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.

MONDAY, 8.29: Lara Tupper allegedly “used to be a lounge singer in Dubai.” She currently hosts the Apocalypse NOW reading series at the charmingly cheerily-drearily named Apocalypse Lounge. Monday night’s “scheduled readers of poetry, fiction and drama” are Ron Bass, April Krasner, Minter Krotzer, Jason Holtham, and Varley O’Connor. 7:00pm, no cover. Also on Monday, Bluestockings hosts a screening of The Battle of Algiers. Highly recommended. 7:00pm, $5 suggested.

TUESDAY, 8.30: David Rees of Get Your War On fame hosts an evening of readings at McNally-Robinson, featuring novelists Joe Meno (How the Hula Girl Sings) and Marlon James (John Crow’s Devil). 7:00pm, free.

WEDNESDAY, 8.31: How To Kick People, conceived as “a comedy show for bookworms, and a literary show for clowns,” is one of the most reliably excellent ongoing series in New York. Wednesday, hosts Todd and Bob present featured readers Jon Friedman, Ophira Eisenberg, Jonathan Ames and musical guest Jesse Hartman of pop outfit Laptop. 7:30pm, $8. Also on Wednesday, the Kettle of Fish reading series presents Robin Caine, Jonathan Segura, and Charlie Huston. 7:00pm, no cover [via The Hotel Chelsea Blog].

THURSDAY, 9.1: Thomas Beller, of the “Neighborhood” Bellers, reads from his new collection of personal essays, How To Be A Man – which includes an “elegy to his mint-green 1977 Ford Thunderbird” – at Barnes & Noble, 82nd and Broadway. 7:30pm, free.

FRIDAY, 9.2: “$5 Poet (On Amphetamines & In Europe), actor (O’Hara’s “The General Returns from One Place to Another”), Warhol superstar, raconteur, and Kulchur Icon — we love Taylor Mead!” Catch the Taylor Mead Show at the Bowery Poetry Club. 6:30-7:00pm, $6.

SATURDAY, 9.3: Ellen Harvey signs copies of New York Beautification Project at P.S. 1’s final Warm-Up of the season. Noted: a limited edition print by Harvey is included with purchase of the book at the event. 3:00-5:00pm, $8 event admission.

SUNDAY, 9.4: Nothing much doing for today, so here’s a wistful thought instead – wouldn’t it be cool if the house concert craze branched out to include authors?

And from Daryl Mattson of Borders, “I welcome everyone to go to their local Borders store and vote for your favorite nominees for the 2005 Quills Award. See a full list of nominees at one of our Title Sleuth kiosks in-store, vote for your favorite, and pick up a copy of a nominee you haven’t read yet.” Yes, do help the good books.

As for me: I have surprisingly found myself actually counting the days until Nouvelle Vague comes to town


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