The Smart Set: a weekly events listing by Lauren Cerand

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. Submit details to, with the date of the event in the subject line.


TUESDAY, 5.31: Poets Catherine Barnett and Mark Dow read from their work as part of the Red Room Reading Series at Monkey Temple, described by organizers Elaine Bleakney and KC Trommer as, “a wee oasis of wine, tapas, and Bollywood located near, but not in, Soho.” 558 Broome Street at Varick. 7:00pm, no cover. Meanwhile, “Bee Lavender and Miles Marshall Lewis read at the Accompanied Library in the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South). Doors open at 7pm, reading at 7:30pm. RSVP required to” And, “OpiumMagazine.reading Series #3” presents an evening with writers Nicholas Antosca, Clay McLeod Chapman, Tom Fugalli, Tao Lin, and Phoebe Strole. Hosted by editor Todd Zuniga at Happy Ending, 302 Broome St. at Forsyth. 8:00pm, no cover. Also on Tuesday evening, David Dorfman Dance kicks off a weeklong season at The Joyce. Highly recommended.

WEDNESDAY, 6.1: Karen Heuler reads from and signs copies of her Journey to Bom Goody, at Pier 63. Says Karen, “The river is the only connection–the book takes place n the Amazon and I saw the pier last year and liked the idea of a sunset over the river type thing… which is to say, no real connection!” Connect with other offbeat adventure-seekers from 7-9pm, no cover.

THURSDAY, 6.2: Amanda Filipacchi (Love Creeps) and Rene Steinke (whose Holy Skirts I LOVED) read from their work at Freebird Books, which, in its big backyard, puts on some of the loveliest readings in the city. Yeah, getting there can be a bit of a hike, but it’s worth it, and that liquor license certainly helps sweeten the deal. 7:00pm, no cover. And, I think things of this nature sound twee, but maybe you love that sort of thing? I like to think that we can all get along: An event featuring The Facts of Winter, “an old book by Paul Poissel*, newly translated by Paul La Farge*” and published by McSweeney’s Books, at Housing Works. 7:00pm, no cover. (* = Note that Poissel is La Farge’s invention). Oh yeah, and if B-E-A is all that’s on your B-R-A-I-N this week, do note that, The Litblog Co-Op “can so afford a party.” 6:00pm, no cover.

FRIDAY, 6.3: Writer and editor Rosamond Bernier discusses her friendship with Max Ernst, as part of the exhibition of the artist’s work, at the Met. 6:00pm, FREE with museum admission ($12). Also, a solo exhibition of Mikaya Matsuda’s new paintings opens at ATM Gallery with a reception from 6:00-9:00pm, no cover. I’ll be reliving the glory of my misspent youth as Lady Miss Kier takes the decks for a guest DJ set at We Care A Lot.

SATURDAY, 6.4: “The Housing Works Bookstore Café presents its annual Open Air Book Fair on Saturday June 4th from 10 until 7. Thousands of books, records and CDs will be selling for a dollar or less, including cutting edge fiction, vintage classics, kids books and more. All profits go to benefit Housing Works — New York City’s largest AIDS service provider. There will also be live bands and free coffee. The fair is on Crosby St, between Houston and Prince. Details available at Click on ‘Open Air Book Fair’.” Highly recommended. Saturday night, The Believer presents an eclectic evening at Pianos to celebrate its June (Music) Issue. 9:00pm, $12 in advance/$15 day of the event (includes a copy of the magazine).

SUNDAY, 6.5: Do your best to snag a seat at the table as poets Richard Allen, Kirsten Andersen, Michael Broder, Steve Roberts, Jason Schneiderman, and Maureen Thorson share their work over a meal, as part of the Feast series. 5:00-7:00pm. In Brooklyn, Blaise K., Pauline Millard, Elise Miller, and Nathan Penlington, “one of England’s brightest stand-up poets”, take the stage at the Atomic Reading Series. 7:00pm, no cover.


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