The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s Weekly Events

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 by the Thursday before publication for consideration.

I am a bit miffed that my “Intellectuals’ Rockin’ Eve” headline was snagged first by The Philly Inquirer for their MLA article…nonetheless, here are a few recommendations for the days ahead. A standard edition of The Smart Set appears Monday.

THURSDAY, 12.30: Three poets read from their work in Russian and English while you drink vodka: literally, a perfect evening [details at Languor Management].

FRIDAY, 12.31: New Year’s Eve is not my favorite holiday, but there are a few intriguing options at a variety of price points worth considering: For the Beat poet in you, Jivamukti Yoga holds its 16th Annual New Years Celebration, featuring silent meditation from 9:00pm-12:00am and chanting at midnight, FREE. ALMA holds a “White Party” to fete the occasion with Brazilian style, $25. [via The Brazilian Muse]. Alternatively, enjoy Latin Jazz and a little midnight champers at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $25. Fans of Kaiju Big Battel, take note: “Live Monster Mayhem” is scheduled at Irving Plaza, $50. Chanteuse-wise, Patti Smith takes up her annual residency at Bowery Ballroom ($55) and Peaches rocks the mic at the Tribeca Grand ($99). And for the sweet sum of $5, you can get down to the sonic sounds of 60’s reggae, soul, roots, mod, streetpunk, dancehall and hip-hop at the ABC No Rio New Year’s Eve Party.

SATURDAY, 1.1: The Poetry Project holds its 31st Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading, featuring “the best of downtown poetry, performance, dance, music, and multimedia, with over 150 performers and readers.” 2:00pm-3:00am; $16.

SUNDAY, 1.2: The show that guest curator Kurt Andersen put together (inspired in part by the setting for his next novel) in homage to the rather extraordinary year of 1848 is really quite sublime. Thru January 9 at The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Sunday hours: noon-6:00pm, $10.


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