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 by the Thursday prior to publication, with the date of the event in the subject line.
TUESDAY, 1.3: Eyebeam, an organization that “engages cultural dialogue at the intersection of the arts and sciences,” hosts the NY Tech Meetup, “an informal gathering of geeks, investors, entrepreneurs, hackers or anyone who wants to see or show something interesting.” 7:00pm, free.
WEDNESDAY, 1.4: Hosted by Karen Heuler at Cornelia Street Cafe, “Stories about the Job” is described as follows: “Hell is other people; work is other people. You hate them, you date them, you spend too much time with them. On earth or in the stars, your job can get to you. Short story readings by Courtney Colwell, Jim Mason, Victoria Somogyi, and Armistead Johnson. 6:00pm, $6 cover includes one house drink.
THURSDAY, 1.5: The Ying Quartet, performing at Symphony Space’s Thalia, presents, ” The NY premiere of composer Tod MachoverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s …but not simpler… with electronically generated interludes, including additional works by Beethoven, Bach, Cage, Carter, Byrd and even the Beatles.” 7:30pm, $21.
FRIDAY, 1.6: The excellent PAGE series at the National Arts Club features Sigred Nunez, author of The Last of Her Kind, Deborah Landau, author of Orchidelirium (Anhinga Press; winner of the 2003 Anhinga Prize for Poetry), and Eugene Ostashevsky, author of Iterature (Ugly Duckling Presse). Noted: Free and open to the public, open bar and refreshments, jacket requested. 7:00pm, free. In Brooklyn, the always inventive Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Miss Corpus, one of my favorites, inaugurates Galapagos new theater series, EVOLVE with BAR FLIES. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
SATURDAY, 1.7: The Museum of the Moving Image presents a screening of Capote, which received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Film, with director Bennett Miller in person to discuss the film: “With a spellbinding performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film chronicles Truman CapoteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s obsessive research into the brutal murder of a Kansas family and his writing of the 1963 nonfiction novel In Cold Blood, which turned him into an international celebrity.” 6:30pm, $12.
SUNDAY, 1.8: Cheryl B.’s Atomic Reading Series, held at Lucky 13 Saloon, “Brooklyn’s only full-time Punk/Metal/Deathrock/Alternative Bar,” presents Jami Attenberg (Instant Love), NPR contributor and Two-Time Moth Grand Slam Winner James Braly, novelist Shari Goldhagen (Family and Other Accidents) and poet Alicia Vasquez.” 7:00pm, no cover.