The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s weekly events

The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that appears Mondays at 12:30pm 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.

MONDAY, 3.13: Scottish dreamboat Isobel Campbell performs at Joe’s Pub. 7:30pm, $15 (I suddenly have an extra ticket — if you want to buy it, let me know). In Brooklyn, Instant Love-r Jami Attenberg reads from her work as part of the very fun SMUT series at Galapagos Art Space. Followed by burlesque at 10. Highly recommended. 8:00pm, FREE.

TUESDAY, 3.14: Rob Walker discusses his Letters From New Orleans at Mo Pitkin’s. Highly recommended. 7:00pm, FREE. Also, now showing at Angelika Film Center: “Winner of numerous awards, including an unprecedented 11 Ariel Awards (Mexican Oscars), Duck Season is a subtle, multi-layered black comedy that delves into the restless energy of adolescence.”

WEDNESDAY, 3.15: Ig Publishing hosts an evening in support of its newest anthology, as Proud To Be Liberal contributors Mark Green, Ted Rall and David Rees read from their contributions at Housing Works Used Book Cafe. 7:00pm, FREE. And, the latest Hey, Hot Shot! winners show their work in a showcase of the hottest new photographic talent on the scene, at jen bekman, celebrating its three-year anniversary on Wednesday [Full disclosure, as always: I am the gallery’s p.r. director). 6:00-8:00pm, FREE.

THURSDAY, 3.16: The Pumpkin Pie Show debuts junta high at P.S. 122 (through March 26th). Highly recommended. 8:30, $20. And, The Reading Series at The International Center welcomes Daniel Alarcon and Uzodinma Iweala; 50 West 23rd St., 7th floor. 7:30pm, FREE.

FRIDAY, 3.17: Asunder unites three perspectives on new dance: “In Jen Abrams’ 8:55 A.M., the inner lives of three women explode outward under the pressure and chaos of New York City…Clarinda Mac Low’s WHICH is an oblique dissection of Macbeth that digs into the visceral relationship between language and violence, physical meaning and power….Tara O’Con’s STERNUM walks the razor edge between anxiety and repose, between a vortex of confusion and frustration and a place of reflection and strength…” At WOW Cafe Theatre. 8:00pm, $12.

SATURDAY, 3.18: Books of Wonder presents “Great Teen Reads,” featuringJustine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld and friends. 12-2:00pm, FREE.

SUNDAY, 3.19: James Laughlin award winner and recent Guggenheim Fellowship recipient David Rivard reads from his new poetry collection Sugartown at The Bowery Poetry Club, along with fellow poets Michael Broder, Meg Kearney, and Daisy Fried, in an afternoon event sponsored by Four Way Books. 2:00pm, “$8 admission gives you $2 at snack/drink bar.” And via the Hotel Chelsea Blog, “Work by recent Hotel Chelsea guest and painter Thomas Olvisen is on view [at Klaus Von Nichtssagend in Williamsburg] until March 26. Thomas draws inspiration for his work from worn down cars and other materials.” The gallery’s hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12:00-6:00pm, FREE.

UPCOMING, or two events on the radar (that I put together):

If you’re in DC on Monday, 3.20, please join us for a launch party in celebration of the paperback edition of The Untelling by Tayari Jones at Busboys and Poets. Supremely cool: magically turn a snapshot into booze.

On 3.29 in New York: A Manuscript and a Magic 8-Ball: Secrets to Success in Publishing.


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