Book Review may have described him as Ã¢â‚¬Å“the most well-connected New York cultural figure youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never heard of,” you may recognize Monda from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic, in which he played himself), performing and discussing their work with host Katherine Lanpher [Full disclosure, as always: I am very involved with this series]. 7PM, FREE.
THURSDAY, 11.8: Author Ed Hamilton reads from his new book, Legends of the Chelsea Hotel, at 192 Books. Highly recommended. 7PM, FREE.
FRIDAY, 11.9: Paragraph presents an evening with authors Peter Godwin, whose new book is When A Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa, and Anne Landsman, whose new novel The Rowing Lesson, is set in her native South Africa [Full disclosure, as always: I am delighted to be working with Anne to publicize her new novel, and I helped put together this event]. Reception with the authors to follow the reading. 8PM, FREE.
SATURDAY, 11.10: At the Museum of Modern Art, “50 Years of Helvetica” is currently on view.
SUNDAY, 11.11: Hey hippies, make a wish. As for actual plans, I’m been known to be partial to impromptu six o’clock martinis at the St. Regis. An even better reason to go to midtown: FIAF’s weekend festival “Beur is Beautiful: Maghrebi-French Filmmaking.”