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

TUESDAY, 8.23: “HOWL! at Readings on the Lower East Side, hosted by Marie Sabatino, will be held in the LES Gallery at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street. This reading features monologuist/author Mike Daisey (21 Dog Years), author John Haskell (American Purgatorio) and Tim O’Mara, with musical guest, The Brevoort. 9pm, $5 admission includes one free drink.”

WEDNESDAY, 8.24: More interesting: “Join Tomas Herreros, a leading organizer and political analyst of the Spanish Left, in a talk about the growing number of alternative social centers throughout Europe and how these cooperatively run spaces effectively challenge capitalist hegemony. Herreros will also discuss the historical and intellectual terrain from which these social centers emerged and the practicalities of their operations.” 7:00pm, $2-5 suggested. At Bluestockings. Less interesting: Bret Easton Ellis at the Half King.

THURSDAY, 8.25: Walt Whitman hom(m)age 2005/1855‘s publication is celebrated with readings by Frederic Tuten, Francine du Plessix Gray, Macgregor Card, Tom Devaney, Marcella Durand, Chris Edgar, Peter Gizzi, Robert Kelly, Lisa Lubasch, Joan Retallack, Lytle Shaw, Elizabeth Willis and artist Trevor Winkfield, all with the aim of honoring Walt Whitman. Cocktails will be served (a necessary expense for any event planner assembling an homage, no matter how elegant, with a dozen readers, no?). 6:30pm at the Strand, free.

FRIDAY, 8.26: “MoonPuss Music presents an evening of music with Bonfire Madigan, Casey Neill and some special guests. Bonfire Madigan is Bessie Smith reincarnated as a punk rock cellist who produces music which speaks like an ancient healer who is providing directions for intergalactic space travel. Whatever Bruce Springsteen, the Carter Family, Ewan MacColl, and Phil Ochs have in common, Casey Neill has found it. Alternately rowdy and tender, he taps American and Celtic roots music and strains of populist and progressive politics to create an inspiring blend of music.” At Bluestockings. 7:00pm, $5-10 suggested.

SATURDAY, 8.27: Described as “An anarchic version of ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire’ for the literati of NYC” by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Poetry Game Show is “the only poetry event that allows you to play ‘Name the Poet,’ ‘Fictionary,’ ‘Caption the Slide,’ and ‘Whose Novel Is This Anyway?’ Douglas Rothschild hosts with adjudicators Joanna Fuhrman and Erica Kaufman. Also featuring a slide presentation by Cathy Hannan and music by someone TBD.” Also promising: “Prizes! Laffs! Slides! Music! Cute guys and girls!” At Bowery Poetry Club. 4:00pm, $4.

SUNDAY, 8.28: As noted by The Hotel Chelsea Blog, “Former Chelsea resident Keren Ann joins the legenday Lou Reed and others in a benefit for Howl Festival of East Village Artists.” At Joe’s Pub. 9:30pm, $50.


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