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 by the Thursday prior to publication, with the date of the event in the subject line.

The “What’s Your Poison?” Edition (not to be confused with The Seven Deadly Sins or The Minimalist Editions)

MONDAY, 1.30: The pleasure promised is of the intellectual rather than the hedonistic variety as “James Shapiro, Columbia Shakespeare Professor, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and Joshua Wolf-Shenk, author of Lincoln’s Melancholy” bring their talents to The Reader’s Room at Mo Pitkin’s. Director Emilie Stewart predicts that, “It’s going to be a really interesting night, bringing historical scholarship of the most interesting kind to the downtown environs, when such readings are so often held ‘uptown’—and they’re both dynamic, engaging speakers (Jim’s Shakespeare class is a much coveted ‘catch’ at Columbia!).” Recommended. 7:00pm, no cover. Also worthwhile: “…Drugs, sex, art, surfing, love beads, Nixon, motorcycles, and the goal of not making a big deal out of anything…

TUESDAY, 1.31: Nicotine

WEDNESDAY, 2.1: Ecstasy

THURSDAY, 2.2: Marijuana

FRIDAY, 2.3: Caffeine

SATURDAY, 2.4: Lou Reeds signs Lou Reed’s New York at Hermes (where an exhibition of photographs from the book will be on view in the store’s gallery through February 25th); 3-5pm, FREE.

SUNDAY, 2.5: Alcohol


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