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

MONDAY, 2.14: I do know about that reading at Housing Works, but the best thing going tonight, as far as I’m concerned, is the benefit performance of Cirque Jacqueline. 7:00PM, $25.

TUESDAY, 2.15: H2KP host-with-the-most, Todd Levin, reads with Legs McNeil, creator of Punk magazine, and writer of Please Kill Me, the uncensored oral history of punk; and The Other Hollywood, the uncensored oral history of the porn film industry, at KGB. 7:00PM, FREE. If that’s not your speed, there’s always Dog Show Party 2005. 7:00PM, $10. Or Greene Street Salon. 7:30pm, $10.

WEDNESDAY, 2.16: The Women’s National Book Association NYC Chapter presents “Will Nicole Kidman Play Me in the Movie?,” a discussion featuring industry insiders on the books-to-film process . 6:00PM, $10. And, Thomas H. Cook (The Chatham School Affair) and Peter Straub (In the Night Room) read their fantastic fiction at KGB. 7:00PM, FREE. Also, Jordan Davis presents the Million Poems Show, with Brendan Lorber, literary personality and editor of Lungfull!, and members of The Hungry March Band, at the Bowery Poetry Club. 6:30PM, FREE.

THURSDAY, 2.17: 826NYC presents a seminar entitled, “Writing and Publishing the Novel,” with panelists Dave Eggers (You Shall Know Our Velocity!), Paula Fox (Desperate Characters), and Jonathan Lethem (The Fortress of Solitude). 6:30PM, $50. And, Bluestockings hosts a “Queer Zine Showdown” Zine Release Party, featuring “tales of bike messengering, emergency rooms, and gender trouble from the first female Asian firefighter in New York City”; “skeleton drum corps, the fight for true love, evangelical Appalachians, and the best goddamn soundtrack”; and “stories about growin’ up queer, metal, and working class in Brooklyn.” 7:00PM, FREE. Elsewhere, guest hosts Rachel Kramer Bussel and Nichelle Stephens fill in for Ned Vizzini to present Peter Duffy, Jason Kersten, Giulia Rozzi, and Kelli Dunham at Barbes. 7:00PM, FREE.

FRIDAY, 2.18: “$5 Poet (On Amphetamines & In Europe), actor (O’Hara’s “The General Returns from One Place to Another”), Warhol superstar, raconteur, and Kulchur Icon — we love Taylor Mead!” Catch the Taylor Mead Show at the Bowery Poetry Club. 7:00PM, $5. Or swing by the Brazilian Girls record release listening party, hosted by Art For Progress. 8:00PM, $6 with RSVP. Related: BG’s Sabina Sciubba on creativity.

SATURDAY, 2.19: “The exhibit ‘Walking, Poems & Buildings‘ features poems and architectural models of a bus shelter, a ‘writer’s hut’ and a nature observation center created collaboratively by students of poet Annie Finch and architect Ben Jacks at Miami University. This show explores the ways in which architects and poets build and inhabit durable and harmonious forms, and how walking creates a rhythmic link between the two pursuits.” On view through February 25 at Poets House. Saturday hours; 11:00AM-4:00PM, FREE.

SUNDAY, 2.20: Freebird Books & Goods “Announces its First Poetry Appreciation, Open-Mic Night!” 8:00PM, FREE.


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