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, 5.1: “Noted playwrights Eric Bogosian and Christopher Shinn read and discuss their newest work” at Housing Works Used Book Cafe. 7:00pm, FREE. And, at The Strand, Colson Whitehead reads from his latest novel, Apex Hides the Hurt. 6:30pm, FREE. In Brooklyn, buckle up as teenage girls at the height of their power take over Brooklyn Independent’s programming for a wild ride through two shorts and a feature at Barbes. 7:00pm, FREE.

TUESDAY, 5.2: Robert Frenay, author of Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired By Living Things, which is being syndicated in full (and for free) online at, reads from his work as part of KGB’s Nonfiction Night, along with Spike Gillespie. [Full disclosure, as always: Robert is a client of mine] 7:00pm, FREE. And, Mo Pitkin’s plays host to a sure-to-be-lively “intergenerational dialogue” on “The ‘F’ Word: What Happened to Feminism?”, with guests Nancy K. Miller, “who came of age in the 1950s and came to feminism in the 1970s, trailblazing the path for female academics in an era when there were practically none, devoting her intellectual life to the pursuit, and practice, of feminism” and Kamy Wicoff, who “came of age in the 1970s and came to feminism in the 1990s, when feminism seemed to have become an academic specialty—or worse, a historical artifact—and is devoting her intellectual life to trying to understand where this vacuum leaves women of her generation.” Snap! Presented by The New Shul with moderator Esther Perel, the evening features a roundtable discussion and open debate. Highly recommended. 6:30pm, $10. Later on in the evening, The Paris Review’sSpring Revel” honors Joan Didion. 8:30pm, $100.

WEDNESDAY, 5.3: Shhh… PostSecret’s having a New York event. A tip: steer clear of this guy at the afterparty. And this one, too. Not sure how to spot them? This might help. 7:00pm, FREE. Perfectly positioned for spring, there’s the “Eat This Book Party” atop The Delancey, with cupcakes, of course. 7:00pm, FREE.

THURSDAY, 5.4: The PAGE Series at the National Arts Club presents Bill Gordon (Mary After All) and Judy Doenges (The Most Beautiful Girl in the World). [Full disclosure, as always: Bill is a client of mine] 7:00pm, FREE. In Brooklyn, Cheryl B presents her superbly of the moment Poetry vs. Comedy Variety Show at Galapagos. 8:00pm, FREE.

FRIDAY, 5.5: Absurdly talented singer-songwriter Devon Sproule performs at Pete’s Candy Store. 11:pm, FREE.

SATURDAY, 5.6: And, via our favorite semi-anonymous correspondents at Living with Legends, the Hotel Chelsea blog, “The Poetry Bash will feature verses in which the poet will take on the personae of the city’s geography, history and lore. Poet Max Blagg takes on the personae of the Chelsea Hotel:I am the Chelsea Hotel/ red brick walls /wrapped in black iron lace/ memory of a thousand/ parties still rocking /the staircase that runs through my heart /all the way to the starlit roof/ where Merce’s dancers once/ kneeled to face the dawn./ Hash smoke in the hallways/ ghost of Janis Joplin…. . At the City University of New York Graduate Center.” 11:00am – 5:00pm, FREE. And, let me guess — it starts at 4:20 but you plan to get there about six…ish. Wait, how far is it from Crif Dogs again? It’s the worldwide Million Marijuana March, dude.

SUNDAY, 5.7: I’ll take a note from the Sunday entry on the daily hours board at my favorite lunch spot: “Rest.”


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