The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s (bi-)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 send details to by the Thursday prior to publication, with the event’s date in the subject line.

THURSDAY, 2.16: “ACTIVE EYE presents a world premiere ‘pocket release’ of its latest performance piece, Hard Lovin’ Ever After: The Ballad of Cowboy Monk and His Lady Love, at Access Theater’s Gallery Space, performing February 16th to 19th at 7:00 pm, with an additional show Saturday, February 18th at 10:00 pm. Presented in ACTIVE EYE’s signature style, blending movement, music, and text, Hard Lovin’ Ever After features cowboy Buddhist monks, live beat-boxing, and rave-Tibetan costumes in a story of passion and suicide.” Tickets $10. Also, downtown art gallery jen bekman announces Til Ten Thursdays [Full disclosure, as always: I am the gallery’s p.r. director]: “Night owls, I am happy to introduce an evening at jen bekman just for you: Til Ten Thursdays… the gallery will be open from noon – 10pm every Thursday. To kick things off this week, Jeffrey Teuton will be here from 8pm – 10pm signing his limited edition poster.” I’ll be minding the shop, so stop by and say hello if you’re in the neighborhood.

FRIDAY, 2.17: “A CELEBRATION OF THE GETTYSBURG REVIEW at the Writers Studio Reading Series...Readings by Peter Stitt (editor), Carol Frost, Emily Raboteau, Michael Waters. The evening will also include readings by Writers Studio Faculty members Cynthia Weiner, assistant director, Isabelle Deconinck and Eleanor Kedney. Enjoy new and acclaimed talents, meet our teachers, and mingle with a community of like-minded peers. A book signing and holiday party will follow the reading. 7:00pm, $5. And, Bluestockings presents “‘Art, Avant Garde, Apocalypse: Social Change During The Zero Years’… Gee Vaucher is perhaps best known for the artwork she created during the late seventies and early eighties for the renowned punk band Crass. Nick Mamatas writes for The Village Voice, and his most recent novel is Move Under Ground. Douglas Lain is the former editor of the anarchist zine “Diet Soap,” and author of the short story collection Last Week’s Apocalypse. 7:00pm, free.

SATURDAY, 2.18: Visit 192 Books for a “SPECIAL FEBRUARY SALE” wherein, “Selected books and all mysteries, 20% off. Selected art books, 10%-15% off.” While you’re in the neighborhood, swing by the opening of “Jeff Soto: Supernova” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, dedicated to “a genre of work influenced by illustration, comic books, graffiti art and pop imagery…. by a variety of celebrated, controversial, and unknown pop surrealist and underground artists.” 6:00-9:00pm, free.

SUNDAY, 2.19: The superlative Sunday Salon features Honor Moore, Tara McCarthy, Brett Berk, and Ericka Lutz at Stain Bar. 7:00pm, no cover. Also: Writers Working, at The Drama Bookshop.

ALSO, TWO OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUTHORS (and events readers should know about):
In San Francisco, Kate Braverman’s “conceptual variety arts tv show for intellectuals, queers, feminists, mfa students, writers, artists” Fusion City seeks “writers, performance artists, poets, mudwrestlers and strippers” for its second season at The Edinburgh Castle Literary Pub. On hiatus for February while Kate is on tour for Frantic Transmissions To and From Los Angeles: An Accidental Memoir, Fusion City is currently booking for its “Art and Madness” themed show in April.

In Chicago, Sunday Salon will be starting an offshoot of its excellent New York series. If you are an author who plans to be in Chicago on the last Sunday of any month, starting in March, contact Melanie Pappadis for details. And Chicago booklovers, definitely keep an eye out for this new literary happening!

*As a little experiment this week, The Smart Set was published in two parts.


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