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, with the date of the event in the subject line.

I was having so much fun this weekend that I completely forgot you existed! I know, I know: I am totally turning into my mother.

TUESDAY, 6.21: “An official selection at the International Cannes Film Festival, it tells the story of sexy, free-spirited Lili, a Parisian art student who falls for a charismatic bank robber and runs away with him after a botched bank job — a dizzying cross-continent escape through Spain, Morocco and Greece — when a sudden betrayal leaves her stranded in the middle of nowhere.” A Tout de Suite is currently showing at the Angelika Film Center.

WEDNESDAY, 6.22: “ATOMICA brings together a group of international artists of different backgrounds and generations in an interactive dialog on the subject of nuclear threat which is as much of a presence today as it was sixty years ago. This exhibition features artists for whom the nuclear narrative has provided inspiration for their entire artistic production in addition to other emerging and established artists who under the current political climate have found a voice and mechanism to express their discontent. From didactic to sublime, this exhibition is an awareness platform from where the audience can, in response to a past catastrophic event, understand and react to a present and future danger.” ATOMICA: Making the Invisible Visible, reception with the artists; 6:00-8:00pm, free.

THURSDAY, 6.23: “Open City, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation are proud to present Park Lit, a new summer reading series.” The first edition takes place in Bryant Park’s open-air Reading Room, and features fiction by Open City contributors Martha McPhee, James Lasdun, and Sam Brumbaugh. 6:30, free. Highly recommended. Also on Thursday evening, Celebrate South Africa presents an intriguing collaboration between jazz great Hugh Masekela and iconic artist William Kentridge, two superstars in their respective fields. 7:30pm, free. Highly recommended as well.

FRIDAY, 6.24: “Taxidermy! Prizes! Cash Bar! Book Reading! Jarred Specimens! Carnivorous Nights! Bring your prized moose head, stuffed squirrel, jarred sea cucumber, rabbit relicts, snake skeleton, raven remains, preserved poodle, and other fascinating biological specimens to… A Very Carnivorous Night Book Party & Taxidermy Contest… Rules: Science geeks, nature freaks, and other rogue geniuses, you know who you are! Bring it on down to Pete’s Candy Store… This contest is open to taxidermy (homemade, purchased, found), preserved and jarred specimens, articulated skeletons, skulls, pelts … and beyond. Prizes will be awarded following American Idol-style judging. Spectators (non-entrants) are invited to drink beer, listen to a story, and cheer on their favorite specimens…”6:00-8:30pm, no cover.

SATURDAY, 6.25: “THE DREAMLAND ARTIST CLUB 2005, CONEY ISLAND Opening Party at Ruby’s 1213 Boardwalk, Saturday June 18, 5-8PM with Tokion Magazine. This summer Steve Powers and a team of new artists are back in Coney Island to paint murals, arcade signs and storefronts throughout the legendary amusement destination. Try your luck at the arcade games and win artworks. Swing by the Dreamland Clubhouse (1202 Surf Ave) to commission your own sign, pick up a map or receive a tour. Weekend tours at 3 and 4PM or by request.”

SUNDAY, 6.26: Today’s must-do? The New York Earth Room. Duh.


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