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.

MONDAY, 7.18: Hit It or Quit It creator and exquisite critic and blogger extraordinaire Jessica Hopper joins fellow writer Al Burian at Bluestockings to discuss, “the beautiful, the ridiculous and the sublime. Oh, and probably punk rock.” Noted: Her essay “Emo: Where The Girls Aren’t” appeared in DaCapo’s Best of Music Writing 2004… Her book of collected essays is forthcoming from Akashic Books.” Highly recommended. 7:00pm, free.

TUESDAY, 7.19: Director Craig Macneill’s short film, Late Bloomer, written by sardonic gothic horror specialist (and Lovecraft superfan) Clay McLeod Chapman and screened at Sundance this year, screens as part of the Superfilm series with the Bruce Lee 1973 classic, Return of the Dragon. DEKK is located at 134 Reade St. between Hudson and Greenwich, in Tribeca. 8:00pm, no cover. [full disclosure: Craig is an old friend of mine, and one of my PR clients as well.] Also on Tuesday, delight in the confessions of an idiosyncratic mind and explore the silly schadenfreude that is summer camp revelries, as P.S. 122 presents The WYSIWYG Talent Show, its “monthly all-blogger reading and performance series,” featuring Sarah Weinman and others. 7:30pm, $7.

WEDNESDAY, 7.20: Katherine Lanpher hosts an evening of Liberal Arts, a new culture program for Air America, in the second in a series of live tapings this summer at Housing Works. Wednesday’s guests are Arthur Phillips, author of Prague and The Egyptologist, and Regina Spektor. Highly recommended. 8:00pm, $10 suggested. Also, Kevin Smokler, editor of Bookmark Now, appears at Barnes and Noble, Astor Place with contributors Elizabeth Spiers, Nell Freudenberger, Dan Kennedy and Christian Bauman. 7:00pm, free. [full disclosure, as always: I have worked with both Lanpher and Smokler to publicize events in the past, but I am not working with either of them to promote any current projects.] Also worth noting, a charmingly colorful local publishing endeavor gets its own Ig Night, at McNally Robinson. Featuring Robert Lasner, author of For Fucks Sake, and Kirby Gann, author of Our Napoleon in Rags. 7:00pm, free.

THURSDAY, 7.21: Danyel Smith reads from her new novel, Bliss, at Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe in Harlem. Highly recommended. 6:00pm, free.

FRIDAY, 7.22: Listen outside the lines at the second installment of Make Music Now: ” two evenings of music, four innovative New York musicians and duos present new commissioned live performances inspired by SculptureCenter’s current exhibition, Make It Now: New Sculpture in New York. ” At Galapagos. 8:00pm, $5. Also, Grieving for Genevieve, a new play by Kathleen Warnock, opens a limited run of six performances at the Jewel Box Theater. Or, if you’re feeling antisocial, you can always stay home and read an excerpt of Queen Cocaine, or debate the hotly contested existence of curated consumption (just wait until you get to the part about books…).

SATURDAY, 7.23: There’s something for everyone at the 7th Annual Harlem Book Fair.

SUNDAY, 7.24: Books @ The Pier is a full day of authors — including Walter Mosley, Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics editor Tim McLoughlin, and others — and events to support prison literacy and the absolutely marvelous work of Books Through Bars. Highly recommended. 12:00-5:30pm, admission is your choice of a book or a small donation. My advice? Take a crate.


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