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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with the date of the event in the subject line.
MONDAY, 9.19: Grab a look straight off Luella Bartley’s runway at Fashion Week and head on over to Miller Theatre, as, “The Theatre of Ideas 2005 fall season launches September 19 with ‘Lolita at Fifty,’ an in-depth look at Vladimir Nabokov’s masterpiece. The landmark and scandalous Olympia Press edition of the book was published in Paris in 1955… A sterling panel of Nabokov experts: Alfred Appel, editor of the indispensable The Annotated Lolita; Azar Nafisi, author of the phenomenal international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran; and Stacy Schiff, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her biography, Vera: The Life of Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov will explore the enduring impact of the book on international culture.” 8:00pm, $15. In Williamsburg, TWINS author Marcy Dermansky takes the stage along with Get Your War On’s David Rees and Extreme Fetish editor Abby Ehrman as part of Galapagos Art Space’s SMUT series, of which the New York Times observed, “”It’s art that should carry a Parental Advisory label, with some of New York City’s best writers and performers.” Followed by burlesque at 10. 8:00pm, no cover [full disclosure, as always: Marcy is a client of mine].
TUESDAY, 9.20: “Gregory R. Miller and Storefront for Art & Architecture invite you to celebrate the publication of Ellen HarveyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NEW YORK BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT published by Gregory R. Miller & Company…Cocktails…A limited edition print by Ellen Harvey will be offered, complimentary, with each purchase of her book.” 6:30-8:30pm; free, but an RSVP (to Christina Foxley, email@example.com) is required, mostly so they can make sure that there will be enough booze. Because you know how architects drink.
WEDNESDAY, 9.21: Blogger and MBA-“types” know permission to geek out is granted as Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Johnson, and several questionable theories grounded in pop culture converge at The Strand. 6:30pm, free. Also, Pearl Abraham, author of The Seventh Beggar, reads from her latest at Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Avenue. 7:30pm, free. Additionally, Jen Bekman’s tagline is, “Live with art. It’s good for you,” and I couldn’t agree more. Wednesday, she shows the budget-friendly work of promising young artists, at her pin-UPstairs show at a satellite space (above Fanelli in SoHo), with most pieces under $350 and nothing over $500 [full disclosure, as always: Jen is a friend, and I’m working with her to promote some of the gallery’s special projects, like the Hey, Hot Shot! competition]. Opening: 6-9pm, free; exhibition through October 2.
THURSDAY, 9.22: Double your fun as Marcy Dermansky’s buzzed-about debut novel, TWINS, is feted with twins-themed celebration at Bluestockings. Note: I planned this one, so – in addition to awesome prizes and giveaways – there will be wine at the reading and probably an afterparty, because as far as I’m concerned, it’s not a TWINS party unless you go home with double-vision. 7:00pm, free. In Brooklyn, Sheila Kohler reads from her recently re-issued first novel, A Perfect Place at Brooklyn Reading Works. 8:00pm, free. And, Jen Bekman presents a screening of the film Public Discourse, about politically-inspired street artists Darius + Downey, followed by a discussion moderated by Marc and Sara of Wooster Collective. 7:00pm, $9.
FRIDAY, 9.23: The One Story Cocktail Hour presents Paul La Farge, and “to celebrate Paul and the first moments of fall, we’ll drink Lillet.” At Pianos. 7:00pm, no cover. And also, Found founder Davey Rothbart reads from his new story collection, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Texas, at Housing Works. 7:00pm, free. Additionally, “PAGE [at the National Arts Club] and The House of Elder Artists [THEA] presents Between Friends, correspondence of Frank O’Connor and William Maxwell…Ciaran O’Reilly of the Irish Rep will read Frank O’Connor and Obie Award winner Daniel Gerroll will read William Maxwell…A jacket is requested. Refreshments provided.” 7:00pm, free.
SATURDAY, 9.24: “Kingston Comes to Brooklyn: Akashic Books and TheBackList.net present a reading at DANNY SIMMONSÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Corridor Gallery by two of todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finest young writers of the Jamaican Diaspora: MARLON JAMES and CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY. 334 Grand Avenue (betw. Gates & Greene, in Clinton Hill, C or G Train to Clinton-Washington). Wine and cheese reception to follow readings; live DJs spinning dancehall & roots reggae. Rsvp to Akashic7@aol.com.” 4:00-7:00pm, free.
SUNDAY, 9.25: Do your shopping at an independent bookstore.