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. Please submit details to

MONDAY, 5.2: David Herlihy gives a talk (and slide presentation) on Bicycle: The History, in an event co-sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists at Coliseum Books. 6:30pm, FREE.

TUESDAY, 5.3: “Meinhardt Raabe, the oldest living munchkin from The Wizard of Oz presents his new [memoir, Memories of a Munchkin], shares his favorite stories and memories, and answers questions about his experiences on the set of the classic movie… In his new book, Raabe shares his memories from the set and dispels several rumors and myths.” At Books of Wonder. 5:00pm, FREE.

WEDNESDAY, 5.4: This week’s edition of the Happy Ending Reading Series is “Suicide Girls Night,” featuring Daniel Robert Epstein of Suicide Girls, musical guest Oren Bloedow from Elysian Fields, and “Suicide Girls a plenty.” 8:00pm, FREE.

THURSDAY, 5.5: “Japanese Postwar Popular Culture & Its Icons,” a panel discussion at Japan Society, featuring “Eric Shiner, an independent curator who specializes in Japanese contemporary art; Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University; and music critic Archie Meguro of Sony Music Entertainment.” 6:30pm, $10. Also, an ensemble reading of Cigarette Heroes, a charmingly-titled play exploring the virtues of vice in the corporate world. 6:30pm, FREE.

FRIDAY, 5.6: Poet Stephen Cramer reads from his work as part of Jackie Sheeler’s Pink Pony West series at Cornelia Street Cafe. 6:00pm, $6 cover (includes one drink).

SATURDAY, 5.7: Fab 5 Freddy gives a talk at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on the work of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), that “connects his friend Basquiat’s work to the 1980s music scene.” (For those of you in possession of the March issue of Suede magazine, no doubt a collector’s item now that the publication has folded, there is an excellent essay by F5F on the topic: “Painting was also my passion at the time, and while moving away from spray-painting subway cars to the gallery scene, I realized graffiti could and should be considered an art movement.”) 8:00pm, free tickets available at the Visitor Center in the Grand Lobby at 7 p.m.

SUNDAY, 5.8: In an event entitled “Artemis Fowl and Fantastic Fantasy”, Justine Larbalestier (whose Magic or Madness I adored), Scott Westerfeld and Eoin Colfer sign copies of their latest works at Books of Wonder. 1:00pm, FREE. And, later on Sunday evening, All Wear Bowlers, wherein, “The bleak poetic landscape of Beckett, the elegant absurdity of Magritte and the dysfunctional virtuosity of Laurel & Hardy collide to create a world of venomous ventriloquists and belligerent bowlers.” 8:30pm, $20; through May 28.


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